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S. Epatha Merkerson Joins CBS Drama Pilot

S. Epatha Merkerson

Law & Order alum S. Epatha Merkerson has joined CBS' untitled medical drama pilot from Susannah Grant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project follows a competitive surgeon (Patrick Wilson), whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) dies and begins teaching him about life from the hereafter. Merkerson will play Wilson's administrative assistant. read more

Beau Garrett Gets Tough on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Beau Garrett, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

When Beau Garrett first auditioned for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, she admits producers didn't think she was tough enough to play FBI Agent Gina LaSalle. Before her second audition, she recalls, "I played a little basketball, took a shot of tequila and mellowed out. The combination really relaxed me. I went in there owning it more."

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Wendy Williams Takes Over TV

Wendy Williams

Is it just us, or has Wendy Williams suddenly taken over the whole planet? The best-selling author and daytime chitchatter — now in her second year as host of The Wendy Williams Show — is all set to compete on the new season of Dancing With the Stars. She's also juggling a recurring role as gossip queen and star of Access Llanview Phyllis Rose on the ABC sudser One Life to Live. (Look for her on March 28 dishing dirt on the scandalous Buchanan clan.)

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Matt Damon Talks 30 Rock and Kissing Michael Douglas

30 Rock, Matt Damon

30 Rock viewers rooting for Liz Lemon and her former pilot boyfriend Carol, played by hunky Matt Damon, should know that the fate of their relationship lies in the hands of one woman alone: Tina Fey. "I love that show and I had a great time doing it so if Tina wanted to bring back Carol Burnett, that would be fine with me," Damon told TV Guide Magazine at the premiere for the HBO documentary His Way: A Portrait of Hollywood Legend Jerry Weintraub on March 22.

"At 30 Rock they made it really easy for me. The writing is so good on that show," he says. But for now, expect short TV stints, if any, for the father of four. "I never say never [to doing a TV show], but I'm having a great time making movies. And it gives me a lot of freedom when I'm not working to spend time with the kids."

It looks like Carol and Liz's on-off relationship will remain irreparable while Damon prepares to lock lips with another award-winning actor. read more

Watercooler: Lucy Lawless is No Ordinary Guest Star

Lucy Lawless, No Ordinary Family

You know what the opposite of super is? When a show that's on the bubble scores a fierce guest star and utterly wastes her. Kind of like No Ordinary Family did last night.

When news broke that the live-action answer to The Incredibles had locked in Lucy Lawless for a four-episode arc, we were all like "our hero!" Not that the show is The Cape-bad — it's actually quite fun, despite two charmless kid characters — it's just that nobody is watching. You'd need Clark Kent's hearing to pick up any buzz on this one. So the hope was that maybe the flawless Lawless' stint as Mrs. X could save NOF from its villainous ratings and bring some heat to the Powells' home.

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Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the two-time Oscar winner and dedicated AIDS activist whose acting prowess, glitzy lifestyle and larger-than-life celebrity established her as Hollywood royalty, has died. She was 79.

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Taylor died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children, Taylor's rep said. Battling ill health and scoliosis in her later years, Taylor had been hospitalized for the past six weeks for congestive heart failure. She underwent a heart procedure to repair a leaky valve in October 2009.

"My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," Taylor's son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement. "Though her loss is devastating to those of us ...
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On the Set: Top Chef All-Stars' Bahamas Showdown

Top Chef

Seated around a table at a lavish estate in the Bahamas, the Top Chef All-Stars judges are ready for their "last supper." The only ingredient that's missing? "I need a pillow to sit on," says Tom Colicchio, prompting guest judge Wolfgang Puck to request one as well. "Hey, Wolf, just sit on your wallet," quips Colicchio. "You'll be fine."

The judges crack up, but it's no laughing matter for the remaining cheftestants: The winner's billfold will be fattened with $200,000, the show's biggest prize ever. This week's elimination challenge is inspired by the book My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunea, who joins Colicchio, Puck, host Padma Lakshmi and judges Gail Simmons, Masaharu Morimoto and Michelle Bernstein for the feast.

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Get to Know Survivor: Redemption Island's Phillip Sheppard

Phillip Sheppard

He is The crab spear-hunter castaway on Survivor's Ometepe tribe. A self-described "Special Agent," Phillip claims he worked for the Defense Investigative Service (an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Defense), specializing in background investigations.

Why we love him Phillip is one of the most... read more

Cheers & Jeers: David Morse Does Knockout Work on Lights Out

David Morse

Cheers to Lights Out for putting David Morse back into the spotlight.  

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 The 57-year-old actor is no stranger to quality TV drama, from his 1982-88 stint as... read more

Mega Buzz: Abby's Big Date on NCIS, the Grey's Finale and Glee's Growing Family

Pauley Perrette, Sandra Oh, Chord Overstreet

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

Please give me some NCIS news on Abby and McGee! — Leslie
ADAM:
I'm not sure McGabby 'shippers are going to love this, but ... Abby's going on a date! And McGee is not going to be happy about it. "If another girl comes around McGee, [Abby] definitely has a little bit of a jealous streak," Pauley Perrette says. The feeling is mutual, she says. So what do we know about Abby's new suitor? She'll look up to him, in some respect, and he's a stick-around kind of guy.

Where's the Grey's Anatomy scoop on Cristina and Owen? — Dina
NATALIE:
Right here! Tensions for the couple will continue as we head toward the finale. "I don't think the end of the season is going to be easy for any of our fans, but I think it's going to be pretty explosive for... read more

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