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A Day Out With Nikita's Shane West

Shane West

It's a Friday morning in L.A., and Shane West is casually dangling from an indoor rock wall nearly 20 feet up in the air. (Picture a spider monkey with unusually good hair and cheekbones.) Apparently, the 33-year-old star of The CW's Nikita hasn't been faking his way through all the tricky stunt work required to play rogue Division agent Michael (last name unknown) on the action-packed cult fave, now in Season 2. In between cracks about the unconventional setting — we agree he looks like he's auditioning for a new basic-cable sitcom called Hang in There — West describes his climb up the showbiz ladder... read more

Pilot Scoop from the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala

Lea Thompson

Some familiar faces are coming to a TV near you, and TV Guide Magazine caught up with them at the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala on April 29 to get the scoop on their new shows.

After almost a decade away from a steady TV gig, Lea Thompson (Caroline in the City) is now about to play the mother of a daughter she didn't know she had, on ABC Family's Switched at Birth, premiering June 6.

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TNT Renews Southland, Green-Lights Eric McCormack Drama

Southland

TNT has renewed gritty cop drama Southland  for a 10-episode fourth season, the network announced Tuesday.

What's next for Southland? Our burning questions answered

"John Wells, Chris Chulack and their teams created a brilliant roller coaster ride this season, with countless riveting scenes and unforgettable character arcs," Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT said in a statement.

The roller coaster metaphor is apt... read more

The Force is With Seth Green's Robot Chicken — and Another Mysterious Star Wars Project

Robot Chicken Star Wars

Darth Vader discos! Boba Fett kills Chewey! R2-D2 gets sexually aroused by Padme Amidala! Is the George Lucas universe out of alignment? Nope, it's Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (airing Sunday, 11:30/10:30c, on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), yet another raunchy, irreverent spoof on the Lucas legacy from writer-producers Seth Green and Matt Senreich. This stop-motion hour — featuring the voices of ... read more

Rachael Leigh Cook Joins TNT's Perception

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook has been cast opposite Eric McCormack in the TNT pilot Perception, according to Deadline.com.

Cook, 31, who starred in She's All That and recently appeared on Psych, will play FBI Agent Kate Rossi. She recruits her former professor (McCormack) to help... read more

Rachael Leigh Cook Lands Lead in Fox's Nirvana

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook has snagged the female lead on Fox's comedy pilot Nirvana, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Laurie Metcalf to headline Strange Brew pilot

The pilot centers on two Indian-American brothers who ... read more

Mega Buzz on Grey's, Housewives, CSI: Miami, Tree Hill and More!

Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy), Marcia Cross (Housewives) and David Caruso (CSI: Miami)

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.

Color me shocked that Katherine Heigl isn't leaving Grey's Anatomy. Is it possible we're being duped in some way? — Krista
MATT: I must say that the lack of fanfare surrounding ABC's confirmation of Heigl's status — especially when juxtaposed with the flurry of official statements regarding T.R. Knight's departure — made me raise one of my overgrown eyebrows. "Sure, she's staying... for just one more episode," I cynically hypothesized. But one of my best sources insists that this is not a case of clever semantics, and that Heigl's Izzie will have a significant presence in the fall. 

Please give me some scoop on what's next for Desperate Housewives' Bree.  — Fernando R.
MICKEY: Bree may come off like a brittle maneater, but at heart she's a real softy, which is why juggling an angry Orson and a horny Karl will really ... read more

Shane West to Be a Big-Screen Cowboy

Shane West by Barry King/ WireImage.com

Former ER star Shane West is ready to ignite the big screen in Kerosene CowboysThe actor is in talks to star in the action thriller along with one-time OC-er Cam Gigandet and Rachael Leigh Cook The Hollywood Reporter reportsBased on a Randy Arrington novel the film will follow the hard-knock lives of no not cowboys but Navy pilots Gigandet will play a hot-shot pilot while West will play his BFF-turned-enemy and Cook will be a journalist and Gigandets love interestSoap star Mario van Peebles will direct and Adam Prince will write the screenplay Joyce EngRelive Wests run on ER in our Online Video Guide read more

Exclusive: Rachael Leigh Cook Latest Psych Major

James Roday by Alan Zenuk/USA Network Photo, Rachael Leigh Cook by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com

I've seen Shawn Spencer's future, and it looks crowded. Not only is James Roday's faux soothsayer getting a visit from his shrinky-dink mama on Psych this season, but one of his exes is coming out of the woodwork, too.Sources confirm to me exclusively that ex-Pussycat Rachael Leigh Cook has signed on to play a high school crush of Shawn's in at least one episode. The two reconnect at their 13-year class reunion and, well, even a pretend seer can predict what happens next.Cook's scheduled to appear in the second episode of the upcoming third season, which kicks off on July 18 (aka not soon enough)!Related:• Psych Finds Shawn's Mother... and It's Cybill Shepherd! read more

MANY STARS ARE GAME

Zach Braff (reprising his animated big-screen alter ego, Chicken Little), James Woods (as Hades), Mena Suvari (as Final Fantasy VII's Aerith), Rachael Leigh Cook, Brittany Snow, Jesse McCartney and General Hospital's Steve Burton are some of the many stars lending their voices to the video game Disney's Kingdom Hearts II, in stores March 30. read more

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