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Jon & Kate Ratings Plunge with Post-Split Return

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 to Be Sentenced

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 ...
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Mega Buzz: Scoop on Medium, CSI, Mad Men, Melrose and More

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Every week, editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to

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] ... read more

Breaking: Paula Abdul Leaving American Idol

Paula Abdul

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 ...
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Joan Rivers Asks How'd You Get So Rich?

Joan Rivers

Ever pass ridiculously over-the-top mansions and ask yourself how those people became so well-off? Joan Rivers has, and she's about to knock on some very expensive doors to get the answer in her new series How'd You Get So Rich?

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"I always would pass by places in the strangest cities — huge houses, big money, gorgeous cars — and always would say, 'How'd they get so rich?'" Rivers told at the show's launch party. "So I thought: Wouldn't it be fun to do a show where you just go to the door and ask them."

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90210 Alum Signs On for More Mother-Daughter Drama

Ann Gillespie, Jennie Garth

Thought 90210's Jackie Taylor-Silver was done showing off her Mother of the Year skills last season? Then think again because actress Ann Gillespie is coming back for more.

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Gillespie has signed on to appear in several episodes, starting in October, and her character is said to be seeking some sort of ... read more

Mischa Barton Skips Show Promotion, With a Good Excuse

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Mischa Barton didn't turn up Tuesday at a panel to promote her new show, The CW's The Beautiful Life: TBL. But she had a good excuse: Executive producer Ashton Kutcher said she was unavailable because she was on set shooting the series.

Barton was hospitalized after Los Angeles police said they escorted her to a hospital for an undisclosed medical problem July 15. Her spokesman told The Associated Press on July 27 that she had been released. "Mischa's in New York working today on the show," Kutcher said at the Television Critics Association's fall TV tour in Pasadena, Calif. "She was never unavailable for a day of work." read more

Lauren Conrad and Kim Kardashian to Guest Judge Top Model

Lauren Conrad, Kim Kardashian, and Tyra Banks

Just when you thought Lauren Conrad was done with reality television, the former Hills starlet is jumping back into the game as a guest judge for America's Next Top Model.

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Joining Conrad on the roster of guest judges for Cycle 13 (premiering Wednesday, September 9 at 8/7 CT on CW) is another fashionista who knows a thing or two about reality television ... read more

Dan Rather Sues CBS Executives Again

Dan Rather

Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather has sued network CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS News President Andrew Heyward in an effort to have them reinstated in his $70 million lawsuit against the network.

In the new complaint, which was filed in New York State Supreme Court, Rather accused both men of fraud, according to Reuters. Rather claims he was a made a scapegoat by the network during a scandal in 2004 over a report on ... read more

Katherine Jackson Withdraws Bid for Son's Estate

Katherine Jackson

Michael Jackson's mother has withdrawn her petition for control over her son's estate, while the two men named in the late singer's will are to remain in charge.

See our full coverage of Michael Jackson's death

Attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, who have had control over Jackson's affairs for the last month, were declared permanent co-executors until October, Los Angeles Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled Monday. Beckloff will consider a ...
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