This week, in the latest entry in TVGuide.com's Getting Lost video series:
* Is Ben not so bad after all? Hear what Michael Emerson has to say about perception-altering moments like those in "Dead Is Dead."
* Speaking of dead, Naomi resurfaces in next week's episode, "Some Like it Hoth." What is Las Vegas alum Marsha Thomason able to reveal about her "encore"?
* Last week's Burning Question — "What happened to Rose and Bernard?" — resulted in quite a consensus of opinion. Find out what the dominant theory is, then see if Lost bosses Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were willing to confirm or deny!
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The truth behind a Dollhouse rumor circling the Internet is about as complicated as, well. Adelle DeWitt's appointment book.
The alarmist buzz is that fans of Joss Whedon's latest series are being deprived of seeing one of this season's episodes. Perhaps, the rumor goes, they won't even be getting the proper season finale.
The reality: Fox ordered 13 hours from Joss. The original pilot got scrapped, leaving a dozen to air. And all 12, including the legit season finale ...
Well beyond the immediate aftermath, Kutner's shocking suicide will have lasting repercussions for House, the remainder of his team, and others in the brilliant doc's orbit. But who will be affected, and how? In a conference call with reporters, House creator David Shore, executive producer Katie Jacobs and Kutner's portrayer, Kal Penn, answered burning questions about the latest episode of Fox's hit drama.
Was Kal Penn — who asked off the show to take a job with the White House — taken aback by Kutner's suicide?
"Everyone is always taken aback with every episode of our show," Penn told TVGuide.com. "But obviously yeah, you're connected to the character you play ... so there was more than a little bit of shock and loss when I found out. I was probably as shocked as the audience."
Were other exit storylines batted around?
"We considered many ways to have [Kutner] leave," says David Shore. "Ultimately, this was the story that allowed us to ...
Law & Order: SVU
The good news: NBC has renewed Law & Order: SVU, its highest-rated drama, for an 11th season. The bad news: The network is threatening to replace Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, according to EW's Michael Ausiello.
This shocking development comes as the two leads have reportedly banded together to negotiate pay increases in the form of a share of the back-end profits. An NBC representative told TVGuide.com that it is their policy not to comment on talent negotiations. While a hard-line threat is a common tactic in salary negotiations, it seems unlikely that NBC would follow through with the firings.
But it raises the question: Could SVU exist without its two popular leads?
We are sad to report that the identity of the actor who is playing the mysterious Dr. William Bell on Fringe has leaked before he could make a surprise appearance on the season finale.
But we are very happy to report that we've confirmed the actor is Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy! Nimoy's casting, as first reported by the FringeTelevision blog, which we hear is all but a done deal at this point, may finally put to rest all those fan-created conspiracy theories about Dr. Bell (He's a cyborg! He's Nina's prosthetic hand! He's Walter!).
Nimoy is no stranger to J.J. Abrams productions: He also reportedly reprises the role of Spock in a cameo for the wunderkind director's Trek reboot, which hits theaters on May 8. Scuttlebutt says he's a time-traveling, "from the future" Spock, who returns to help the young Spock (Heroes' Zachary Quinto).
Nimoy will first appear in the season finale, and will then recur throughout next season.
What do you think of Nimoy's casting? A fanboy's dream? Too nerdy?
Ever have a moment when you're watching 30 Rock and you think: Is Tracy Morgan acting in this scene or did they just leave the camera running when he was hanging out in his dressing room? You're not alone!
The producers of 30 Rock are capitalizing on this art-imitates-life quality of the Tracy Jordan character — they've both worn court-mandated ankle bracelets, for example — by using unaltered footage of a 2007 Morgan interview with Chicago's WGN and passing it off as a Jordan appearance. The interview, which we will charitably call "spirited" (watch and judge for yourself), includes at least one Obama shout-out, two scenes of Morgan removing his shirt and one offer to impregnate the co-anchor.
The footage will appear as part of the April 23 episode of 30 Rock.
Chris O'Donnell and Mark Harmon
CBS has issued its official press release and first photos for the two-part NCIS episode that will serve as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.
Titled "Legend," the episode kicks off April 28 and concludes May 5. In one of the photos, Mark Harmon's Gibbs is seen walking-and-talking with O'Donnell's Special Agent G. Callen.
The setup: When the discovery of a Marine's corpse becomes a matter of national security, Gibbs' team must ...
Josh Holloway (Lost), Lisa Edelstein (House) and Shenae Grimes (90210)
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I like Sawyer and I love Juliet, but I really need this Sawyer/Juliet thing to be over soon on Lost. — Claudia
MATT: I on the other hand have taken a shine to "Suliet," so it is with some glee that I tell you that there will be a bit more idyllic "playing of the house" — as well as a little smooching! — before the action-packed ramp-up to the May 13 season finale. It kind of makes you wonder to whom Kate might turn since Jack, I am hearing, is going to only become more unlikable.
Please bring Heroes' Daphne back. She was a super hero, and her complex personality and fantastic look made her one of my favorites. — Cordialea
TIM: Brea Grant's speedster may return in some capacity, but you'll have to accept that she is, in the words of imaginary flying partner Greg Grunberg ...
By royal (NBC) decree: Let it hereby be known — from the halls of Shiloh to the hills of Port Prosperity — that Kings ain't doing so well in the ratings. As a result, the network has bumped the show from its Sunday time slot and is moving it to Saturdays at 8 pm/ET beginning April 18. An extra hour of Dateline will take over Kings' Sunday spot.
While a move to Saturday is never a good sign for a show's longterm health, an NBC rep confirmed that the network plans to air the series' eight remaining episodes. As for a second season, don't bet the kingdom on it.
As Ian McShane's Deadwood character might say: Motherf---er!
Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:
• Which Gilmore gal soon will be showing up on Wisteria Lane, and which Desperate Housewife does she have it in for?
• Ghost Whisperer sinks its teeth into a NYPD Blue alum for a vampire storyline.
• Reader question answered! "Is The Unit on the move?"
Watch and discuss the new MMM after the jump!