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MasterChef’s Joe: Was a Vegetarian Main Course Too Challenging?

Masterchef

Hello again, MasterChef fans! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. 

Tuesday night we found ourselves down to just 13 amateur home cooks, a far cry from the thousands who lined up to audition across the country just a few short months ago. Observing this group as they focused tirelessly on the mystery box challenge of a vegetarian entrée, we judges felt we were finally seeing execution on a professional level. No panic-stricken looks and fewer last-minute scrambling runs to the MasterChef pantry -- it was evident that we were left with the most capable group thus far.

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Need You Now: Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Gets Engaged

Hillary Scott and Chris Tyrell

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott celebrated the nation's independence by declaring her co-dependence.

The "Need You Now" singer became engaged to her drummer boyfriend, Chris Tyrell, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, People reports.

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Mega Buzz: NCIS' Mole Hunt, Housewives' Guilt Trip and Booth's Family Past

Mark Harmon, Eva Longoria, David Boreanaz

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Will NCIS resolve Tony's investigation in the season opener? — Jennie C., via Twitter
ADAM:
I'm hearing Tony's mole hunt will be mostly wrapped up in the premiere. And if you're worried that the investigation is going to tear our beloved team apart, let executive producer Gary Glasberg assure you otherwise. "Our group will be working together as a team more often [this season] and not be quite as splintered as they sometimes are," he says. "There are certain things that [the new Secretary of the Navy] may want them to do, and they're going to have to unite in certain ways to take on those challenges."

Do you have any scoop on Desperate Housewives? —Allie
NATALIE:
Carlos won't deal so well with the guilt of killing Gaby's stepfather, even if it meant saving Gaby's life. In turn, she'll try to find a priest to give him absolution — and by "find," we mean "kidnap." ... read more

USA Gets Hitched to Common Law

Michael Ealy, Warren Kole

USA is doubling down on its winning formula: crime-solving with a side of bromance.

The network has picked up the CBS Television Studios cop drama Common Law, ordering 11 episodes, Variety reports. The drama stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as a pair of cops who have a big problem ... each other. Their captain (Jack McGee) sends them into couples therapy in an effort to return the duo to their professional glory days despite their hatred for one another.

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American Idol's Pia Toscano Signs Recording Contract; Album Due Later This Year

Pia Toscano

Fans of Pia Toscano, mourn no more.

The American Idol finalist, who finished ninth last season, has signed a recording contract with Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

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Elizabeth Hurley Sashays to Gossip Girl

Elizabeth Hurley

The Upper East Side is about to get more posh.

Elizabeth Hurley is guest-starring on the upcoming fifth season of The CW's Gossip Girl for multiple episodes, TVLine reports.

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Stephanie March, Diane Neal Returning to Law & Order: SVU for Season 13

Law & Order: SVU, Diane Neal and Stephanie March

Stephanie March and Diane Neal are both returning to Law & Order: SVU for the drama's upcoming thirteenth season, executive producer Warren Leight revealed Tuesday.

March, 36, played ADA Alexandra Cabot for seven seasons and Neal, 34, portrayed ADA Casey Novak for... read more

Publicist to Dancing with the Stars' Mark Ballas: Pay Up!

Mark Ballas

Mark Ballas' former publicist claims the Dancing with the Stars pro is trying to dance away without paying.

Ace PR has summoned Ballas to Los Angeles County Small Claims Court to get the money he allegedly owes. He cut ties with the company in September, TMZ reports.

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Charisma Carpenter to Heat Up Burn Notice

Charisma Carpenter

Burn Notice has added a Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum to its roster of guest stars this season.

Charisma Carpenter will drop by this season's 11th episode to play a high-maintenance trophy wife, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Her character is married to a bioweapons engineer whom Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) would love to get his hands on. TVLine first reported the news.

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Exclusive: Heroes' Adrian Pasdar to Play Papa in ABC Family’s The Lying Game

Adrian Pasdar

Former Heroes star Adrian Pasdar has been cast on ABC Family's new series The Lying Game, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

The Lying Game — based on the books by Sara Shepard, who also authored Pretty Little Liars introduces separated-at-birth twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer (both played by Alexandra Chando). It starts out like The Parent Trap: The sisters switch places so that Emma can experience the trappings of wealth while Sutton pursues the identity of their birth mother. But it gets much darker when Sutton doesn't show on the night the girls are supposed to reunite. Does Emma come clean or continue their deception?

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