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Survivor's Not-Crazy Coach Comes Clean on Cannibalism

Survivor, Benjamin "Coach" Wade

Survivor's Benjamin "Coach" Wade doesn't sound crazy on the phone. Yes, fellow Survivors have said he isn't "grounded in reality" and accused him of being "off the reservation," and even Survivor host Jeff Probst has questioned his claims that he's survived a shark attack, a hurricane, and being abducted by Amazonian tribesmen who, Wade says, considered eating him. (Allegations of cannibalism aren't unheard of in the region.) Wade, a soccer coach, composer, and the show's self-proclaimed "Dragon Slayer," was voted off after the once-united J.T. and Stephen split their votes, setting up an anything-can-happen showdown between J.T., Stephen, Taj and Erinn. Check back with us Monday for a recap of Sunday's finale and an interview with the winner. read more

Brooke Shields "Can't Quite Justify" Attention to Sutherland Case

Brook Shields

An "amazed" Brooke Shields says she has trouble understanding all the attention surrounding claims that Kiefer Sutherland head-butted a fashion designer.

"I'm always amazed when events, in any kind, become the most important news event when there are so many other things, really, to talk about," Shields tells Entertainment Tonight. "The fact that ... read more

Ratings: Which of 11 Finales Delivered the Biggest Bang?

Grey's Anatomy

Thursday's ratings rundown:

8 pm/ET
Survivor topped the hour with an audience of 12 million total viewers, on par with last week. Bones' surreal season-ender scored 8.7 mil, up a tick. Ugly Betty dropped 9 percent to claim third with 6.83 mil.

While NBC's Earl (4.8 mil) wrapped up its season with a 370K gain, Parks & Recreation (4.25 mil) concluded its freshman run with another (8 percent) drop. Smallville saw 3.16 mil (down 180 thou) pull up a chair for the [cough] "epic" clash.

9 pm
Grey's Anatomy's two-hour, two-jaw-dropper season finale drew 16.35 million viewers — marking the serial's largest audience since the Sept. 25 opener and a week-to-week gain of a mil. CSI's finale followed with 14.42 mil.

Trailing the Hell's Kitchen closer (7.4 mil), NBC's The Office welcomed 6.72 mil to the company picnic (down 13 percent), while 30 Rock (5.66 mil) dropped 8 percent.

Supernatural's Dean and Sam had 2.9 mil (up 100K) at their side as they braved an apocalyptic finale

10 pm
Placing second behind Grey's, CSI: NY's wacky little Thursday season-ender copped 12.84 mil, up 600 thou from its Wednesday outing. Facing outrageously stiff competition, NBC's Southland plummeted 29 percent, to 4.64 mil.

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Battlestar Vet Goes Very, Very Bad for Numbers Finale

James Callis with Rob Morrow

Guest star James Callis (Battlestar Galactica's Dr. Gaius Baltar) plus a straggly wig and a dash of Charles Manson adds up to a very chilling episode of CBS' Numbers, as the hit CBS drama winds down its fifth season. The British actor offered a look inside the creation of the charismatic sociopath who dared to abduct Charlie's sweetheart, Amita.

TVGuide.com: Rob Morrow had told me you were virtually unrecognizable in this role, and I have to wholeheartedly agree.
James Callis: How great is that? 

TVGuide.com: Have you ever been this hirsute?
Callis: I think I have been hairier, possibly, in a few other gigs. But half of that was mine and half was borrowed. I bet you could tell which half was which! [The producers and I] were of the same mindset that ... read more

Host to Host: Leno Books O'Brien as Final Tonight Show Guest

Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien

Jay Leno will trade laughs and perhaps share words of wisdom with his final Tonight Show guest — Conan O'Brien.

The outgoing Tonight Show host announced during a conference call Thursday that he will wrap up his 17-year run on May 29 with his successor, O'Brien, in the guest seat. O'Brien will take over Tonight on June 1.

"I'm glad that it's going to be Conan," Leno said. "It couldn't ...
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Was the Bones-Booth "Nookie" Good for You?

Was Bones just a big tease?

Some 59 minutes before serving up a major twist regarding Booth's recuperation from brain-tumor surgery, the Bones season finale gave fans a taste of what they've hungered for — the partners-in-crimesolving canoodling in bed together.

Ah, but there was a catch, as had been telegraphed by producers in the weeks prior. The bedroom antics were ... read more

Hugh Dillon Gears Up for Flashpoint's "Riveting" Finale

Hugh Dillon, Flashpoint

Flashpoint 's Strategic Response Unit is gearing up for an exhilarating finale where the team will find themselves in a gang standoff (Friday, 9 pm/ET on CBS). TVGuide.com caught up with Hugh Dillon, who plays sniper Ed Lane, to find out what we can expect for the season-closer, what other "dark little show" he's been working on and what it's like to be the lead singer of a hardcore rock band. 

TVGuide.com: What can you tell us about the Season 2 finale?
Hugh Dillon: It's such a riveting finale because it shows so much of the team and gives a glimpse into where they're going to be going next season. There's a shooting — a gang shooting — and ... read more

Dancing's Ty and Chelsie Don't Feel Guilty About Outstaying Lil' Kim

Chelsie Hightower, Ty Murray

Ty Murray's Cinderella story came to an end on Dancing with the Stars this week after getting booted one week shy of the finale. The bright side? He stayed 10 weeks longer than most expected him to, out-charming, outwitting, but not necessarily out-dancing, his competition. "I think [partner Chelsie Hightower and I] probably brought a bigger fan base than what people expected to start with," he tells TVGuide.com. That fan base unexpectedly propelled them past Lil' Kim — but that didn't surprise them at all. See what else the twosome has to say about their long run, what their finale dance will be and if that rumba solo for Jewel paid dividends.
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Fall TV: Past Life Is a Go for Fox

Fox unveils its fall lineup on May 18.

Fox believes in reincarnation — or at least the idea of a mystery series incorporating the notion of past lives.

With its official upfront presentation slated for Monday, Fox has picked up Past Life, its third new series order this week. Previously, the network greenlit the DC Comics-inspired Human Target and the comedy Sons of Tucson, as well as renewed Fringe and Lie to Me.

Past Life revolves around ... read more

VIDEO: CSI: NY Star Previews Tonight's Deadly Finale

Melina Kanakaredes, CSI: NY

Lest anyone miss it, you are hereby reminded that CSI: NY's season finale airs this Thursday at 10 pm/ET, on CBS.

Series star Melina Kanakaredes came by TVGuide.com to preview the season-ender, in which one team member breathes his or her final breath.

"Listen, someone dies every episode," she says, "but it's not always that ... read more

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