Jersey Shore premieres to its best ratings ever, Oprah gives the longest answer to a question ever, and a very cool easter egg for fans of Fringe and Christopher Lloyd's upcoming appearance as Walter's musical hero.
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In TV News...
- Jersey Shore returned to it's best ratings yet. 8.4 million people tuned into the show's premiere! [TV Guide]
- At a press conference yesterday, Oprah gave what was probably the longest response to a question from a reporter—ever. You can read the entire transcript here. [HitFix]
- Not that anyone thought otherwise, but AMC announced today that there will most definitely be a 5th season of Mad Men. [Deadline]
- Bill O'Reilly will interview President Obama during the Super Bowl preshow. Not surprisingly, people are pissed. [TV Squad]
- Lost's Mark Pellegrino has been cast on A&E's Breakout Kings. He'll play "Virgil Downing, a notorious international contract killer who always gets the job done" so in other words, Sayid. [TVLine]
- Dancing With the Stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy reportedly turned down the American version of The Bachelor. So why is he now participating in the same show in the Ukraine? [TV Squad]
- Remember how we mentioned that Christopher Lloyd will play Walter's musical hero in an upcoming episode of Fringe? It gets even better than that. The show has created an album for it that you can actually buy in stores. Even better than that? Says TVLine, "Each individual album is different, including specific spoilers and clues about the show embedded in the lyrics." Awesome! [TV Line]
- David E. Kelley's Harry's Law (premiering Monday) will feature two alums from The Practice: Steve Harris and Camryn Manheim. [TV Line]
- Lena Dunham's Girls has been picked up for a full season on HBO. [Splitsider]
- In an interview with AOL, Party Down's Ryan Hansen hints at a possible reunion of the show's cast. Also, Brad Womack admits he likes it when The Soup makes fun of him. [TV Squad]
- Kristen Johnston and Donald Faison have been cast on the pilot for TV Land's Ex Men. [Deadline]
Around the Web...
- Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann will reprise their roles in Knocked Up for another movie that's not really a sequel or a prequel. [TV Guide]
- Mattel is making a board game out of Angry Birds. Really, who's surprised at this revelation? [Kotaku]
- Oof, Nic Cage's Season of the Witch has 3% on Rotten Tomatoes. This must surely be the worst of the year so far, yes? [Movieline]
- First Khloe Kardashian dyes her hair a lighter shade, and now Lauren Conrad's gone brunette? What's the world coming to? [TV Guide]
- Blake Lively has been named the new face of Chanel's new handbag line. [Chanel]
- Adorable: Rachel Dratch discusses the year in Boston Accents. [Vulture]
- Oh, and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski is pregnant! Hopefully not by a man who dresses exactly like her. [People]