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Exclusive: Melody Thomas Scott Finally Renews Her Contract With The Young and the Restless

Melody Thomas Scott

Our long national nightmare is over! Execs at The Young and the Restless have finally seen the light and are bringing Melody Thomas Scott back to the show. She will resume work in October and hit the air at Thanksgiving. The immensely popular actress — who plays lush-in-distress Nikki Newman — has been off the CBS serial since the end of April, with rumors flying that Sony, which owns the soap, was cutting corners and didn't want to renew her contract just yet. Not a smooth move, considering Thomas Scott was at the top of storyline — and giving the performance of her career — when Nikki suddenly left Genoa City and went into rehab. Curiously, those money issues at Y&R didn't stop the suits from hiring lots of new high-profile faces in recent months, including Emmy-winning suds greats Genie Francis and Debbi Morgan — a fact that did not go ignored by Thomas Scott's legion of irate fans who organized a massive Twitter campaign to bring their girl back. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Thomas Scott to get the scoop on her return and what really went down between her and the penny-pinchers... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Cliff Barnes Back to Dallas

Ken Kerchaval

It wouldn't be Dallas without a good old-fashioned Ewing/Barnes feud. Although TNT's Dallas pilot, set to air in summer 2012, was Barnes-free, I've just learned that Ken Kercheval has signed on to reprise his role as J.R. Ewing's No. 1 nemesis, Cliff Barnes, in.... read more

Did You Go Through the Ringer for SMG?

Sarah Michelle Gellar

OK, can we be done with the whole "Buffy is back!" business? Because honestly, Sarah Michelle Gellar's long-awaited and monstrously hyped return to TV is so not Buffy.

Last night, the actress who slayed us and thousands of vampires hit the small screen after too long away with Ringer, a new drama that shows some serious promise, as well as some real room for improvement.

Playing twins — one an ex-junkie on the run from the mob, the other an uptight socialite — Gellar is as good as she's ever been and ...
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Fall TV Previews: Up All Night, Free Agents

Christina Applegate

In this year's mixed bag of a new fall season, I tend to find myself touting several of the comedies more frequently than almost any of the dramas, which is rarely the case. There are plenty of sitcom stinkers this fall — one of tonight's, actually, is at the very bottom of my must-flee (as opposed to must-see) list. But with New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, Suburgatory and (tonight's pick) Up All Night, there's reason to believe that network comedy's renaissance — reflected in the fact that all six of this year's best-comedy Emmy nominees are network shows — may be here ...
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Summer TV Winners and Losers

Snooki, George Lopez

Just two years ago, MTV was struggling to find its footing. Network staple TRL had ended, onetime hit The Hills was on its way out, and ratings were in a downward spiral. MTV faced its biggest identity crisis yet — then along came Snooki and Co.

Now, led by the crass stars of prime-time phenomenon Jersey Shore, MTV can easily be crowned the biggest winner of the summer of 2011. Jersey Shore's Season 4 premiere averaged 8.8 million viewers, and the show landed five of the top seven cable telecasts of summer. "Thank God for Jersey Shore," says MTV programming head David Janollari. Those ratings translate to big advertising bucks for MTV, notes Horizon Media analyst Brad Adgate. "I think in the 30-year history of MTV, this has been... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Michael B. Jordan Scores on Parenthood

Michael B. Jordan

Cheers to Parenthood for keeping Michael B. Jordan in the family.

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Executive producer Jason Katims has brought back his charismatic Friday Night Lights veteran for Season 3 of NBC's drama as Alex, the recovering-alcoholic boyfriend of... read more

I Love Lucy Goes Live!

I Love Lucy

After decades in rerun heaven, I Love Lucy has been renewed. "I Love Lucy Live on Stage," a performance of two episodes of the classic sitcom, opens October 1 for a three-month run at the Greenway Court Theatre in L.A. There are also plans for a national tour, and if the show takes off, it could be Babalu-ing its way into casinos, theaters, state fairs and... read more

Exclusive: Shaun Cassidy and Tommy Schlamme Develop Western at NBC

Shaun Cassidy

Shaun Cassidy is prepping a trip to the Old West in a new project he's developing with director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) at NBC.

Set in 1840, The Frontier follows a group of disparate travelers in Missouri as they... read more

Exclusive: Next Round of Emmy Presenters Includes Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes

Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes

Bryan Cranston is taking a break from the Breaking Bad superlab to present a category at this Sunday night's Primetime Emmy Awards.

Cranston joins the next wave of Emmy presenters to be selected by the TV Academy. Also on tap to hand out awards: Claire Danes (Showtime's upcoming Homeland), Jon Cryer... read more

Cheers & Jeers: The Closer — Revenge of the Nerd!

Curtis Armstrong

Cheers to Curtis Armstrong for proving that his career is still going strong.

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Nearly 30 years after his breakout role as Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, the ubiquitous character actor is busier than ever. In addition to his cameo in the new big-screen comedy Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, he butted heads with Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick as Peter Goldman, the sanctimonious attorney who literally turned his crusade against Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson into a federal case in The Closer's summer finale.

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