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Katherine Heigl Plans TV Return

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Katherine Heigl is preparing for a return to TV. The 34-year-old actress, who starred in teen show ‘Roswell’ before taking on the role of Dr. Izzy Stevens in ‘Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2010, is reportedly in talks to take on the lead role in a new untitled drama, according to USA Today.

The show is believed to be a procedural drama and networks including NBC and ABC are thought to be interested in the project, which Katherine will both produce and star in.

If Katherine does return to TV, she will most likely have to move back to Los Angeles after she relocated to Utah with her husband Josh Kelley and their two adoptive daughters, Naleigh, four, and Adalaide Marie Hope, 16 months.

Speaking about her new rural life, she explained: “Our house is in the mountains where I can enjoy being a mother and wife. Our dogs love roaming – every time I try to leave they bark and jump on me!”

The star claims her new lifestyle is part of a mission to give her children the best possible upbringing, and she also gave up smoking for the sake of Naleigh’s health and hasn’t look bad since.

She said: “I wanted to quit when Naleigh came into our life. I swore there was no way I was going to smoke with a baby in the house. It’s the one massive vice I’ve had in my life.”

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‘Breaking Bad’ Stars Reveal The Back Stories & Secrets Of Their Characters

As Breaking Bad ends its run, the stars of the series met the Television Critics Association one last time. Of course, they would not reveal what happens in the series finale, but the cast did reflect on aspects of their characters they’d explored as well as things that didn’t quite make it onto the small screen.

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“I actually have some thoughts about Saul but I’ve never run them by [series creator] Vince [Gilligan],” Bob Odenkirk said. “I’ll tell you one thing, I think he’s from Chicago. I’m from outside of Chicago. A lot of Chicagoans love to go to the southwest, get out of the weather. They perceive everyone to the west of Chicago as being easy to manipulate. You can sell granola to those people! They eat raisins and crap that grows on trees! That’s the Chicago I know. That’s why he would be attracted to that part of the country. There’s so much manipulation that goes on, the government of Chicago is all backstage deals so it’s in the blood there.”

R.J. Mitte, who plays Walt Jr., has cerebral palsy in real life. Though the details weren’t portrayed on the show, he incorporated them into his character. “People don’t realize, when you have a disability that actually affects your muscle that you go through binding, and the binding process is not very pleasant,” Mitte said. “That’s not just a daily process. That’s a nightly process. So when I was creating Walt, Jr., I was thinking about everything that I went through with casting and binding and leg immobilizers and everything with that. So that was a big, big basis for Walt, Jr.”

Playing siblings Skyler and Marie, Anna Gunn and Betsy Brandt had some secrets about their character’s childhoods. “[We] would talk, ‘What the F are their parents like?'” Brandt shared. “What happened? Which was fun for us to talk about in hair and makeup.”

Gunn elaborated, “I always felt that and we always felt that these two did not have a happy childhood and so they had to stick together no matter what, and I always felt that Skyler in some way had to be the sort of mother figure. So my feeling about that was that Skyler learned to take care of things and deal with problems and just put her head down and get through things. She learned how to do that at a very young age. And that was sort of very, very important part of her character, and she learned that at a young age, dealing with whatever situation they had at home.”

Walter White’s cohort Jesse had parental issues as well. “Jesse was just in a constant search for some guidance in his life, and even though he maybe didn’t want to admit it, he was searching for maybe like a father figure in a way,” Aaron Paul said. “I think he found that in Walt because his parents kind of gave up on him years ago. So that comes with him wanting to kind of protect kids in a way. There’s episodes where we all know that he has this fondness for children. So I think he wants to protect those children because he just never really got that or at least he didn’t feel that he had that protection from his parents.”

Bryan Cranston concluded the session with a hilarious fake backstory for Walter White. “The turning point for Walter White was July 4, 1978, Coney Island, New York when he actually entered the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest and consumed 38 and a half hot dogs and was seriously considering going into the professional eating circuit as opposed to being a chemist,” Cranston deadpanned.

The final episodes of Breaking Bad begin airing August 11.

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Kim Kardashian Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction Before Ellen! Leads To Gratuitous Bra-Flash!

Is it terrible to say we’re a little bit grateful Kim Kardashian‘s dress malfunctioned right before her appearance on Ellen??

We’re obvi not grateful for the trouble it must’ve caused her, but (or should we say BUTT?) it led to a series of very curvaceous Instagram photos that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the wardrobe mishap!

Apparently Kim had a dress tailored the day of her Ellen taping, but the tailoring went all sorts of wrong. When Kanye‘s lady tried her outfit an hour beforehand, nothing fit!

She had to scramble for a replacement ensem, and turned to her Instagram followers for opinions on what she should wear.

That’s how the photo (above) happened, and THAT’s why we’re thankful!!

Watch Kimmy explain the whole situation herself …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

And check out her final outfit choice of a Nina Ricci skirt, Tom Ford sandals, and a Bottega Veneta clutch (below)!

[Image via Instagram.]

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Tina Fey Spoofs HBO’s ‘Girls’ In Return To SNL, Lena Dunham Approves

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Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live over the weekend to host the first show of the 39th season. One of the highlights of the show featured the former 30 Rock star in a digital short spoof of HBO’s twentysomething dramedy Girls, in which Fey plays new character Blerta, a woman from Albania who becomes friends with Hannah (played by Lena Dunham in the series and newcomer Noel Wells on SNL) and her gal pals.

During the spoof Fey pokes fun at Dunham by taking a shot at her age, consoling Hannah and saying, “It’s okay, you are only 15.”

Hannah replies, “No I’m not, I’m 24.”

“Twenty-four? What the f*** is wrong with you?” Blerta asks.

