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Watercooler: Lucy Lawless is No Ordinary Guest Star

Lucy Lawless, No Ordinary Family

You know what the opposite of super is? When a show that's on the bubble scores a fierce guest star and utterly wastes her. Kind of like No Ordinary Family did last night.

When news broke that the live-action answer to The Incredibles had locked in Lucy Lawless for a four-episode arc, we were all like "our hero!" Not that the show is The Cape-bad — it's actually quite fun, despite two charmless kid characters — it's just that nobody is watching. You'd need Clark Kent's hearing to pick up any buzz on this one. So the hope was that maybe the flawless Lawless' stint as Mrs. X could save NOF from its villainous ratings and bring some heat to the Powells' home.

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Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the two-time Oscar winner and dedicated AIDS activist whose acting prowess, glitzy lifestyle and larger-than-life celebrity established her as Hollywood royalty, has died. She was 79.

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Taylor died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children, Taylor's rep said. Battling ill health and scoliosis in her later years, Taylor had been hospitalized for the past six weeks for congestive heart failure. She underwent a heart procedure to repair a leaky valve in October 2009.

"My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," Taylor's son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement. "Though her loss is devastating to those of us ...
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On the Set: Top Chef All-Stars' Bahamas Showdown

Top Chef

Seated around a table at a lavish estate in the Bahamas, the Top Chef All-Stars judges are ready for their "last supper." The only ingredient that's missing? "I need a pillow to sit on," says Tom Colicchio, prompting guest judge Wolfgang Puck to request one as well. "Hey, Wolf, just sit on your wallet," quips Colicchio. "You'll be fine."

The judges crack up, but it's no laughing matter for the remaining cheftestants: The winner's billfold will be fattened with $200,000, the show's biggest prize ever. This week's elimination challenge is inspired by the book My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunea, who joins Colicchio, Puck, host Padma Lakshmi and judges Gail Simmons, Masaharu Morimoto and Michelle Bernstein for the feast.

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Get to Know Survivor: Redemption Island's Phillip Sheppard

Phillip Sheppard

He is The crab spear-hunter castaway on Survivor's Ometepe tribe. A self-described "Special Agent," Phillip claims he worked for the Defense Investigative Service (an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Defense), specializing in background investigations.

Why we love him Phillip is one of the most... read more

Cheers & Jeers: David Morse Does Knockout Work on Lights Out

David Morse

Cheers to Lights Out for putting David Morse back into the spotlight.  

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 The 57-year-old actor is no stranger to quality TV drama, from his 1982-88 stint as... read more

Mega Buzz: Abby's Big Date on NCIS, the Grey's Finale and Glee's Growing Family

Pauley Perrette, Sandra Oh, Chord Overstreet

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Please give me some NCIS news on Abby and McGee! — Leslie
ADAM:
I'm not sure McGabby 'shippers are going to love this, but ... Abby's going on a date! And McGee is not going to be happy about it. "If another girl comes around McGee, [Abby] definitely has a little bit of a jealous streak," Pauley Perrette says. The feeling is mutual, she says. So what do we know about Abby's new suitor? She'll look up to him, in some respect, and he's a stick-around kind of guy.

Where's the Grey's Anatomy scoop on Cristina and Owen? — Dina
NATALIE:
Right here! Tensions for the couple will continue as we head toward the finale. "I don't think the end of the season is going to be easy for any of our fans, but I think it's going to be pretty explosive for... read more

Pawn Stars Co-Host Arrested After Bar Run-In

Corey Harrison

Pawn Stars co-host Corey Harrison was arrested after a run-in at a bar, The Associated Press reports.

Harrison, 27, reportedly shoved a... read more

VIDEO: Putting Law & Order: SVU's Benson and Stabler Together Would Be a "Show Killer"

Law & Order: SVU

Law & Order: SVU detectives Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) have gone undercover plenty of times before, but never quite like this.

After the police discover a stabbing victim's unusual hobby, the pair go to a swingers club posing as a married couple looking to spice things up. Series writer Dan Truly says there's one big reason why going undercover is good for business.

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"You always want other characters to assume that Benson and Stabler are kind of a couple," he says. "You want everybody to react to them in a way that sort of fulfills... read more

Ja Rule Pleads Guilty to $3 Million Tax Evasion

Ja Rule

Rapper Ja Rule pleaded guilty Tuesday for failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income, The Associated Press reports.

Ja Rule, whose given name is Jeffrey Atkins, earned the money between 2004 and 2006. As part of his plea deal, the government will... read more

Is Stephen King Heading to The Walking Dead?

Stephen King

Stephen King is in talks to write an episode of The Walking Dead, IGN reports.

Castmember Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea on the AMC series, revealed... read more

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