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It's official: Hit-starved ABC is on the comeback trail. Roughly 21 million viewers sampled the network's acclaimed new dramedy Desperate Housewives Sunday night, making it the night's most-watched program by a landslide and sending Law & Order: Criminal Intent to its lowest scores (possibly) ever. Housewives marks ABC's second hit of the new fall season; the net's castaway thriller Lost debuted last month to boffo numbers as well. Meanwhile, ABC's Practice spin-off Boston Legal won its 10 pm-Sunday time slot with 13 million viewers. read more


Screen legend Janet Leigh, whose shocking first-act murder in the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho stunned audiences and stigmatized motel-room showers forever, died Sunday at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 77. Leigh's husband, Robert Brandt, and her daughters, actresses Kelly Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis, were at her side. Leigh, whose other credits include the original The Manchurian Candidate and Orson Welles' 1958 film noir Touch of Evil, had suffered from vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels. read more


The Passion of the Christ auteur Mel Gibson has obtained a restraining order against an alleged serial prayer. In court papers, Gibson said Zack Sinclair, a 34-year-old homeless man, came to his Malibu home on two consecutive days last month and "demanded to see me, saying that he wanted to pray with me." Gibson also said Sinclair sent him a number of "harassing and annoying" letters. Wait, so he's a personal publicist, too? I'm confused. read more

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It would go without saying that Mary Alice Young, having blown her own brains out, is the luckiest one on Wisteria Lane. But now she's gotta stick around, watch her former "loved" ones and "friends," and tell us about it. Which means we're the luckiest ones on the block, 'cause we get to watch. Sure, it owes a lot to forebears like American Beauty and Blue Velvet, but I'm liking it.

Worth noting: Casting the unsettling Teri Hatcher is truly inspired, and choosing the even more unsettling Nicolette Sheridan is a flat-out stroke of genius. 'Cause to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure they're acting. Matter of fact, I'm fairly certain they're not. But Felicity Huffman proves once again that no matter what you toss her into, she's sure to shine.

And bonus points for Huffman's Lynette nearly breaking hubby's nose after his cavalier "Let's risk it" comment.

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"I'm not strong enough in my own self to play the premature ejaculator on my wife's show." — Matthew Broderick when asked by The New York Times if he was ever tempted to take a part on Sex and the City. read more


Britney Spears has another asset to eventually divide up with hubby Kevin Federline. The newlywed has purchased a house in Malibu, Calif., for just under $6.9 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 9000-square-foot crib rests on a gated 1.5-acre lot, and features eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a tennis court, pool, spa, gym, gardens and an outdoor kitchen — perfect for fixin' up a Crisco casserole. read more

TAR's Bowling Moms Strike Out

When The Amazing Race started back in July, who would've guessed that a pair of fortysomething bowling moms from California would make it past the third leg, let alone end up finishing in fourth place? With their boundless energy and enthusiasm, Linda and Karen proved that age ain't nothin' but a number. Here, these peppy ladies tell TV Guide Online all about their excellent adventure.

TV Guide Online: How's it feel to be TAR's first all-female team to reach the top four?
I was surprised at how far we made it. Linda wasn't — she knew that we could do it all along.
Linda: At every pit stop, we would look at each other and go, "Oh my gosh, we made another round!" And it just kept going.

TVGO: When did you feel your fortunes change on the last leg?
When we left the pit stop, we were in second place, but we had to run around the corner and up the street to get a taxi. Meanwhile, Brandon and read more


Former TV Guide Channel (and The View) host Debbie Matenopoulos was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a possible concussion while taping a segment of Good Day Live about firefighters. Apparently, Deb landed incorrectly on an airbag after jumping off a three-story building. Honestly, I don't know how Barbara Walters sleeps at night. read more

Happy Ending for Tears for Fears?

Backstage at Last Call with Carson Daly, Tears for Fears duo Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal are waiting to go on. They've been doing a lot of that lately. That's what happens when you're one of the biggest bands of the '80s (with hits like "Shout" and "Sowing the Seeds of Love") and you're promoting your first joint album together, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, in more than 15 years. You do a lot of TV appearances (including, so far, The Tonight Show, Conan, Today and The Late Late Show), which means a lot of rehearsals and then a lot of waiting. "This is our third TV show in as many days," says Orzabal. "Basically, we're taking over American TV for every week up until the election."

It was back in 1990 when Orzabal and Smith elected to go their separate musical ways after 14 years together, a partnership that began when they were teenagers in Bath, England. After the split, Orzabal, who retained the band's read more


Justin Timberlake is apparently serious about this acting thing. The aspiring thesp — who makes his big-screen debut in the forthcoming indie Edison — will co-star alongside Emile Hirsch (The Girl Next Door) in the Nick Cassavetes-directed drama Alpha Dog, per The Hollywood Reporter. The story centers around a drug dealer (Hirsch) who becomes one of the youngest men ever on the FBI's most-wanted list. Timberlake will play the best friend. read more

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