The Production Clock Has Stopped on 24

... Production on Fox's 24 has stopped for the same reason it always stops: Kiefer Sutherland. This time, Sutherland had a ruptured cyst and was ordered to stay off work post surgery. As is the case with each Sutherland disruption (jail time has interfered before), Sutherland is doing all he can to get the show back in gear and should be back to work later this week. [THR]

... Material ghoul Madonna will appear on Jerry Seinfeld's totally unfunny looking The Marriage Ref, a show in which big-name celebrities tell normal people how to live their lives (Seinfeld's advice: Marry someone 20 years younger than you). Also due to appear are comedians Sarah Silverman, Martin Short, Ricky Gervais, Cedric the Entertainer, and... Matt Lauer? [Extra]

... Paula Abdul has a secret. Shhhhh! She is returning to TV, but she can't talk about what show she'll be on. It's long been rumored that she's a frontrunner for Simon Cowell's U.S. version of The X Factor, a show in which the judges help by teaching the contestants. In her new project, Abdul says she will be teaching, but can't say much more because "there are a lot of factors." Gee, I wonder! [Access Hollywood]

... The U.S. version of Top Gear is not dead. According to a report, The History Channel has picked up the auto-fetish series that was abandoned by NBC for 10 to 12 episodes. No word on who will host the show, but since it won't be Jeremy Clarkson we can only assume that it will be horrible. [Jalopnik]

... American Idol is spreading the Top 24 out over two episodes this year. Instead of dropping all two dozen names on Wednesday, "some" of the contestants will be revealed tonight, and the rest will be announced tomorrow, on Wednesday. Whoop-dee-doo. [TV Guide]

... In the first of our two-part report on blonde hotties stripping down, The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, who no one can deny is cute as a button, can finally say she's made it. She's been invited to take slutty pictures for the Bible of frat boys known as Maxim (she's on the cover of the issue that hits stands tomorrow). I'm sure the tasteful editors at Maxim will come up with a clever headline involving the name of the show. [Maxim]

... Teenage boys and greasy old guys, rejoice! Gossip Girl's Blake Lively is considering posing naked for gentleman's mag Playboy. Blake's mom is apparently in favor of the decision, seeing as it's worked in the past for stars like Kim Basinger. I have two words for Blake's out-of-touch mom: sex tape. [National Enquirer]

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I don't really care how naked Blake Lively gets or how much (or little) I will enjoy that image, because nothing will distract me enough to make up for the piss poor casting decision they made when they put her in the Green Lantern movie (which I'm sure will suck).
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never saw the original version of the american top gear, but it just sounds like a terrible decision. obviously they're going to be compared to the british version and i just do not think they can find anyone to even come close to the trio of jeremy, richard, and james. it's just going to be a cheap knock off and if it does get made, i hope it dies a quick death.
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As if we want to see Paula on tv again.
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wait are they stopping production on season 9? or this season their on now?
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Seinfeld's new show sounds terrible. And hot blondes posing for men's magazines - so typical. I wonder if they know that it's not gonna help their credibility as an actress by stripping off like this?
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A bit hard on Kiefer aren't we?? You try doing his job with everyone up your ying-yang for a photo and a "story"! As for Seinfeld...meh...
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Hopefully he gets better
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I love Jerry Seinfeld. I will give his show a chance before knocking it.
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