JR is to be shot again – by the cameras, at least. Actor Larry Hagman has, not for the first time, ended months of suspense by confirming that he will reprise his most famous role in a TV remake of Dallas, the 1980s soap.
Programme-makers are ruining their shows with lengthy spoilers that give far too much away, says Fiona Sturges
A histrionic take on the 12th century
On screen, the cast of Desperate Housewives gossip, sleep around, and peer enviously at neighbours over their impeccable white picket fences. But the real drama begins when the director shouts "cut!" and they return to their highly strung lives away from Wisteria Lane.
Michael Bolton has sold 60 million records and won a shelf-full of Grammys. So why is he still regarded as the most reviled man in pop? Guy Adams asks him
View from America: There were 117,976 placements on programmes in the first quarter of last year
Enough grime and punishment
Soap opera stars come and go, and so do the plotlines used to bump them off.
Channel 4 is to become the first UK broadcaster to make its back catalogue of programmes available to watch for free on its website, it was announced.
Pedro Almodovar takes his zany Spanish film to the American suburbs – and television
The smart satire notches up its century in Britain this week. But all is not well in Wisteria Lane. Guy Adams reports
Everybody's favourite black comedy of suburban America and sky-high stilettos comes sashaying back on to our screens as the ladies of Wisteria Lane get a fifth series.
The new Cold Feet: it's one of those holy grails of the schedules. After numerous not very successful attempts to follow in the comedy-drama's footsteps (Hearts and Bones, Big Bad World or Metropolis, anyone?), maybe this time the commissioners have unearthed that holiest of holies – the middle-class serial that mirrors the lives of its viewers. Mutual Friends certainly has more than a touch of Mike Bullen's hit show, which ran for five seasons from 1997, about it.
In recent months, I've read two outstanding books: Evening in the Palace of Reason by James Gaines (about J S Bach and Frederick the Great); and John Armstrong's Love, Life, Goethe, which is both a biography and superior self-help book. I also read Madame Bovary (never got round to it before), and have just begun A Hidden Life, by my friend Adèle Geras. And I've been dipping into the new Selected Poems by Michael Hofmann, one of my favourite living poets.
Jason Bateman found stardom as a boy in Little House on the Prairie. Now, he tells Gill Pringle, he's making adult choices