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Matt's Picks: April 11-14

Hugh Laurie, Amber Tamblyn

House (Monday, 8/7c, Fox)
This homecoming will be a cause either for celebration or lamentation, depending on your affections for Thirteen, the enigma who's been MIA while Olivia Wilde has been off making movies (including the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens). So now we know where Thirteen has ...
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Keck's Exclusives: Who's In and Who's Out at the TV Land Awards Reunions

Michael J. Fox, Michael Weithorn and Meredith Baxter

Last year, Kate Jackson refused to join her fellow Charlie's Angels at the TV Land Awards' tribute to Farrah Fawcett. But this year's ceremony — airing April 17 and reuniting the casts of Family Ties, The Facts of Life, The Cosby Show and Welcome Back, Kotter — is shaping up ...
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Quick and Painful: Charlie Sheen's Tour Bombs in New York City

Charlie Sheen

At least it was short.

Charlie Sheen brought his "Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour" to Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Friday night. To call it a show would be using the term very loosely. It was a bare-bones, one-hour dialogue with an interviewer in which Sheen showed a total inability ...
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Exclusive: Not So Fast, Here's Why House Is Unlikely to End Up at NBC

House

Is House grabbing his cane and jumping to NBC? Don't hire the moving vans just yet.

Fox's deal with Universal Media Studios, which produces the Hugh Laurie drama, is expiring, and as Variety reported Friday, there's no resolution in sight. That's led some to wonder whether Universal might ultimately move the show, entering its eighth season this fall, to sister network NBC.

Even though new NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt is high on his new development, the network could... read more

American Idol's Pia Toscano on Her Shocking Elimination

Pia Toscano

The New York songbird has been silenced. In an elimination greeted with howls of protest, Pia Toscano, 22, was told that for her, American Idol is over. The studio audience was stunned, then angry. Her fellow competitor in the bottom two, Stefano Langone, was so distraught he tried to turn away from the cameras to hide his tears. TV Guide Magazine talks to the woman many believed was going to win the whole competition... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

American Idol

It had been a pretty even-keel season of the reborn American Idol — perhaps too much so — until the Pia bubble burst Thursday night. Maybe a shocking elimination like Pia Toscano's way-too-early ouster is just the sort of wake-up call Idol needs to shock some showmanship into the part of the show that needs it the most: the judging. I've enjoyed the raucous goofiness of Steven Tyler and the glowy glamorous warmth that is Jennifer Lopez, but cheerleading has its limits, and when the closest thing to actual criticism from the panel is Randy (of all people) damning with faint praise by merely saying "Good job," it's clear the judges aren't doing a good job. Or much of a job at all.

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I'm not sure we need a clone of Simon Cowell, whose blunt and condescending cruelty in recent seasons teetered on boredom with the process... read more

Getting to Know Mildred Pierce's Scene Stealer Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

She Plays: Snobby opera star — and mega-bitch daughter from hell — Veda Pierce in the HBO Depression-era epic Mildred Pierce. "Veda craves money, status and getting even with her poor mother [Kate Winslet]," Wood says. "She is so horrible I worry that no one will feel bad for her in any way. Playing her almost killed me because I was constantly in this dark head space. There are no light moments with Veda. No relief. It's the most difficult part I've ever done."

Where You've Seen Her: Wood made a smashing transition from playing complex kids... read more

James Van Der Beek Takes on ABC Pilot in the Role of... James Van Der Beek?

James Van Der Beek

No one can accuse James Van Der Beek of not having a sense of humor, especially when it comes to himself. The former Dawson's Creek star has repeatedly made fun of his earnest character Dawson Leery on Funny or Die, and he's done such a good job of it that he might end up playing a caricature of himself full-time, if the ABC pilot called Don't Trust the Bi--- in Apartment 23 gets picked up.

"We've created this alternate character that bears a passing resemblance to me, but is much funnier than I am," Van Der Beek told TV Guide Magazine at Logo's New Now Next Awards, which he hosted in Los Angeles Thursday... read more

Hulu Picks Up Season 2 of Web Series Workshop, Starring Passions Vet Phillip Jeanmarie

Phillip Jeanmarie

It's smart, it's sweet, it's snarky, it's Workshop! That terrific web dramedy about a band of struggling Hollywood actors has returned for its second season and is now available via Hulu (hulu.com/workshop). This is the first time Hulu has distributed an independent half-hour series, so kudos to Nate Golon, the show's gifted creator/exec producer/star, and to Daytime Confidential gossip kings Luke Kerr and Jamey Giddens, who recently signed on as associate producers. To help kick off Season 2, TV Guide Magazine had a chat with actor Phillip Jeanmarie, who plays Workshop wannabe Adam Saltair. Of course, he's better known to the fans of Passions for his landmark work as Vincent Clarkson, the psychotic, incestuous, sperm-stealing, she-male tabloid reporter who made life in Harmony a living hell... read more

American Idol Backstage Report: An Emotional Stefano Dodges Another Bullet

Pia Toscano

"I'll stand by you, Pia!" yelled one distraught male fan in the crowd, echoing the lyrics of her farewell tune after the cameras stopped rolling. "I'll buy your records!" called another.

It was truly a bizarre evening on American Idol that featured the shirtless antics of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Iggy Pop — who dropped the S-bomb and pumped the microphone from his crotch, both of which were censored... read more

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