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Hayden Panettiere Won’t Return for ‘Heroes: Reborn’

Hayden PanettiereHayden 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."


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Lea Michele Eyes ‘American Horror Story’ Role

Lea Michele and Ryan MurphyLea Michele wants a role on American Horror Story.

The actress is gearing up to film the final season of Glee and intends to remain loyal to show creator Ryan Murphy as long as he wants her to play uptight Rachel Berry - but would happily jump ship to his other pet project for its upcoming carnival-themed series four.

When quizzed whether there might be a Rachel spin-off in the works, Lea remained coy and told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I come from Broadway and on Broadway you stay in a show and that's it. You make it your home. So for me, I like the schedule, I like the routine, and I love Ryan and I love Rachel Berry. So I'll be Rachel singing in a senior citizens home for everyone. I've literally have said before that I will work for Ryan Murphy for the rest of my life. Unless he wants to put me on American Horror Story, I know what the theme is for next year and I'm in if he'll have me at least maybe for one episode. Let's start that campaign right now actually!"


Lena Dunham Eyeing Kendrick Lamar for ‘Girls’

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Lena Dunham wants Kendrick Lamar to appear on Girls.

The actress and writer is desperate for the "Swimming Pools" rapper to appear on her show and she's already got an idea of an "inappropriate" storyline he could be involved in: "If I could ever get any rapper, right now I'm going to go with Kendrick Lamar. I would want him for something inappropriate. I'd say to him, 'I'm in a relationship, but I want you to know that I connect with you on a visual level.' He would make a nice addition to our cast. He's really busy though."

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TV Scoop: Oprah on LiLo, ‘Dexter’ Spin-Off, New ‘Walking Dead’ Trailer

Melissa McCarthy+ Not surprisingly, Lindsay Lohan hasn't made things easy for her latest project - a reality show set to air on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. When asked about the progress of the show, the famed TV mogul said that "there have been bumps" with filming.

+ With the disappointing series finale of Dexter, fans of the crime thriller will be pleased to know that Showtime president David Nevins is - despite some reluctance - hinting at a spin-off starring Michael C. Hall, who portrayed the eponymous anti-hero.

+ AMC released a new trailer for the second half of The Walking Dead that wasn't too much of a teaser, considering that everything in TWD world looked more or less the same as it did in the mid-season finale.

+ Funny lady Melissa McCarthy is set to host Saturday Night Live for the third time during Super Bowl weekend with Imagine Dragons appearing as the musical guest.

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Lena Dunham Wants Jamie Dornan on ‘Girls’

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Lena Dunham wants Jamie Dornan to star on Girls.

The actress-and-director would have loved the Irish 50 Shades of Grey hunk to share some steamy sex scenes with the cast of her hit TV show, but fears his high profile casting as S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey has made him off-limits to get up close and personal with any of the characters. "Allison [Williams] wants Zac Efron. [We] requested Jamie Dornan, but the thing is, [we] requested him post-50 Shades of Grey casting. He's amazing, but I just feel it's too late," she said, speaking at a Girls premiere.

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‘Sherlock’ Co-Creator: New Villain Is “Utterly Terrifying”

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Lars Mikkelsen as Charles Augustus Magnussen

How can you follow up with a villain so delightfully fun and yet also so maniacal as Andrew Scott's Moriarty? Find someone scarier, apparently.

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat opens up about season three's villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen, played by Lars Mikkelsen: "We needed an utterly terrifying villain and Lars just scares the crap out of you the moment he shows up!"

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Zoe Saldana to Star in TV Remake of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

Zoe SaldanaZoe Saldana is to star in a TV remake of Rosemary's Baby.

The 35-year-old actress has been tipped to play leading lady Rosemary in NBC's new four-hour mini-series, which is based on Ira Levin's 1967 horror novel, which was made famous by the 1968 movie starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes.

The Star Trek into Darkness star will play young wife Rosemary Woodhouse who moves into an apartment in Paris, France, with her husband and later discovers it has a dark, creepy, past. After finding out she is pregnant, Rosemary becomes suspicious that her husband and their neighbors have sinister plans for her unborn child.

Lionsgate TV is set to produce the mini-series, which is being directed by Agnieszka Holland, while Scott Abbott and James Wong pen the script. Meanwhile, Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern will executive, alongside Saldana, Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana, who will produce.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Wants to Work with Her Doppelganger Claire Danes

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Claire Danes and Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow wants to work with Claire Danes.

The 41-year-old actress is good friends with the 34-year-old Homeland star, and since they both have similar facial features and are petite blondes, she is hoping they'll have the chance to team up on screen and play sisters.

"Gwyneth has known Claire personally, but casually, for almost 20 years and when Gwyn was in her early 20s and Claire was a late teen actress, they both became famous around the same time in the mid-90s. Much has been made of the pair's similar looks and Gwyneth has finally decided that she and Claire have to find a project where they can play sisters!" a source said.

Gwyneth is said to be keener on the idea while Claire - who is currently starring as CIA agent Carrie Mathison on the third season of hit TV series Homeland - is taking things "one day at a time." The source added, "But for now, this seems like a bit of a one-way street. Claire is a cool customer and doesn't get all worked up about 'dream projects' the way Gwyneth does. She's a 'one day at a time' kind of girl, so no one knows if Gwyneth's dream will come true."


Heather Morris to Return for 100th ‘Glee’ Episode

Heather MorrisHeather Morris and a host of former Glee stars will reunite for the show's 100th episode.

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy announced on his Twitter account this week that all of the original cast members are being invited back for the celebratory episode. He has now confirmed that Heather - who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce in the show - will return, along with Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Mark Salling (Puck), Dancing with the Stars winner Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Kristin Chenoweth (April), who won an Emmy for her guest turn.

Heather hasn't appeared in the program since the fourth-season finale when Brittany was written out of the series, after announcing she was bound for early admission to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since her exit, actress Heather and her boyfriend Taylor Hubbella welcomed their first child in the world, Elijah, who was born in September.

Whether Dianna Agron, who played Quinn, will return for the special episode remains unclear. The actress has not appeared since the 14th episode of Glee's fourth season and was not a part of season five's tribute to late star Cory Monteith.

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Renee Zellweger Set for ‘Dancing with the Stars’?

Renee ZellwegerRenee Zellweger is being lined-up to appear on Dancing with the Stars.

Bosses for the reality show are keen to pull out all of the stops for the next season by choosing celebrity contestants who have all won Oscars, and they believe securing Renee - who took home the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Cold Mountain in 2003 - will encourage other stars to sign up.

"Renee is being seen as the lynchpin contestant that would seal the deal for the theme season. The producers are fixated on Renee, in part because she hasn't done much dancing at all since Chicago more than 10 years ago and there's this real mystery about her and what she's up to. They keep raising the amount of money they are willing to give her in the hope that she'll say yes, and the theory is that if they can get her to sign on, then it would attract some other really prominent Oscar winning stars - who wouldn't normally do reality TV - to fall in step," a source said.

Ratings for the ABC program have decreased in recent seasons after producers only wanted celebrities with little dancing experience to take part, but they believe a talent like Renee's could boost viewings. "Now that the rule that stars had to be total dance novices has been broken, it opens the door wide for someone like Renee, who hoofed it in Chicago, to strut her stuff. The DWTS masterminds think the idea of having a theme of Oscar winners would be a sure ratings-grabber," the source explained.


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