Despite rumors, ex-"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ringleader Camille Grammer is not returning to the hit reality show after parting ways with Bravo in March. Though Camille has turned up at several events where cameras have been rolling, she is not an official housewife and is no longer on the network's payroll.
"If Camille interacts with her past cast mates in a natural fashion at events they throw, she will turn up on camera," an insider tells me. "However, she has no story line in the season that is now being filmed and doesn't have a production schedule or even know when or where the ladies are filming, unless one of the cast members invites her to attend."
Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife did attend Kyle Richards' Bravo-filmed birthday party over the weekend and might pop up at other parties.
"The producers have no idea if Camille will show up, she is not part of the cast," the insider continues. "Obviously she has close relationships with a few of the ladies and anyone who is close with these girls will end up on camera in the background."
Love her or hate her, Camille is one Housewife we can't imagine being in "the background" of any shot.
Although Jessica Simpson's baby girl, Maxwell Drew Johnson, was in no rush to enter the world, the media race to get her first photos is well underway.
?Photo agencies and magazines have been courting Jessica's manager and father, Joe Simpson, for months to lock down the exclusive rights to take the first images of the baby,? one magazine insider tells me. ?Ultimately, it will come down to who offers the most money, but it will also be taken into account that the Simpsons have had long relationships with all the weekly magazines, some great and some very bad.?
In March, Jessica divulged the sex of her baby when she posed nude on the cover of ELLE magazine, making some media insiders wonder if she will take the same route with her little girl's first photos. In 2006, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes debuted Suri, for no fee, on the cover of a Vanity Fair, rather than selling the images to a weekly.
?It's not like Jessica needs the money," another insider tells me. "Her clothing business has made her a fortune. The $100,000 - $500,000 that she could make from selling pictures doesn't mean that much to her. Instead, she might be better off going with a high-end photographer that magazines likeVanity Fair and Elle use to create an image that, in the long run, would be worth whatever amount a weekly is offering.?
Whatever Jessica decides to do, we can't wait to see baby Max!
Get ready for the biggest season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" ever. Literally.
Season 7 of the E! hit reality show kicks off on Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET with the first of 18 hour-long episodes, more than another other season. And here's the first trailer, which includes Kim getting flour bombed.
Despite the huge drama that the reality TV family faced in Season 6 -- including a trip to Bora Bora gone very bad and the speedy dissolution of Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries -- the seventh season promises even more.
The trailer shows Kourtney telling her mom, Kris Jenner that she really "doesn't know what life's about"; Kourtney admitting that she and the father of her child (and another on the way), Scott Disick, "obviously have problems"; and what appears to be some other issues between Kris and her husband Bruce Jenner.
Check out the trailer and let us know if you'll be tuning in for more Kardashian drama on Sun., May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on E!
When putting on an awards show that's all for comedy, you can pretty much guarantee there won't be any of those typical, boring, old acceptance speeches.
Instead, you get stuff like this.
While accepting their award for Best Comedy Screenplay at The Comedy Awards last weekend, "Bridesmaids" writers and best friends Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo had a little trouble deciding who would hold the single statuette. What starts as a friendly tug of war quickly escalates into a girl-on-girl wrestling match on the floor.
Watch the preview clip above. The Comedy Awards airs Sunday May 6 at 9:00/8:00 central on Comedy Central
The controversial ABC comedy wins a 2012 CIMA Award.
Waiting sucks ... but here's a little something to tide you over. The teaser poster for Season 5 of HBO's "True Blood" has been released, and it has a bloody tearfulness to it.
A lot of supernatural drama is coming up with the 12 episodes ordered for this summer, including an emotional fight between vampires Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten).
Season 4 closed with a series of cliffhangers, as Russell Eddington (Denis O'Hare) escaped from the concrete Bill and Sookie buried him under at the end of Season 3, Tara (Rutina Wesley) was shot, and the ghost of Rene (Michael Raymond-James) returned with a warning.
"True Blood" returns on Sunday, June 10 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
What do you think of the "True Blood" teaser poster? Let us know in the comments.
The end of The Vampire Diaries is nearly here and we're positively befuddled after seeing these pics of the season finale. It looks like this will be a major flashback episode, complete with Aunt Jenna and Elena's parents! Given Elena's cheerleading uniform, these are definitely from a time pre-Salvatore brothers, but that's not to say the finale will be totally Stefan and Damon-free; it looks like they do make an appearance. We do have one major question: What's with the scuba diving?
