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Report: Debra Messing to Headline NBC's Musical Pilot

Debra Messing

Will and Grace alum Debra Messing is eyeing a return to NBC with the hour-long musical pilot, Smash, Deadline.com reports.

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Based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, Smash follows a group of people who come together to put on a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe. Messing is in talks to play lyricist Julia, who works alongside the show's gay musical composer. That role has not yet been cast.

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Super Bowl XLV Is Most-Watched TV Program in U.S. History

Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews

Super Bowl XLV was seen by 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched prime-time telecast in U.S. history.

And while Glee got its biggest audience ever, it was down — way down — from the show that got the high-profile timeslot after last year's game.

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Fox's Super Night

Hugh Laurie

Sure, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers snagged the title of Most Valuable Player at Super Bowl XLV. But to TV viewers, House star Hugh Laurie was far and away the night's TV MVP.

Laurie and House easily scored the most promotional spots among all Fox series during Sunday night's big game. That's quite a coup for an aging series like House, now in its seventh year. But there's a reason why the acerbic doctor was tops (sorry, Fringe fans). House could use a little extra promo help, as the show's once-hot ratings have taken a beating this season ... read more

General Hospital Scoop on the Sonny-Brenda Wedding and the Return of James Franco

James Franco

Will it finally happen this time? General Hospital heroine Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) — whose past wedding days have all been disasters — is scheduled to marry crime lord Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) on February 18. Right now things don't look so good for the duo. Sonny is being haunted by prophetic dreams that something will go heinously wrong at the ceremony. His venomous ex-wife Carly (Laura Wright) plans to ruin the big day by revealing that Brenda has a secret past — and a child — with Sonny's son Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). And supervillain The Balkan (Daniel Benzali) also intends to be a party pooper — he's all set to kidnap the bride. Despite all this, head writer Bob Guza assures us that vows will be exchanged... read more

Exclusive First Look: Nathan Fillion Lights It Up as Green Lantern

Green Lantern, Nathan Fillion

He's enjoying mainstream success as the star of ABC's Castle, but Nathan Fillion is still a fanboy favorite — and a fanboy himself. So the Firefly and Dr. Horrible alum totally geeked out when he was offered the voice role of DC Comics superhero Green Lantern in the DVD movie Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, due June 7 from Warner Bros. Animation. Emerald Knights is a series of vignettes about the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force. Fillion plays Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Earth's space sector, who mentors Arisia, a new recruit played by Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Marc Cherry Calls New Show "Glee for Conservative Republicans"

Marc Cherry

With Desperate Housewives expected to conclude its run in 2013 (pending contract renewals with the four leading ladies), series creator Marc Cherry is already plotting out the next neighborhood he'll terrorize. In an exclusive interview with TV Guide Magazine, the writer/producer describes his new one-hour ABC pilot Hallelujah (which he's producing with partner Sabrina Wind under their Wind Productions) as ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: And This Year's Best Super Bowl Commercial Is…

NFL American Families Ad

Cheers to the NFL for scoring the biggest victory on Super Sunday — and no, we're not just talking about the Packers' thrilling 31-25 triumph over the Steelers.

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There was plenty of star power on display in this year's Super Bowl ads: Oscar winners (Cuba Gooding Jr. and Timothy Hutton for Groupon.com, Adrien Brody coolly crooning for Stella Artois), overexposed pseudocelebs (Kim Kardashian's skanky Skechers spot, GoDaddy.com's tired trio of Jillian Michaels, Danica Patrick and... Joan Rivers?), rappers (P. Diddy predictably shilling for Mercedes Benz, a pair of Eminems — Claymated for Brisk and in the flesh for Chrysler's moving ode to Detroit) and truly odd couples ... read more

Watercooler: Glee Fumbles Its Super Bowl Shot

Dianna Agron

Wow, what a blowout. The long-hiatused Glee returned last night in the coveted, cushy, hype-addled post-Super Bowl spot and sadly it was, with that zombies-gone-gridiron business, pretty much undead on arrival. Not that there weren't great moments (Sue's two-part meltdown to "O Fortuna," the sudden use of Dianna Agron's Quinn), it's just that the show didn't really bring its A-game.

Built around what should have been a perfect fit for Super Bowl Sunday — McKinley's championship football game — the hour quickly went out of bounds by ... read more

Michelle Obama to Appear on Regis and Kelly

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama will make her first appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, ABC announced Monday.

The first lady will stop by the daytime talk show on Wednesday as part of her visit to New York marking the first anniversary of her Let's Move! Campaign to fight childhood obesity.

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Roush Review: Chicago Code's Mean Streets

Chicago Code

What a week for fans of crime dramas that try to raise the bar. Two winners premiering this week are set in USA's midsection — one rural, one urban (which I'm thinking you might have heard about on Super Bowl Sunday) — and they're so good it makes you wonder why Law & Order never took its act to the heartland.

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We'll be discussing the second season of FX's spectacularly entertaining Justified (returns Wednesday, 10/9c) later this week. Inspired by an Elmore Leonard character, this Kentucky-fried caper sneaks up on you, its laid-back attitude punctuated by shocks of grisly mayhem.

By contrast, Fox's muscular new The Chicago Code — from The Shield's Shawn Ryan — grabs you by the collar as it plunges headlong into a treacherous labyrinth of big-city corruption... read more

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