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Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights (Friday, 8/7c, NBC)
In their perfect (so far) season, it's now "rivalry week" as the East Dillon Lions take on their arch-rival Dillon Panthers (Coach Taylor's old team) — but the battle with the higher stakes may be the tug of war over star player Vince's future between the Coach and Vince's shady father Ornette. Meanwhile, Billy becomes Luke's personal trainer and puts the poor kid through the paces. Whatever helps you win.

National Memorial Day Concert (Sunday, 8/7c, PBS; check tvguide.com listings)
For an American Idol also-ran, Pia Toscano certainly gets around. She's one of the headliners for this year's... read more

American Idol's Scotty McCreery on Dating, Duet Rumors: Lauren and I Sound Great Together

Scotty McCreery

What a difference a year makes.

As soon as Scotty McCreery was named the Season 10 winner of American Idol, his mind shot back to where he was the last time a winner was named.

"I was watching the show last year and it didn't even cross my mind that this could even happen," McCreery told reporters backstage hours after winning the title Wednesday night. "I think I've changed as a performer and as a singer. ... It's amazing what American Idol has helped me do."

American Idol finale: And the Season 10 winner is...

Until host Ryan Seacrest actually read his name, the 17-year-old North Carolina native said he thought Lauren Alaina had won after... read more

American Idol Episode Recap: We Have a Winner!

Beyonce

After an American Idol season that was at times shockingly unpredictable and at other times maddeningly obvious, the (more than 122 million) votes are in: We have a new champion. But the overstuffed finale, of course, offered up a number of musical distractions before the first bit of confetti rained down inside the Nokia Theatre.

Beyonce! Gaga! Spider-Man! Jack Black?  Rather than break down the whole night, we humbly offer our favorite moments... read more

Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckinridge Cast in American Horror Story

Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge

Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckinridge have joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

From executive producer Ryan Murphy, the series centers on Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), a sensitive therapist, and his wife, Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton), who move to San Francisco after Ben makes a terrible mistake that damages his family. The only problem: their new home may not be the best place to start over.

Conroy (Six Feet Under) will play... read more

So You Think You Can Dance Changes: An All-Star Twist and a Quieter Mary Murphy?

Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley

So You Think You Can Dance is back Thursday (8/7c on Fox) with a few changes this season, including less All-Star action and more "amateurs," executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says.

"What I wanted to try and do this year was to please everybody," he explains. In Season 8, the show will return to the Top 20 finalists format, but introduce the All-Stars partners once... read more

American Idol Finale: And the Season 10 Winner Is...

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery

[WARNING: The following story reveals the winner of American Idol's 10th season. Read at your own risk.]

Following a record-shattering number of votes, American Idol's Season 10 champion has been crowned.

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More than 122 million votes — the most in the show's history — were cast for Idol finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina,  according to Fox.

While many considered country crooner Scotty the odds-on favorite (52 percent of the more than 4,600 TVGuide.com users who voted in our poll predicted he would win), Lauren gained momentum and perhaps more than few sympathy votes after her finale performance. She sang well despite reportedly having strained her vocal chords and won high praise from the judges, who suggested she might have a slight edge over Scotty... read more

Is Nicole Scherzinger Replacing Cheryl Cole as an X Factor Judge?

Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger will replace Cheryl Cole as a judge on The X Factor, TMZ.com reports.

Less than three weeks after going into production on Simon Cowell's reality singing competition, Scherzinger is set to relocate to the judges' table alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid. The Pussycat Dolls star was originally tapped to co-host with British TV personality Steve Jones. There's no indication whether... read more

Saffron Burrows Leaving Bones Spin-off The Finder

Saffron Burrows

Saffron Burrows is leaving the Bones' spin-off, The Finder, as Fox reconceives the character, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Based on The Locator books by Richard Greener, the spin-off follows Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults), a former military policeman with the ability to find anything. Burrows, 38, played... read more

10 Ways to Deal with Oprah Winfrey Withdrawal

Oprah Winfrey

Does the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show have you feeling down, restless and hopeless? Are you losing sleep? Retreating from the warm embraces of your loved ones? Are you worried about how you'll fill the space in your heart (not to mention the time slot) that Oprah left when she signed off Wednesday after 25 years on air? You might be suffering from Empty Oprah Syndrome, a very real condition, according to someone who has no business diagnosing anything and had a trend piece to file.

Following suit, just because we have no business offering treatment options doesn't mean we won't. Coping starts here with 10 easy tips to overcoming Oprah withdrawal...
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Ratings: Dancing Finishes Strong; Biggest Loser Ends at Record Low

Dancing With the Stars

Dancing with the Stars averaged 20.97 million viewers over its two-hour finale, wrapping up its best ratings season ever. All told, it was up 15 percent in viewership and 18 percent in the demo over last year's season-ender (a record low for the franchise's finales).

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