London, United Kingdom (AHN Entertainment) - In a span of a week, Cheryl Cole has lost both gigs in the U.S. and U.K. versions of "The X Factor." The British songstress, who has been fired from the upcoming FOX talent show even before it premiered in the States, has also been dropped from the U.K. show that she has been a part of since 2008.
It was a shock for the show's fans when Cole was dropped from the show in the U.S. Network bosses apparently thought that American viewers would have a hard time understanding Cole's thick accent.
Cole had been part of the auditions in Los Angeles and Chicago for about three weeks when she was fired.
Los Angeles, Calif., United States (AHN Entertainment) - Matthew Morrison, who says he gets recognized for his "Glee" character, teacher Will Schuester, admits that he wants to play a "coke-taking drug dealer" for a change.
In the current issue of Attitude magazine, the 32-year-old actor said he he hopes to eventually move on from the show and doesn't want to be associated with his character for the rest of his career.
"I think it's important that my career moves on after this in what I choose to do," Morrison said. "When I do my next film role I do want to be doing something. you know, give me a drug dealer doing coke off a chick's ass."
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Bravo was the first to put the spotlight on "Project Runway" and has made us tune in for every cut on "Top Chef." Now, the network really sings as it puts together 12 up-and-coming songwriters looking to score the next "Platinum Hit."
Super-illustrious songwriter Kara DioGuardi, best known for her two-season stint as judge on "American Idol" and less known as the lyricist behind major hits by Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood, is getting back in the judge's seat, this time sans Simon and Randy.
DioGuardi, who also released her first book "A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol," aims to give a voice to the songwriters who work tirelessly to write what's on the radio, often with little to no credit.
LA, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Oprah may have retired from her own show, but she is giving viewers plenty of new shows on OWN. The latest series, "Don't Tell the Bride," is based on a hit show in the U.K.
In the series, eight couples with tight finances will be given a budget to make their ideal weddings. Things get tricky, though, when brides and grooms find out that they must not see each other for a month before the wedding. And just when the couples thought things couldn't get any more complicated, they learn that all of the wedding plans must be left to the groom and his best man.
The bride will feel more like a guest when she first sees the wedding invitations when one is mailed to her. While most brides spend months trying on dresses and getting alterations, these brides will try on their dresses the day of the wedding.
LA, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Showtime's hit show "Weeds" will have some big changes this season, including several guests stars and a move to New York City.
Famous faces such as Martin Short, Aidan Quinn, and Lindsay Sloane will appear on the show.
The show stars Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, a mom who turned to dealing marijuana to earn an income. The role, which won Parker a Golden Globe, got even more interesting when the character turned herself into the FBI last season.
LA, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Mark Burnett, producer of shows such as "The Voice," "Survivor," and "The Apprentice" is quite possibly taking on his biggest project yet. Burnett's new series, "The Bible" has just been given the go ahead by History.
The series will have five parts and consist of ten hours of footage. Burnett will include state-of-the-art visual effects in the series.
The books of the Bible, including Genesis and Revelation, will be presented on the show. World-famous stories from the Bible such as Noah's Ark and the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus will be part of the series.
LA, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - "This Old House" is true to its name for the upcoming season in which experts will renovate the Nathaniel Page Homestead. The home, in Bedford, Massachusetts, was built in 1720 and was lived in by Nathaniel Page, the Bedford militia flag bearer.
The construction will include two additions as well as repairs that will allow the house to be lived in by its owners. Some renovations have been done in the house throughout the years, including an accessibility ramp in 2004.
Host of "This Old House," Kevin O'Connor, is excited about the upcoming season. "This home has a long history and some great stories to tell," says O'Connor. "It's the second oldest project we've ever worked on."
New York, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - On Monday, May 30, MLB Tonight will premiere the first network television look at Kings of Leon's new video "Back Down South" featured with clips of baseball highlights every night through June 6. The full video will premiere on Vevo on May 31.
The video for "Back Down South," filmed in Tennessee, is an homage to southern life and features many locals and Kings of Leon fan club members. T
he lucky fans spent all day with the band out in the country while the video was filmed. The video for "Back Down South" features vignettes of American teenagers and the fans attending a party hosted by KOL.
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is set to direct the fifth season premiere of the AMC drama. The 40-year-old actor says the idea to helm for the show has been "in the back of my mind" for a while.
He told TVLine, "The wheels have officially been set in motion to make that happen. It's a very exciting challenge that I'm looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement."
"It helps to have people you know and trust surrounding you. We've been fortunate enough to have very little turnover not only in our cast but in our crew."
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Just a few days before her new reality show "Platinum Hit" hits the airwaves, Kara DioGuardi is already doing another reality series. Bravo has announced that they are developing another show that will star the former "American Idol" judge.
The series, with a working title "Kara," will follow Kara's life as a music producer, publisher, record executive, and multi-platinum songwriter, according to TVGuide.com.
She said, "I am excited to broaden my relationship with Bravo. I am a fan of the network and appreciate how their programming gives the audience a bird's eye view into different industries and really uncover what makes people tick."
London, United Kingdom (AHN Entertainment) - After being fired from the upcoming "The X Factor" show in the U.S., Cheryl Cole is planning to snub Simon Cowell's offer to return to the U.K. version of the show. The British singer is said to be so angry at her treatment by the American show bosses that she is planning to turn her back on the British program.
