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Earlier this month, FOX beat ABC to the celebrity diving punch with Stars In Danger: The High Dive. Unlike that two-hour special, the alphabet network’s diving competition will take place over a few weeks. Splash! is based off the hit Dutch show Sterren Springen (Celebrities Jump). Currently, there is a UK version of the reality show starring Olympic hottie Tom Daley as the expert mentor. ABC just announced its mentor, judges and most of the celebrities competing on the American version.

Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis will train the celebrities as they leap off the 10-meter high dive. Judging the competition are London Olympic gold medalist David Boudia and USA Dive Team director Steve Foley. While FOX went the eye candy route in casting David Chokachi, Twitch and Antonio Sabato, Jr., ABC is clearly going the comedic route with their celebrity choices. Comedians Louie Anderson and Chelsea Handler’s sidekick Chuy Bravo are definitely going to provide laughs for multiple reasons ;)

In ABC’s defense, they also have a Baywatch alum on board (FOX had two), along with two former child stars, an NFL player, a former Playmate and a beauty queen. Check out eight of the ten stars participating in Splash! below. The other two remaining celebrities will be revealed as we approach the show’s premiere on Tuesday, March 19.

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I’m not sure how many of our readers are daytime soap fans, but thought I’d share this bit of casting news anyway. Most likely, I’m not the only one who grew up watching soap operas back in the day. Whether as a child keeping my grandmother company or squeezing an episode here and there during my university days, I’ve kept tabs on the residents of Llanview and Pine Valley on One Life To Live and All My Children respectively. I have to admit, I’m a bit intrigued with this new phase of their runs.

When ABC announced the cancellations of these two long-running soaps, fans were understandably upset. Luckily for them, Prospect Park stepped in and promised to transition the shows online. The company even secured contracts with some of the key actors to continue their roles. Then, for some reason regarding one of the acting unions, it proved too costly to move forward. Just when the project looked dead, an agreement was formed breathing new life in the online relaunch over at TheOnlineNetwork.com.

Prospect Park just announced revealed a number of returning actors heading back to Llanview. Most notably, Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser are reprising their roles of Victoria Lord Buchanan and Dorian Lord respectively. A few other One Life To Live returnees include Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers) and Hilary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan). Sadly for All My Children fans, the confirmed list is a bit thinner for that soap. Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison and Michael E. Knight haven’t agreed to return (yet). Check out all the returning soap vets below. Prospect Park reports that more cast confirmations are to come in the coming weeks.

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I’m probably the only one out of the Homorazzi crew that enjoys the ABC sitcom, but for some reason I’m a fan. While it doesn’t deliver laughs every episode, The Neighbors earned a lot of goodwill with that Real Housewives of New Jersey-inspired episode.

Toks Olagundoye who plays alien Jackie Joynder-Kersee watched the Bravo reality show as research to hang out with some real housewives from the Garden State- her neighbor Debbie Weaver’s (Jami Gertz) friends. Her accent, mannerisms and her random confessionals were hilarious. Toks is the breakout star of the show. If The Neighbors isn’t renewed, I hope she finds herself on another sitcom. Girlfriend is talented.

It’s only fitting, that the show enlisted a product from the Real Housewives franchise to guest star. On the upcoming episode titled “Mo Purses, Mo Money, Mo Problems“, human housewife Debbie Weaver starts a handbags business. Given that the Real Housewives are experts at shilling their products on the air, one of them drops by the neighborhood to offer her advice. Find out who below.

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Who Was Cut From The Linda Lovelace Biopic?

In: Donovan, Movies

Talk about doing a 180. Amanda Seyfried can currently be seen singing as the wide-eyed innocent Cosette in Les Miserables. Pretty soon, the 27-year-old will be showing off her deep throat skills on the big screen in the Linda Lovelace biopic. Lovelace is scheduled to debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on January 22. If she’s half as good as she is gorgeous in the poster above, it should be a decent flick.

Lovelace boasts a stellar cast including a trio of Oscar nominated stars- Sharon Stone, James Franco and Chloe Sevigny. Also featured in the 70s porn film are Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Brody, Wes Bentley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Debi Mazar and Eric Roberts. With such a star-studded roster, it’s a shame to lose any of them. As it turns out, when all the edits for the film were completed, one of the above’s part was left on the cutting room floor. Find out who below.

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If FOX execs weren’t such numbnuts at times, Scott Foley would be gracing our televisions right now in the new comedy, The Goodwin Games. When the network revealed the sitcom co-starring Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) would be part of their 2012-13 television season, I was beyond ecstatic. Newton and Foley in the same show.. win, win.

Sadly, the show wouldn’t debut til midseason. Then just a few weeks ago, FOX disclosed the comedy was being pushed back to late spring or even summer. In other words, there’s a chance we might not even see it. FOX has a tendency to cancel shows even before airing a single episode. Even if The Goodwin Games does air, it certainly doesn’t have the support from the network. It’s definitely doomed. Yet, FOX is still trying to push Ben & Kate on us, which BTW, I gave up after a couple of episodes.

Thankfully, another network is giving what this Felicity fan wants… more Scott Foley. The 40-year-old has been tapped for a major story arc on one of my favorite shows of the moment. His role is being kept under wraps, but reportedly he’ll appear in the back nine episodes of this drama, leading to the season finale. Find out which show below.

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Laugh At Jessica Simpson’s Expense

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Jessica Simpson is pregnant with her second child but that isn’t slowing her down. TV Guide is reporting that NBC is developing a comedy for the 32-year-old singer. Sorry Britney, it looks like J-Simp beat you to the punch. The “Toxic” singer recently revealed after leaving The X Factor that she’d love to appear in a sitcom. Perhaps NBC can coax Spears into making an appearance on the show. Better yet, bring on Christina Aguilera as well. I’d give anything to see those three blonds on the same show. EPIC!!!

This isn’t the first collaboration between Simpson and the network. She also appears as a mentor on the peacock network’s Fashion Star which returns for a second season on March 8. Ben Silverman who recruited Jessica for Fashion Star believes she has a Lucille Ball quality and was eager to build a comedy around her. Find out what his vision is below.

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Who’s Leaving HBO’s Girls?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

The cast of Girls were on hand to celebrate the second season premiere at the NYU Skirball Center in New York City on Wednesday, January 9. All the ladies looked stunning on the red carpet. Doesn’t the group photo above remind you of Sex and the City back in the day?

With just a few days before HBO airs the first episode of the sophomore season, comes word that someone is leaving the cast. Don’t panic, it’s NOT Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet or Jemima Kirke. PHEW. That said, I’m a little bummed out that this person is leaving the HBO comedy. Find out who’s jumping ship below.

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Upcoming Guest Stars On The Mindy Project

In: Donovan, TV Shows

New Girl, The New Normal and The Mindy Project are all back from their respective winter breaks with brand new episodes tonight. Halleloo. I need a good laugh today. To commemorate its return, I thought I’d share a picture of Allison Williams‘ (Girls) guest appearance on tonight’s show and breaking casting news of a major movie star heading to the FOX sitcom next month.

On the February 19 episode titled, “The One That Got Away,” we find our favorite gynecologist heroine reuniting with a former flame named Sam. The two reminisce about their time at Jewish summer camp (LOL) and begin to rekindle their summer teen romance. Rumor has it, Sam was her first kiss. Can’t you already hear one of Katy Perry’s songs playing in the background. Find out who’s playing Sam below. Here’s a hint. He’s played a super hero in a major motion picture in the past couple of years. Find out who below.

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