'American Idol' star McPhee weds


American Idol star Katharine McPhee has married her long-term partner Nick Cokas.

A representative of the singer confirmed that the wedding took place in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

McPhee, 23, told People magazine: “[Nick] is the love of my life. This is a once in a lifetime occasion and everything is just perfect.”

She met Corkas, 42, in 2005 and they got engaged last year.

The singer’s fellow American Idol contestants Kellie Pickler and Mandisa were among the guests at the ceremony.

McPhee, who lost out to Taylor Hicks in the final of the 2006 reality TV show, reached number two in the US album charts with her debut LP in 2007.


'Mighty Boosh' movie confirmed


A movie version of TV show The Mighty Boosh is in the works.

Stars Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt have signed a deal with BBC Films to bring the cult series to the big screen.

The show focuses on friends Vince Noir (Fielding) and Howard Moon (Barratt), who embark on a series of magical adventures.

BBC Films editor Christine Langan told Variety: “Noel and Julian are phenomenally talented, there’s an existing, very loyal fan base, and the project has huge potential.”

The pair are currently working on a script for the movie, which is likely to begin filming early next year.

Industry hails writers' strike end


The television and film industry today hailed the end of the US writers’ strike.

The studios on the other side of the dispute, through the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, issued a statement shortly after it was formally stopped.

It had been a tough three months, they said, but they were happy to be returning to production. “This is a day of relief and optimism for everyone in the entertainment industry,” said the statement.

“We can now all get back to work, with the assurance that we have concluded two groundbreaking labour agreements – with our directors and our writers – that establish a partnership through which our business can grow and prosper in the new digital age.” A recent deal with the Directors Guild of America formed the basis for the writers’ contract.

The statement continued: “The strike has been extraordinarily difficult for all of us, but the hardest hit of all have been the many thousands of businesses, workers and families that are economically dependent on our industry.

“We hope now to focus our collective efforts on what this industry does best (with) writers, directors, actors, production crews and entertainment companies working together to deliver great content to our worldwide audiences.”

DGA president Michael Apted congratulated his colleagues: “The DGA applauds the successful conclusion of the AMPTP-WGA negotiations and the end to the strike.

“The last three months have been painful ones for tens of thousands of working people in and around the entertainment industry, and like everyone else our members are now eager to get back to work.”

Leslie Moonves, CBS president and chief executive, admitted he had felt “many emotions” during the strike. He added: “But right now, there is right now a great sense of relief and a feeling that we’re putting the community back together. And that’s a great feeling.”

Of the strike’s financial impact, Moonves said: “Frankly, revenues were not down a lot, and costs were down a lot. So financially, there wasn’t a lot of pain inflicted on CBS Corp. But I believe in this business, and this business is good when we’re in full-scale production.”

Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said he was delighted its Oscars ceremony would now go ahead in full: “I am ecstatic that the 80th Academy Awards presentation can now proceed full steam ahead with talented writers working on the show, a fantastic array of presenters and performers and, most importantly, the ability for all of our honored nominees to attend without hesitation or discomfort.”

US writers' strike officially ends


The US writers’ strike that has put television and film production on hold for more than three months has officially ended.

Writers Guild of America members voted nearly unanimously to halt the action after achieving a deal to give them “a foothold in the digital age”.

The result – with nearly 3,500 for and 283 against the agreement – was announced yesterday evening Pacific Time, during the early hours of today GMT.

WGA West president Patric Verrone gave a press conference in Los Angeles to confirm the agreement.

“Our membership has voted and writers can go back to work,” he announced. “This was not a strike we wanted but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the internet.

“Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the internet and platforms for new media are developed.”

Michael Winship, who leads WGA East, added: “The success of this strike is a significant achievement not only for ourselves but the entire creative community, now and in the future.

“The commitment and solidarity of our members made it happen and have been an inspiration not only to us but the entire organised labour movement. We will build on that energy and unity to make our two unions stronger than ever.”

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation has estimated the action cost $733m in lost production spending and another $1.3bn indirectly.

The three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers will now be formally ratified by WGA members in a postal vote.

CBS orders more 'Rules', 'Shark'


CBS has ordered additional episodes of Shark and Rules of Engagement for this season.

The network has picked up four more episodes of the James Woods legal drama, plus six new instalments of the half-hour comedy, for broadcast later this season. It is also expected to give the go-ahead to a couple more episodes of The New Adventures of Old Christine.

The future of Shark this season had been in doubt after Dexter was scheduled in its regular Sunday, 10pm slot.

Elsewhere at CBS, production will resume on six to seven episodes for most of its major series, including the CSI franchise, Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, NCIS, Criminal Minds and Without A Trace.

New seasons confirmed for 'Heroes', 'Chuck'


Heroes will return for a third season this autumn, it has been confirmed.

NBC has promised a “major relaunch” of the show when the cult drama comes back following an absence of almost nine months.

The network has also renewed freshman drama series Chuck and Life and will support both with high profile relaunch campaigns.

“These pickups are a sign of our confidence in these quality series and will allow the respective producers to get a head start on their creative arc for next season,” said Mark Graboff, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment. “As a result, they give us a lot to build on as we point to next year’s schedule.”

The police return Alex to Michelle


Alex arrives on the street at the crack of dawn to see Michelle and tells an intrigued Norris that Michelle is his mum. However, he’s upset when he sees her and Ryan looking closer than ever and leaves feeling lonely and rejected.

Meanwhile, Norris has made sure the entire street knows that Ryan isn’t Michelle’s real son, while Michelle’s panicked when she receives a call from Nick telling her Alex is missing. Nick gives up searching for his son, claiming he’s done this before and he’s losing patience. But when Alex later arrives in the pub escorted by a police officer claiming that he lives with her at the Rovers, Michelle’s shocked. What has Alex done?

Jack is feeling suffocated by Rita and Emily and goes into the betting shop to hide from them. Realising that the last time he placed a bet was the day Vera died and he hasn’t checked if it was a winner or not.

As Dan starts to look up the records – Jack’s over the moon to discover that every horse he bet on came in and he’s owed £3,000! As he frantically searches for the betting slip so he can pick up his winnings, he’s horrified to learn that Vera took the ticket and put it somewhere safe – it’s nowhere to be seen. However, Dan’s made it quite clear – no ticket, no money. Will he let Jack off?

Elsewhere, Steve gives in to Liz’s endless pleas to redecorate the Rovers and put her own stamp on it. Also, Roy leaves for Africa, but after Becky arrives with all her possessions, he seems more nervous about her moving into the flat.