Christiane Amanpour, who has served as the face of CNN's international coverage for more than two decades, is leaving the cable news network to host ABC News' This Week.
David Cook, American Idol
American Idol's first top 12 elimination helped Fox win an extremely weak Wednesday night permeated with repeats.
Idol drew 20.1 million viewers and was up 5 percent over the previous week's results show among adults 18 to 49. Its lead-in, Human Target (8 million viewers), was down a bit in the demo, but remained steady with its competition.
NBC took second place overall against CBS and ABC, which mostly aired repeats. Mercy (5.6 million viewers) was down in total viewers and in the demo, but Law & Order: SVU (9.5 million viewers) easily won the 10/9c timeslot.
CBS' only new show, Gary Unmarried, drew 5.9 million viewers...
Joseph Fiennes, Michael Ealy, John Cho
It's been four months since FlashForward fans last caught up with agents Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes), Demetri Noh (John Cho) and the rest of the Mosaic team investigating the Oct. 6 global blackout. However, viewers won't have to scratch their heads much longer, as the series returns with all new episodes Thursday at 8/7c. Who is Suspect Zero? What's next for Mark? How does Aaron Stark (Brian F. O'Byrne) fit into all this? TVGuide.com talked with the cast and crew to get those answers and more...
Louis van Amstel
Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars was the longest and largest in the ABC hit's history — not to mention the most difficult for Louis van Amstel. "It was by far the hardest work I've ever done in my life," he tells TVGuide.com. "The season didn't seem to end. But I would do it again because the reward I got out of it — the relationship with Kelly [Osbourne] — was so worth it." With the smaller cast lineup for Season 10, the Dancing pro will put in fewer hours with his new partner, Niecy Nash, who, he says, will show audiences a new side to her funny, feisty self.
Timothy Olyphant, Justified
Justified drew 4.2 million viewers Tuesday night, making it FX's biggest series premiere since The Shield debuted to 4.8 million viewers in 2002, the network said. The new drama ranked No. 1 on cable for the night in overall viewers and even beat the broadcast networks at 10/9c among men 18-to-49.
Fox won a slow night for the networks as American Idol's two-hour top 12 performance program drew 22.6 million viewers and continued its dominance among all 18-to-49-year-olds, according to Nielsen overnight estimates.
CBS placed second for the night, but saw all its shows fall in the demo versus their last new episodes...
Anna Trebunskaya, Dancing With The Stars
Dancing with the Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya hears the chatter about her partner, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek, but she's not listening. "It kind of freaked me out at first because people were already talking about it, like, 'Well, he's going to win; he's definitely going to go far,'" she tells TVGuide.com. "But then I forgot about it because we can only try our best and the rest is out of our control. I'm just concentrating on our dances." Their rehearsals are going well, she says — except for the instances when she fears she will fly out the window. See why the 29-year-old thinks she'll take flight, why she likes working with athletes and who she's going to recruit to help out Lysacek.
On Tuesday's Sawyer-centric episode of Lost, UnLocke is sending The Talented Mr. Ford on a mission. From what we've heard, it involves lots of dead bodies and the introduction of a new character — this late in the game? — named Zoe (Sheila Kelley). Other notable guest stars in this hour include: Rebecca Mader, who plays the doomed Charlotte; Neil Hopkins, who plays Charlie's brother Liam; and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Prison Break), who plays another new character named Ava. An interesting mix, no?
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