ABC leans on fantasy with its new schedule
May 17th, 2011
07:01 PM ET

ABC leans on fantasy with its new schedule

Spinning off the success that has been "Modern Family," "Dancing with the Stars" and "Grey's Anatomy," ABC on Tuesday announced its slate of new primetime shows for 2011-12.

The network is hoping fantasy, superheroes and fairy tales go over big with audiences, and has cleared the slate with several cancellations to make room for their new offerings.

"The real power of ABC is our storytelling," said ABC's new entertainment president, Paul Lee, during Tuesday's upfronts presentation. "ABC always leads with emotion and with character. Our shows are smart and they have a huge amount of heart. I think our brand of uplifting entertainment could not be more relevant for this time."

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'Glee' star on new album, rooftop rendezvous
May 17th, 2011
06:39 PM ET

'Glee' star on new album, rooftop rendezvous

We had a chance to chat with Matthew Morrison - Will Schuester himself - Monday night at "Starburst Presents: VH1 Save The Music Foundation's Songwriter Music Series" at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square.

Morrison talked about his self-titled debut solo album, telling CNN, "I got to work with some really great people: Sting, Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow... and it was such a tough thing to do because I have a heavy schedule with 'Glee.' It was such a labor of love, but I'm really excited and it turned out great."

Morrison played the ukelele during the acoustic set he performed at the event. One of the singles Morrison performed was "Summer Rain," which is the first song he wrote for the album.

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Lisa Edelstein exiting 'House'
May 17th, 2011
04:46 PM ET

Lisa Edelstein exiting 'House'

Fans of the relationship between Dr. Gregory House and Lisa Cuddy on Fox's popular series "House" will be in mourning today.

Lisa Edelstein, a.k.a. "Cuddy," announced on Tuesday that she will not be returning for the show's eighth season.

The actress released a statement (confirmed by the show's producer Greg Yaitanes) to Deadline saying, "After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead."

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Once a 'Bitch,' now a 'Belle' on ABC
May 17th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

Once a 'Bitch,' now a 'Belle' on ABC

ABC is swapping out one "B" word for another.

The network just announced its fall TV line-up and lo and behold, the title of the upcoming series "Good Christian Bitches" has been changed. New title: "Good Christian Belles."

The Parents Television Council had declared the original title "offensive" and urged its members to bombard ABC with complaints.

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The CW to pick up reality show about celeb haters
May 17th, 2011
03:12 PM ET

The CW to pick up reality show about celeb haters

We’ve seen celebrities attack each other before on reality shows, and now The CW is offering non-celebs a chance to get up close and personal with stars they can’t stand.

According to Deadline, the network is expected to announce that it's picking up a reality show called “H8R” on Thursday. Hosted and executive produced by “Extra’s” Mario Lopez, the reality show gives a celebrity the chance to confront his or her biggest “hater” so the star can try and convince the regular Joe that all that vitriol is misdirected.

A pilot episode featuring Snooki and Kim Kardashian facing off against their haters has reportedly been well-received. (We gotta ask: If you were to get the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the celeb you find most detestable, who would it be?)

In addition to "H8R," the network is also expected to announce that it's picked up the Sarah Michelle Gellar series "Ringer," which marks Gellar's return to the small screen as a troubled young woman on the run from the mob.


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Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth are cousins?
May 17th, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth are cousins?

Johnny Depp might be upset about being left off the royal wedding guest list now that it's been revealed that he and Queen Elizabeth are reportedly distant cousins.

According to the Daily Mail, the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" star and the British monarch both share the same bloodline. One branch of Depp's ancestors are descended from 15th-century aristocrats Sir William Gascoigne and his wife Margaret Percy, who hailed from Yorkshire, England.

Margaret was the daughter of the third Earl of Northumberland and also a direct descendent of King Edward III. Queen Elizabeth is Edward III's great-granddaughter, 17 times removed, and Depp's cousin, 20 times removed.

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