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Tyra Banks: Top Model Is "Fiercer Than Ever"

Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model

Tyra Banks has kept the Top Model momentum going, with last week's ratings up 11 percent over those of the previous season premiere. And according to the show's host, the 12th cycle is as — you guessed it — fierce as they come.

TVGuide.com: How does this season differ from past seasons?
Tyra Banks: Well, we are back in NYC for Cycle 12, and this season is fiercer than ever — seriously! The girls are actually put up in an apartment on the Upper East Side — which is so Gossip Girl! We have a really strong and unique mix of girls. There's also some very special celeb appearances ... read more

Will Fans Get to See Heath Ledger's Final Film?

Heath Ledger

With all the fuss about Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, it's easy to forget that the masterful performance wasn't his last. But the joke may be on fans who want to see the final frames of Ledger's career.

Ledger died on Jan. 22, 2008, in the middle of shooting Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, a fantasy about a travelling theater troupe. Ledger starred as a con man named Tony. Rather than let Ledger's death end the production, Gilliam completed the film using Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to play different incarnations of the character. But even after all that, the film still has some obstacles to overcome before it can hit the big screen.

Parnassus, a $30 million production, has yet... read more

Idol Boss Teases a "Big" and Mysterious Rule Change

American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson

Tens of millions of viewers or not, American Idol isn't one to let any grass grow under its feet.

Already this season, the Fox juggernaut has introduced a fourth judge (the wonderfully articulate and lucid Kara DioGuardi) and surprised us with a Top 13 (two of whom will get sent packing this Wednesday night).

But the show isn't done with the tweaks. Calling in to Idol host Ryan Seacrest's KISS-FM radio show, exec producer Ken Warwick hinted at a rule change being revealed on this week's results show that will emerge as a "big talking point" once America gets wind of it.

What's the change? Warwick ... read more

Diddy Defends Opening Home to Chris Brown and Rihanna, Says They're Going Through a "Dark Time"

Sean Diddy Combs, Rihanna, Chris Brown

Sean "Diddy" Combs said he merely acted as a concerned friend and provided support when he offered his Miami home for Chris Brown and Rihanna to reunite a few weeks after Brown was accused of attacking his superstar girlfriend.

"If I can be there as a friend during hard times, then I'm gonna be there as a friend, but I don't know the exact particulars," the rap mogul said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday. "I'm not gonna do this or do that. It's a dark time for them and I was there ... read more

Margulies: "No Time" for Clooney's Pranks on ER Set

Julianna Margulies and George Clooney

George Clooney is notorious for on-set pranks, but he let his costars off easy during his return visit to ER's County General.

"There were none," Julianna Margulies told Us. "We shot everything in two days. We had no time. He was on a film schedule. I was coming from New York, and I had a baby to get back to, so there was no time for pranks."

Even without the jokes, Margulies, who played Clooney's love interest from 1994 to 2000, said she was happy to be back ... read more

Simpson-Wentz's Reason for Moving to Melrose Place: Baby Bronx

Ashlee Simpson

Melrose Place fans are divided over the casting of Ashlee Simpson-Wentz in the show's upcoming CW reboot, but those who are angry have one person to blame: Bronx Mowgli.

The singer-actress took the gig to remain close to her three-month-old son, according to People. "She wanted something stable so she could be close to her baby," a friend of Simpson-Wentz said. "She was specifically looking for something in television as her next step, that filmed in Los Angeles, so she wouldn't have to be away from Bronx."

So is Ashlee giving up music for good? read more

Damages: Patty and Ellen Will Face "Major Upheaval" Soon

Glenn Kessler, Damages

Damages fans have been slowly putting together the pieces of Ellen's hostage-at-gunpoint flash-forward all season, and when the final piece falls into place, big changes are coming.

"There's gonna be some major, major upheaval in Patty's life, and Ellen has some coming in her life as well," cocreator Glenn Kessler says. "The ground is going to shift considerably. Many of the things we've proposed throughout the season certainly do get knotted up, and these women end the season on very different ground than they started."

But Kessler doesn't get to just write the twists and turns heading Ellen's way — he literally plays a role in them as FBI Special Agent L.J. Werner. Along with his partner Agent Randall Harrison (Mario Van Peebles), Werner has been working Ellen as an informant against her boss. But Patty may not be the only one with secrets to uncover.

For weeks, we've seen ... read more

Mega Buzz on Lost, ER, CSI: NY, Smallville and More!

Lost's Emilie de Ravin, ER's Julianna Margulies and Smallville's Erica DuranceDurance

Senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy answer your questions. Drop us a line at mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Please tell me that Emilie de Ravin isn't done on Lost. — Jason
MATT: Allow me to be crystal Claire, as it were — we will see MIAaron's mom again, and not just by means of a time-jump à la the birthing moment Sawyer witnessed anew. As the Aussie actress shared in this video, she is just taking "a little break" this season, and multiple sources assure me the plan is still for her to return for the series-ending Season 6. Speaking of finales during this sad, Lost-less week, I'm hearing that there will be just one more "hiccup" — a late-April clip show — detouring our road to this year's undoubtedly big finish. 

Where are my favorite ER supporting cast members, like Haleh and Jerry? Will they be back before the finale? — Timothy
MICKEY: Does anyone else remember the sexy desk clerk that SVU's Mariska Hargitay played? Well, she ... read more

Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster Gets a Devil of a Storyline

Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds

This week on CBS' Criminal Minds (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), Paget Brewster steps front and center when a rogue priest conjures up demons from Prentiss' past. Brewster gave us a preview of the episode, as well as mooned over upcoming guest star Alex O'Loughlin.

TVGuide.com: I hear we're getting a healthy helping of Prentiss this week.
Paget Brewster:
Oh my god, it was exhausting! [Laughs] When you're on an ensemble show and you're messing around with everybody every day and you're not in every scene, and then all of a sudden you're in every scene, it's rough. I would not want to be Hugh Laurie.

TVGuide.com: The episode is titled "Demonology" and it says, "Prentiss has a personal connection to one of the victims in a series of deaths with religious overtones." Man, you can almost hear the thunderclap in the background.
Brewster:
Basically we discover that a priest is performing exorcisms ... read more

Nancy O'Dell Jealous of Bachelor's — Er — Dancing's Melissa?

Nancy O’Dell

Crippled by a torn meniscus, Nancy O'Dell watched the Dancing with the Stars premiere from the sidelines instead of waltzing up a storm on the floor with Tony Dovolani. "That was tough because I so wanted to be a part of it," she tells TVGuide.com. O'Dell was replaced by The Bachelor's No. 2 gal, Melissa Rycroft, who netted a score of 23 with 48 hours of rehearsal. See what O'Dell has to say about her substitute, and get an update on her knee. We'll be checking in weekly with the Access Hollywood host and almost-contestant to get her take on Season 8, so be sure to come back next week.

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