American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks Joins ABC’s Time After Time Pilot

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks joins ABC’s Time After Time pilot

In her TV pilot debut, the Season 6 Idol champ will recur on Kevin Williamson’s time-traveling pilot as the roommate and best friend of one of its time travelers, played by Genesis Rodriguez.


Nat Geo defends Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

Responding to animal cruelty allegations, National Geographic Channel issued a lengthy statement praising Millan's work on Cesar 911, the show that prompted the investigation, while arguing that a clip of what was seen as animal cruelty is misleading. "Cesar Millan is and will continue to fully cooperate with authorities in ‎any investigation,” said the cable channel. "He is confident that the investigation will show there was no wrong doing."


CW renews all 11 of its shows, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Early renewals were also granted to The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, The Flash and more. PLUS: Supernatural’s 12th season pickup makes it the longest-running show in CW/WB history.


Adam Levine’s NBC songwriting competition changes its contract to make it clear it won’t own contestants' songs

"There has been some confusion around the casting application for Songland,” says exec producer Audrey Morrissey tells Billboard in an exclusive statement. "We wish to be abundantly clear that by signing the casting application, songwriters do not transfer ownership of any of their original songs. This show is truly a celebration of songwriters and their craft."


Brooklyn Nine-Nine books Dennis Haysbert

The former 24 president will guest on two episodes as an FBI special agent and Holt’s former colleague.


Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland made audition tapes together to land their Marvel roles

The two actors were filming Pilgrimage in Ireland when they decided to help each out. As a result, Holland is Spider-Man and Bernthal is The Punisher.


Meet the people responsible for blurring Naked and Afraid’s nudity

“The general mandate is to make the blurs look as natural as possible and still cover up as much as possible,” Erin Gavin, the show’s graphics supervisor, tells Entertainment Tonight. “You always have to keep a look out ’cause things’ll pop out or there’s always the side boob, if you will.”


The View stars kept prodding Marla Maples to give up dirt on Donald Trump

But Trump’s second wife refused to reveal any secrets while guest co-hosting The View this morning. Maples, who is going on Dancing with the Stars, did say: "“I don't understand all this talk, he has great hands.”


The People v. O.J. Simpson's Mark Fuhrman: "It’s interesting to play somebody so disliked, sort of nationally”

Rescue Me alum Steve Pasquale says he’s never been in contact with the disgraced former LAPD detective. Fuhrman, says Pasquale, "blew it pretty good. The case really and truly became about race. Mark blew it, because O.J. Simpson is the guiltiest murderer ever.”


Attorney for Pawn Stars’ Chumlee says he’s “looking for truthful resolution” in criminal case

Austin “Chumlee” Russell has been released on bond after police raided his home during a sexual assault investigation, allegedly finding illegal guns and drugs.


The Blacklist is seeking a new Big Bad who's Red's longtime nemesis

In fact, according to a casting notice, the new character is "connected to one of the most intimate, shocking secrets from Red’s past.”


WGN America renews Outsiders for Season 2

The renewal keeps up WGN’s streak of renewing every original series for a second season.


Craig Kilborn is now a spokesman for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

See what the former Late Late Show host and SportsCenter anchor has been up to lately.


The Simpsons fans keep pranking an Australian TV news station with show references

7 News Australia has been barraged by the fake news tips on Facebook.


Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni have an SVU reunion

Their “#hanginWithAFriend” get-together comes days after Meloni denied rumors he’s returning to the Law & Order series.


Jimmy Kimmel made a supercut of Donald Trump name-dropping all his “friends”

The Donald's list of friends is “yuge.”