- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fox, Twitter team

Fox is teaming with Twitter to give the network’s repeats a 21st-century twist.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox this week will introduce “tweet-peats” of “Fringe” and “Glee”- encore presentations accompanied by messages from the casts and producers via the online social network. During the episodes, viewers can follow Twitter-sent messages providing commentary on the episodes and revealing behind-the-scenes details.

On Thursday, Fox will screen last season’s penultimate episode of “Fringe” at 9 p.m. with producers joining stars Josh Jackson and John Noble, THR says. And on Friday, the network will re-air the “Glee” pilot at 9 p.m. with cast members Kevin McHale and Lea Michele.

Fans can sign up at Twitter.com/FRINGEonFOX and Twitter.com/GLEEonFOX to follow the event.

Hey, 19

Michelle Duggar, the 42-year-old Arkansas mom of 18 and a soon-to-be grandmother, is pregnant again.

Mrs. Duggar and her husband, Jim Bob, live in Tontitown, Ark. They are featured with their family on TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting.”

Meanwhile, she’s also gearing up to become a grandmother for the first time. Her oldest son, Josh, and his wife, Anna, are expecting their first child next month, Associated Press reports. Michelle Duggar says her baby is due March 18.

Short takes

m AMC has renewed the flagship series “Mad Men” for a fourth season on the heels of healthy numbers and wide media exposure for its third-season premiere last month, Variety reports. The Aug. 16 premiere drew 4.5 million viewers shortly after the show received 16 Emmy nominations for its second season. The series won the 2008 Emmy drama honors for its freshman season.

• Showtime is reviving “The L Word” - but this time as a reality series. According to Variety, the premium cable network has given the go-ahead to nine episodes of “The Real L Word: Los Angeles,” from “L Word” creator Ilene Chaiken and reality producers Magical Elves Inc. (“Top Chef”). The new series will follow six lesbians in Los Angeles as they go about their lives - a lesbian answer to Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise. The original “L Word” - which starred Jennifer Beals, Mia Kirshner and Laurel Holloman - wrapped earlier this year after six seasons.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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