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Sarah Palin Makes Her (Paid) Fox News Debut

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Sarah Palin debuted on Fox News — as a paid employee — during Tuesday's The O'Reilly Factor, and gushed over how excited she was to contribute to "the fair and the balanced reporting and analysis" of the news team.

"I'm grinning today, and I'm so appreciative of the opportunity to get to work with you and the other team members here at Fox News to provide the fair and the balanced reporting and analysis voters in this country deserve," Palin said to host Bill O'Reilly.

Sarah Palin joins Fox News as contributor

O'Reilly asked Palin why so many "pinheads" (his word) seem threatened by the former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate.

"Obviously, it's not about me. It's not about me, personally," said Palin. "They don't like the message. They don't like the common-sense conservative solution that I think that I represent and you articulate... They don't like to hear it."

Watch Palin's first appearance on the Fox News payroll after the jump.

read more Poll: 83 Percent Want Conan at 11:35

Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno

It's been an ugly week in the land of late night, but when it comes to deciding whether Conan O'Brien or Jay Leno should have the coveted 11:35 timeslot, an overwhelming 83 percent of voters say ... read more

American Idol Episode Recap: Boston Auditions

It's that time of year again, folks. Are you ready for the obsession to begin? Of course, this season of American Idol is already on its way to being dominated by by stories that have nothing to do with singing. Paula Abdul left the show last summer. Ellen DeGeneres took her place. And just one day before Season 9 kicked off, Simon Cowell announced plans to exit the show at season's end to launch The X-Factor in the United States.

If the contestants are going to overcome those headlines, they had better seriously bring the talent. So let's get started. Ellen won't chime in until February; for now, a revolving door of guest judges will critique each city. Victoria Beckham joined the panel in Beantown, which to my surprise, offered up many more good singers than most Idol premieres in recent memory. I'm not convinced that any of the 31 singers who made it to Hollywood Tuesday will be standing on the Kodak Theatre stage on finale night, but so far it's nonetheless promising.

Through these first weeks of auditions, I will be offering quick hits of the most memorable singers, both good and bad, as well as a few that defy categorization... read more

Jimmy Kimmel Does Scathing Imitation of Jay Leno on ABC Show

Jimmy Kimmel

In a vicious sendup, Jimmy Kimmel impersonated Jay Leno — complete with gray wig, fake lantern chin and a slight lisp — as he did his monologue, and he stayed in character throughout the program.

VIDEO: Watch Kimmel's entrance and monologue as Leno now

"Hello, hello, my name is Jay Leno ... and I'm taking over all the shows in late night," began the host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! in his new persona.

"It's great to be here on ABC," he said, exaggeratedly playing off his bandleader (Cleto Escobedo III) like Leno. "You know what ABC stands for? ...
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Mega Buzz: Scoop on Lost, NCIS, Vampire Diaries and More!

Lost, NCIS, Vampire Diaries

Every week, editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant answer your burning questions. Want some TV scoop? Please send all questions to

Which original cast members are returning to Lost? — AnnatheBelle
MICKEY: Well, you heard about Michael and Libby, right? Add them to the list that includes Juliet, Charlie, Boone and Helen (aka characters believed to be dead who have signed on to reappear in Season 6). But what about Walt — will we see him again? "We would like to have him back, but he's aged and looks much older than his character, so that's the problem with him," executive producer Carlton Cuse told us. "We're still seeing if there's a way to work that out." Cross your fingers!

I need to know more about Tony and Ziva's trip overseas on NCIS! — Mark
Tiva ends up in... read more

Chris Harrison on Bachelor Scandal: Rozlyn "Started This Firestorm"

The Bachelor, Chris Harrison

For Bachelor fans, wondering what happens to the contestants who don't receive that final rose, ABC is planning a summer spin-off called Bachelor Pad. Host Chris Harrison told the new series will "bring all of our favorites back in more of an entertaining, fun way" and romance will certainly be the focus. "These people all get together, they've hooked up, we have engagements ... people love this stuff so why don't we show it?" Harrison also spoke about the current Bachelor season — Rozlyn scandal included — and about what has shocked him... read more

Exclusive: Sara Rue and Bruno Campos Check Into Private Practice

Sara Rue, Bruno Campos

Private Practice is stocking up on guest stars for their spring episodes. Both Sara Rue and Bruno Campos will guest-star in an episode, has learned exclusively.

Rosanna Arquette to guest-star on Private Practice

Rue (Popular, Eastwick) will play... read more

O'Brien: "I May Soon Be Available for Children's Parties"

Conan O'Brien

After informing NBC he won't do The Tonight Show a half-hour later, Conan O'Brien kicked off Tuesday's show with: "Hello there, my name is Conan O'Brien, and I may soon be available for children's parties."

VIDEO: Watch Conan's monologue now

O'Brien then suggested his network's new slogan is, "No longer just screwing up prime time."

Leno doesn't address Conan's statement in monologue

"When I was a little boy, I remember watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and thinking, 'Someday, I'm going ...
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Leno Doesn't Address Conan's Statement in Monologue

Jay Leno

Jay Leno apparently decided against addressing Conan O'Brien's refusal to move The Tonight Show back a half-hour and follow Leno's return to 11:35 p.m.

Unlike on Monday, he... read more

The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Make It or Break It Renewed

The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Make It or Break It

The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Make It or Break It have been renewed.

ABC Family President Paul Lee noted at a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday that both... read more

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