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The X Factor to Offer $5 Million Grand Prize

Simon Cowell

This is something worth singing about: The winner of Fox's upcoming singing competition series The X Factor will receive a hefty $5 million grand prize — the largest in television history — the network announced Monday.

"We are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract," executive producer Simon Cowell said in a statement. "I'm doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar."

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Who Had the Better Halftime Show: Glee or The Black Eyed Peas?

Glee

Is it fair to compare The Black Eye Peas' (perhaps Tron-inspired) halftime extravaganza to that of Glee's relatively modest McKinley High zombie apocalypse? Of course!

The brain-craving Glee kids win!  Sorry, Will.I.Am. Even with all the neon and the extras — including assists from Slash and Usher -- Glee brought it big time with a mash-up of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll." Also, I'm biased.

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Friday Night Lights Comes to An End: Producers and Cast Remember Building Dillon

Friday Night Lights

A closely observed drama about boys becoming men, the comforts and frustrations of small-town life, a family's growing pains, and the lessons learned from football, Friday Night Lights will not soon be forgotten. The show wrapped filming of its fifth and final season in July, and on Wednesday, the lights will go down forever on Dillon, Texas. (For those without DirecTV, NBC will re-air the final season beginning April 15 at 8/7c.)

TVGuide.com spoke to stars Kyle Chandler (Eric Taylor), Connie Britton (Tami Taylor), Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor), Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), Matt Lauria (Luke Cafferty), Michael B. Jordan (Vince Howard), and executive producers Jason Katims and David Nevins about the long road to that final Texas sunset. This is the first in a three-part series... read more

How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor on Ted's New Girlfriend and the Show's Future

Josh Radnor

Things are getting heavy on How I Met Your Mother.

The comedy best known for Robin Sparkles, Slapsgiving, and lots and lots of suits has received notice recently for its drama — namely, the surprise death of Marshall's father. Marshall's sudden brush with mortality has already inspired Barney to search for his real father. But how will it affect his best friend, Ted?

John Lithgow to play Barney's father on How I Met Your Mother

"He gets in a new relationship and that encourages his own version of that soul-searching," Josh Radnor told TVGuide.com. "I'm not prepared to say on the record if it's with Zoe or not, but perhaps it will be. Perhaps it... read more

Christina Aguilera Fumbles the Lyrics, Black Eyed Peas Light Up Super Bowl XLV

Christina Aguilera

One of the biggest fumbles came before Super Bowl XLV — from Christina Aguilera's performance of the national anthem.

The Grammy winner, 30, botched the lyrics, mistakenly singing "what so proudly we watched, at the twilight's last reaming" instead of "o'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming." The flub immediately... read more

Super Bowl XLV: Darth Vader, Eminem and the Perils of "Reply All"

Volkswagon

Darth Vader used "The Force" to power Volkswagen. A claymation version of Eminem shilled Chrysler and Lipton Brisk Iced Tea. And a poor employee unnecessarily put his tires to the test because of "reply all."

On the field, the Green Bay Packers bested the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25.

Off the field, game day was dominated by celebrities ranging from 16-year-old pop singer Justin Bieber to a confused Ozzy Osbourne, who teamed up for a Best Buy spot. "What's a Bieber?" Ozzy asked wife Sharon.

Christina Aguilera fumbles the lyrics, Black Eyed Peas light up Super Bowl XLV

Eminem appeared in two very different Super Bowl commercials — a comedic spot for Lipton Brisk Iced Tea, and a more serious one for Chrysler, dedicated to the company and rapper's hometown of Detroit. The commercial helped boost... read more

Gary Moore, Famed Thin Lizzy Guitarist, Dies at 58

Gary Moore

Gary Moore, the former guitarist for the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, has died, according to his official website. He was 58.

"It is with deep sorrow and regret, that we have to announce that Gary Moore passed away while on holiday in Spain last night," a statement posted on his website read Sunday afternoon. "Our thoughts are with his children, family and friends at this sad time."

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Moore was found dead in his room at the Kempinski Resort Hotel in Estepona, Spain, early Sunday... read more

The L Word Creator Ilene Chaiken Heads to CBS

Ilene Chaiken

The L Word and The Real L Word creator Ilene Chaiken is expanding her TV series vocabulary.

Chaiken has signed on to serve as executive producer on Hail Mary, a drama pilot recently picked up by CBS. She'll serve along side... read more

The Roommate Moves Into No. 1 Spot at Box Office

The Roommate

The Roommate scared up the top spot at the box office over Super Bowl weekend, Box Office Mojo reports.

The psycho-thriller, starring Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester, grossed an estimated $15.6 million in its first weekend of release. The weekend's other new release... read more

Amanda Knox Lawyers Try to Block Lifetime Film

Amanda Knox

Attorneys for U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, who were found guilty of killing Knox's roommate in Italy, have demanded that Lifetime pull a planned film about their trial, The Associated Press reports.

Lawyers Carlo Dallo Vedova and Luca Maori said Saturday that they had sent letters to Lifetime warning that they would go to U.S. court to try to sequester the film if it isn't canceled and a trailer removed from the... read more

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