Paula Abdul, Nigel Lythgoe
So You Think You Can Dance will "certainly" invite Paula Abdul to the show's finale, judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe exclusively told TVGuide.com Wednesday. The former American Idol producer has wanted Abdul on Dance for years, and her sudden departure from Idol on Tuesday leaves her "no excuse" not to appear, he said. (Abdul's rep didn't return a call for comment.) Talking and walking through the Kodak Theatre during rehearsals for Dance, Lythgoe didn't reveal what's to come on Wednesday and Thursday's two-part Dance finale. But we did catch a bouncy, rollicking Slumdog Millionaire-inspired number we loved.
Read the full Q&A after the jump.
Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson
Joe Jackson says he doesn't plan to raise Michael Jackson's three children.
"I have had a close family relationship with these grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children," Joe wrote in a July 13 declaration filed in court Tuesday.
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The Jackson family patriarch, who resides in Las Vegas, voiced his support for wife Katherine Jackson's guardianship of Prince Michael I, 12, Paris Katherine, 11, and Prince Michael II (aka "Blanket"), 7. On Monday, Katherine, 79, was granted custody of the children, who will live with her at the family compound outside of Los Angeles.
"I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson," Joe continued. "Katherine Jackson is a ...
Forget what you heard at Comic-Con: As of Wednesday, Chuck will not return to your television any sooner than next spring.
At the NBC executive panel, Angela Bromstad, the net's president of primetime, said that reports of an early return for Chuck have been somewhat exaggerated. Season 3 will run for 13 episodes beginning in March.
But there was a glimmer of hope. In a larger conversation about the relative successes and failures of shows like The Listener, The Philanthropist and Merlin this summer, Bromstad discussed the possibility of extending Chuck's episode order to help launch a more high-profile summer 2010 slate. "Right now we're asking ourselves: Is this something we let run into the summer season?" she said. "But we haven't decided."
For those keeping score at home, NBC has also announced that Friday Night Lights wouldn't return until summer 2010, after a fall run on DirecTV. Bromstad, a self-proclaimed FNL fan, admitted that its ratings don't justify a slot in the fall lineup.
Bill and Giuliana
Reality TV has a robust track record when it comes to breaking up marriages, but Bill and Giuliana Rancic think they have the key to a happy ending with their new series Giuliana & Bill (premieres Wednesday, 9/8 CT, Style). "It's real and fun and positive," Giuliana tells TVGuide.com. "It's not dirty, it's not negative. There's no faking these dirty fights that a lot of these shows are doing now." The series, spawned from their wedding special, follows the E! anchor and her Apprentice winner/real estate mogul hubby as they navigate their long-distance marriage: The couple splits time between Giuliana's L.A. home and Bill's in Chicago. In fact, they didn't even own a home together during their first year of marriage. Find out how they make it work, when they'll have kids and more.
Euna Lee and Laura Ling
American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were finally reunited with their families five months after they were imprisoned in North Korea.
"When we walked through the doors, we saw standing before us President Bill Clinton," Ling said after she and Lee disembarked their jetliner to greet their loved ones Wednesday morning. "We were shocked, but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end. And now we stand here, home and free."
While a teary-eyed crowd applauded, Ling expressed their "deepest gratitude" to the former president for negotiating with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who granted a special pardon on Tuesday.
Watch her speech in the video after the jump.
Kooky matriarch Jessica Walter (90210, Arrested Development) will guest-star in an episode of Law & Order: SVU in the fall.
TVGuide.com has confirmed that Walter will appear in the third episode, which is titled "Solitary," as a legal-aid powerhouse named Petra Gilmartin. She will have scenes with ball-bustin'...
Jon & Kate Plus 8
Jon & Kate Plus 8's ratings tumbled during its return episodes, losing about 6 million viewers from its highly buzzed divorce announcement show in June.
Monday's first half hour averaged 4.0 million viewers, while the second episode grew to 4.2 million, according to TLC. The ratings dropped 61 percent from the June 22 episode, which featured the couple announcing their separation. That episode, which kicked off a six-week hiatus, was seen by 10.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode in the series' history.
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Chris Brown will be formally sentenced Wednesday for felony assault on Rihanna, who is still asking that restricted contact between the two be reduced.
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Brown, who pleaded guilty in June, is expected to be sentenced to five years' probation and 180 days of community labor at a Los Angeles Court. During the preliminary hearing, Brown was ordered to stay at least 50 yards away from ...
Patricia Arquette, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Christina
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I've just read that Garret Dillahunt will guest-star in the season premiere of CSI. Is he playing "Dr. Jekyll," the new serial killer, or will it be someone else? — Vic
ADAM: Sorry, Cromartie fans, but Dillahunt is not Dr. Jekyll. He plays the head of a celebrity security service, which doesn't exactly scream "serial killer cover" to us. Then again, the character's name does imply duplicity. Here's what we do know about Dr. Jekyll: He's infamous for leaving behind immaculate crime scenes: The body is all the evidence the CSIs will ever get. Fantastic! A serial killer with OCD!
Any scoop on Medium and how it might change now that it's switched to CBS? — Antioch
MICKEY: "I guess I can let the cat out of the bag: [Allison] ...
Paula Abdul will not return to the judges' table for American Idol's ninth season.
Abdul revealed the stunning news on her Twitter feed: "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to #IDOL. I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon," she tweeted over two separate messages.
Fox quickly followed up with an official statement: "Paula has been an important part of AI. We are saddened ...