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Simon Cowell Will Leave American Idol, His Brother Says

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell will leave American Idol after the upcoming season, his brother says.

"A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everybody expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of The X Factor to U.S. TV in 2011," Tony Cowell announced in his weekly podcast on his site, The Cowell Factor.

Simon Cowell near deal for three years of Idol

Fox declined to comment on the statement from Cowell's brother, a writer and broadcaster who co-wrote Simon's autobiography.

Cowell, whose existing contract expires after the upcoming ninth season and prevents ...
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Mary J. Blige Discusses New Album, Tough Childhood

Mary J. Blige released her new album Stronger with Each Tear Tuesday, and she says it entailed "a lot of blood, sweat and tears." The Grammy winner sat down with TV Guide Network to discuss her growth process and explain how her tough childhood contributed to how far she has come. Plus: Find out why she was so passionate about contributing a song to the movie Precious.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What Was Your Favorite Oprah Moment of the Decade?

Oprah

From castigating James Frey to watching Tom Cruise literally bounce off her couch, Oprah Winfrey has had several big moments throughout the years on her talk show ...

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Survivor's Russell: "You Have to Love the Way I Played the Game"

Russell Hantz

Survivor: Samoa's Russell Hantz has been called everything from a liar and cheater to the biggest villain and possibly the best Survivor player ever. One title he couldn't nab during his 39 days on the island? The ultimate prize of sole survivor. In his aggressive game playing, Russell found hidden immunity idols without clues, sabotaged his own teammates and made alliances with many of his fellow players, only to break them at the first sign of weakness. While no one can criticize the 36-year-old Texan businessman for not trying hard enough, Russell lost the title to his underestimated ally, Natalie White, because many of his former competitors on the jury couldn't... read more

The 2009 Holiday Marathon and Specials Roundup

NCIS, House

Among all that family time, mounds of wrapping paper and cheer, there's nothing like a good old-fashioned marathon or holiday special to help get you through the madness. Check out our roundup of what to watch after the jump.

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Report: "Large Amounts" of Prescription Drugs Found in Brittany Murphy's Bedroom

Brittany Murphy

A large number of prescription drugs were found in the bedroom of Brittany Murphy, who suffered shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain in the week leading up to her death, according to an investigator's notes obtained by TMZ.

Citing notes from the Los Angeles County coroner's office, TMZ said Investigator Blacklock wrote that Murphy, 32, went to the bathroom at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and shut the door. She had complained of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain for seven to 10 days prior to her death, but her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, told the investigator he wasn't alarmed because his wife "often suffered from severe menstrual pains," the site said.

Actress Brittany Murphy dead at 32

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, however, told TVGuide.com he has never seen the notes TMZ is citing and that the coroner's office has not provided the site with any notes or reports regarding Murphy's death and investigation.

"I have a call into TMZ, but we're not ...
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Jersey Shore Loses Dell Sponsor

Jersey Shore cast

Dell Computers has pulled its ads from MTV's Jersey Shore, making it the third sponsor the show has lost in as many weeks, TMZ reports.

Domino's pulls ads from Jersey Shore

The PC company will "block" its ads from appearing during future episodes of the show ...
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TV Guide Network to Air Dirty Dancing Marathon on Christmas

Dirty Dancing

Nestle into your favorite corner: On Christmas Day, TV Guide Network will air a 12-hour marathon of Dirty Dancing.

Watch a clip from Dirty Dancing

Marathon airings of the 1987 coming-of-age story about dance and love, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, will air from noon on Friday, Dec. 25, through midnight ET/PT.

"Sometimes a movie encapsulates a period or a moment in all of our lives in such a way that it never dies. And I think ... read more

Sesame Street's Alaina Reed Hall Dead at 63

Alaina Reed Hall

Alaina Reed Hall, who portrayed Olivia Robinson on Sesame Street for 12 years, has died.

Reed Hall was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and succumbed Thursday at a Santa Monica, Calif., hospital, her husband, Tamim Amini, told the Los Angeles Times.

Sesame Street and Big Bird feel 40 years young

The actress, who turned 63 last month, also starred on Broadway and was one of the original cast members in the off-Broadway production of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road. She also appeared in... read more

Shane Sparks Plans to Fight "Bogus Allegations" of Child Molestation

Shane Sparks

Shane Sparks is preparing to fight child molestation charges, which his lawyer tells TVGuide.com may be an extortion attempt.

"I'm very confident that we will prevail in our attempt to clear his name," Sparks' lawyer, Steve Meister, tells TVGuide.com. "We are going to forcefully and aggressively defend him against what we believe to be completely spurious and bogus allegations."

The So You Think You Can Dance choreographer and America's Best Dance Crew judge was arrested Friday on eight counts of felony child molestation. He was taken to... read more

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