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Every week, senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

I have to wonder if the psych hospital in the House finale was also a hallucination.  It was pretty strange how the street and parking lots were empty.  And it looked like he was going to one of those hospitals from the 1940s. — RSmith
MATT: How Vanilla Sky! But nope, sources assure me that House's rehab stint is the real deal. And that hospital's more retro than you think. Greystone Park State Hospital (in Morristown, N.J.) made its debut in 1876 as the not-so-subtly named New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum. The hospital has tended to such patients as singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, and until the Pentagon was built, it boasted the largest foundation (674,000 sq. feet) of any structure in the U.S. I'd try to book a TVGuide.com Q&A with the building, but fear I'd be stonewalled. 

Now that Reiko Aylesworth has been dropped from ABC's The Forgotten, could SVU bring back her ADA character, Erica Alden, from Season 1? —Walt
MICKEY: It's an interesting idea, but a very well-informed source tells me that Aylesworth will ... read more

Best and Worst Attempts at Hiding Pregnancies on TV

Ana Ortiz, Sarah Jessica Parker

Producers and costume designers are always thrown a curveball any time their leading ladies announce they are expecting — but the real challenge is camouflaging those baby bumps.

For Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz, wardrobe and some strategic camera work has been the key to hiding her bundle of joy. "I have been carrying bowls of popcorn around, Easter baskets and all kinds of things," Oritz told TVGuide.com at Ugly Betty's Paley Center panel. "For me, it's easy as pie. For everyone else, they have to maneuver!"

But while some expectant mothers are all but unnoticeable on-camera, others are just plain obvious. Check out our list of some of the best and worst attempts of hiding real-life pregnancies on TV.
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NBC Picks Up Debra Messing Comedy Pilot

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Debra Messing is coming back to NBC.

The Peacock is negotiating to pick up a single-camera comedy fronted by the Emmy-winning former Will & Grace star, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriot, who recently worked with Messing as writers/executive producers of USA Network's The Starter Wife miniseries.

The yet-to-be-titled comedy follows Messing as a laid-off CEO who must adjust to becoming a full-time wife and mother.

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USA Divorces Starter Wife

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Poor Molly Kagen. She got dumped by her husband and now her cable network is kicking her to the curb. USA has canceled The Starter Wife due to low ratings, Variety reports.

Based on Gigi Levangie Grazer's bestseller of the same name, Wife, starring Debra Messing, was adapted into a weekly series last year after the six-hour miniseries netted 5 million viewers in 2007. The series, though, only attracted an average of ...
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Debra Messing Proud of Her "Healthy Approach" to Weight Loss

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Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can hurt too.

So says Debra Messing in the January issue of Shape as she recalls hurtful stories she read in tabloids about her as she tried to lose her baby weight. "On one page it showed all the actresses who got skinny in six weeks or less, and on the other page was me!" says the Will & Grace and Starter Wife star. "I was so depressed and frustrated."

Messing gave birth to son Roman in 2004, and began ... read more

Starter Wife Gets a New Ex-Husband

Since Peter Jacobson is busy playing House , Debra Messing's Starter Wife will get a new ex when the mini returns as a USA Network series in October. David Alan Basche, who most recently had a run NBC's Lipstick Jungle , is taking over the role of Kenny Kagan, the Hollywood mogul Messing's character once was wed to, says the Reporter. — MWM read more

Movie News: Spider-Man 4, Debra Messing and More

Spider-Man might live dangerously, but at least one key player isn't letting the series' fate hang in the balance. Writer James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) tells Comics2Film that he had officially signed on to the project before the WGA strike began.... SAG Award nominee Debra Messing isn't resting on her kudos. The Will & Grace alum is set to play wife to John Leguizamo in Humboldt Park, a Latino family drama to begin shooting Feb. 13.... Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's not gonna let the ball dro-o-o-op, either. The mix-master Brooklynite is launching Oscilloscope Pictures, a film-distribution and international-sales arm of his production house. We'll be waiting to say hello nicely to his new projects. — Anna Dimond read more

Starter Wife Restarted and More Short Cuts

The Starter Wife by Matthew Rolston/USA Network Photo

USA has renewed The Starter Wife, thus enlightening me to the fact that miniseries even could be renewed. Debra Messing will return in the title role.... Per Reuters, on Nov. 14, the last in Garth Brooks' string of nine sold-out pre-retirement concerts will be simulcast from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, to over 300 movie theaters.... Jenna Elfman and, like, half the creative team behind Dharma & Greg are suing 20th Century Fox for $15 million they claim they are owed in profit-participation payments.Wednesday's Today's News was written by Ben Katner. read more

At the Emmys: Debra Messing, Grey's Stars Get Ready

Frederic Fekkai and Debra Messing by John Shearer/WireImage.com

Debra Messing took a break from her prepping for Sunday night's Emmy Awards to toast the opening of Frederic Fekkai's new salon and celebrate The Starter Wife's 10 nominations. She came straight to the Gersh Agency party from Kate Somerville's Emmy Gifting Suite where she had received an "Ultimate Kate facial." In honor of her nomination she wore a dress from The Starter Wife. For the Will & Grace alumna, Emmy prepping is almost like a second job. "Oh my goodness, it's head-to-toe prepping. It's facials, hair cut, hair color, eyebrow plucking, manicure, pedicure and of course the dress fittings and picking out jewelry shoes and bag. This is all today, tomorrow and Sunday."Also at the Gersh bash, Grey's Anatomy's T.R. Knight said he'll probably spend Emmy morning picking up his dogs feces, as that's all he's been doing lately. When asked if the other cast members are happy for each other he joked, "We all hate each other by now." Grey's McSteamy Eric Dane and wife Rebecca Gayhear... read more

Will Debra Messing Get Doll'd Up?

Debra Messing courtesy Lorenzo Aguis/NBC

Someone hand me a walker, please, because Broadway is reviving something I saw the previous time around. [Old man's sigh] According to the New York Post, the Great White Way is welcoming back Guys and Dolls, with a spring 2008 opening in mind. The producers' dream cast, which sources say has a 50-50 chance of becoming reality: Debra Messing as Adelaide, John C. Reilly as Nathan, Patrick Wilson as Sky, and Anne Hathaway as sweet Sarah."I think of the dayyyyyys gone by...." read more

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