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Keck's Exclusives: James Taylor Lights up Mr. Sunshine

Mr. Sunshine

"It was the most surreal experience of my life," Allison Janney says of dueting with five-time Grammy winner James Taylor for Mr. Sunshine's March 16 episode. The singer guest stars on the ABC comedy as Billy, the ex-husband of Janney's Crystal. Turns out the exes had a lounge act and reunite to sing Leon Russell's "A Song For You," which Janney says "is probably one of the hardest songs to sing for someone who hadn't sung since stepping off the 9 to 5 stage over a year earlier."

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Idol Alum Scott MacIntyre Is Engaged

Scott MacIntyre

American Idol alum Scott MacIntyre is engaged to Christina Teich, People reports.

MacIntyre, 25, was a finalist in Season 8 and the first blind contestant to compete on the show. He and his fiancé will make their first public appearance together this Thursday at the Idol Prom in Hollywood.

Scott MacIntyre wants to take Simon Cowell's spot on Idol

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Diana Ross to Appear on Oprah

Diana Ross

Diana Ross will deliver her first television performance in four years when she's a guest on Oprah later this month, Access Hollywood reports.

The former Supremes singer will perform her hit "I'm Coming Out," and sit down with the talk-show host for her first interview with all of her five children and her grandson on the Feb. 25 episode.

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First Look: NCIS' Michael Weatherly Gets His Shot

Michael Weatherly directs NCIS

With the March 1 episode "One Last Score," Michael Weatherly becomes the first NCIS cast member to direct the CBS hit. "Believe me, I knocked on the door a long time," he tells TV Guide Magazine. "Mark Harmon has always said nobody here wants anybody else's job — and here I am, trying to do somebody else's job."

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The Biz: Rating the Replacements

Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN

How have viewers responded to the tumult in TV so far in 2011? Here's what the Nielsen ratings tell us.

American Idol
With the show going in to its 10th season, without Simon Cowell, industry insiders thought Idol could crash and burn. It hasn't happened. Through February 16, the show has averaged 25.2 million total viewers, down only 9 percent. "We feel it's a victory," says Fox executive vice president Preston Beckman, who credits the performance of new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. "We succeeded in reinventing the panel," he adds. read more

Poll: Will You Watch The X Factor?

X Factor

American Idol has not even selected their top 10, but TV audiences are already buzzing about Simon Cowell's return to television after an ad for his new reality competition show, The X Factor, aired during the Super Bowl on February 6. Are you looking forward to Cowell's new show, or do you think there are too many reality competition shows on television already? Sound off in our poll below!

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Ask Matt: Chicago Code, Castle, Fringe and More!

Chicago Code

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Question: I really like the new show The Chicago Code; I am from Chicago and also love the fact that it is shot on location here. My only issue with the show is Jennifer Beals' HORRIBLE attempt at a Chicago accent (and I love her). It is especially grating when she is narrating the story. I have lived in Chicago my whole life, and I can tell you that most people do not have that Dennis Franz (or the SNL characters') accent. That is a South Side thing and only a portion of the South Side actually talks that way. I will say that Jason Clarke not only nails the South Side accent but also the whole South Side mentality of a diehard White Sox fan who hates the Cubs (Sox fans are an angry bunch). Everyone I know that has watched the show has had the same reaction to her and it almost makes the show unwatchable. What do you think? Why can't they just let her talk normally? read more

Keck's Exclusives: V's Finale Bloodbath

Scott Wolf, Laura Vandervoort

Leapin' lizards! V's March 15 season finale will kill off up to one-third of its cast! With only central characters Anna (Morena Baccarin) and Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) safe, executive producer Scott Rosenbaum says two or "possibly even three" of the following actors have been let go: Scott Wolf (Chad), Logan Huffman (Tyler), Morris Chestnut (Ryan), Joel Gretsch (Father Jack), Laura Vandervoort (Lisa) and Jane Badler (Diana). Hoping the bold move will get him a third-season renewal from ABC, Rosenbaum says he chose his victims based on "what would be most devastating for the characters I want to continue." 

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Keck's Exclusives: Hawaii Five-0 Adds a Fifth

Alex O'Loughlin and Larisa Oleynik

Talk about pressure. Larisa Oleynik debuts on CBS' Hawaii Five-0 on March 21 as CIA analyst Jenna "K" Kaye, then returns for the season's last two episodes — giving her three shows to prove herself worthy of being signed as a permanent team member.

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Matt's Picks: February 21-24

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Castle (Monday, 10/9c, ABC)

Who's that heroic looking interloper muscling into Beckett and Castle's turf? That would be former Heroes star Adrian Pasdar, guesting in a tense two-parter as a fed who takes over a murder investigation that exposes a conspiracy with calamitous implications for the city. (Sounds like a job for Jack Bauer, but those days are over.) In other sweeps stunt-casting news, over on CBS's Hawaii Five-0 in the same hour, Danno's brother comes to paradise, a hedonistic Wall Street broker played by comedian Dane Cook. A mad bomber is also on the loose, which might actually be a welcome diversion if Cook tries to do stand-up.

The Good Wife (Tuesday, 10/9c, CBS)

The great guest stars keep coming, but at least one represents a welcome comeback: Gary Cole reprising his role as Diane's ruggedly handsome and politically opposite sometimes-beau Kurt McVeigh. The ballistics expert returns as her client, after he's sued over testimony he gave in the murder trial of a newly exonerated cop killer. Also on deck in this busy episode: Jerry Stiller as a narcoleptic judge, and Ugly Betty's America Ferrera as the illegal nanny of Peter's campaign rival Wendy Scott-Carr, which puts her on Eli Gold's radar.

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