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What the American Idol Judges Could Learn from America's Next Great Restaurant

Jennifer Lopez, Bobby Flay

Many TV critics have already harped on the American Idol judges this season. Their refrain: J.Lo, Steven and Randy are nothing more than paid cheerleaders, incapable of criticism. In their eyes, all of the Top 13 contestants were winners, and their performances have deserved nothing worse than a "that was kind of pitchy."

American Idol: What do the girls need to do to survive?

We agree, and would like to offer some advice by pointing to lesser-seen TV competition America's Next Great Restaurant, the NBC show in which the winner gets to open a new fast-casual restaurant chain. Seems to us, the Idol panel could learn a lot from the show's four judges Curtis Stone, Bobby Flay, Lorena Garcia and Steve Ells.

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Mega Buzz: Gunshots on Castle, Chloe's Smallville Return and Bones' Big Finish

Stana Katic, Allison Mack, Emily Deschanel

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

Will we learn who killed Joanna Beckett in the Castle finale? — Liza
ADAM: No, but you'll get another big clue, which will put someone very close to Beckett under suspicion. Meanwhile, while we've been focusing on this rumored death, we should have also been telling you about the gunshots that ring out in the episode's final moments.

Please tell me you have spoilers on Chloe's return to Smallville! ­­— Andy
NATALIE:
Chloe (Allison Mack) returns to Metropolis in the series finale... read more

Happy Days Cast Sues CBS Over Merchandising Revenue

Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, Erin Moran

The Happy Days cast is decidedly unhappy about not winning the jackpot on merchandise using their likenesses on slot machines, comic books, lunch boxes and other collectibles.

Erin Moran, Donny Most, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and the estate of the late Tom Bosley claim that CBS, which owns the show, hasn't paid them money they're owed under their contracts, CNN reports. Their attorney, Jon Pfeiffer, filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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Mary Steenburgen to Play Elijah Wood's Mom on Wilfred

Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen will guest-star in an episode of FX's new series Wilfred, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The 58-year-old Oscar winner will play Catherine, the mom of a man (Elijah Wood)who forms a special bond with his neighbor's dog. He sees the dog as... read more

Boardwalk Empire's Paz de la Huerta Charged with Assault

Paz de la Huerta

Boardwalk Empire's Paz de le Huerta has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking a woman in New York City last month, TMZ reports.

De la Huerta, 26, appeared in Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday. She was charged with 5 misdemeanors, including... read more

Charlie Sheen Loses Custody Battle Against Brooke Mueller

Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen

Despite refusing a court-ordered drug test, Brooke Mueller will maintain custody of the twin boys she shares with ex Charlie Sheen, the New York Daily News reports.

Sheen wanted to remove Mueller's legal and physical custody of their 2-year-old sons, Bob and Max. But in a hearing Tuesday, judge Hank Goldbert decided to keep the couple's private custody agreement the same.

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Will There Be A Show? Mayor of Florence Tells Jersey Shore Cast They Can't Drink in Public

Jersey Shore

It looks like the Jersey Shore cast will have lots more free time for gym, tan and laundry now that the mayor of Florence, Italy has laid down a few restrictions on their visit to the motherland.

Mayor Matteo Renzi has drafted a set of rules that The Situation and friends will have to abide by when they visit Florence for the show's fourth season, the New York Post reports.

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Keck's Exclusives: TNT's Dallas Welcomes Charlene Tilton and Steve Kanaly Back To Southfork

Charlene Tilton, Steve Kanaly

There's a special occasion taking place down at the Southfork Ranch on TNT's new Dallas pilot, and what would a Ewing gathering be without Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton) and Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly)?

TNT confirms to me exclusively that the two beloved TV vets will be... read more

Elisabeth Sladen, Doctor Who's Sarah Jane Smith, Dies at 63

Elisabeth Sladen

Elisabeth Sladen, who played one of the most popular Doctor Who companions in the franchise's history, has died. She was 63.

"It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning," a BBC spokesman said Tuesday.

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Josh Hopkins Denies Romance with Cougar Town Co-Star Courteney Cox

Cougar Town, Josh Hopkins and Courteney Cox

They may be a couple in front of the camera, and they may have recently vacationed together in St. Barts, but Cougar Town's Josh Hopkins says he is not dating co-star Courteney Cox.

"There [were] a lot of people with us, but we're the only ones you see [in the photos]," Hopkins, 40, told Access Hollywood of their group getaway earlier this month. "They just frame us two so... read more

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