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Ellen Pompeo Spends a Day with Elmo

Ellen Pompeo

Some furry red monsters have all the luck! Ellen Pompeo is the latest big-name celeb to make a playdate with Elmo, Sesame Street's forever 3-and-a-half-year-old Muppet. The Grey's Anatomy doc shows her silly side as she demonstrates habits that help keep kids shipshape.

"She knows a lot about being healthy," says Elmo — aka actor Kevin Clash, who spoke to TV Guide Magazine in character, of course — with his trademark giggle... read more

Annie Wersching Heads to NCIS

Annie Wersching

As Renee Walker on 24, Annie Wersching was all business — at least until a final, fateful clinch. But on tonight's episode of NCIS (8/7c, CBS), Wersching is only part business as Deputy DA Gail Walsh. Her character in the episode titled "False Witness" is "very ambitious and hardworking," says Wersching, "yet she also has some drive to get part of her personal life going. So she's interested to see if anyone at NCIS is a prospect"—like, specifically, Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly).

Since Wersching's only signed on for one episode... read more

Video: Amazing Race Winners Visit Cubicle Confessions

After their whirlwind adventure around the world, Amazing Race 17 winners Nat Strand and Kat Chang visited TV Guide Magazine's Cubicle Confessions to share their craziest travel stories. The globetrotting duo reflect on being the first all-female team to win the Race, tough language barriers and learning to push through their fears to collect the million dollar prize. Check out our exclusive video interview after the jump... read more

Exclusive: Scoop on the Next General Hospital Tragedy

General Hospital

Not again! The trouble-plagued city of Port Charles has seen many epic disasters in recent years — a killer virus, a towering inferno, colliding passenger trains — and now it's time to put the kiddies in some holiday jeopardy. ABC's General Hospital will kick off the new year by sending its young ones — ranging in age from tots to teenagers — on a Christmas vacation bus trip to snow country. That bus is forced to take an unplanned route due to weather trouble and will skid on black ice and flip over during the December 29 cliffhanger. When the show returns January 3, the bus will plummet down a steep ravine, thanks to some cool CGI tricks.

"Every once in a while we like to put the opera back in soap opera," says exec producer Jill Farren Phelps. "It's a dangerous and terrifying incident and the emotional ramifications will roll out for some time to come because this affects every family in town." Kids involved include... read more

Exclusive First Look: All My Children's New Opening Credits

All My Children

ABC's flagship soap All My Children hasn't had a new opening credits sequence in ages — in fact, not since Julie Hanan Carruthers took over as executive producer in the 2002-03 season. But a brand new opener is set to debut Wednesday, December 22. Gone are the archival scrapbook photos seen in the current credits, as well as images of David Canary (Adam) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), who have retired from the show, and James Mitchell (Palmer), who died early this year. That's not all that's missing: Carruthers decided to drop those stagey glamour shots of the AMC stars and replaced them with actual AMC clips for a fresher, more natural look. "The thought was to be more true to the characters and make their environments and lifestyles more specific in order to give the audience a window into Pine Valley," says Carruthers. TV Guide Magazine brings you this exclusive first look, after the jump... read more

Watercooler: These Are a Few of HIMYM's Favorite Things

How I Met Your Mother

OK, so the Saturday Night Live spoof of Oprah's Favorite Things will always be the champ, but How I Met Your Mother did a pretty winning riff on the salute to screaming excesses last night, too. In fact, one might say it was HYS-TER-I-CAAAAALLLLLLLL.

Inspired by Marshall and Lily's (almost) happy baby news and terrified that he wasn't doing anything important with his life, Barney decided to use his holiday bonus to gift the MacLaren's crowd with his favorite things. Bellowing a la O, he handed out velour tack suits, remote-controlled helicopters and condoms to the sort of fanfare usually reserved for a Harpo Studio full of volunteer workers being traumatized into incontinence by the annual bounty of freebies from the Queen... read more

The Biz: The Year in Numbers

Kim Kardashian

As DVR usage grows and demos slice and dice the audience, the winners and losers in the TV business are not so clear-cut anymore. Here's a look at some of the facts and figures that reflect what — and how — viewers watched (and listened and purchased) in the past year.... read more

A Modern Family Christmas

Modern Family

Christmas may be just around the corner, but here on the Los Angeles set of Modern Family, the Dunphy household is commemorating another special occasion: the 16th wedding anniversary of Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen). A celebratory breakfast of eggs and toast has already been whipped up by ... read more

Exclusive: Destination Truth Goes Live in Ireland

Destination Truth

Whether it's ghosts at Chernobyl or monkey bats in Madagascar, Josh Gates has braved plenty of scary things during his time as host of SyFy's Destination Truth. Next season, however, he'll face perhaps his most dangerous challenge ever: live television. For the first time in the show's history, he and his crew of intrepid investigators will air their search for freakish phenomena as it happens, live from Duckett's Grove Castle in Ireland. The four-hour show will air ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Men of a Certain Age Attracts Melinda McGraw

Men of a Certain Age

Cheers to Men of a Certain Age for hiring an actress of a certain range: Melinda McGraw.

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She's been one of TV's most reliable performers ever since making her series debut 20 years ago in an episode of ... read more

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