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Oprah's Grand Finale

James Frey, Oprah Winfrey

As a worshipful fan wearing a red cape and tiara brandishes a large sign that says farewell, oprah, the queen of talk, the object of her devotion is across the street on her Chicago set chanting in triumph, "Twenty-five years, twenty-five years, twenty-five years!"

It's eight episodes prior to the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show and all 315 audience members are supercharged, knowing it's their last chance to attend a taping. During ad breaks, Winfrey — her casual jeans and tee offset by a gold-spangled cardigan and shoes — grabs every opportunity to remind them of the extraordinary number of years the show that changed daytime TV has been on the air...
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Dancing With the Stars Backstage Report: Kym Johnson Promises No More "Stupid Things"

Kym Johnson and Hines Ward

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba wasn't the only one in tears Monday night after watching football great Hines Ward and Kym Johnson conquer the Argentine tango on Dancing With the Stars. Many in the audience were crying, too. Just before the dance, they had witnessed Friday's rehearsal footage and the dance trick that went horribly wrong, sending Johnson to the hospital...
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Cheers & Jeers: A Mother of a Finale

How I Met Your Mother

Cheers to How I Met Your Mother for advancing the plot — but now how you'd think...
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How Two and a Half Men Landed Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

It all came down to the wire, yet CBS, Warner Bros. TV and creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre pulled it off: Two and a Half Men will be back in the fall, and with a new star: sitcom veteran Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher is set to take the Carnegie Hall stage on May 18 as CBS presents its post-Charlie Sheen plan to advertisers. It's a major coup for the show, as CBS wasn't about to announce the return of Two and a Half Men without a plan firmly in place. read more

Watercooler: Gossip Girl Brings the Funny for its Finale

Blake Lively

Spotted: Viewers laughing our blogs off at last night's Gossip Girl season ender.

True story. From Eric's "I'm still gay," to the fawning Constance girls, to Georgina's "I haven't been this bored since I believed in Jesus," to Serena's "I'd ask how you are, but I don't really care," the episode (written by series exec producer Joshua Safran) was packed with zingers as sharp as the costumes were insane. Really, does anyone dress better for a night out than these people?...
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The Biz: Ann Curry's New Today Role

Ann Curry

Today news anchor Ann Curry's passport has been given a workout in recent years as she's traveled the world to report on the genocide in Darfur, the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti (where, with a Tweet, she helped get clearance for the landing of a plane carrying medical assistance) and, most recently, Pakistan during the days that followed the killing of Osama bin Laden. On June 9, the intrepid Curry will settle in behind the big desk of NBC's top-rated morning show, where she'll succeed Meredith Vieira as Matt Lauer's coanchor. We talked with her about her upcoming new role.

TV Guide Magazine: What are you looking forward to most in your new job?
I concentrate so hard on the news of the world and constantly looking for illumination ...
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Watercooler: Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Desperate Housewives?

Felicity Huffman

Can we just end it now?

Last night, Desperate Housewives closed up its seventh season with a two-hour endurance challenge that was as stretched out as it was a stretch. Oooh, "someone is gonna die." Really? What a shock. It's not like that doesn't ...
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Cheers & Jeers: A Desperate Finale

Desperate Housewives

Jeers to Desperate Housewives for wrapping up its seventh season on an ugly note.

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The seemingly endless ...
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Behind NBC's Sing-Off Decision


NBC's decision to turn singing competition The Sing-Off into a weekly series might be the biggest surprise of the new fall season. But it was a move that came only after intense debate inside the Peacock network over how and when to air a second ...
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Roush Review: Reliving an Historic Ride

Freedom Riders

Even with so many season finales and cliffhangers clamoring for our attention this month, I doubt you'll find two hours of TV more riveting, harrowing and inspiring than Freedom Riders, the latest triumph from PBS' American Experience series.

As heralded recently ...
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