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Carl Reiner Books Guest Spot for House Season Finale

Carl Reiner

Multiple Emmy winner Carl Reiner has been tapped to appear in House's fifth-season finale, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In the episode, entitled "Both Sides Now," Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show, the Ocean's 11 trilogy) will play a clinic patient Cuddy uses to get House's attention and force him to complete his clinic hours.

Elsewhere in the finale, House treats a man whose left and right brain operate independently. The man lives with two different personalities and has no control over his actions, making treatment difficult. Cue some "alternative methods."

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Star Trek Sequel Beams Up Lost Cocreator Lindelof

Star Trek

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot won't be seen until May 8, but Paramount is already rounding up Abrams' sci-fi friends for the sequel.

Abrams' Lost cocreator Damon Lindelof will join Fringe producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman — who penned the upcoming release — to write the screenplay for the follow-up, according to Variety. Abrams will return to produce the next installment, but no decision has been made about whether he'll also direct.

Lindelof said he hopes fans don't think he and his colleagues are getting ahead of themselves. "There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet," he said. "But we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."

Kurtzman is eager to get fan reaction before deciding which way to go, but the trio hopes to deliver a script by Christmas for what could be a summer 2011 release.

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Angel's Andy Hallett Dies of Heart Failure at 33; Remembered as "Beacon of Love and Laughter"

Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett, who played suave demon Lorne on Angel, has died after a five-year battle with heart disease, according to his agent. He was 33.

The actor died of heart failure at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Monday, Hallett's agent and friend Pat Brady told E! Online. Hallett's father, Dave, was by his side when he died.

Hallett was from the Cape Cod village  of Osterville, Mass., and appeared in more than 70 episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off Angel as Lorne, a friendly demon who hosted and performed karaoke at a demon bar. Angel castmate Charisma Carpenter tells ... read more

Meet the New Mother: Alyson Hannigan Welcomes Baby Girl

Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan got the best birthday gift of all: a newborn baby girl.

Hannigan and her husband, Alexis Denisof, welcomed their daughter on Hannigan's birthday, March 24, according to People. The happy parents named her Satyana Denisof... read more

Pilot News: FNL Cutie Tackles New Role, and More

Scott Porter, Nora Zehetner

Fresh off his recently wrapped run on NBC/DirecTV's just-renewed Friday Night Lights, Scott Porter has joined the cast of Masterwork, a Fox drama pilot about an FBI agent (Aussie actor Matt Passmore) who tracks down stolen antiquities. (Think Indiana Jones with a badge.)

Porter will play ... read more

Faith Ford Plays it Straight on Hope & Faith

Faith Ford

Since her breakout role on Murphy Brown, Faith Ford has become a go-to for straight-woman roles, in no small part because of her turn opposite Kelly Ripa on ABC's Hope & Faith. To mark the first season's DVD release Tuesday, caught up with the 44-year-old Alexandria, La., native. She looked back on the premiere's massive food fight between her and Ripa, plus the show's madcap costume changes and a slew of special guests, including Regis Philbin as Handsome Hal. She also talked about why her first-season teenage daughter was replaced by a then-newcomer named Megan Fox. read more

The 16 Greatest TV Catchphrases

Matt LeBlanc (Friends), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)

Now that The Donald is back on the air giving us our weekly dose of "You're fired!" on The Celebrity Apprentice (Sundays, 9 pm/ET, NBC), we decided to count down our favorite one-liners. For brevity's sake, we ruled out any one-word catchphrases (including "Blerg," "D'oh!," and "Aaaayyyy"), but feel free to tell us how stupid we are mention those and all your other favorites after the jump. read more

Lost Casts Dexter Baddie as Mysterious "Man No. 1"

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino, whom Dexter fans for certain will remember as Rita's hate-to-hate-him druggie/abusive babydaddy, has been cast on ABC's Lost, sources confirm for

Pellegrino will likely make his first appearance in the two-hour Season 5 finale, airing May 13. His casting was first reported by EW's Ausiello.

But who is Pellegrino playing? "Officially," our source tells us, he is billed on the call sheet as ... read more

Amazing Race's Mel and Mike: Led Astray by Cabbie, Locals and Sinister Deaf Kid

Mel White and Mike White

Life's a beach? Not for Mel and Mike White. The father-son duo — Mel's a famed clergyman and author; Mike's written and acted in School of Rock and Freaks and Geeks — were led way off-course on Sunday's Amazing Race in search of a gorilla statue at the beach, when it was in fact at the zoo. That wasn't the only factor that led to their ouster. Find out what and who else played a part, why they think Margie really passed out at the Pit Stop and if we could be seeing Reese Witherspoon on the Race one day.
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High School Musical 3 Rules Kids' Choice Awards While Miley Cries

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens

High School Musical 3: Senior Year was the top of the class at the Kids' Choice Awards, taking home two trophies, including Favorite Movie.

"Lately, a lot of people have been taking credit for bringing back the musical," said Zac "Serious Actor" Efron while accepting the movie's trophy. "The truth is we've known who's been responsible for bringing back the musical all along. It was you guys!"

Efron's galpal and costar, Vanessa Hudgens, was named Favorite Female Movie Star.

After losing TV actress to bud Selena Gomez and animated voice to Jack Black, Miley Cyrus was ...
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