It’s not the first time Fey has poked fun at Dunham’s age. Earlier this year, she and fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes, and during the show’s opening they poked fun at several stars in the crowd, including Dunham.

“If they’re forcing you to do all that nudity, just tell us,” Fey said during comments aimed at Dunham. “Give us a signal … and we’ll call child services for you.”

Dunham had the last laugh though, beating both of the women in the Best Actress in a comedy category. She hit back with her own age comments, thanking them for “getting her through middle school.”

But Dunham tweeted her approval, writing, “The SNL parody of Girls was a true honor.”

She also complimented the women stars of the show, writing, “Very excited about the current lineup of SNL ladies. They are funny like whoa.”

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‘Strike Back’: Is This TV’s Best Action-Adventure Series? Watch Exclusive Video!

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If you were to look up the definition of the phrase “TV action series,” you should see a picture from Strike Back.

The Cinemax drama has all the right ingredients for a production that’d make Michael Bay green with envy. Continuing on from a successful British first season, which was itself based on a sharply written novel by Chris Ryan, it is a veritable buffet for the action-adventure crowd. Over two seasons, there have been various exotic locations, lots of big weapons, hails of gunfire, plenty of explosions, several fistfights, and numerous deaths in the line of duty. This year, there’s a half-hour action sequence on a train. One can only imagine the folks responsible for safety – not to mention expenses – back at the network biting their nails at all of this mayhem.

And they’re not the only ones. Not since the early years of 24 has a show created such genuine tension for an audience, where we throw common sense out the window and truly believe that every character could be killed each week. We legitimately fear for Michael Stonebridge, Damian Scott, and their associated cohorts from Section 20. We scream at the TV screen, sit on the edge of our seats, find our knuckles turning white. That’s because this vast array of action-adventure happenings doesn’t just exist to look good or impress us with the size of the next effect. To quote John Cusack in the movie City Hall, this is tough stuff. This is body bag stuff.

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HBO Mulls The Future Of Upcoming Series Starring James Gandolfini

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Following James Gandolfini’s death in Italy last month, HBO bosses are trying to determine if they should recast his role in an upcoming series or scrap the project all together.

“Criminal Justice” is a remake of the 2008 BBC mini-series. It centered on an individual’s journey through the justice system over five episodes.

President Michael Lombardo explained at the The Television Critics Association on Thursday, “Jim’s passing took the wind out of our sails at HBO. I can’t imagine us airing the pilot with James in it, but we’re having conversations with (producer) Steve Zaillian about how to proceed.

“It’s hard to think about replacing him. The conversation would be about re-shooting the scenes that Jim had already performed in, and recasting going forward.”

Gandolfini died of a heart attack in Rome, Italy, on June 19.

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‘Suits’ Recap and Review: ‘War’ (Season Finale)

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Why does Suits have to end already? It’s clear that this is the best-written show on television, and in particular, it knows how to deliver endings with a legitimate bang. “War” is another solid closer that has us already waiting for season three.

Mike and Jessica are having a very tetchy conversation in her office. Anything that involves him saying “Harvey will never forgive me” isn’t good. But Jessica snaps back that Mike’s problem isn’t with Harvey – it’s with her.

Six nights earlier, the whole of Pearson Hardman is at one expensive party, along with the members of the British firm they’re about to merge with. While no one gets along with anyone else, Harvey approaches Mike and asks if he brought it, “it” being some damning paperwork which documents three lawsuits against one of the incoming firm’s clients. Our hero then hands it over to Edward Darby, the head of the other firm, and promptly exchanges fighting words with him. If Harvey can beat him in court, the merger is off. But if he loses, Jessica demands that he embrace the merger, extends his non-compete clause, and gets used to not having his name on the door.

The next morning, Harvey isn’t thrilled to see Dana Scott (guest star Abigail Spencer) waiting for him, and the two have it out on the street. “What’d I do that was so terrible?” she asks, and he reels off the list of previous people that’ve tried to attack Pearson Hardman before telling her, “If you want to get your name on the door, get it at your own goddamn firm.” Pwned.

Back at the office, Mike greets Rachel with coffee and finally hears from her that she didn’t get accepted into Harvard Law School. Rachel tells Mike what Louis let her believe about it being Louis’s fault, and Mike isn’t happy with that information. Speaking of Louis, he’s irate when he sees British lawyer Nigel apparently charming Donna. Both Nigel and Louis are assigned to compose an “efficiency list” for the upcoming merger, so the competition is on, beginning with a confrontation in the Pearson Hardman bathroom (because every great episode of Suits involves at least one scene in the bathroom).

Darby arrives for an unscheduled meeting with Harvey, and exchanges Downton Abbey references with Mike before being called “Benny Hill” by Mr. Specter. Darby gets the last laugh, though, telling Harvey that he’s about to freeze his clients’ assets. He thinks giving him a heads-up will allow for better competition. This further riles Harvey, who probably ought to check his blood pressure.

Rachel tells Mike that she plans to go over Sheila’s head to the higher-ups at Harvard, and wants him to sign a letter from himself to support her. Mike’s response is to go to Louis and tell him that he knows what happened. This forces Louis to tell Mike the real reason why Rachel didn’t get into Harvard. Mike tells Louis that either he has to come clean, or Mike himself will have to break the news.

Following that, Mike sits in on another tetchy meeting between Harvey and Darby, calling him out for violating international law by freezing their clients’ assets. Darby retorts that he did no such thing, and that by filing the action in response, they’ve opened their clients up to a charge of malicious litigation. He visits Jessica, who mentions that Darby is leaving New York to take meetings with other firms. Darby is worried that Jessica can’t control Harvey. “If I can’t beat him, he won’t respect me,” he tells her, and she responds that “You’re afraid you might lose.” When she uses the word we, things suddenly get a whole lot more tense.

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