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Watercooler: Lynette Scavo is the Worst of the Housewives

Felicity Huffman

Oh, that Lynette Scavo is just the worst.

Seriously, of all the Desperate Housewives' harridans, we have never seen such a shrew, and that's including Bree's mercifully forgotten daughter, Danielle! Remember that mess?

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Pilot Scoop from the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala

Lea Thompson

Some familiar faces are coming to a TV near you, and TV Guide Magazine caught up with them at the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala on April 29 to get the scoop on their new shows.

After almost a decade away from a steady TV gig, Lea Thompson (Caroline in the City) is now about to play the mother of a daughter she didn't know she had, on ABC Family's Switched at Birth, premiering June 6.

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NCIS Scoop: More DiNozzo/Gibbs Flashback Secrets

Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly is in the makeup chair on the NCIS set, getting his brunette hair and long sideburns touched up. He's shooting "Baltimore," the May 5 episode that will flash back at hairy length to show the fateful meeting between his Tony DiNozzo and Mark Harmon's Jethro Gibbs, ten fictional years ago. Writer (and co-producer) Steve Binder sits nearby, in case the script needs any touching up along with Weatherly's dye job.

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Cheers & Jeers: HBO's Treme Makeover

Wendell Pierce

Cheers to Treme for its triumphant second season.  

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If you got fed up with David Simon's pokey post-Katrina HBO drama during its first season, you might want to revisit it. Oscar-winner Melissa Leo has been joined by her killer fellow Homicide: Life on the Street vet Jon Seda as a Dallas developer whose taste for New Orleans' food and music is rivaled only by his thirst to profit from the aftermath of its tragedy. Plus, the always-excellent David Morse has been promoted to full-time regular duty as a beleaguered NOPD cop. His "Let Bourbon Street be Bourbon Street" speech rivaled Hill Street Blues' best squadroom-briefing monologues.

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Ask Matt: Death of Broadcast TV? Plus: Parenthood Defense, Glee, Repeat Rants and More

Craig T. Nelson

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: In this week's issue of TV Guide Magazine, Stephen Battaglio closes his column, "Why ABC Lost Hope for Its Soaps," with the following: "Many viewers will miss the soaps, just as some miss the variety show, the big-budget miniseries and other TV fare of a bygone era. It's the price viewers pay for living in a multi-channel world, where they can watch what they want when they want." Then in your Roush Review column in the same issue, "Stumbling to This Season's Finish Line," you close by saying: "After a season of coasting, let's hope the networks raise their game come fall. It's never too late." Are you perhaps using "never" too loosely?

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Keck's Exclusives: Drop Dead Matchmaker

Patti Stanger

She helps rich guys find love, or something like it, on Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker, but can Patti Stanger act? We'll find out when the foulmouthed tyrant makes her acting debut in ... read more

Keck's Exclusives: True Blood Ups the Insanity

Joe Manganiello

As if there were ever any doubt, Bon Temps will establish itself as our nation's most undesirable town to live in when True Blood's fourth season premieres June 26 on HBO. "There's going to be a lot of people not getting along," says Joe Manganiello, who plays hunky werewolf Alcide Herveaux. "The witches are starting... read more

Matt's Picks: May 2-5

Gene Simmons

Castle (Monday, 10/9c, ABC)
Enjoying a ratings boost this spring thanks to its Dancing With the Stars lead-in, this enjoyable light mystery swaps coasts as Detective Beckett goes rogue, defying orders as she heads from New York to... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review: A Wedding, A Farewell, and More!

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

This is delightful history." So declared TV's reigning queen of news, Barbara Walters, as the newly wed Catherine, now Duchess of Cambridge, emerged from Westminster Abbey alongside her prince Friday morning to pealing bells, cheering crowds and a gawking worldwide TV audience estimated in the billions, soaking up a jubilant moment in the often rocky life of the British royals. In shared media moments like this, we are all uncommonly privileged commoners, granted a front-row seat to rubberneck at will at a lavish ceremony, festooned with wacky hats, that seemingly went off without a hitch. Watching in high-def (a first for a British royal wedding), I was struck by both the intimacy and grandeur of what the cameras captured: best man Harry's sly look backward at Kate's long approach down the aisle while his brother faced forward — he apparently whispered, "Wait till you see her" — the sideways amused glances between Kate and William revealing that they were keeping it real amidst the pomp, the prince's struggle to place the ring on her finger, all set against sweeping long shots, including staggeringly beautiful aerials of the entire abbey, like something out of a classic movie romance.... read more

American Idol's Casey Abrams Talks Hospitalization and the Judges' Save

Casey Abrams

It had to be the most exuberant exit in the history of American Idol. Casey Abrams, 20, the eccentric and soulful jazz musician from Idyllwild, California, leapt off the stage, back onto the stage, threw himself into the arms of fellow contestants and tried to kiss every girl — plus judge Steven Tyler — on his way out of the building. He had one of the most dramatic personal journeys of all the competitors, including being hospitalized earlier in the competition for ulcerative colitis and getting the only judges' save. He also made it to his ultimate goal, which was not to win but to make the Top Six... read more

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