Arts and Entertainment Prince, here performing at the Super Bowl in Miami in 2007, will appear on Fox's 'New Girl' after the 2014 game

The musical legend will appear in the 'Party Time' episode after the big game

David Usborne: What you see on US TV is what you're supposed to get

View from America: There were 117,976 placements on programmes in the first quarter of last year

Likely suspects for a prime job

Who will play DCI Jane Tennison in a US adaptation of the hit British police drama? Gerard Gilbert examines the evidence

Screen Talk: How to make cancer a funny subject

James McAvoy, hot property in Hollywood, has signed up to his first movie outing since last summer's 'Wanted'. The Scot is returning to the big screen after a year of theatre, signing on to star in an as yet untitled comedy about cancer that Nicole Holofcener will direct. Formerly titled 'I'm With Cancer', the project is being produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin and will begin principal photography next January. McAvoy will star as a 25-year-old who learns that he has cancer. It's a character based on the real experiences of the screenwriter Will Reiser, who was diagnosed with the disease in his mid-twenties and successfully fought it over several years. Rogen also has a role in the film.

Album: Mad Men Season 2, Retail & rental, (Lionsgate)

Mad Men will never win any awards for promoting a healthy lifestyle. If you can see through the cigarette fug, yes, that is yet another drink the team at ad agency Sterling Cooper is downing.

Kit Kats as postcards? This is not the work of Mad Men

JWT’s world chief Bob Jeffrey tells Ian Burrell the secrets of global advertising

The return of Big Brother

As a new season of 'Big Brother' looms, should we see it as a seasonal filler, or a slow-burn drama worthy of Beckett? By Gerard Gilbert

The BBC plan for changing the way we view its shows

Film clips, music tips and social networks will help bbc.co.uk to grow.

Party Of The Week: Having a Fifties ball at the Baftas

The theme of the party was the 1950s, in celebration of the heritage of the venue, the sunken ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall.

Adoration of US television is 'dangerous nonsense'

It's fashionable to argue that Americans do it best when it comes to quality TV drama. But close inspection of the output reveals that the Brits are still number one, says Simon Shaps

TV is experiencing a new golden age but where are the British shows?

It started with Buffy and The Sopranos, and continues with Damages and Mad Men. America now makes the best TV drama. Gerard Gilbert finds out why Britain is slipping behind

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