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Hayden Panettiere was "shocked" to find out about the new Heroes series.
The 24-year-old actress - who played teen cheerleader Claire Bennet from 2006-2010 in the original show - has not been asked to join the recently-announced miniseries Heroes: Reborn and only found out about the project from a family member.
"It was a shock to me. In fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it. I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it. It will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that."
The Nashville actress - who is engaged to boxer Wladimir Klitschko - has mixed feelings about the new show, and hopes not to see anyone taking over the role of Claire: "It's a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, 'That was our show, our home, our family,' something that we had a major part in creating. I mean, I hope that they don't have somebody else playing our characters, hat would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure."
Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on the Late Show.
The 49-year-old host, who currently fronts The Colbert Report, will be taking over from the 66-year-old star on the CBS show when he retires next year.
"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth," Stephen said in a statement.
Stephen hosts his Comedy Central show, which he has fronted since 2005, in the character of a conservative cable news anchor and, although the late-night program will finish its run in eight months time, it is not yet known whether his alter-ego will live on.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has landed a new reality show.
The former Jersey Shore star will be joined by members of his family in The Sorrentinos, an eight-episode program commissioned by TVGN, formerly the TV Guide Network, and is described as a "docu-comedy."
The show will feature Mike, his mother Linda and siblings Melissa, Frank and Marc and the reality star - who checked into rehab to be treated for an addiction to prescription drugs in 2012 - says it will focus mainly on his efforts to establish an ongoing TV career, as well as his attempts to stay clean.
"The reality of the situation is ... for the first time, fans and the general public, will be able to see and, well, meet Michael Sorrentino. This next chapter of my life is about sobriety and family, and I'm stoked to take people on this journey with us," Mike said.
Oprah Winfrey is taking a self-help show on tour.
The media mogul will go on the road this autumn for two-day arena events called Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend.
The show will see Oprah, 60, take to the stage on a Friday night, and the following day a host of people who have featured on her talk show or her OWN network will also join the discussions, with Iyanla Vanzant, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and Pastor Rob Bell among those who will appear at each of the eight cities on the tour. Additionally, author Deepak Chopra will be an occasional guest.
"It's about living the life you want, because a great percentage of the population is living a life that their mother wanted, that their husband wanted, that they thought or heard they wanted," Oprah said.
The tour will begin in Atlanta, Georgia, across the first weekend in September. And those wishing to attend the shows will have to pay out quite a sum, with ticket prices starting at $99 and rising to a staggering $999 for a chance to meet Oprah.
Chris Martin has joined The Voice as a mentor.
The Coldplay frontman will have a special advisory role on the show - which has Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton as coaches - and met with the contestants ahead of the Battles: Round Two stage of the contest to advise them on their performances.
"Chris is to work with @adamlevine @blakeshelton @usher & @shakira as a Key Adviser on this season's US #TheVoice [sic]," a post on Coldplay's Twitter account read.
Network NBC, who aired the show, went on to explain Chris' role in more detail, revealing the "Viva La Vida" hitmaker helped the contestants with "vocal technique and stage presence." They said in a statement, "Martin advised each of the Battles: Round Two performers on vocal techniques, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to fit their persona and strengths. These artists will continue to try and earn the support of their respective coaches, who will be forced to decide who will move on to the Playoff Rounds. Each coach will have the opportunity to strategically steal one more artist in this round."
Leah Remini is to star in her own reality TV show.
The Kings of Queens actress, who quit Scientology last year, has been given 12 half-an-hour episode slots by TLC for her untitled program, which began filming today.
"Leah is a no-nonsense, hard-working, relatable mum, wife, daughter, and sister. Her sharp humor and unfiltered family are a perfect match for the network," said Nancy Daniels, TLC's manager.
The 43-year-old star will be joined by her husband Angelo - to whom she has been married for 10 years - and their feisty nine-year-old daughter Sofia, who "isn't afraid to keep her parents in check." The cameras will also capture Leah's opinionated mother, Vicky Marshall, unconventional father, George Remini, and her sister Nicole, who all talk in a secret coded language. There will also be cameo appearances from Leah's housekeeper and personal assistant, and Sofia's impatient British nanny.
NeNe Leakes will compete on Dancing With The Stars. The outspoken Real Housewives of Atlanta star is set to join the likes of Price Is Right host Drew Carey, former ice hockey player Sean Avery and Full House alumni Candace Cameron Bure on the 18th season of the popular ballroom dancing show.
The full line-up was officially unveiled on Good Morning America yesterday morning and features a heavy dose of athletes. Double-amputee snowboarding champion Amy Purdy, who will be partnered with professional dancer Derek Hough, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, and Olympic figure skaters Charlie White and Meryl Davis have all signed on to compete.
Lena Dunham will host Saturday Night Live (SNL) for the first time next month.
The Girls creator and star will make her debut on the New York-based comedy-sketch series, which has poked fun at her own hit show several times in the past, on March 8. The 27-year-old actress shared the news, reported by Variety magazine, on Twitter on yesterday writing, "Thank you for the 'SNL' love. Can't wait to debut my character 'girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say!'"
Lena previously praised a parody of Girls on the show in September, that featured then-host Tina Fey as an Albanian girl, Blerta, with a rubber hand and "Old Cow Disease," who joined the four young women trying to find their place in the world. She called the sketch "a true honor," and also tweeted, "Very excited about the current line-up of 'SNL' ladies. They are funny like whoa."
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CNN has canceled Piers Morgan Live.
The news network have confirmed the nightly show - which was previously known as Piers Morgan Tonight - is coming to an end after over three years, though the exact date of the final program is yet to be determined. The British presenter told the New York Times newspaper he and CNN president Jeff Zucker had discussed the future of the program last week and decided to cancel it following "painful" ratings, which he believes is due to a failure to "connect" with American people.
Talk about a surprise elimination!
Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet announced late last night that she won't be returning as a co-host for the dancing competition's 18th season.
Despite having served as the reality show's co-host for eight seasons, Brooke broke the surprising news on her Twitter: "Weird day ... Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS …ME. Tom Bergeron didn't even read my name... I won't be returning to the show this season."
A confirmation of the news was given by the show's executive producer Conrad Green, who wrote in a statement, "We can confirm that Brooke Burke-Charvet will not be joining us next season... She's been a wonderful part of the Dancing with the Stars family since her triumphant win in season seven and will unquestionably be missed by our entire team. We'd like to thank Brooke for her years of great service."
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