Balloon Boy Bill Comes Due: $42,000 for Hoax

The Heene Family

Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents behind the balloon boy hoax, reportedly have been billed $42,000 from local, state and federal agencies for the Oct. 15 incident.

The Heenes' lawyer, David Lane, told The Denver Post that the Larimer County district attorney's office... read more

Lea Thompson Talks Greek Stint and '80s Influences

Spencer Grammer, Scott Michael Foster, Lea Thompson, Jim Abele

When Greek returns, Cappie (Scott Michael Foster) and Casey (Spencer Grammer) will be heading into an uphill battle to save their relationship. Enter Cappie's parents, who come to town to help the new pair find some clarity. TVGuide.com sat down with Lea Thompson — who plays Cappie's mom, April — on the set of Greek to find out how the parental units will save the couple during the '80s themed episode. Speaking of the 1980s, Marty McFly's mom — now 48 — also discusses how Back to the Future shaped the, you guessed it, future...

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Ricky Gervais Gets Animated for New HBO Series

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is getting animated for HBO.

The British comic will star in his own comedy cartoon series starting Friday, Feb. 19, at 9/8c on HBO, followed by the second-season premiere of... read more

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?


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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