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Cheers: Damages Gets Wired

John Doman and Clarke Peters

Cheers to Damages for signing two veterans of The Wire for its Season 2 cast. Read, discuss and vote on this complete Cheer after the jump. read more

Simon Says "Mouthy" New Judge Knows Her Stuff; Plus More Season 8 Changes!

Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, American Idol

With the eighth season of American Idol now just six weeks away, comments from Simon Cowell and a network exec — as well as a new promo — offer a peek at how things might be just a bit different this time around, especially in the wake of last winter's nine percent dip in the key demos.

Speaking about Kara DioGuardi, the singer-songwriter who will join him, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson on the dais this year, Cowell tells TV's Extra, "She's mouthy, this girl. I'm beginning to ... read more

NBC's Midseason Plan Turns on Lights, Rests Heroes and Kicks Off New Dance

Friday Night Lights hits NBC sooner rather than later (Jan. 16, to be exact).

NBC's midseason slate will bring viewers a largely revamped January, sidelining a handful of shows to make room for some new programming. Also on tap is a pair of Saturday Night Live specials.

The splashiest newcomer is So You Think You Can Dance boss Nigel Lythgoe's Superstars of the Dance — fancied as an internationally flavored "Olympic dance-off" and hosted by Michael Flatley — which premieres Sunday, Jan. 9, before moving to Mondays. There, it will air for several weeks from 8 to 10 pm/ET, bumping both Chuck and Heroes ... read more

Patrick Swayze Wraps Filming on New TV Show

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze's progress in his cancer treatment is something to celebrate, but Sunday night the cause for celebration was wrapping filming on his new TV show, The Beast.

Swayze actually filmed his last scene Monday, but the Dirty Dancing star and his wife turned up at the wrap party at Chicago hot spot Underground on Sunday, according to Us.

More details after the jump. read more

ABC Scrubs in on Tuesdays, Mars and Addison Get Moved

Scrubs

Not all of the scheduling moves ABC made on Thursday carried the taint of gloom and doom. (See: "Dirty Sexy, Daisies and Eli All Goners.")

The Alphabet net has announced a Tuesday, Jan. 6, premiere for Scrubs, which until now had aired on NBC. J.D., Turk and the gang will air double-episodes Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET for two weeks, before settling into a Tuesdays-at-9:30 home.

In other ABC scheduling news, Life on Mars is getting moved to Wednesdays at 10 — where it will lead out of Lost (starting Jan. 28, Mars' next fresh outing). In doing so, the Thursdays-at-10 slot will be freed up for Private Practice, which will air immediately after its mother show, Grey's Anatomy starting Jan. 8.

Life on Mars also has received an order for four additional Season 1 scripts, for a total of 17 thus far.

 

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FX Announces Return Dates for Damages, Nip/Tuck

Glenn Close, Damages

Already worrying about the long, cold winter months ahead? Well, FX has released the premiere dates for two of its hottest shows, sure to keep you warm.

The sophomore season of the Emmy-winning series Damages returns on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 pm/ET with 13 new episodes. One night earlier (on Jan. 6), the fifth season of Nip/Tuck continues at 10 pm.

See what to expect from the two dramas this season after the jump. read more

Exclusive: ABC Special Flashes Back on Superstars' Early Years

ABC's Rediscovered will flash back on an even younger Justin and Britney.

Did you know that Britney could really belt 'em out when she was a wee one?

Viewers will be presented with proof positive as part of Rediscovered, an ABC special airing late next month and hosted by former child stars Donny and Marie Osmond, TVGuide.com has learned.

Read more about the hour special and the other blasts from the past it will offer, after the jump. read more

Lost Finds Itself Back on Wednesdays for Season 5

Lost

Cue our favorite creepy whooshing sound, because ABC has confirmed the premiere date for the fifth season of Lost. Get all the details, including the latest on the plan to air 17 episodes uninterrupted, after the jump. read more

Fox Midseason Shake-Up! House and Bones on the Move, Dollhouse Gets Friday Home

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Fox has unveiled its midseason plan, and in addition to the official launch date for the juggernaut known as American Idol, there is much, much, much to talk about.

Get all the details after the jump. read more

Single'd Out: ABC Pulls Plug on Alyssa Milano Show

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano fans will have to wait a little longer to see her headline a new series.

ABC nixed the mid-season comedy, Single with Parents, in which Milano's character balances her dysfunctional family, friends and boss. The network cited "creative differences" with the show's creator, Kristin Newman, and the producing team... read more

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