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American Idol's Randy Jackson on Swooning, Stern Steven and How Season 11 Is More Intense

American Idol

While American Idol hasn't changed its format significantly for its 11th season, there are some surprises in store.

On a call earlier this month, judge Randy Jackson sidestepped questions about the new performance challenges, but teased that everything will be tougher this year — to the point that medics were even called in to treat fainting people auditioning in the Hollywood rounds, which begin Thursday (8/7c, Fox). Is this an indication that Idol has turned up the heat?

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Mega Buzz: Grey's Career Change, NCIS' No-Go Romance and a New Vampire Gal

Ellen Pompeo, Michael Weatherly, Ian Somerhalder

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Will Meredith ever go back to neuro on Grey's Anatomy? — Jenny
NATALIE:
Meredith will finally make her way back to neuro in an upcoming episode, but don't expect it to be a permanent stop, according to Ellen Pompeo. After Derek practically begs her to return to his service, Meredith ends up leaving shortly therafter when a serious mistake puts Lexie in the line of fire. Like a good big sis, Meredith takes the fall.

Any good Tiva moments coming up on NCIS? — Melissa
ADAM:
If it's Tiva tension you're after, don't miss next week's episode, which features... read more

Ricky Martin Brings the Duende to Glee — Should He Return?

Vanessa Lengies, Ricky Martin and Naya Rivera

Ricky Martin made his Glee debut Tuesday and the "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer proved not only that he's sexy and he knows it, but also showed himself to be a guest star with mucho potential.

Martin played David Martinez, the night school Spanish teacher who can sing, dance and roll his Rs so fast it makes Mr. Schue's head spin. After David explained the advantage of learning foreign languages through song, and shared his own hopes to start a night school glee club, Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) welcomed David to New Directions to help... read more

NCIS Celebrates 200 Episodes with an Emotional "What If?" Story

Mark Harmon and Muse Watson, NCIS

What if?

That's the basic question at the heart of NCIS' 200th episode. The landmark hour (airing Tuesday at 8/7c on CBS) takes Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to his favorite diner for his usual morning cup of coffee. But he gets a whole lot more: Out of the blue, a hooded gunman approaches Gibbs, pulls his weapon and fires.

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Cue a string of mind-bending flashbacks that ask the question: What if Gibbs had taken a different path?
"There's almost an It's a Wonderful Life quality to it," executive producer Gary Glasberg says. "Gibbs is given an opportunity in a millisecond to see what the world would have been like if key moments in NCIS history and lore had unfolded differently. We've taken some of those moments and we let people see them unfold differently."

Indeed, Michael Weatherly, who plays Agent Tony DiNozzo, says... read more

House Postmortem: Can Chase and House Coexist After "Nobody's Fault"?

Jesse Spencer

[WARNING: This story contains spoilers from Monday's House. Read at your own risk.]

"They've decided that your being stabbed was nobody's fault. They're wrong. I'm sorry."

Those were the shocking words spoken by Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) to Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer), who during the course of Monday's House found himself stabbed in the heart by a patient suffering a psychotic episode, and later, paralyzed from the waist down. And even though impartial arbitrator Dr. Cofield (guest star Jeffrey Wright) ruled that House and his unorthodox diagnostic processes were not to blame for the accident, Dr. Crankypants didn't let himself off so easily.... read more

Dissecting Alcatraz's Mysteries: Why Is Tommy Madsen So Important?

Sarah Jones

Finally, an Alcatraz guard has returned!

In this week's episode of Alcatraz, prison guard Guy Hastings (True Blood's Jim Parrack) appeared in the present day with one mission: Hunt down Tommy Madsen (David Hoflin). Hastings enlists — OK, kidnaps — former guard Ray Archer (Robert Forster) to help find Tommy. But wait, Archer is actually Rebecca's great uncle? Because Tommy and Ray are really... brothers!? That's just one of the new mysteries that Alcatraz introduced this week. Let's take a look at the others: read more

White Collar's Matt Bomer on Neal's "Dysfunctional" Love Life, Possible Freedom and Beyond

Hilary Burton, Matt Bomer

Sara is back on White Collar, but it's all business when she reunites with Neal.

On Tuesday's episode (10/9c on USA), Sara (Hilarie Burton) recruits the FBI to help her track down a missing Stradivarius violin. So does this professional collaboration mean the two exes might be making beautiful music together again? "In the last three episodes, they find a really organic, functional way to involve Sara in the closing of the season," Bomer tells TVGuide.com. "He's obviously incredibly attracted to her physically ... but I think at the end of the day its like, if something happens, great. If not, OK." 

Social TV: Will White Collar use Twitter to let fans decide the show's ending?

After the pair ignited a red-hot romance late in Season 2, Sarah briefly moved into Neal's loft before stumbling upon his and Mozzie's surveillance camera footage of the stolen treasure. Sara immediately... read more

Decoding Mount McPhee: Is It a Smash Spoiler?

Smash

Here's hoping Megan Hilty doesn't have a complex... For months, NBC has been touting Smash as that new show starring American Idol's Katharine McPhee when in fact she is one of two actresses in the series whose characters are vying to play Marilyn Monroe on Broadway.

"...and introducing Katharine McPhee!" "Watch this specially filmed music video of Katharine McPhee singing 'Beautiful'!" And just take a gander at the poster, nicknamed Mount McPhee by one of the Idol alum's co-stars: It does her co-stars like Debra Messing no favors (is she about to fall off?). Anjelica Huston just barely squeezes in.

So is it safe to assume that McPhee's Karen Cartwright gets to play Marilyn? read more

Lord of the Rings' Sean Astin to Guest-Star on NCIS

Sean Astin

Jamie Lee Curtis will have some company during her upcoming guest-arc on NCIS: Sean Astin has also signed on to appear.

As previously announced, Curtis will play Charlotte Ryan, a career woman and single mom who works as a psychological operations agent in the Office of the Inspector General in the Defense Department. The Lord of the Rings star will portray... read more

5 Reasons to Watch Castle's 1940s Noir "The Blue Butterfly"

Castle

Monday's Castle is taking its characters (and viewers) back in time.

Exclusive: Castle boss and Stana Katic dish on Castle's first muse

As Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate the murder of a treasure hunter who was searching for the elusive "Blue Butterfly" necklace before his death, the pair stumbles onto the victim's guidebook: a diary from a 1940s private investigator named Joe Flynn.  It's not long before Castle brings the old text to life by imagining himself as the P.I. who is trying to save a beautiful young woman named Vera (Beckett, naturally) from the notorious gangster Tom Dempsey (guest star Mark Pellegrino).

Since Castle and Beckett... read more

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