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Court Rules FCC Indecency Policy "Unconstitutionally Vague"

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A federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy Tuesday, calling it "unconstitutionally vague" and a violation of the First Amendment.

The ruling is a big victory for broadcast networks, which challenged the policy in 2006 after the FCC said unscripted expletives said on live broadcasts violated indecency rules and were subject to fines.

The three-judge panel of the New York-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the policy could create a "chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here."

FCC and Fox case goes to court

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Bachelorette's Chris Harrison calls Ali and Frank's Relationship "Obviously Flawed"

The Bachelorette

As Bachelorette Ali and her final three suitors embark on exotic dates in Tahiti, Frank may let his doubts lead him to exit. But for viewers annoyed that they've already been spoiled by previews, Chris Harrison says, "If you think you think you've seen everything, you haven't." Plus: Was Roberto in his baseball uniform cheesy or adorable?

TVGuide.com: What did you think of this week's episode?
Chris Harrison: I love the hometown episodes because it takes the show in a...

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Man Believed to Be Mel Gibson Uses Racial Slur in Third Tape Recording

Mel Gibson

A man believed to be Mel Gibson uses a racial slur and again lashes out at his ex-girlfriend in a third profanity-laced recording released by RadarOnline.com.

On the new recording, Gibson and a woman believed to be his ex, Oksana Grigorieva, argue about a Latina woman who works in their homes.

"I will fire (name omitted) if she's at your house," Gibson says. "I will ...
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White Collar's Tim DeKay: From Supporting Star to Leading Man

Tim DeKay

It's the blessing and curse of all hard-working character actors: "I have a household face but not a household name," says Tim DeKay, who plays FBI agent Peter Burke on White Collar (airing tonight at 9/8c, USA).

Burke's job is to keep tabs on con—turned—FBI consultant Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer)... read more

Watercooler: Real Housewives Gone Wild!

Danielle Staub

Note: Violence is never the answer. However, what went down last night on The Real Housewives of New Jersey wasn't so much violence as it was the highest level of low-class art we've ever been blessed with. The screaming. The shoving. The insults. The fake hair. It was all so...Real Housewives. On 'roids... read more

House, Lone Star to Kick Off Fox Premiere Week

Hugh Laurie, James Wolk

Fox will roll out its fall season with House and the series premiere of Lone Star, the network announced Tuesday.

Check out our day-by-day guide to all the networks' fall schedules

House will kick off its seventh season on Monday, Sept. 20 at 8/7c, followed by new ...
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Sela Ward to Replace Melina Kanakaredes on CSI: NY

Sela Ward

Sela Ward has been tapped to replace Melina Kanakaredes on CSI: NY, CBS announced Tuesday.

Melina Kanakaredes exits CSI: NY

"We are delighted to have Sela joining CSI: NY," executive producer Pam Veasey said in a statement. "With the exciting stories planned for Season 7, she'll be a dynamic addition to the cast and the team."

Ward, a two-time Emmy winner and Golden Globe winner for her roles on Sisters and Once and Again, will play an experienced investigator... read more

Cheers & Jeers: More Good Luck for Bridgit Mendler

Bridgit Mendler

Cheers to Disney Channel for wishing upon another teen star: Bridgit Mendler.

You may not know her name yet, but your kids do: She stars in Good Luck Charlie, TV's top-rated tween series, which the cable net has just picked up for a second season and an original movie... read more

The Biz: Who Will Be the Next Cable News King?

Ryan Seacrest, Katie Couric

There will never be another Larry King. Gone are the days when a guy from Brooklyn who addictively plays the horses and gets married eight times can fall into TV stardom. CNN is hunting down some big names to fill King's suspenders in prime time. Here's the lowdown on who is being considered and why... read more

Fox, Jake Gyllenhaal Join Stand Up to Cancer Cause

Jake Gyllenhaal

Fox and Jake Gyllenhaal are among the latest to join the upcoming TV fundraiser Stand Up to Cancer.

Fox will join the previously announced NBC, ABC and CBS in simulcasting the one-hour, commercial-free telethon Friday, Sept. 10, at 8/7c. Cable networks VH1, HBO Latino, TV One and G4 have also come onboard, alongside previously announced HBO, Discovery Health, E!, MLB Network and the Style Network.

Stand Up to Cancer fundraiser returning in September

On Tuesday, Gyllenhaal will appear in ...
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