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CW Announces More Commercials on Online Streaming

Dawn Ostroff

The CW announced plans to add more commercials to the episodes of its shows that are streamed online — and unlike on your DVR, you won't be able to fast-forward through any of them.

Dawn Ostroff, the network's entertainment president, likened the plan to the amount of commercials that currently air on television and called it "a blueprint for the industry." She added that testing by the network revealed that viewers are willing to watch more commercial content online than they are currently watching.

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Terry O'Quinn Plots First Post-Lost TV Project

Terry O'Quinn

Two months after the end of Lost, Terry O'Quinn is returning to TV.

The 58-year-old actor, who recently snagged an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor in a drama for the ABC series, has signed on to star opposite Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson in the Lifetime TV movie Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, E! Online reports.

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Former ABC Executive McPherson Denies Harassment Claims

Steve McPherson

Stephen McPherson said Thursday that he's going to fight back against reports that he was being investigated for claims of sexual harassment at the time of his exit.

Stan Rosenfield, his personal rep, said McPherson "is not going to sit back idly regarding the false and defamatory stories fueled by unknown and anonymous sources that are now appearing in the media since his resignation from ABC." ... read more

Law & Order: Los Angeles Books Corey Stoll

Corey Stoll

Corey Stoll has snagged the role of Skeet Ulrich's on-screen detective partner in Law & Order: Los Angeles, a show rep says.

The Salt actor will play... read more

Ellen DeGeneres Exiting American Idol; Is Jennifer Lopez Taking Her Place?

Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez

Ellen DeGeneres is out after just one season as a judge on American Idol, and Deadline reports that Jennifer Lopez may take her place.

Fox would not comment on the Lopez report, but did release a statement Thursday from DeGeneres, who replaced Paula Abdul after she left the show one year ago.

"A couple months ago, I let Fox and the American Idol producers know that this didn't feel like the right fit for me," DeGeneres said in a statement. "I told them I wouldn't leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next."

DeGeneres joined the show in Season 9 — which was also judge Simon Cowell's last season — while continuing to host her syndicated talk show... read more

Dexter's Search for Atonement and 4 Other Things You'll See in Season 5

Dexter

Dexter's fifth season will find its hero struggling with a fundamental question: How does a serial killer react when one of his key connections to humanity is brutally murdered? "The through line this year is Dexter's  atonement,"  executive producer Sara Colleton said at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews Thursday. The journey isn't simple. Read on for the highlights of the panel... read more

Friends Creator: Network TV Is "Ruled By Fear and Panic"

Matt LeBlanc

After David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik watched their last  series, The Class, flop on the networks, the creators swore off pitching to broadcast television.

That's why Episodes,  the duo's new Showtime comedy starring Matt LeBlanc, paints a not so flattering portrait of the business behind making network TV shows.

The networks are "ruled by fear and panic," Crane said during Television Critics Association's fall TV previews on Thursday... read more

Life Unexpected Creator Liz Tigelaar: "Cate and Baze Aren't Over"

Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha

Are Cate and Baze over for good? Last viewers saw, Cate and Ryan tied the knot, but executive producer Liz Tigelaar says not to count Baze out yet. Tigelaar tells TVGuide.com about the upcoming second season of Life Unexpected, which she says will focus on how each character redefines themselves now that their family dynamics have changed.

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Jennifer Grey to Guest-Star on House

Jennifer Grey

Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey will guest-star on House this fall, a show rep told TVGuide.com.

Amber Tamblyn checks into House

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The Biz: Big American Idol News Coming Monday

Simon Cowell

Monday is the day when American Idol changes forever.

According to an industry source close to the situation, Fox and Idol's production company, 19 Entertainment, have made their decision on a replacement for departing judge Simon Cowell — and will make an ...
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