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Alias badass (and current Rolling Stone cover girl) Jennifer Garner will reprise her role as Noel's ex-girlfriend Hannah during Felicity's two-hour series finale on May 22, TV Guide Online has learned. In real life, Garner is wed to Noel's portrayer, Scott Foley. For more exclusive scoop on Felicity's swan song, click here. read more

THE PLOT THICKENS...

The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the debacle that was last November's Screen Actors Guild elections. Melissa Gilbert (aka Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie) narrowly defeated Rhoda star Valerie Harper as SAG president, but a guild committee — citing voter irregularities — called for a rerun election. Results of the follow-up are expected in April. read more

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

NBC is thisclose to shelling out roughly $8 million a year to keep Late Night host Conan O'Brien chatting for another four years, Variety reports. That would be double what O'Brien currently rakes in. Fox expressed interest in snatching O'Brien when his Peacock pact expired, but the network apparently never made a serious offer. read more

WRITER'S GUILD SHOCKERS!

The Writers Guild of America Awards — a good predictor of who'll wind up among Oscar's nominated writers — were announced today. Unfortunately, the WGA has declared that Oscar shoo-ins In the Bedroom (written by Todd Field and Rob Festinger) and Memento (written by Christopher Nolan) are ineligible for the guild's screenplay honors due to a technicality. The screenwriters were apparently not WGA members at the time those movies were made. WGA original screenplay nods did go to Gosford Park, The Man Who Wasn't There, Monster's Ball, Moulin Rouge and read more

OOPS... YOU GOT CAUGHT!

Security guards at Britney Spears's Hollywood Hills crib detained — and later released — an unidentified man allegedly trespassing on her property. The upcoming star of Crossroads was in New York at the time receiving an award from Cosmopolitan magazine. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

Temptation Joker's Last Laugh?


Oh, that's gotta hurt! The minute that Temptation Island 2 reintroduced blue-eyed babe magnet Brian to Catherine, the bootylicious drama queen not only forgot all about dim-bulb beau Edmundo, she also totally dismissed 24-year-old Rossi Morreale, the daffy sweetheart with whom she'd been bonding. Sure, she later granted the jilted joker a pity date. But afterward, she went right back to canoodling with Brian.

Even more humiliating, it's a safe bet that, in tonight's installment (airing at 9 pm/ET on Fox), the playgirl will send Morreale back to Arkansas and instead invite her boy-toy to join her on the season's final excursion. What's up with that? Is she mental? Masochistic? Blind?! For some insight, TV Guide Online turns to the odd man out.
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WILL ALYSSA BE A BRIDESMAID?

Tabloid magnet Shannen Doherty is at it again: The onetime Charmed actress has been issued a marriage license in Las Vegas. The groom-to-be? Some guy named Richard Salomon. The couple has up to a year in which to use the license. Doherty, 30, was briefly married to Ashley Hamilton (George's son) in 1993. read more

BROADWAY RECAST

It's official: Former Wings star Steven Weber will replace Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom in The Producers. Broderick and Nathan Lane will leave the Broadway phenom on March 17. As previously announced, British thesp Henry Goodman will replace Lane. read more

IN OTHER SURVIVOR NEWS...

Former Survivor champ Richard Hatch was found innocent Tuesday of assaulting an ex-boyfriend — overturning a prior conviction. In September, Hatch, 40, was found guilty of shoving former beau Glenn Boyanowski down a flight of stairs and was sentenced to a year's probation. read more

BACK TO THE BEACH

CBS has unveiled the identities of the 16 new castaways set to stab each other in the back on Survivor: Marquesas. (Keep your eye on 23-year-old bartender Gabriel Cade.) The fourth chapter of the reality series will debut on Feb. 28. read more

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