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Christina Applegate Dishes on Samantha Who?'s Unforgettable Return

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Christina Applegate had the kind of 2008 she might want to forget, including the death of her ex-boyfriend and a brave fight with breast cancer. But talking to about Samantha Who?'s return from a long winter break (ABC, Thursday, 8:30 pm) the former Kelly Bundy was all spring and sunshine. She told us about Samantha's lingering issues with amnesia, a fresh Winston Funk (Billy Zane), and what's going on with Samantha and Todd (Barry Watson). read more

Dark Knight, Underwood Are the People's Choice

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

A-listers reigned supreme at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards Wednesday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The Dark Knight continued to make an impact this award season by nabbing five trophies, including Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie. Batman himself, Christian Bale, was named Favorite Superhero and was also recognized, along with the late Heath Ledger, in the Favorite On-Screen Match-up category.

Also awarded in the film categories were Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who were missing in action from the ceremony. Pitt was named Favorite Leading Man, while Jolie was voted Favorite Female Action star.

Will Smith was a double winner, nabbing Favorite Male Movie Star and Favorite Male Action Star, while Reese Witherspoon was named Favorite Female Movie Star.

Ellen DeGeneres presented the first award of the night, filling in for Kate Hudson whom, she said, was stuck in traffic and "40 minutes away." DeGeneres quipped, "That's no way to sell a movie." Later, DeGeneres... read more

Christina Applegate Is Rarin' to Hug Again

Christina Applegate

Samantha Who? star and cancer survivor Christina Applegate appeared on Ellen and declared that she's ready to hug again after her double mastectomy surgeries.

Applegate told host Ellen DeGeneres on Friday's show that "I went back to work for about five weeks right after the second surgery," but didn't tell ... read more

Christina Applegate "Just Knew" She Had Breast Cancer

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After seeing her doctor, Christina Applegate "just knew" she was going to be diagnosed with breast cancer, the actress shared on Tuesday's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show."I just knew. I went home and they called me and... [said] 'It came back positive,'" she said. "And I just — like right now I'm sitting here shaking remembering that moment."The Samantha Who? star's mother, Nancy, is a two-time survivor of the disease, and "there was this part of me that sort of knew that the other shoe was going to drop," Applegate said.Following her diagnosis, the 36-year-old made the "tough choice" to undergo a double mastectomy ("I was just gonna let them go") and felt no sadness in the decision until she met her surgeon."At first I didn't [cry]," she said. "And then when I met with my doctor and I told him that was my decision and he brought the surgeon in and it was like the flood gates just opened up and I — I lost it."Thanks to the procedure, Applegate is now "absolutely 100 per... read more

Emmys Press Room: Jean Smart on Applegate

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As she accepted best supporting comedy honors, Jean Smart praised her Samantha Who? co-star and on-screen daughter, Christina Applegate, who underwent a double mastectomy this summer to treat breast cancer.Her comments didn't stop on stage. In the press room, Smart talked about how she first spoke to Applegate about her diagnosis. "I said, 'I'm sorry I'm tearing up,'" Smart explained. "'I think everything is going to be fine. I just hate to think that you're going to go through this.'" Smart said she has maternal feelings for Applegate, which made her medical news more personal."But [Applegate's] a very spiritual person so she's fine," Smart said. — Anna Dimond Related:• John Adams, Mad Men, 30 Rock Win Big at Emmys•'s Top Emmy Moments• The Emmys: History New and Old• Emmy Fashion: Hits and Misses• 2008 Emmy Red Carpet read more

