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Roush Review: Pillars Revives the Old-Fashioned Epic

Pillars of the Earth

They really don't make them like this anymore. And we're not talking about 12th-century Gothic cathedrals. The Pillars of the Earth, a sprawling historical melodrama based on Ken Follett's mammoth bestseller, conjures nostalgic memories of the days of yore, way back in the 20th century, when networks devoted entire weeks to "event" miniseries like Shogun, The Winds of War, The Thorn Birds, Lonesome Dove, to name a memorable few—although in this case, North and South is the best comparison... read more

Injury Sidelines So You Think You Can Dance's Billy Bell

Billy Bell

Is this season of So You Think You Can Dance cursed?

For the third week in a row, a dancer was forced to sit out of the competition because of an injury.

Check out photos of the Dance cast

The unlucky hopeful this week was 20-year-old contemporary dancer Billy Bell, who injured his knee during rehearsals this week. Bell's injury follows those of Ashley Galvan and early front-runner Alex Wong.

Judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed the bad news at the beginning of Wednesday night's performance show... read more

Nickelodeon Orders Avatar: The Last Airbender Spinoff

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon has ordered a spinoff of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, the cable channel announced Wednesday.

The new series, tentatively titled The Legend of Korra, will build on the mythology of the original series and will take place 70 years later. The action follows Korra, a hot-headed, independent teenage girl avatar who must defend Republic City from crime... read more

True Blood Launches Comic Book Series

True Blood comic

Are you thirsty for more than one hour of True Blood a week? The creators of HBO's vampire drama have another way to quench it.

The show now has a comic book series that will add new layers to the show's characters, Reuters reports. Creator Alan Ball developed the plot of the comics with writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow... read more

CBS Orders Daytime Talk Show to Replace As the World Turns

Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen

A new daytime talk show co-hosted by former Roseanne co-star Sara Gilbert will replace departing longtime soap opera As the World Turns later this year, CBS announced Wednesday.

The show, which aims to examine current issues through the eyes of mothers, also features America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, Big Brother host Julie Chen, actresses Holly Robinson Peete (runner-up on the most recent Celebrity Apprentice) and Leah Remini (of The King of Queens) and Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur as panelists.

Yet another CBS show for Julie Chen?

In announcing the move, Barbara Bloom, CBS' senior vice president of daytime, said daytime is "evolving" with... read more

Sheriff Investigating Mel Gibson's Claims of Extortion

Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is investigating Mel Gibson's extortion claims against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, a department spokesman told

Spokesman Steve Whitmore confirmed an investigation into the Russian singer is under way, but he declined to offer any additional details.

Gibson's claims are related to the purported audio of Gibson yelling at and threatening Grigorieva that have recently leaked online.... read more

Exclusive: Private Practice Promotes Caterina Scorsone to Series Regular

Caterina Scorsone

Private Practice has promoted Caterina Scorsone to series regular, has learned exclusively.

"It's so fantastic for so many reasons," Scorsone, who plays Dr. Amelia Shepherd, sister to Grey's Anatomy's Derek (Patrick Dempsey), tells of her promotion. "The set is really a wonderful environment. Everyone is generous and fantastic, so to know that's going to be my home for a while is pretty nice."

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Christina Applegate Pregnant

Christina Applegate and Martyn Lenoble

Christina Applegate and her fiancé Martyn Lenoble are expecting their first child, her rep confirms to

Christina Applegate is engaged

Applegate, 38, and Lenoble, 41, the former bassist for Porno for Pyros, got engaged on Valentine's Day 2010 after dating for two years. No date has been set for the wedding.

In 2008, the Samantha Who? actress underwent a double mastectomy to treat breast cancer, which has been in full remission since August 2008. She'll be next seen in ... read more

Is Former NFL Coach Jimmy Johnson Headed to Survivor: Nicaragua?

Jimmy Johnson

Former NFL coach and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson may be making his way from the studio to the jungle as a cast member of Survivor: Nicaragua, according to ESPN.

Johnson, 67, is no stranger to competition... read more

How Real Are Summer Reality Shows?

Caroline Manzo, Teresa Guidice, Jacqueline Laurita

MTV's The Hills gave quite a wink to fans in its series finale, as the last shot panned back to reveal that the action was taking place on a soundstage. Was it an acknowledgement that the "reality" of the hit show was bogus or one last thing to keep viewers buzzing? Regardless, it got us thinking about what other summer reality shows are pushing the boundaries between what's real and what's written. So we want to hear from you! Vote in our poll below and tell us which summer reality show you think is the most authentic.

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