While you were working...
April 19th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Season 2 of "American Horror Story" is going to turn up the crazy (this is Ryan Murphy behind the camera, remember?): For the upcoming season, "AHS" will take place in an institution for the criminally insane, run by Jessica Lange's character, and it'll also be set in a new time period. [THR]
  • Jake Gyllenhaal is headed to the "theatah": The actor will make his American stage debut with comedic drama "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet," starting in late August. [Broadway World]
  • Martha Stewart may be down after the dissolution of her Hallmark channel show,  but she's not out. The 70-year-old has lined up a new weekly cooking series, "Martha Stewart's Cooking School," to air on PBS starting in the fall. [NYT]
  • It's a given that certain locales will be ahead of the curve for certain cultural happenings than others, but one of the best places to hear new music before it's hot might surprise you. Emphasis on might, because we don't find it that surprising. Oh and hint - it's not NYC or L.A. [Time]
  • Whooooa: Take a look at Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock! [Fox Searchlight]

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Life is good right now for Kevin Hart
April 19th, 2012
04:23 PM ET

Life is good right now for Kevin Hart

Do not try and tell Kevin Hart that he's a scene-stealer in his new film, "Think Like A Man."

Despite the many ribald, laugh-out-loud moments his character has in the movie - which is based on the best-selling relationship guide for women by "Family Feud" host Steve Harvey - Hart insists it was a collaborative effort.

"I was very happy and privileged to work with the actors they cast, which helped to make it a smart movie, a universal movie," Hart said. "Together, everyone plays a role, and I just happened to have a role that was set up for a lot of laughs. But if you take those actors away,  I don't have those moments."

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Meet Cam's dad on 'Modern Family'
April 19th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

Meet Cam's dad on 'Modern Family'

Greetings again, "Modern Family" fans.

I have to say, I expected more from Jay's meeting with Cam's father on Wednesday night's episode. The two of them were dreading this, and when they finally did spend some time together, they spent a lot of it comparing notes on how their sons laughed.

Cam and Mitchell, overhearing, confused this for the pair getting along, but it didn't take long before they debated over whose dad was tougher.

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Eva Longoria, George Lopez prep dating shows
April 19th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Eva Longoria, George Lopez prep dating shows

A few celebs have decided to go for a dip in the TV dating pool.

In addition to Eva Longoria’s new NBC dating show, "Ready for Love" (which some predict may give “The Bachelor” a run for its money), comedian/TV personality George Lopez is also reportedly trying his hand at televised matchmaking.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lopez will host Fox's new (appropriately titled) dating show, “Take Me Out.”

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The Throwback: 'Murphy Brown' honored with TV Land award
April 19th, 2012
02:06 PM ET

The Throwback: 'Murphy Brown' honored with TV Land award

When series creator Diane English pitched "Murphy Brown" to CBS back in 1988, the network was concerned the character wasn't likable enough.

Executives wanted her age to be 30 - or better yet, 25 - rather than 40, and they didn't like that, in the pilot, Murphy was fresh out of rehab. They also would've preferred that Heather Locklear take on the part.

But 10 years, 247 episodes and 93 assistants later (with a running gag on the show being that Murphy could never keep one), "Murphy Brown" remains beloved to this day. At last weekend's TV Land Awards, which will air on April 29, the series received the coveted Impact Award.

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April 19th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

Could this man be the first African-American 'Bachelor'?

Meet Lamar Hurd.

He's a 28-year-old Oregon native and former pro basketball player who currently works as a TV sportscaster.  Not only that, but he's the founder of All In One Basketball, a youth sports organization that, according to its website, aims to "strengthen individuals, families, and communities" through sports.

With a resume like that, Hurd would be a perfect candidate to lead the next edition of the ABC reality series "The Bachelor."  In fact, Hurd (with help from his personal assistant) has gone to YouTube  to promote his candidacy.

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