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Mega Buzz: Gibbs' NCIS Dilemma, a Housewife's New Job and Callie's Question on Grey's

Teri Hatcher, Mark Harmon, Sara Ramirez

Every week, senior editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Given the events of the finale, is Gibbs' job in danger on NCIS? — Jonathan
ADAM: The murder of Pedro Hernandez will add a new layer to the already contentious relationship between Gibbs and Director Vance. You'll see Vance's somewhat shocking reaction in the premiere, but executive producer Shane Brennan coyly tells us that it may also give hints to Vance's own mysterious past. "Sometimes when you think something's done, things pop up years later," Brennan says. "You've got that famous moment where the new director moves into his office for the first time and shreds a piece of paper. That's one of those moments."

How bad do Mike and Susan's finances get on Desperate Housewives? — Rob
MICKEY: With Mike's business on the skids, Susan's finger-painting with the kiddies isn't going to pay the rent. To help out, she'll... read more

NBC Discusses Changes at Parks and Rec, 30 Rock and The Office

Tina Fey, Rob Lowe

As if convening a 12-step meeting, NBC executives began their presentation at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews by reciting some of the basic truths of their network's current situation.

"We recognize some of the mistakes we've made over the last few years. We put more money in development and we believe in our projects," Jeff Gaspin, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, said Friday.

Among the session's news tidbits:

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Law & Order: Los Angeles Adds Terrence Howard

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Terrence Howard has signed on to play a deputy district attorney on Law & Order: Los Angeles.

The 41-year-old Oscar nominee will split the office of Deputy D.A. with previously announced cast member Alfred Molina, who will portray Deputy D.A. Morales... read more

Terrence Howard on Iron Man 2: Marvel Made a Very Bad Choice

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Terrence Howard isn't bitter about being dropped from Iron Man 2 at all.

The star, who was reportedly dropped from the sequel after salary negotiations went south, isn't shy about his dissatisfaction with the film's producers.

"Marvel made a choice, and it was a very, very bad choice," Howard told Parade.com. "They didn't keep their word. They didn't honor my contract. They produced a great bounty with the first one but they put it all in the storehouse and you were not allowed in."

Howard believes his fellow actors should have ... read more

Terrence Howard: Iron Man Replacement "Was the Surprise of a Lifetime"

Terrence Howard, Iron Man

It turns out that news of Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard in the upcoming Iron Man sequel was as much of a shock for Howard as it was for the rest of us.

"It was the surprise of a lifetime. There was ...
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Don Cheadle Steps in for Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2

Don Cheadle and Terrence Howard

In last summer's blockbuster Iron Man, Terrence Howard promised he'd join Tony Stark in his adventures "next time," amplifying fanboy anticipation for the sequel. The sequel may be happening, but don't expect to see Howard taking flight.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Don Cheadle will be filling Howard's shoes as Jim Rhodes, Stark's best friend and future hero War Machine. Marvel is keeping mum, but sources say Howard's return was squashed by disagreements over money and other undisclosed reasons.

See how the role will change now that Cheadle's on board after the jump. read more

Darth Vader, Mrs. Huxtable Make Cat Calls

A fourth and all-black Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will open March 7 at the Broadhurst Theatre, it was announced on Tuesday. Directed by Debbie Allen (Fame, fame!), this staging features James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad as Big Daddy and Big Mama, Terrence Howard as their son, Brick, and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) as Brick's "in need of an itch scratching" wife, Maggie. Previews begin Feb. 12. read more

<I>Lost in Space</i>, Kate Walsh and More Short Cuts

Hammacher Schlemmer is now offering a full-size replica of Lost in Space's B-9 robot, which speaks 511 prerecorded (by the series' Richard Tufeld) phrases and has animated clawed arms. The price tag: $24,500. (Britney just bought three.).... Kate Walsh and Terrence Howard will announce this year's SAG Award nominees Dec. 20 on TNT.... The Today Show site at 4 pm/ET today will Web-premiere the new Spice Girls video.... DotComedy is not pretty. NBC Universal is pulling the plug on its website barely a year after the service launched. read more

At the Movies: Iron Man's Pal Is a Hustler

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Hustle & Flow's Terrence Howard has joined the cast of Marvel's Iron Man feature as Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, best bud of Tony Stark, the billionaire industrialist/superhero to be played by Robert Downey Jr. Filming is set to begin in February 2007, for a May 2008 release.... Per Variety, Everybody Loves Raymond exec producer Rory Rosegarten has secured the rights to a feature film about the seminal punk-rock band The Ramones, based on the authorized bio I Slept with Joey Ramone. So sorry to rub it in, Vincent Chase. read more

At the Movies: Carrey-Diaz Reunion Called Off

A Little Game Without Consequence, a dramedy that would have reunited Jim Carrey with Mask costar Cameron Diaz, has lost its two leads "due to amicable but substantial creative differences," the studio says in a statement. Carrey and Diaz reportedly wanted the film to retain a dark tone, while the studio was dead-set on something more commercial. This marks the third consecutive Carrey film to get sidelined.... Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte and Martin Short are in talks to join The Spiderwick Chronicles, playing the central kids' mother and a pair of otherworldly creatures, respectively.... Hard Candy's Ellen Page has the title role in Juno, a coming-of-age comedy also starring Arrested Development's Michael Cera.... Hustle & Flow helmer Craig Brewer tells the AP that he and Terrence Howard are working on a biopic about country crooner Charley Pride, which Howard will headline. read more

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