Oprah named most influential celebrity for second year
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey was crowned America's most influential celebrity for a second straight year on Friday, despite having dropped off daily television in 2011. Forbes magazine ranked Winfrey, 59, ahead of Hollywood titans Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood and towering over other TV figures such as journalist Barbara Walters and financial guru Suze Orman.
Ang Lee moves into TV after "Life of Pi" Oscar win
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Double Oscar winner Ang Lee is moving over to television after winning the Best Director Academy Award last month for "Life of Pi." Cable channel FX said on Thursday that the Taiwanese filmmaker will direct the pilot episode of its drama "Tyrant," about an unassuming American family drawn into the affairs of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
Christopher Meloni joins Fox's "I Suck at Girls" adaptation
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Fresh off a guest-starring run as vampire Roman Zimojic in HBO's "True Blood," Christopher Meloni is ready to "Suck" again - this time for Fox.
Kristin Davis signs on for CBS's "Bad Teacher" pilot
By Tim Keneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Kristin Davis is moving on from "Sex and the City" to man-hunting in the school halls.
NBC shifts "Smash" to Saturday nights
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - NBC is moving its struggling musical series "Smash" to Saturday nights at 9 p.m. starting April 6, the network said Wednesday.
"Veronica Mars" movie? It could happen - thanks to Kickstarter
By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Fans have been craving a "Veronica Mars" big-screen adventure ever since the cult series finished up its CW run six years ago.
Alan Thicke joins David Spade in ABC's "Bad Management" pilot
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Congratulations, Alan Thicke - it's a boy! A David Spade, to be exact.
Mandy Moore lands female lead in CBS pilot 'The Advocates'
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Mandy Moore has signed on for the CBS drama pilot "The Advocates," from "The Mentalist" creator Bruno Heller.
'The Killing' Season 3 to stream exclusively on Netflix after AMC finale
By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Netflix will exclusively stream the third season of "The Killing" three months after its season finale on AMC this year, the company announced on Thursday.
'Spring Breakers' review: 'Where the Boys Are' - but with more on its party-till-you're numb mind
By Alonso Duralde LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Arguably the smartest person ever to appear regularly on MTV, high-schooler (and cartoon character) Daria Morgendorfer once noted, "As far as I can make out, ‘edgy' occurs when middlebrow, middle-aged profiteers are looking to suck the energy - not to mention the spending money - out of the ‘youth culture.' So they come up with this fake concept of seeming to be dangerous when every move they make is the result of market research and a corporate master plan."