Cole was fired from the show even before it premiered in the U.S. Reports claim that she was informed by the Fox network just this Tuesday, and has fled the States since.
It is not clear why the studio bosses decided to fire the Girls Aloud songstress, but they apparently demanded immediate changes on the show and felt that Cole was dispensable. Her strong British accent would also said to be hard to understand by American viewers.
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - The country stylings of this year's "American Idol" finale were a ratings winner. The show was up 17 percent in viewers from last year.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the finale, which crowned 17-year-old Scotty McCreery as its champ, was up 9 percent in the all-import 18 to 49 demo, where it earned an 8.9.
A total of 28.2 million viewers tuned in for the finale, which included performances from judge Steven Tyler, Marc Anthony, and Beyonce. For comparison, 24.2 million viewers tuned in to see Lee DeWyze take the title home for season 9.
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Though Cheryl Cole was sure to be Britain's biggest export since Leona Lewis, it looks like the 27-year-old singer might not take a seat alongside Simon Cowell on the U.S. version of "The X Factor" after all.
Although it hasn't been officially confirmed by Cole's camp, the Girls Aloud member is reportedly homesick and wants to return to the UK. Other reports, however, are suggesting she may have been fired.
"It hasn't worked out," a source told The Sun. "She's had enough. Whether she ends up back on U.K. 'X Factor' is open to speculation."
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Even though this season of "American Idol" introduced rocker Steven Tyler and pop diva Jennifer Lopez as judges, it was country crooning that made it to the top two. After a record-breaking 122 million votes, Scotty McCreery is the country's 10th American Idol.
It was a tight race between the 17-year-old North Carolina native, who performed alongside Tim McGraw during the finale, and 16-year-old Lauren Alaina. But McCreery's deep-voiced country covers earned him the judges' praises, and America's votes, week after week.
"It's been a year since me and Lauren Alaina tried out now," Scotty said in apparent disbelief after Ryan Seacrest made the announcement. "We've been together since day one and we're going to stay together. This is just - never in my wildest dreams ... I got to thank the Lord first. He got me here."
New York, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Bravo knows what is big this summer and it includes housewives and Britney Spears. "Summer by Bravo" is almost here with new episodes of everyone's favorite Bravo shows, including the Real Housewives,
The Rachel Zoe Project, Top Chef and many others. This year Bravo is promoting their summer line-up with Britney Spears' new single "I Wanna Go" from her latest album Femme Fatale.
The promo can first be seen on Bravo, online and in theaters on May 26th and will showcase "I Wanna Go" along with 20 Bravolebrities heading off to summer camp.
New York, NY, United States (AHN Entertainment) - With the hit shows of HBO® continuously appearing in conversations on social sites like Facebook and Twitter, HBO decided to get on the action and create HBO® CONNECT, a new forum that invites HBO fanatics to dish about their favorite programs.
Fans will be able to connect with other fans, actors, writers, and other media outlets geared towards strengthening the HBO fan community.
HBO CONNECT will offer different features that focus on different aspects of the shows. The Feed, Pulse, Conversations, Visualizers and Connections will offer different features to get the fans involved and talking!
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - Swift is right. Nancy Grace is departing her hit show "Swift Justice with Nancy Grace" after just one season on air.
The Daytime Emmy-nominated courtroom show, this year's top-rated new syndication series, is losing Grace as it moves its production to Los Angeles from Atlanta.
The show's first season was filmed in Atlanta, where Grace resides with her two young children, and hosts "Nancy Grace" for HLN.
Chicago, IL, United States (AHN Entertainment) - After the star-studded, two-day spectacular which featured everyone from Will Smith to Madonna to Tom Cruise, it's been a mystery just who will appear alongside Oprah on the very last episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Until now.
Oprah has only one chair on her Harpo Studios stage for the final episode of her show, the most successful talk show in television history, and it's for herself.
In the episode taped on Tuesday, Oprah is using her final episode as a platform to speak directly to her audience. The show is expected to bring in some of her biggest ratings ever.
United States (ProPublica) - by Jesse Eisinger - ProPublica
HBO's "Too Big To Fail"—I just caught up with it last night; thank you, HBO On Demand—is extraordinarily revealing about the financial crisis. Only its revelations are almost entirely inadvertent.
The movie is set up in the Hollywood conventional way: A gang of misfits, each with a special expertise, is brought together for an impossible mission. There's Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, steely eyed at the moment of truth. There's New York Federal Reserve head Timothy Geithner, the athlete (he doesn't just jog, but also plays what appears to be squash). And then there's Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, the professor with a heart of gold and secret knowledge of the Great Depression.
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - In a finale featuring finalists Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane, and Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steeler took the "Dancing with the Stars" mirrorball trophy for the hit show's twelfth season.
Paired up with Kym Johnson, Ward scored perfect tens for his final performances, a freestyle to two Jackson 5 classics, and a samba to Earth, Wind and Fire. It was enough to earn him the highest amount of votes.
It wasn't all splashy costumes and fancy footwork. A dance rehearsal injury just the week prior put Johnson on a stretcher after she was dropped on her neck.