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Pilot News: Stringfield and Woodside Are Back, and More

Sherry Stringfield, D.B. Woodside

ER vet Sherry Stringfield and 24 alum D.B. Woodside (former president Wayne Palmer) have joined the cast of Back, the CBS drama pilot starring Skeet Ulrich as a man who returns home to discover he was reported missing eight years earlier, after 9/11.

Stringfield will play ... read more

Kanye Charged in Airport Lash Out

Kanye West

Kanye West is the furthest thing from a gangster rapper, but you wouldn't know it from the slew of charges against him over an altercation with airport paparazzi.

Six months after the video hit the web of West scraping with photographers at Los Angeles International Airport, the rapper is charged with one count each of ... read more

Britney and Family Granted Restraining Order Against Adnan

Britney Spears

Britney Spears and her paparazzo, ex-boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib, probably won't be rekindling their old flame any time soon considering he can no longer get within 100 yards of the pop star.

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Autopsy: Natasha Richardson Died From Bleeding Near Brain

Natasha Richardson

>Natasha Richardson died of bleeding between her skull and brain, caused by accidentally hitting her head on a ski slope, according to an autopsy released Thursday. read more

Idol's Alexis: A Different Encore Might Have "Saved" Me

Alexis Grace singing "Jolene."

Hindsight is 20/20 and yes, rules are rules. But if American Idol's week-old twist, the Judges' Save, is truly intended to drum up drama and make us wonder if a singer with one foot out the door might get plucked from the ashes, Alexis Grace (as well as Jorge and Jasmine before her) should have been afforded the chance to revisit any of her previous performances, and not just the one most responsible for getting her booted.

"I'm going to be honest — I think it could have [made a difference]", Alexis told when asked if a different encore might have succeeded in saving her. "If I sang the first song that I sang, 'Never Loved a Man,' maybe ... read more

Heather Locklear Not Moving Back to Melrose Place

Heather Locklear

Casting for the CW's reboot of Melrose Place is in full swing, but one star won't drop in: Heather Locklear.

Locklear, who played Amanda Woodward on the original Fox series, has turned down an offer to bring her character to the update, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Unlike the recently rebooted 90210 — which found success in bringing back original cast members Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling — a source tells EW, "there wasn't a way to bring [Locklear] back that made sense."

Meanwhile, the show ... read more

Presidential Press Conference Forces Idol, Others to Move

David Boreanaz's Bones gets picked on again, while it's Seacrest out ... of his Tuesday time slot.

President Barack Obama will hold a prime-time press conference on Tuesday, March 24, from 8 to 9 pm/ET. The purpose: to further discuss his budget plan.

As a result, the Big 4 broadcast networks are scrambling to relocate — or in some cases bump — scheduled original programming.

Perhaps first and foremost, American Idol's two-hour Top 10 performance show has been moved ... read more

Celebrities and Costars Honor Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson

Natasha Richardson's colleagues offered their fondest memories of the actress, who died after suffering head injuries while skiing.

"She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own," said Lindsay Lohan, played Richardson's cute redheaded twin daughters in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap. "My heart goes out to her family. This is a tragic loss."

Richardson, a Tony-winning actress and heir of the Redgrave acting dynasty, fell during ... read more

Ratings: All-Time Low Harshes Lost's Mellow


Wednesday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
Fox's Lie to Me led the pack with an audience of 10.03 million total viewers, down 10 percent from its week-ago time-period premiere. CBS' sitcoms combined for second, though both Old Christine (7.37 mil, down 260K) and Gary (7.57 mil, down 140K) dipped a bit.

Placing third was ABC's Scrubs (5.8 mil) and lead-out Better Off Ted (which premiered to 5.64 mil). Top Model (3.6 mil) tumbled 19 percent yet still bested NBC's rotting Chopping Block (3.46 mil).

9 pm
American Idol's results show delivered 23 million viewers, slipping 7 percent week-to-week. Criminal Minds followed with 13.5 mil, down a half mil. Lost's numbers weren't terribly groovy, dropping 14 percent to an all-time low of 9.08 mil. (Next week, Sawyer & Co. face an even tougher hurdle: Idol's Obama-cized, two-hour performance show!) Life also took a plunge, to 4.22 mil.

10 pm
CSI: NY won the hour with 12.7 million viewers (down 800K), followed by Law & Order (7.07 mil, down 530K). Life on Mars showed some life, surging 15 percent to 5.27 mil.

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Project Runway's Kenley Collins Accused of Attacking Fiancé with Cat

Kenley Collins

Project Runway designer Kenley Collins often sparred with Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, but now she's accused of putting the cat in catfight.

The Season 6 finalist, often remembered as the contestant with the ginormous ego and nails-on-a-chalkboard voice, was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon after attacking her musician fiancé Zak Penley, 28, with her pet cat ... read more

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