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A Look at The Tragic Side of Comedy

John Belushi, Richard Pryor

John Belushi and Richard Pryor had more in common than comedic brilliance. Each struggled with intense personal demons, detailed in the two-hour special, The Tragic Side of Comedy (Wednesday, 9 pm/ET). The BIO Channel show explores the troubled lives behind some of the most celebrated comedians of our time, including Chris Farley, Richard Jeni, Bernie Mac, and Andy Kaufman.

From SNL to Animal House, take a look back on the brilliant work of John Belushi and the struggle with drugs that led to his death-by-overdose at 33.

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Fringe: New FBI Agent Once Cracked Cases on Deal or No Deal

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle, who once appeared as a "briefcase opener" on Deal or No Deal, has been cast as an FBI agent on Fringe, has confirmed.

Stifle your snickering about her spokesmodel past. Markle has also... Read on for more read more

Benjamin Bratt Talks Cleaner Slate of Guests

The Cleaner, Benjamin Bratt

Are special guest stars always a shark jump? The Cleaner's Benjamin Bratt says no way — especially when they include Whoopi Goldberg, Mia Kirschner, Gary Cole, and Joe Don Baker, some of the actors appearing on his A&E drama this season. read more

Jessica Simpson Is Coming Back to TV

Jessica Simpson

Former Newlywed Jessica Simpson is returning to TV next year.

VH1 has picked up a docu-series called The Price of Beauty, in which Simpson will travel the globe to learn how women famous and not-so create their own notions of beauty, Variety reports. She'll "study the local fashions, dietary fads and beauty regimes, and even participate in some of the extreme practices she discovers."

Simpson is hopeful the series will be a learning experience. "I am really looking forward to ... read more

Mega Buzz on Grey's, Housewives, CSI: Miami, Tree Hill and More!

Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy), Marcia Cross (Housewives) and David Caruso (CSI: Miami)

Every week, senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to

Color me shocked that Katherine Heigl isn't leaving Grey's Anatomy. Is it possible we're being duped in some way? — Krista
MATT: I must say that the lack of fanfare surrounding ABC's confirmation of Heigl's status — especially when juxtaposed with the flurry of official statements regarding T.R. Knight's departure — made me raise one of my overgrown eyebrows. "Sure, she's staying... for just one more episode," I cynically hypothesized. But one of my best sources insists that this is not a case of clever semantics, and that Heigl's Izzie will have a significant presence in the fall. 

Please give me some scoop on what's next for Desperate Housewives' Bree.  — Fernando R.
MICKEY: Bree may come off like a brittle maneater, but at heart she's a real softy, which is why juggling an angry Orson and a horny Karl will really ... read more

Author Files Plagiarism Lawsuit Against Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

The author of a health book has filed a plagiarism lawsuit against Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

"This week a claim was filed with regard to my book, The G-Free Diet," Hasselbeck said Wednesday on The View. "I assure you that the allegations are without merit, and are being handled appropriately."

Susan Hassett, a self-published author from Massachusetts, accused The View co-host of swiping parts of her book ... read more

Smallville Casting News: Callum Blue Has Zod Complex

Callum Blue

Kneel before Callum Blue. The alum of such shows as Related, The Tudors and Secret Diary of a Call Girl has been tapped to join Smallville in the series regular role of big, bad Zod, says the Hollywood Reporter. He'll first appear ... read more

Exclusive: House Doc and Swimsuit Model Feel the Pains

Peter Jacobson, Brooklyn Decker

It's a tale of beauty and the geek when swimsuit supermodel Brooklyn Decker and House star Peter Jacobson play mismatched newlyweds on USA Networks' Royal Pains.

In the freshman hit's July 30 episode, Decker (the real-life wife of tennis ace Andy Roddick) plays swimsuit model Rachel, while Jacobson is ... read more

Do Rescue Me's Musical Numbers Hit the Right Notes?

Steven Pasquale

Don't worry, we cringed too when Steven Pasquale burst into song in the latest episode of Rescue Me.

But once the shock wore off — and we realized that Pasquale could still make Sean Garrity hilariously stupid while singing — it became apparent that creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan had put some thought into the song-and-dance routines. (That's right, routines; there are more to come.)

"Those would be my fault," Tolan told "We were sort of looking for a way to showcase Steve's singing, and this seemed like the most natural way — these fantasies while he was being prepped for surgery or after. The good thing is they're all on story. The first one is more naturalistic — there's sort of an MTV feel to the second half of it, but it feels a little more grounded. Then they just spin out of control."

Pasquale has a history with ... read more

Adam Lambert Speaks Out Against Pre-Idol Recordings

Adam Lambert

Before you download Adam Lambert's new single, "Want," on iTunes, there's something the American Idol runner-up would like you to know.

"Back in 2005, when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else," Lambert said in a statement. "I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio. The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on."

"Want" — which leaked on the Internet last week — will be packaged with other old tracks and released as an album this summer titled On with the Show. The 11 tracks were recorded ... read more

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