It's closing time at the Jersey shore.
MTV giveth celebrity and MTV taketh it away. The network has officially canned Jersey Shore, which will depart the airwaves for good following its sixth season, premiering on October 4. Guess the housemates will have to put the Shore house rental on their own credit cards next summer.
Showtime is enlisting Sarah Silverman to translate the indie comedy Punching the Clown from art houses to television. The original film starred singer/songwriter/comedian Henry Phillips as a lightly fictionalized version of himself trying to make it in Hollywood. The show will also star Phillips and give him an aspiring actor for a brother and a bunch of romantic misadventures, one of which will almost certainly give Silverman the opportunity to guest star.
Instant judgment time! Does Lindsay Lohan make a convincing Liz Taylor? Check out these recently released stills from Lifetime's upcoming TV movie Liz & Dick to see her impersonation of the legendary screen siren.
A little-known musical act calling themselves the Rolling Stones has pulled off a major coup by getting their own HBO documentary. The Brett Morgan-directed retrospective doc Crossfire Hurricane will rock out on November 15, right around the time the band is expected to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a pair of concerts in London and good ol' Brooklyn, NYC. To really make this an event, the network should pair this new film with a one-night-only showing of the banned Stones doc Cocksucker Blues.
If you're curious how Alan Ball will be spending his time now that he's left True Blood, Cinemax has released a teaser trailer of the Six Feet Under creator's new show, Banshee. Premiering in 2013, the series stars Anthony Starr as a thief who passes himself off as a small-town sheriff, a job that naturally affords him the opportunity to have sex with lots of nubile women.
Finally, circle Wednesday, October 17 on your calendar, because that's when FX's American Horror Story will return for its second series, Asylum. To get in the mood, here's a creepy new trailer set to the tune of "Que Sera Sera." Good luck getting to sleep after that.
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