While you were working
March 22nd, 2012
06:15 PM ET

While you were working

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Before you make plans for Monday night, consider this: NBC has renewed “Smash” for a second season. The musical drama, which averages 7.7 million viewers, stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • In other TV news, “How I Met Your Mother” is gearing up for its seventh season finale. The episode, to air on May 14, will take place on Barney’s wedding day, and finally reveal his bride. [CBS]
  • Soap operas have had a tough couple of years. Disney Junior will replace SOAPnet on Friday, though some affiliates will continue carrying the 12-year-old network. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • David Beckham recently posed in his skivvies for H&M, but his biggest fashion faux pa took place some time ago, when he and wife Victoria donned matching leather jumpsuits by Versace. [People]
  • Snooki was recently spotted taking JWoww’s dog for a walk. She was wearing a purple coat. The dog, that is. [Us Weekly]

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Having trouble finding 'Hunger Games' tickets?
March 22nd, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Having trouble finding 'Hunger Games' tickets?

In case you didn’t already get the memo, “The Hunger Games” is going to be big. Like “Twilight”- and “Harry Potter”-big.

The flick, based off Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel of the same name, hits theaters on Friday, and is expected to rake in more than $80 million.

However, given Fandango’s report that the website is selling 10 “Hunger Games” tickets per second, $80 million seems like a conservative estimate.

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Wilmer Valderrama, Steve Harris on 'Awake's' two realities
March 22nd, 2012
04:55 PM ET

Wilmer Valderrama, Steve Harris on 'Awake's' two realities

Wilmer Valderrama and Steve Harris are two sides of the same coin.

Valderrama and Harris are turning heads in their latest series, "Awake," as the two detectives partnered up with Jason Isaacs' Michael Britten, a man who lives in two realities. (One's a dream and one's real, but which is which?)

Valderrama is still remembered for his role as Fez on "That '70s Show," and this gritty procedural/psychological thriller is about as far from that sitcom as you can get.

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SJP encourages young Carrie Bradshaw
March 22nd, 2012
04:17 PM ET

SJP encourages young Carrie Bradshaw

“Sex and the City” producer Michael Patrick King isn’t enthralled by the idea of a prequel to the HBO series, but it seems Carrie Bradshaw herself is ready to pass on the torch.

Sarah Jessica Parker, who played the Manhattanite for six seasons (and two films), recently reached out to AnnaSophia Robb, who plays a teenaged Bradshaw on The CW’s “The Carrie Diaries.”

“She sent me a letter! I wrote her one back, too,” Robb told Us Weekly. “She was just very encouraging about it all. It was really cool.”

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Usher teases upcoming collaborations
March 22nd, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Usher teases upcoming collaborations

Usher has collaborations on the brain.

The “Climax” singer stopped by U.K. radio station Capital FM to tease his upcoming collaboration with British singer-songwriter Labrinth.

The track will be featured on his forthcoming album, “The Shanertance,” due out this year.

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NBC's 'Bent' doesn't quite click
March 22nd, 2012
03:00 PM ET

NBC's 'Bent' doesn't quite click

There's a lot to like about "Bent," especially on paper.

Amanda Peet has been great in just about everything, David Walton showed promise on the short-lived "Perfect Couples," and you really can't go wrong with Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development") and J.B. Smoove (.Curb Your Enthusiasm").

Wednesday night's two-episode premiere also featured whip-smart dialogue at times, especially between Peet and Walton, as Alex the homeowner and Pete the contractor, respectively.

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