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Last updated 16:05 30/01/2013
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Every week TV Guide editor Julie Eley gives us the low-down on what’s hot and what’s not in the TV world.

It's difficult to know if the US producers of Dancing With The Stars were joking when they once again invited disgraced cycling drug cheat, Lance Armstrong, to guest star on the show.

Either way, Armstrong declined the offer - which he has done every time he has been asked. Maybe he was concerned about how he could enhance his performance on the dance floor. Oh, and Lindsay Lohan said no, as well.

Could the hit TV comedy Mrs Brown's Boys be made into a full-length movie? Well, it could if Mrs Brown her/himself has any say in the matter.

The show's creator and star, Brendan O'Carroll, says he has a 300-page script for anyone who is interested, but it seems he isn't holding his breath.

However, he says he wants Downton star Hugh Bonneville to be in the film as a lawyer with Tourettes' Syndrome!

What are the chances of a Star Wars reunion of the original cast in the next movie in the franchise, to be directed by JJ Abrams?

Well, it's possible, as Star Wars episode seven will continue the story from where the third of the original trilogy left off.

Rumour has it that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels (C3P0) are all interested in reprising their roles from 1983's Return Of The Jedi. At 61, Mark Hamill will need a bit more than the Force on his side.

Another star of the 1980s, Larry Manetti, is heading back to his old stomping ground. Larry played Thomas Magnum's mate, Rick Wright, in the hit TV series, Magnum PI, set in the Hawaiian islands.

Now, he is due to take on a recurring role as a lounge singer called Nicky Demarco, in the reboot of Hawaii Five-0.

Would the writers be tempted to have Magnum walk in the door as well? Nah - that would be silly.

One actor who has ruled out a return to the past is Steve Carell, who has scotched any hopes of fans that he would turn up for the last episode of The Office.

Carell left the building two years ago and says that a return of his character, Michael Scott, "didn't make sense".

He will, however, pop in to say "Hi" to his former co-stars before the ninth and final season closes.

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