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Episodes: The Creation of "Matt LeBlanc" (and the Destruction of Joey)

Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc is a pretty big jerk on Episodes, and not in the neurotic Larry David-on-Curb Your Enthusiasm-kind of way. In the Showtime comedy, LeBlanc plays himself as a lame-brained has-been — with a stinky Joey cologne line to match — but also a womanizer, bum dad, and most recently, the kind of guy who sleeps with his friend's wife without remorse.

It's a complicated if depressing alter ego to take on, and certainly one attention-grabbing way for the real-life LeBlanc to jump back into the spotlight following the 2006 failure of Joey. Executive producers David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik say that they didn't craft the part around the real LeBlanc, who in person is pleasant but serious, relaxed but not overly friendly. "Occasionally, he'll be playful, but he's not Joey," Klarik says.

Are the creators of Showtime's Episodes bitter? They don't think so!

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Glee's Mike O'Malley and Rachael Harris Wed for Family Album

Mike O'Malley, Rachael Harris

With the success of Raising Hope, Fox is giving another domestic comedy a try.

The network has cast Emmy nominee Mike O'Malley and Rachael Harris as a married couple for the single-camera comedy pilot Family Album, Deadline reports. The project centers on Dave (O'Malley), a gung-ho ex-jock who returns from a family vacation a new man, inspired to "bond the crap out of his family." Harris will play his wife and a stay-at-home mom.

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Christine Lahti The Doctor Is in (Again) at CBS

Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti is scrubbing in again at CBS.

The Chicago Hope alum will once again play a doctor in CBS' medical-family drama pilot imaginatively titled The Doctor, Deadline reports.

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The Bachelor Ukraine Promo: Maks Brings Sexy Back

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

The Ukrainian version of The Bachelor looks like it will surpass the original in grand gestures and sweeping statements.

Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy will star in the first-ever edition of the romance reality series that debuts on March 17 on the Ukraine's STB network.

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Spartacus Recasting: Who Should Play Slave Naevia?

Lesley-Ann Brandt, Spartacus

Andy Whitfield isn't the only Spartacus: Blood and Sand actor to be replaced for the second season. Lesley-Ann Brandt is also leaving the Starz series, and her role will be recast, Deadline reports.

In the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Brandt played body slave Naevia to Lucretia (Lucy Lawless), who eventually becomes the lover of Crixus the gladiator in the original series' first season. Brandt reportedly decided not to renew her contract to appear in the second season. She just began a recurring role on CSI: NY and recently appeared on an episode of Chuck.

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Oprah Winfrey to Interview David Arquette Instead of Michael Vick

David Arquette

Oprah Winfrey will air an exclusive interview with David Arquette instead of Michael Vick on Feb. 24, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I can now confirm that next Thursday's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show will now feature an exclusive sitdown with David Arquette in his first interview post-rehab... read more

Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure's Bradley Steven Perry Calls Ashley Tisdale an Older Sister

Good Luck Charlie

Good Luck Charlie star Bradley Steven Perry may be doing a crossover episode of Shake It Up, but don't expect to see him dance. "I don't dance," he says matter-of-factly. "I don't know if I'm a good or a bad dancer."

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Father of The 5 Browns Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Abuse

5 Browns

The father of the musical group The 5 Browns pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing three of his daughters when they were minors,  People reports.

Keith Scott Brown was charged last week with abusing his daughters Desirae, 32, Deondra, 30, and Melody, 26, all members of the Juilliard-trained quintet.

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In an agreement with prosecutors, Brown, 55, pleaded guilty to sodomy on a child under 14, and two charges of... read more

Smallville's Jimmy Olsen Reports for Warehouse 13 Duty

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore has been granted another life after being killed off Smallville in 2009.

He's joining Syfy's Warehouse 13 to play ATF agent Steve Jinks, according to EW. Unlike his Smallville role as reporter Jimmy Olsen, Ashmore will play an agent who boasts at least one special power: the ability to tell when somebody is lying.

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Reporter Serene Branson's On-Air Slurring Caused by "Complex Migraine"

Serene Branson

Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson's garbled speech on air Sunday night was caused by a "complex migraine," her doctor told the Los Angeles Times

According to Dr. Neil Martin, chief of neurosurgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a complex migraine can mimic the symptoms of a stroke, including headache, weakness, loss of vision and difficulty speaking. Martin spoke to the Times with Branson's permission.

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