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HISTORY DETECTIVES (Monday at 9/8c, PBS)
The popular summer series goes into space for its eighth-season opener. One segment investigates whether art from Andy Warhol and five other major modern artists was smuggled onto the Moon in 1969 aboard the Apollo 12 lunar module, on an unauthorized ceramic mini-canvas... read more

Mel B. Spices Up Dance Your Ass Off

Mel B.

Mel B. isn't just a Spice Girl anymore. With hosting duties on the rump-shaking weight-loss series Dance Your Ass Off's second season (Oxygen, 10/9c), a solo album in the works and a reality show on the horizon, the Dancing With the Stars vet has more on her plate than ever... read more

Ask Matt: True Blood Boiling Over? And More!

Evan Rachel Wood, True Blood

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: Welcome back! This question is a two-parter. I'm in love with True Blood. It's so often described as lurid, melodramatic, overripe, etc. But the glory of the show is that it's all of those things while also containing moments of startling humor or tenderness, where we actually find ourselves caring about the characters, be they supernatural or just plain natural. That tension is what makes.... read more

Federer and Nadal Resume Rivalry at Wimbledon

Roger Federer

Wimbledon begins bright and early Monday morning (June 21, 6:30 a.m./5:30c, ESPN2) and the top two seeds — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — have pulled off what NBC/ESPN2 analyst Mary Carillo calls "the hardest, trickiest thing to do in tennis." That is, win two ...
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NBC and Universal Sports Grab Rights to Rugby World Cup

NBC Sports

Good news, rugby fans — and we know you're out there. NBC and sister channel Universal Sports have reached a deal with the International Rugby Board (IRB) for the U.S. television and digital rights to the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. This will mark the first time the World Cup — like soccer, the sport's biggest event — will air on U.S. television.

NBC will televise ...
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The L Word Franchise Keeps It Real with New Series

The Real L Word

The L.A. lesbians are back! But this time, they're the real thing. The Real L Word, a reality show following the loving, lusting and high drama of six high-achieving West Coast gay girls, debuts this Sunday on Showtime (June 20, 10/9c). TV Guide Magazine talked to producer Ilene Chaiken, who hopes to follow her scripted hit, The L Word, with this tasty Sapphic gumbo of ...
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Watercooler: 20 Things We Learned From The Real Housewives of New York City

The Real Housewives of New York City

Now that The Real Housewives of New York City's three-part reunion smackdown is done, we'd like to take this time to reflect on the lessons learned — for they were many. As for how many are actually useful, well, good luck with that... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Vanessa Williams' Desperate Housewives Character Revealed

Vanessa Williams

As I first reported last month, Vanessa Williams has inked a lucrative contract to stay within the ABC family as the newest of Wisteria Lane's Desperate Housewives. Now here are the exclusive first details about a character that couldn't be more different from Vanessa's Ugly Betty witch, Wilhelmina Slater... read more

New Details on James Franco's Crazy General Hospital Return

James Franco

Get ready for Francophrenia! When movie star James Franco returns to General Hospital, his character — serial killer and performance artist Franco — will stage an epic exhibition at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) as part of his ongoing man-crush on mobster Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). The ABC soap will shoot Franco's grand opening on location at the real MOCA and is currently seeking some 200 GH fans to show up and witness the event... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Gabrielle Union FlashForwards to New Series

Gabrielle Union

Before ratings tanked, FlashForward had planned to follow through on its pilot prophecy of killing off FBI agent Demetri Noh (John Cho), reveals Gabrielle Union, who played Demetri's fiancé, attorney Zoey Andata. "Then I was supposed to avenge his death in Season 2 by representing defendants against the FBI whom I blamed for his death," Union says. But John's popularity, fueled by the success of his role as Sulu in the big-screen Star Trek, led the writers to alter his fate, thus limiting Zoey's storyline to the point that she wasn't even included in the series finale... read more

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