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PREYING ON MEL

The Passion of the Christ auteur Mel Gibson has obtained a restraining order against an alleged serial prayer. In court papers, Gibson said Zack Sinclair, a 34-year-old homeless man, came to his Malibu home on two consecutive days last month and "demanded to see me, saying that he wanted to pray with me." Gibson also said Sinclair sent him a number of "harassing and annoying" letters. Wait, so he's a personal publicist, too? I'm confused. read more

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It would go without saying that Mary Alice Young, having blown her own brains out, is the luckiest one on Wisteria Lane. But now she's gotta stick around, watch her former "loved" ones and "friends," and tell us about it. Which means we're the luckiest ones on the block, 'cause we get to watch. Sure, it owes a lot to forebears like American Beauty and Blue Velvet, but I'm liking it.

Worth noting: Casting the unsettling Teri Hatcher is truly inspired, and choosing the even more unsettling Nicolette Sheridan is a flat-out stroke of genius. 'Cause to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure they're acting. Matter of fact, I'm fairly certain they're not. But Felicity Huffman proves once again that no matter what you toss her into, she's sure to shine.

And bonus points for Huffman's Lynette nearly breaking hubby's nose after his cavalier "Let's risk it" comment.

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Happy Ending for Tears for Fears?


Backstage at Last Call with Carson Daly, Tears for Fears duo Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal are waiting to go on. They've been doing a lot of that lately. That's what happens when you're one of the biggest bands of the '80s (with hits like "Shout" and "Sowing the Seeds of Love") and you're promoting your first joint album together, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, in more than 15 years. You do a lot of TV appearances (including, so far, The Tonight Show, Conan, Today and The Late Late Show), which means a lot of rehearsals and then a lot of waiting. "This is our third TV show in as many days," says Orzabal. "Basically, we're taking over American TV for every week up until the election."

It was back in 1990 when Orzabal and Smith elected to go their separate musical ways after 14 years together, a partnership that began when they were teenagers in Bath, England. After the split, Orzabal, who retained the band's read more

It's Madness, Sela Ward!

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As lovers of guilty-pleasure TV-movies, we were excited to hear that Sela Ward would star in Sunday's Suburban Madness (9 pm/ET on CBS). Just imagine the lovely Once & Again star as Clara Harris, the Houston orthodontist who whacked her cheating husband by running him over (three times!) with her Benz. But sadly, Sela's just playing the private eye hired by the road-ragin' wife (Elizabeth Peña) to spy on her wayward hubby. Darn! Why, why, why?

While Ward admits that "Lily gone mad!" would be a fun sight to see, she reminds TV Guide Online that "Clara Harris was Latin, and it was important to the producers [Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of The Reagans fame] to be true to who she was by casting a Latin actress. Aside from that, the character of [P.I.] Bobbi Bacha was very different from anything that people have seen me do. There's a lot of humor and it's more of a challenging stretch read more

JUSTIN TIME

Justin Timberlake is apparently serious about this acting thing. The aspiring thesp — who makes his big-screen debut in the forthcoming indie Edison — will co-star alongside Emile Hirsch (The Girl Next Door) in the Nick Cassavetes-directed drama Alpha Dog, per The Hollywood Reporter. The story centers around a drug dealer (Hirsch) who becomes one of the youngest men ever on the FBI's most-wanted list. Timberlake will play the best friend. read more

MOURNED

Legendary photographer Richard Avedon, best known for his fashion photography and black-and-white portraits of the rich and famous, died Friday at age 81. Avedon suffered a brain hemorrhage last week while on assignment in Texas. read more

TAR's Bowling Moms Strike Out

When The Amazing Race started back in July, who would've guessed that a pair of fortysomething bowling moms from California would make it past the third leg, let alone end up finishing in fourth place? With their boundless energy and enthusiasm, Linda and Karen proved that age ain't nothin' but a number. Here, these peppy ladies tell TV Guide Online all about their excellent adventure.

TV Guide Online: How's it feel to be TAR's first all-female team to reach the top four?
Karen:
I was surprised at how far we made it. Linda wasn't — she knew that we could do it all along.
Linda: At every pit stop, we would look at each other and go, "Oh my gosh, we made another round!" And it just kept going.

TVGO: When did you feel your fortunes change on the last leg?
Karen:
When we left the pit stop, we were in second place, but we had to run around the corner and up the street to get a taxi. Meanwhile, Brandon and read more

INJURED

Former TV Guide Channel (and The View) host Debbie Matenopoulos was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a possible concussion while taping a segment of Good Day Live about firefighters. Apparently, Deb landed incorrectly on an airbag after jumping off a three-story building. Honestly, I don't know how Barbara Walters sleeps at night. read more

FOXX FLASH

Oscar hopeful Jamie Foxx is returning to the small screen, producing a half-hour sketch comedy pilot for cabler FX. "It will be a very edgy, irreverent and sometimes topical sketch show," FX exec John Landgraf tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Obviously, Jamie's career as a dramatic actor is meteoric at the moment, but he wants to remain in the comedy business as well." read more

TITILLATING TV

Jackie Collins is teaming with E! on a series of tell-all specials inspired by the titles of her best-selling novels: Hitched in Hollywood, Divorced Women, Sinners, Young Hollywood, Scandalous and Lovers and Players. "It's not going to be nasty about people — just an informative look at real-life Hollywood," Collins tells Variety. "We'll talk to powerful Hollywood lawyers, stars going through divorces and a variety of celebrities." Yeah, that doesn't sound nasty at all. read more

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