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A couple of weeks ago, NBC officially named Melanie Brown aka Scary Spice as Sharon Osbourne’s replacement on America’s Got Talent. Almost immediately, rumors surfaced that Mel B. wasn’t the only new face to join show’s eighth season. Like many of the international editions of the Got Talent franchise, the US version was contemplating a four person judging panel. Based on a photo obtained by TMZ, it’s actually happening.

Taping for the first set of auditions begins in New Orleans tomorrow. If you watch the show, you know that huge ‘X’s appear above the stage representing each judge. Sandwiched in between Mel B and Howard Stern’s names is this celebrity. Have any guesses? Here’s a hint. This person hosts their own reality competition series on a different network. Could it be Jeff Probst? After all, his daytime talk show was recently canceled. Or has Ryan Seacrest decided to finally give critiques instead of relaying them? Find out who below.

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When I was a kid, I loved watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – both in cartoon, and the live action movie… “Ninja, ninja rap.. go, go, go, go!” For some time now, there’s been talk of Michael Bay’s plans to make a live action film of the Ninja Turtles. Now some casting news has been revealed that I’m not sure how I feel about.

As you know, April O’Neil is a character in the series that was a former lab assistant to the mad scientist Baxter Stockman and later a reporter that is a close companion and friend of the turtles. The actress cast as the yellow jumpsuit wearing reporter has been revealed and I’m somewhat puzzled by the choice.

According to Variety, some of the actresses that were being considered included Jane Levy, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Olsen. Any of those would have been a better choice than who ended up getting the part.

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You might find this surprising given that I watch practically every talent competition show on the air, but for some reason I’ve never tuned in to America’s Got Talent. Now that Melanie Brown aka Scary Spice is joining the panel, I just might have to check out the next season. I do love my Spice Girls.

Mel B. steps in to replace Sharon Osbourne who quit the show after having a war of words with NBC. Her son Jack was supposed to compete on the network’s reality show Stars Earn Stripes, but was turned down due to his multiple sclerosis and feared the physically demanding stunts would be too much. In all honesty, I used to be a huge fan of Sharon but lately grown tired of her. I understand standing up for your kids, but she does it way too often, especially with Kelly Osbourne’s public feuds. You can’t mother them forever.

Brown joins Howard Stern and Howie Mandel who are returning for their second and fourth season respectively. This isn’t the first time Melanie has judged a Got Talent show. She was a regular one on the Australian version and guest hosted the UK edition. NBC president of alternative Paul Telegdy couldn’t be happier with her addition. Check out a few flattering words about his new hire.

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When Rise of the Planets of the Apes hit theaters a few years back, I wasn’t keen on seeing it. The 2001 remake of the original Planet of the Apes which starred Mark Wahlberg disappointed on many fronts, especially in the makeup department. All the apes looked like Michael Jackson, most notably Helena Bonham Carter. I feared the prequel starring James Franco wasn’t necessary. Boy, was I wrong. I absolutely loved it and it gave a great insight on how the talking apes became to be.

After some behind-the-scenes drama, the sequel to the 2011 film is back on track. Rupert Wyatt who directed the prequel dropped out due to creative differences. Stepping in to take his place is Matt Reeves (Cloverfield). Penning Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is screenwriter Mark Bomback (Live Free and Die Hard). Definitely stoked that Bomback is writing it, because his Die Hard film was the best of the franchise to date.

Since Dawn of The Planet of The Apes takes place fifteen years after Rise of The Planet of The Apes, James Franco is not expected to return for a major role. Andy Serkis, however, has signed on to reprise his role of Caesar. In the sequel, his ape character will struggle to maintain dominance over his kingdom. Another plot point will revolve around human scientists struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Find out who one of the scientists is below.

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With Desperate Housewives having come to an end last year, the ladies have left Wisteria Lane and are now onto some new projects.

A new series is coming to FOX in the near future called Boomerang, and considering that many other networks were also trying to get their hands on the show, it sounds promising. The show comes from John Wells (ER, Shameless) and focusses on the everyday drama surrounding a family business… but this family business is not the norm.

The family business is to execute hits as assassins for the U.S. government. The Desperate Housewives star will play the leader of the pack Margie Hamilton. TV Line, who first learned and shared abou this casting news, writes that the character is described as “a briskly professional assassin who can kill and dispose of a suspected terrorist in the afternoon — then switch to wife and mother mode without a hitch.” Find out which former DH star got the gig below.

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If Zachary Quinto worried that his home would only be a one income household for a long period of time, he can now sleep soundly. His boyfriend Jonathan Groff appeared in the second season of Kelsey Grammer’s Boss, but found himself without a job suddenly when STARZ canceled the critically-acclaimed but ratings-challenged drama. Hopefully, he’ll have better luck with HBO than he did with his previous network.

The 27-year-old scored one of the leads in a pilot for HBO centered around 30-something gays living in San Francisco. Sounds like a gay version of Girls, swapping out Brooklyn for Silicon Valley. Groff will play Patrick who’s a video game developer. Love a hot nerd ;) While successful in his career, he’s completely the opposite in his personal life. His character, along with the others will grapple with all the options in contemporary life and the complexities of the modern gay experience in the Bay Area.

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Last year Snoop Dogg, Jenny McCarthy, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Daughtry and Heidi Klum showed off their wheel spinning prowess on the first annual Price Is Right celebrity week. Clearly, last year was a ratings hit because the veteran game show is doing it again for February sweeps. “Skyscraper” singer Demi Lovato was one of the celebrities asked to “come on down” for the second annual event airing Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22.

Like last year, the stars will play alongside regular contestants, helping them as they try to reach the Showcase Showdown. Each star also gets to walk in the shoes of a Price is Right model. They’ll get to present unique showcases featuring their personal favorite prizes. The celebrities will also spin the famous big wheel, and play six of the CBS’ show’s most popular games. Reportedly, this year’s group raised more than $250,000 for their various charities. One of them even broke Snoop Dogg’s record of $72,585 which he raised for the Snoop Youth Football League last year. Find out this year’s participants along with their respective charities below.

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When Matthew Perry’s new sitcom Go On debuted in the summer, it looked like one of the Friends had finally scored another network hit. Sure, the pilot was assisted by a post-London Olympics airing, but the second and third episodes which aired a month later, posted respectable numbers. But as the weeks followed, the numbers dwindled. Its most recent episode only garnered an anemic 3.95 million viewers. Perhaps, a little stunt casting might draw new interest in the show. At least that’s what the producers are hoping for.

Go On announced that one of Perry’s former co-stars are guest starring in an upcoming episode. Hope producers and the network have realistic goals with this person’s appearance. Previous attempts to hold mini-reunions have done very little to improve ratings on other Friends-helmed shows. Both Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow didn’t prove very potent with their respective guest gigs on Cougar Town. The Courteney Cox ABC comedy got shuffled off to TBS. Likewise, Cox’s appearance on Kudrow’s Showtime series Web Therapy yielded similar results. Find out which Central Perk alum is reuniting with Perry soon.

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