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CBS Books Return Engagement for Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

CBS has set a Monday, March 2, premiere date for the third season of Rules of Engagement.

Starring Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich and David Spade, the sitcom last season averaged nearly 11 million viewers. Once again, it will air Mondays at ... read more

Mega Buzz on Grey's, Daisies, 24, Housewives & More!

Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) and Carlos Bernard (24)

Senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy answer your questions. Drop us a line at Also: Follow us on Twitter at for live backstage updates from the Golden Globes this Sunday.

Got any scoop on Grey's Anatomy's MerDer? Do you have any idea when we'll see the McMansion being built? — Emilee
In lieu of talking drywall (there's no foreseeable movement on Der's dream home), may I interest you in some drama? It turns out that the death row inmate who is admitted to Seattle Grace this week could do some damage to your MerDer. Guest star Eric Stoltz teases that during his three-episode arc, "I certainly insinuate myself into their relationship and am the source of not a little strife."

Any word on dates for the final three episodes of Pushing Daisies? — Kathy
ABC is contractually obligated to air the remaining episodes, but I've also heard that they might burn them all off ... read more

Ratings: Did the Superstars of Dance Have Legs?

Superstars of Dance

The ratings summary for this Sunday:

7 pm/ET
Trailing the conclusion of Fox's NFL coverage, 60 Minutes placed second with 12.32 million total viewers. The first hour of Saturday Night Live's "Sports Extra" special came in a distant fourth (behind Funniest Home Videos), with 4.48 mil.

8 pm
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition topped the hour with just under 11 million viewers; Million Dollar Password was a close second with 10.4 mil. The SNL Sports Extra surged to 6.88 mil in its second hour. Fox's rebroadcast of 24: Redemption averaged 5.9 mil over its two-hour run.

9 pm
Housewives was No. 1 with 14.33 million viewers, yet down 10 percent from its last fresh outing. Cold Case came in second with 12.66 mil, followed by the first hour of NBC's Superstars of Dance premiere (10.4 mil).

10 pm
NBC's superstar Dancers showed some legs by topping the 10 o'clock hour with 10.07 million viewers, besting The Unit (9.73 mil, up 19 percent from its previous new episode). Brothers & Sisters brought up the rear with 9.16 mil, down 14 percent.

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Review: Lost Premiere Fires Up One Trippy New Season

Lost's Sayid and Hurley find big trouble.

The first seasons' flashbacks now seem utterly quaint. And the more recent flash-forwards? Relatively simple. As promised, previewed and teased by the producers of Lost ever since Season 4 came to a close, the next cycle of episodes introduce a new storytelling "device" of sorts that might make you want to keep a notepad and pen next to your TV remote.

But enough about that. No, really — that's enough. I can't say more, given the confidentiality request that prefaced the first two Season 5 episodes made available to the press.

Instead, I will simply note that the episodes "Because You Left" and "The Lie" offer compelling twists for both the half-dozen "survivors" of Oceanic flight 815 as well as those who are still on the island (wherever it may be).

The first hour is the stronger of the two, if only because ... read more

Sorry, Charlie: Michael Cassidy No Longer Feels Privileged

Michael Cassidy, Privileged

Megan's bevy of beau toys will be number one fewer when Privileged's 15th episode sends the character of Charlie back to college.

The "uncasting" decision was made due to budgetary and creative reasons as well as to accommodate the wishes of original cast member Michael Cassidy ... read more

Exclusive: Each Country's Superstars of Dance Are Revealed

Superstars of Dance hosts Michael Flatley and Susie Castillo

Starting Sunday, January 4, at 9 pm/ET, NBC's Superstars of Dance - exec-produced by So You Think You Can Dance boss Nigel Lythgoe and hosted by Michael "Lord of the Dance" Flatley and Susie Castillo - will pit stellar shufflers from eight countries against each other in a competition described as "equal parts sporting event, rock concert and artistic exhibition."

In addition to fielding two soloists, a duo and one group, each country will furnish a coach and a judge to serve on a multinational panel. We got a first look at who's representing for each team. Review the line-up after the jump. read more

Prison Break Winter Finale: Can Gretchen and Linc Play Nice?

Prison Break

This Monday at 8 pm/ET, when Fox's Prison Break stages its annual midseason finale, the prospects for "Operation Scylla-Snatch" perhaps have never looked so bleak. Having gotten a hold of Michael and blackmailed Linc to do their bidding, the Company saddles Burrows with a most motley crew of accomplices: Gretchen, T-Bag and disgraced federal agent, Don Self.

Can't these assorted archenemies just get along? "I think the Company is asking for trouble," Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Gretchen) tells "Putting these people together ... read more

Dancing Alum to Helm Dance Fitness Show

Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur may not have won a disco ball, but she might be winning over dance and fitness converts with her new TV series.

The Dancing with the Stars alumna will be helming Oxygen's new weight-loss reality show, Dance Your Ass Off. Winokur will introduce new dance routines to the contestants each week, as well as help usher them toward healthier lifestyles.

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Britney as Idol Mentor? Simon Says: "I Would Love It"

Britney Spears

Might Britney Spears' comeback trail ultimately lead her to serve as a celebrity mentor to this season's batch of American Idol wannabes? Or, at the very least, might she be one of this season's guest performers, akin to how she recently served up "Womanizer" on Idol's UK counterpart, X Factor?

Simon Cowell shares his honest opinion, after the jump. read more

Can Blasts from the Past Amp Up Idol's Future?

Clay Aiken was "saved" from obscurity by Idol's Wild Card round, which is now back in play.

American Idol is plumbing its past to bolster its future, in the wake of a seven percent audience decline for the previous cycle.

Among the changes on tap for Season 8, premiering Jan. 13, is the resurrection of two elements from seasons gone by — one of which affects game play, the other offering fun (if not deliciously catty) insight into the semifinalists.

As hinted in recent weeks, Season 8 will ... read more

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