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Parents Television Council Calls for Federal Investigation into MTV's Skins

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The Parents Television Council has called for a federal investigation into whether MTV's racy new teen drama Skins violates child pornography and exploitation laws.

In a letter to the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees Thursday, the PTC said it counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the series premiere of the show, which stars cast members as young as 15.

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"The episode included all manner of foul language, illegal drug use, illegal activity as well as thoroughly pervasive ...
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Spartacus Draws Up a New Battle Plan With Prequel Series Gods of the Arena

John Hannah and Dustin Clare

Rome wasn't built in a day, but Spartacus: Gods of the Arena came damn close.

This is the program Starz quickly green-lit last year when Season 2 of Spartacus: Blood and Sand had to be put on hold due to leading man Andy Whitfield's cancer diagnosis. The powers behind the hit series needed a way to maintain creative momentum and keep their cast and staff together until Blood could resume, with Whitfield's replacement, Liam McIntyre. (Production begins this spring.)

But Gods, a six-episode prequel revealing how the House of Batiatus rose to prominence in the gladiator business, is no mere time-filler. It's just as epic and freakishly compelling as the original series and — if possible — even more gruesome, decadent and scatological... read more

Samantha Harris Welcomes Daughter No. 2

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris and her husband Michael Hess have welcomed their second daughter, Entertainment Tonight reports.

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Hillary Madison Hess was born on Wednesday, and weighed ... read more

Will Idol Control Steven Tyler's Potty Mouth?

Steven Tyler

American Idol's new rock star judge, Steven Tyler, hasn't quite gotten the hang of not swearing on family friendly network TV. "He says f--- sometimes," says executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. "And I say, 'Steven, you said f---.' And he says, 'F---, did I say f---? Ah, s---. Sorry, man.'"

Lythgoe laughs. "We've had to bleep him many times for the audition shows. It's a part of who Steven Tyler is."

But it's about to get trickier... read more

Community Comes Out Swinging Against Idol

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Is it possible to care about a show too much? If so, Dan Harmon is the guy who does it. The creator of Community sweats every detail of the show, putting his own money into completing episodes — he paid for the revamped Halloween-themed title sequence of this year's zombie episode, sprung to fly Kevin Corrigan out to play Professor Professorsen in the conspiracy-theory episode and even ponied up a cool $100,000 to complete the animated Christmas special.

As Community returns Thursday with new episodes — this week, Malcolm Jamal-Warner joins the cast for three installments as Shirley's (Yvette Nichole Brown) ex-husband, with whom she has gotten cozy anew — TV Guide Magazine chatted with Harmon about the extent of his obsession with his ratings-challenged show and its rabid cult, what American Idol joining the Thursday-at-8-p.m. fray means and what Chevy Chase could learn from a monkey... read more

A Romantic Teese for CSI's Greg

Dita Von Teese

Va-va-va-voom! Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese reveals herself as an actress, taking on three personas in tonight's film noir-inspired CSI (9/8c, CBS).

We meet her character — Ellen Whitebridge, a shy schoolteacher with a fascination for forensics — when she brings her students on a field trip to CSI headquarters. Greg (Teese's real-life pal Eric Szmanda) is intrigued by the brainy beauty and asks her out on a date. That's before he finds out about Ellen's naughty nightclub alter ego, Rita Von Squeeze. Then, in a series of flashbacks, Teese plays Ellen's murdered grandmother, who was also a burlesque performer back in the day.... read more

USA Orders Two New Series: A Legal Mind, Necessary Roughness

Gabriel Macht, Callie Thorne

USA has given series orders to A Legal Mind and Necessary Roughness, a network rep confirms to TVGuide.com.

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Jesse James and Kat Von D Are Engaged

Kat Von D and Jesse James

Jesse James and tattoo artist Kat Von D are engaged, People reports.

James, 41, has been dating the LA Ink star since last summer. James and Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock finalized their divorce in June after he admitted to cheating on her.

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"You know sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs," James told the magazine. "I have never met anyone so ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Top Chef: All Stars' Casualty of Wars

Marcel, Top Chef: All Stars

Cheers to Top Chef: All Stars for eliminating its most distasteful cheftestant.

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Marcel Vigneron, the cock-of-the-walk who somehow only grew cockier after getting his head forcibly shaved by his competitors during Season 2, was mercifully sent packing... read more

Watercooler: Idol Worship or Worse Off?

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson

The beast is back. Whether it's actually back in fighting shape, or just back to fall apart even more, is still TBA. But from last night's opener, we still have no idea. But there was enough good going on to leave us kind of hopeful for American Idol Season 10.

First off, there are the new judges. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler — certainly bigger names than Kara DioBlahBlahBlah and far more versed in music-biz bidness than Ellen — brought energy and actual industry savvy to the auditions without copycatting any of their predecessors.... read more

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