Christina Applegate Presenting at Emmy Awards

Christina Applegate by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Christina Applegate will present at the Emmy Awards next weekend, ABC has announced.The actress, who underwent a double mastectomy last month to treat breast cancer and is now cancer-free, will hope to grace the NOKIA Theatre stage twice that night. Applegate is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her ABC sitcom Samantha Who?.Other big-namers tapped to present are five-time Emmy champion Candice Bergen, David Boreanaz, Wayne Brady, Jimmy Kimmel, Kiefer Sutherland and Hills star/author/Emmy gown designer Lauren Conrad.The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sept. 21 at 8 pm/ET. — Joyce EngUse our Online Video Guide to watch interviews with Applegate.Related:• Oprah Slated to Appear on Emmys• Kathy Griffin Goes from D-Lister to Emmy Presenter• 2008 Emmy Nominations• Housewives, Baby Mamas to Present at Emmys• More Stars Added to Emmy Presenters List read more

Christina Applegate "100 Percent Clear" of Cancer

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Just a few weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Samantha Who? star Christina Applegate says she's completely cancer free.The 36-year-old actress made the revelation in an interview for Good Morning America that aired Tuesday. "I'm clear," Applegate said. "Absolutely 100 percent clear and clean.... They got everything out so I'm definitely not going to die from breast cancer." Though cancerous lumps were discovered in only one breast, Applegate had a prophylactic double mastectomy only three weeks before the GMA spot, to ensure that all traces were excised. "After looking at all the treatment plans that were possibilities for me, the only one that seemed the most logical and the one that was going to work for me was to have a bilateral mastectomy," she explained. "I didn't want to go back to the doctors every four months for testing and squishing and everything. I just wanted to kind of get rid of this whole thing for me. This was the choice that I made, and it was a tough... read more

Somers to Applegate: "Use Your Cancer to Grow"

Christina Applegate by Gregg DeGuire/, Suzanne Somers by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/

Suzanne Somers on Monday sent an open letter to Christina Applegate, who announced earlier this month that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Somers, 61, was diagnosed with the disease in 2001.In her letter, she tells the 36-year-old Samantha Who? star, "Use your cancer to learn and grow and as a force to work for you," and offers her perspective:Dear Christina, Cancer is scary, and lonely. You can't ask anyone to make decisions for you because it's just too heavy. There is a lot of 'rush to treatment,' when what you really need is time to research and think about how you want to approach this. Take your time Christina, there is no rush. Take your time and think it through. Use your cancer to learn and grow and as a force to work for you. You might choose to take an alternative approach. There are more options than the ones presented to you in the oncologist's office. You will make it. The success and drive you have had in your career will be the same strengths you will use ... read more

Christina Applegate Diagnosed with Breast Cancer; Full Recovery Expected

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Samantha Who? star Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer.A spokesperson for the 36-year-old actress says in a statement, "Benefitting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life threatening. Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery."The Office's Rainn Wilson, who woos Applegate in The Rocker, told TV Guide at the Teen Choice awards' red carpet, "I understand she's going home very soon, and I'll reach out to her soon." Is Applegate the kind of gal who can beat this? "She’s a fighter, definitely," says Wilson.Applegate's mother is a survivor of breast cancer, the most common form of the disease in women. — Matt Mitovich, with additional reporting by Carita Rizzo read more

The Emmys: A Dramatic Shift Toward Cable

Jon Hamm courtesy AMC

If you heard someone momentarily flatlining in the audience at the reading of the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, that was me. They were announcing the best drama series candidates and I was mostly on board as I checked my list in the back of the TV Academy theater. Damages. Yay! House. OK. Boston Legal. I don’t approve, but I’m no longer surprised. Lost. OMG! Dexter. OM-Freaking-G! Wait. That’s five. Surely they didn’t leave out . . . And they didn’t. AMC’s dazzling Mad Men, the last to be announced, not only made the cut, it made history. With 16, it’s the most nominated drama of the year, and with FX’s Damages (seven nominations total), represents basic cable’s first-ever breakthrough into the top tier of Emmy accolades for best series. Mad Men also has to be seen as the odds-on favorite for best drama at this point.While we’re on this category—and let’s face it, this is the golden age of TV drama, so this really is t... read more

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