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The Thursday Playlist: A Scandal-ous Friend, Runway All-Stars

Scandal

Once upon a very different time, Lisa Kudrow owned Thursday night along with her other TV Friends during NBC's now-distant era of "Must See" supremacy. She's back on the same night, on a different network, but once again she's landed on the buzziest show of the moment: ABC's Scandal (10/9c), where she begins a recurring role as Josephine Marcus, a Democratic Congresswoman — and outspoken critic of the Grant administration — who tangles with First Lady Mellie (the awesome Bellamy Young). What drew Kudrow back to network TV? May have something to do with her longtime friendship and working relationship with producing partner (and guest actor Emmy winner) Dan Bucatinsky, who plays Cyrus's excitable partner James on the show. While she's reason enough to tune in, the Pope & Associates subplot also sounds like fun, as they take on as a client a politician notorious for snapping photos of his unmentionables. (Sound familiar?)

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GLSEN Auction Offers Up Major TV Prizes

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington may have to handle some seriously sticky situations on ABC's hit Scandal, but her involvement with the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network's (GSLEN) online auction is not in need of any fixing.

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Bob Newhart to Go Head-to-Head with Bill Nye on The Big Bang Theory

Bob Newhart

It turns out that Professor Proton has a rival!

Bob Newhart will reprise his Emmy-winning role in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory that will also guest-star Bill Nye, CBS announced Wednesday.

How long can The Big Bang Theory go on?

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Keck's Exclusives: First Look: Big Bang's New Couplings

Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg

CBS's The Big Bang Theory is mixing things up on its Oct. 3 episode by pairing characters that rarely interact for a big scavenger hunt involving a hidden gold coin.

Raj (Kunal Nayyar) organizes the citywide search, which partners Leonard (Johnny Galecki) with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Amy (Mayim Bialik) with Howard (Simon Helberg), and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) with Sheldon (Jim Parsons).

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Big Bang Theory Romance Scoop: Will Raj Hit It Off with the Ladies?

The Big Bang Theory

Is love in the air for Raj on The Big Bang Theory?

Now that Raj (Kunal Nayyar) can finally talk to women without the aid of alcohol, the possibilities seem endless. Guess again. "He's not doing well!" Nayyar tells TVGuide.com of Raj's romantic exploits on Season 7, which premieres Thursday (8/7c, CBS). "He hasn't been able to talk to women for a long time, so he's going to put... read more

Breaking Bad, Modern Family Top Emmy Awards

Breaking Bad

Breaking BadModern Family and Behind the Candelabra topped Sunday's 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

After four losses, Breaking Bad finally won its first trophy for drama series, while Anna Gunn took home drama supporting actress honors.

Modern Family became the first show to four-peat in comedy series ...
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Keck's Exclusives: Emmy Nominees Spill Some Scoop

Jane Lynch

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences kicked off Emmy season with a cocktail reception for the nominees who will compete for gold on Sept. 22. Of course, the actors also dished about what's coming up for their characters:

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TV's Highest Paid Stars: What They Earn

Jon Stewart

There is a new king of late night, according to TV Guide Magazine's annual survey of star salaries. And he's a very rich king.

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart is now earning between $25-30 million a year, according to several sources (his network, Comedy Central, did not comment). That puts Stewart ahead of the past perennial late night salary leaders Jay Leno and David Letterman. Leno took a significant pay cut last year, as NBC wanted to reduce costs at Tonight. He now earns around $20 million a year after being up near $30 million. Letterman is also said to be in the $20 million range as the license fee CBS pays to his production company, Worldwide Pants, for Late Show has been reduced in recent years.

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How Long Can The Big Bang Theory Go On?

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory has done what few shows on television have done before: It has actually grown in viewership since its first season by more than 10 million viewers — and it keeps getting bigger.

The CBS comedy closed out last season with 18.6 million viewers and a 6.2 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, making it the No. 1 comedy in both measures, a feat unheard of for a show heading into its seventh season these days. The ratings are only topped by the show's eight Emmy nominations, including Comedy Series, Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jim Parsons and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Mayim Bialik.

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Pretty Little Liars Wins Big at Teen Choice Awards

Darren Criss

Pretty Little LiarsThe Vampire Diaries and The X Factor were among the big TV winners at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards.

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