Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
This season's cast of ABC's Dancing With the Stars is a mix of the kind of contestants viewers have come to expect: the singer (Brandy); the football player (quarterback Kurt Warner); and the tabloid magnet (Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino). But one name came from left — or is it right? — field: single mom Bristol Palin, 19, daughter of Republican lightning rod Sarah Palin.
ABC News president David Westin is calling it quits.
In an e-mail message, Westin told colleagues late Monday "there are some other things I want to do professionally — things that I can't explore while fulfilling my responsibilities here." He has agreed to remain at ABC News until a successor is named.
While the announcement came suddenly, news industry insiders heard that ABC recently hired an executive search firm to scout out replacements for Westin...
After surviving a club fire, a tornado and a block party plane crash, Desperate Housewives will next be rocked by an earthquake that'll unleash prehistoric creatures on Wisteria Lane! Just joshin'. Seems series creator Marc Cherry realizes he's run out sweeps stunts and is getting back to basics...
Table-flipping is so last year. This season's Real Housewives of New Jersey concluded with a reunion show two-parter that took the hysterics to new heights. Caught-in-the-crossfire host and Bravo exec Andy Cohen spills all.
TV Guide Magazine: Teresa Giudice launched herself at Danielle Staub, and you got tackled in the process!
Cohen: I was so surprised. My body was not expecting to be pushed — that's why I went down so easy! And she's strong.
Cheers to Rubicon for giving Dallas Roberts a role he can run with.
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The Juilliard-trained actor (who, ironically, is originally from Houston) has spent the summer swiping scenes on AMC's paranoid thriller as American Policy Institute wonk Miles Fiedler. Whether he's flirting with a coworker or fretting over a security breach, Roberts makes his character's squirreliness compelling...
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It's a MAD world for Kevin Shinick, producer of a new animated series — based on the iconic humor mag that has been skewering pop culture since 1952. When asked if he feels at all daunted by the task of putting his own spin on the influential and beloved publication, Shinick takes a "What? Me Worry?" approach: "There's not so much apprehension or intimidation as there is 'I want to do it justice' for the fan in me — I'm going to be my biggest critic because I love the magazine."
Shinick compares the new series to Adult Swim's Robot Chicken: a chaotic mix of animation styles and off-the-wall sketches designed to capture even the shortest attention spans....
John Stamos and Matthew Morrison
This won't hurt a bit, Mr. Schuester. Actually, it might — a lot. But it's Will's heart, not his teeth, that is most in jeopardy when John Stamos joins Glee in Season 2's second episode as Emma's dentist beau, Dr. Carl Howell.
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"Just when Will thinks he'll win Emma because he can sing and dance, we find out Carl used to be in an '80s boy band," reveals John, who'll likely sport a mullet for flashbacks. "I discover Will's chewing his teeth, so the other day I had, like, four fingers in Matthew Morrison's mouth."
Carl will also be administering anesthesia to hygienically challenged students Rachel, Artie, Brittany and Santana, inspiring a dreamy sequence that will take them into the world of Britney Spears...
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Monday, 10/9c, Travel Channel)
The outspoken culinary expert and world traveler celebrates his 100th episode with a return to Paris — hitting all the foodie hot spots in the City of Lights with the renowed chef Eric Ripert (whose chops Bourdain busted while guest-judging Top Chef last week). A daylong marathon of favorite episodes ends at 9/8c, with a "What Were We Thinking?" retrospective special that looks back at five years of filming the show in locales all across the world...
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Question: I was absolutely thrilled with the Emmys, both the show itself, plus the recipients of the awards were for once not terrible to watch. But a couple of questions remain. I was probably happiest that Jim Parsons received the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy, though I wish the show itself would have gotten recognition. I know that you have discussed previously why Big Bang Theory wasn't nominated and probably won't be, but do you think that Parsons' win could possibly change that? The show seems to be on a continuing upward spiral, and I hope that the Academy will maybe recognize that next year.
My mom and I were discussing the Emmys the morning after, and I told her that Modern Family had beat Glee in the comedy series category. She couldn't fathom how Glee would possibly be considered a comedy (she's probably seen about half of its episodes). I tried to explain to her that if Glee had gone in as a drama that it would have had absolutely no chance, and that putting Glee and, for example, Mad Men on the same playing field would be absolutely ridiculous. Maybe you could help better explain why Glee is a comedy, and why it's not a drama? — Alex
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