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Brett Favre Fined $50,000 for Not Cooperating in Photo Scandal Investigation

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has been fined $50,000 for not cooperating with a National Football League investigation, according to the New York Times.

Favre was accused in October of ... read more

Michael Jackson Estate, Fans Ask Discovery Not to Air Autopsy Special

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's estate, as well as his fans, have expressed outrage over a planned Discovery TV special that re-enacts the late pop star's autopsy, according to TMZ.

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John Branca and John McClain — co-executors of the estate — sent an angry letter to Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav on Wednesday calling it an "offensive, exploitative program."

"Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael's family and ... read more

Snooki's New Year's Ball Drop Moved to Jersey

Snooki

It looks like 2010 will end with Jersey Shore diva Snooki dropping out of a ball after all — just not in Times Square.

MTV spins off Jersey Shore's Pauly D for new series

The co-producers of Times Square New Year's Eve nixed the idea, saying it ... read more

Is It Just Me: License Plate Lookalikes

Yvonne Strahovski and Zach Levy

Are the license plates that I see on Chuck the same ones I've seen way back on The Rockford Files and Columbo? Is this the equivalent of those 555 phone numbers? — Gary Land, via e-mail

Bingo! Odds are, you probably have spotted the same license plate on multiple shows, confirms Chuck prop master Scott Bauer.

"The California DMV allows productions to use certain sequences that have not been issued to the public," he says. "The PCE is used as a passenger license plate and ...
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Universal Sports Revisits the Glory of Olympic Filmmaker Bud Greenspan

Bud Greenspan

Universal Sports has announced plans for a nine-night celebration of legendary sports filmmaker Bud Greenspan, who passed away on Christmas Day at age 84 after battling Parkinson's disease. Greenspan is best known for his series of documentaries chronicling the Olympic Games, many of which are rarely seen anymore and are not currently available on DVD.

The tribute, which Universal Sports is dubbing "Nine Nights of Glory," begins Saturday (Jan. 1, 9/8c) with the iconic 16 Days of Glory: Los Angeles '84. "Bud Greenspan ...
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Is It Just Me: Are Glee's Outfits Affordable?

Chris Colfer

Can Glee's Kurt really afford all those fashionable outfits? I thought he came from a struggling middle-class family. — Dottie Alasky, Fairmont, W. Va.

No question about it — the kid's a clotheshorse. On a recent episode of Glee, openly gay teen Kurt (Chris Colfer) was shown rocking a $435 shirt and a $260 silk scarf by designer Alexander McQueen — not exactly the kind of duds that are common for a mechanic's kid from Lima, Ohio.

How does he pull it off? NYC stylist Joseph ...
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010

Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory
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We were just getting used to "Shamy!" when this October repeat first aired. Sheldon had been dating Amy (Mayim Bialik) for awhile, so he moved into the inevitable meet-the parents stage of his relationship. When he meets Amy's mom, he also realizes that he no longer wants to see Amy. Unfortunately, it looks like this bud of love isn't going to blossom. — Bill Ecklund

Read on for previews of Sesame Street, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, Back to the Future, When Harvey Met Bob, Women's Basketball and Bones. read more

2010's Best Episodes: Grey's Anatomy's Crazed Gunman and Lost's Emotional Farewell

Grey's Anatomy

It was a great year for TV, which made it very difficult to choose the top 25 episodes of 2010. Recalling and, in some cases, rewatching the stand-out moments was a holiday treat. We got our first glimpse of a bespectacled Clark Kent and saw Snooki pummel Angelina. We wept as Jack Shephard took his final breath and cheered as Leslie took down a mischievous rodent wreaking havoc in Pawnee. Here's the fourth batch of TVGuide.com's weeklong countdown of the year's best episodes. (Catch up first with Episodes 25-21, Episodes 20-16, and Episodes 15-11.) read more

Rachel Griffiths Talks Sesame Street, Brothers & Sisters

Rachel Griffiths

Rachel Griffiths ends 2010 on a sweet, furry note when she appears alongside Elmo on Sesame Street. "It's, like, the best job I've ever been offered," proclaims the mother of three — Banjo, 7, Adelaide, 5, and Clementine, 1 — who was thrilled at the chance to let her two oldest children watch as she taped a "Word on the Street" segment in which she explains to Elmo the concept of a dozen. "It was the sweetest thing," she says. "[Adelaide] didn't integrate ...
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Jazz Pianist Billy Taylor Dies at 89

Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor, the noted jazz pianist and educator who enjoyed tremendous success on television, has died. He was 89.

Taylor died Tuesday of heart failure in New York, his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson, told The New York Times.

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A longtime fixture on television unlike many of his contemporaries, Taylor served as cultural correspondent on CBS News' Sunday Morning and was the first African-American to lead a talk-show band when he was bandleader for The David Frost Show from 1969 to '72.

He first made his mark on TV in 1958 as the musical director of NBC's The Subject Is Jazz, the first TV series that ...
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