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On Tuesday, HBO made two announcements in the realm of acquisitions. The network said it would be producing "True Detective," a crime series based on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana starring Matthew McConnaughey and Woody Harrelson. It also confirmed reports it was passing on the pilot for Jonathan Franzen and Noah Baumbach's adaptation of Franzen's novel "The Corrections," which starred Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal and was being produced by Scott Rudin.
It's tempting to interpret the twin announcements as evidence of HBO's broader plans. A sign, perhaps, that the smash success of its two highest-performing shows, "True Blood" and "Game of Thrones," has convinced the network that the path to success is the lurid, fantastical one favored by hormonal young men.
Time will tell. But for now, there's no reason to ring the alarm bells, cancel your subscriptions and sign up for Showtime in anticipation of the next season of "Homeland." Because HBO continues to defy broad trends in the industry by supporting a great deal of high-brow content -- especially when it comes to literary adaptations.
The number of novels that the network has optioned for development, either as series or movies, boggles the mind. Many of the adapted screenplays are being written either by the authors of the source material or, like "Game of Thrones," in tandem with them. HBO has also commissioned many literary novelists to write pilots from scratch.
Among them is Ayelet Waldman, who's working on an HBO pilot with her husband, fellow novelist Michael Chabon, called "Hobgoblin," about a band of magicians and con artists acting as spies for the British government during World War II. She said the network's support of novelists continues to be extraordinary.
"HBO is like the Works Progress Administration for writers," she told The Huffington Post. "Just when publishing was getting so scary, HBO rode in to save the day. Everyone I talk to has a deal with them; every time I open the trades, I see another that another novelist I like has signed on with HBO."
Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer and Sam Lipsyte are among those who are reportedly writing original pilots. Jennifer Egan, Mary Karr and Tom Perrotta are all adapting their own books for HBO. And then there's a whole host of novels that are reportedly getting adapted by other writers for the screen: Stephen King's "Dark Tower," Brando Skyhorse's "The Madonnas of Echo Park," Chad Harbach's "The Art of Fielding," Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," Phillip Kerr's "Berlin Noir," Karen Russell's "Swamplandia," Sara Gran's "Dope," Robert Graves' "I, Claudius," Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex," Carl Hiaasen's "Skinny Dip," Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" and, for good measure, several novels by William Faulkner.
Egan and Perrotta declined to comment on the state of their projects, while Shteyngart said there was "nothing to report" quite yet.
HBO itself has a policy of declining to comment on in-development projects, so The Huffington Post couldn't confirm that all these projects are still moving ahead. The vast majority of the deals were inked just last year, so many of the projects are still their infancy. Some of the adaptations will, like "The Corrections," fail to reach maturity -- but HBO has plenty to spare.
Waldman attributes the pattern of focusing on novels and novelists to HBO's pursuit of narrative excellence.
"Everyone there is totally focused on story," she said. "At an ideas meeting, everyone sitting at the table asks, 'What do I want to watch on television?' The word 'test audience' has not been spoken. The word 'ratings' has not been spoken. It's really all about story -- which is blissful, as a novelist. Of course, I haven't had any of my projects actually filmed by them yet, so I could still become disillusioned."
It's encouraging to hear such enthusiasm from a novelist working today, but Waldman is also right to be cautious. The fact that "The Corrections" was even made into a pilot is impressive, especially since most novels that get optioned by HBO never even make it that far -- given the volume of literary rights owned by the network, how could they?
On that note, maybe it's time for HBO to spread the wealth and let other networks get into the adaptation game. Showtime, for instance, has produced many quality dramas, but its main claim to adaptation fame is "Darkly Dreaming Dexter", which isn't exactly "Light In August." The ball's in your court, guys.
NEW YORK — PBS will air a six-hour documentary series on the history of Latinos in the United States.
The network said Wednesday the documentary, which has been in the works since 2008, will air in the fall of 2013. English and Spanish-language versions are being produced.
The history of Mexican-Americans takes up a large part of the series, but the stories of Latinos who have come to the U.S. from several other countries are also included. Adriana Bosch, a Cuban-American who recently did a documentary for PBS on Latin music, is the supervising producer of the history series.
The Washington-based PBS station WETA and Latino Public Broadcasting are also behind the series.