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Claire Danes Eyeing Lead Role in Showtime's Homeland

Claire Danes

Fresh off her Emmy win for the HBO TV movie Temple Grandin, Claire Danes is in talks to return to TV for the Showtime pilot Homeland, Deadline reports.

Based off the Israeli format Hatufim (aka Prisoners of War), Homeland centers on U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who is found 10 years after going... read more

Rachael Leigh Cook Joins TNT's Perception

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook has been cast opposite Eric McCormack in the TNT pilot Perception, according to Deadline.com.

Cook, 31, who starred in She's All That and recently appeared on Psych, will play FBI Agent Kate Rossi. She recruits her former professor (McCormack) to help... read more

Kal Penn Returns to White House After Filming Harold & Kumar

Kal Penn

And he's back! Kal Penn has returned to the White House after filming a Christmas-themed Harold & Kumar movie, according to ABC News.

Kal Penn leaving Washington to reprise role in Harold & Kumar

Penn, 33, left his post as Barack Obama's associate director of public engagement to film the third movie in the Harold & Kumar franchise in April. Turns out, it was only... read more

The Good Wife Casts New Addition at the State’s Attorney’s Office

Tim Guinee

The Good Wife has cast Lie to Me alum Tim Guinee in a possible recurring role, a show rep confirms.

Guinee, 47, will play an investigator working for the State's Attorney's Office who helps out... read more

VIDEO: Showtime's Episodes Brings Joey Tribbiani Back to TV — Sort Of

Episodes

After a five-year absence from TV, Matt LeBlanc is back.

The 43-year-old actor stars as a version of himself in the upcoming Showtime comedy Episodes, which follows a British couple as they adapt their hit TV show about a boys' boarding school for American audiences.

Their troubles begin when the network executives ask them to cast LeBlanc, who played the handsome and oafish struggling actor Joey Tribbiani on Friends.

Friends Creator: Network TV is "ruled by fear and panic"

In the show's official trailer, there are endless nods to Friends; thankfully, even the fictional LeBlanc tries to duck... read more

PBS Cuts Tina Fey's Jokes Mocking Sarah Palin From Broadcast

Tina Fey

Tina Fey mercilessly mocked Sarah Palin while accepting the Mark Twain Award for comedy, but viewers who watched the ceremony on PBS didn't hear any of it.

When the 30 Rock star accepted the award last week in Washington, she gave a shout-out to "conservative women" like Sarah Palin, who Fey famously impersonated on Saturday Night Live. "Politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women — except, of course those who will... read more

Noted Publicist Ronni Chasen Found Dead After Being Shot and Crashing Her Vehicle

Ronni Chasen

Noted publicist Ronni Chasen died after being shot several times and crashing her vehicle into a light pole in Beverly Hills, Calif., early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

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While police have not yet named the victim officially, the coroner's office spokesman Ed Winter identified Chasen to TVGuide.com.

Authorities released a statement saying that the victim ... read more

Annette O'Toole to Return to Smallville

Annette O'Toole, Smallville

Original cast member Annette O'Toole will reprise her role as Clark Kent's mother in an upcoming episode of Smallville, a show rep tells TVGuide.com.

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O'Toole, who last appeared as Martha in a May 2010 episode, will appear in ... read more

First Look: Goran Visnjic Gets Leverage

Leverage

Throughout the third season of TNT's Leverage, Nate (Timothy Hutton) and his team have been on the heels of supervillain Damien Moreau, a ruthless financier of all things criminal. For the December 19 two-part finale, they finally come face-to-face with their nemesis, played by former ER star Goran Visnjic.

"He's the guy who never killed somebody with his own hands, but he's probably responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide," says Visnjic, who initially was hesitant to play a bad guy. But after watching episodes of the crime caper, he quickly changed his mind.... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Robin Sparkles Less Brightly

Cobie Smulders

Jeers to How I Met Your Mother for milking a gag past its sell-by date.

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The third appearance of "Robin Sparkles" — the Canadian-TV persona of Cobie Smulders' Robin Scherbatsky — was far from the charm. This time, the gang discovered an episode of Space Teens, a mathe-magical mystery that paired her with Jessica Glitter (Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger). The joke? An atypically dim Robin didn't realize the show played like a porno, with tired double entendres aboot — er, about — beavers and wood... read more

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