NEWS: Larry Hagman, Melissa Claire Egan, Brittany Underwood, Catch VD

Larry Hagman Confirmed for TNT's New DALLAS
"I haven't signed any contract but I gave them my commitment verbally," says the star, who'll turn 80 this year. "I just told them I'd do it and my word's good!"

SKINS creator responds to criticisms
"SKINS is a very simple and in fact rather old fashioned television series. It's about the lives and loves of teenagers, how they get through high school, how they deal with their friends, and also how they circumnavigate some of the complications of sex, relationships, educations, parents, drugs and alcohol. The show is written from the perspective of teenagers, reflects their world view, and this has caused a degree of controversy both in the UK and the USA."

Julianne Moore to Receive Harvard's Hasty Pudding Award
The actress will be roasted by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals -- the nation's oldest undergradaute drama troupe -- on January 27.

MSNBC Eyeing Alec Baldwin for Hosting Duties?
"He's already part of the NBC family, has a huge fan base and is very respected for his long term passions for politics," says a network source, adding that Alec is very high, perhaps even No. 1, on the wish lists of MSNBC bigwigs.

BROTHERS & SISTERS' Sarah Jane Morris to NCIS
Morris will play Erica Jane “EJ” Barrett, a new NCIS agent who shakes up the team dynamic. More specifically, look for sparks to fly between EJ and Michael Weatherly’s Tony.

THE CLOSER May Live On With Extended Final Season, New Series
Among the scenarios currently discussed at TNT is super-sizing the 15-episode seventh and final season to 21-episodes with an order for 6 extra episodes. That, of course, is contingent on a deal with Kyra Sedgwick, whose contract is up at the end of Season 7.

Oscars 2011 Nominations List: Academy Awards Nominees
Among the soap actors nominated are James Franco and Melissa Leo.

Melissa Claire Egan to leave ALL MY CHILDREN
Egan, who joined AMC in 2006 as Annie, announced on her Facebook page that she has opted to leave the show: "After 4 and a half incredible years as a member of the All My Children cast, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave the Pine Valley family that I have come to love and respect so much… after much soul-searching, I feel that it is time to spread my wings and open myself up to new challenges and adventures."

PREVIEW: Upcoming 90210 storylines
Navid and Silver heat up, Teddy comes out, and more.

ABC.com to offer coming attractions
Beginning Feb. 7, fans of ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GENERAL HOSPITAL will be able to visit www.abc.com each weekday at 7 p.m. to view sneak-peek clips of the next day's shows. The clips will run throughout February.

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Annie Ilonzeh cast as one of Charlie's Angels
Ilonzeh (Maya) has been cast as the first of the three female leads in the new ABC pilot CHARLIE'S ANGELS, a reboot of the 1976-'81 series that spawned two big budget films in 2000 and 2003. According to TVLine.com, Ilonzeh will play Kate, "a very smart and very athletic ex-cop and a master of martial arts. She is the most serious of the three Angels, but also knows how to let her hair down and have a great time."

Brittany Underwood leaving ONE LIFE TO LIVE
ABC Daytime is confirming Brittany Underwood will be exiting her role as ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Langston this spring. The exit is storyline-dictated.

Elton John Reveals Duet With GLEE's Matthew Morrison
It's a medley of 'Mona Lisas and Madhatters' going into 'Rocket Man.' I did it on Monday."

VAMPIRE DIARIES billboards urge fans to "Catch VD"
Turns out the ads are just Phase One in a campaign to promote the show’s return on Jan. 27.

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