If you thought the banter among the Big Brother houseguests couldn't get any worse this season ... think again.
Contestant Spencer Clawson is under investigation by his hometown police department after he went on an eye-popping tangent about child pornography this week. It's pretty clear that Clawson intended the comments as a joke — he had grabbed the microphone of fellow contestant McCrae and was pretending to be McCrae — but authorities were apparently not amused.
Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves wants to make one thing clear: The network didn't let NCIS' Cote de Pablo leave the show without putting up a fight.
"We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money," Moonves told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews Monday. "We really didn't want to lose her. We love her; we think she was terrific. ... Ultimately she decided she didn't want to do the show."
Cote de Pablo exiting NCIS
De Pablo announced her exit earlier this month, one week before the show was scheduled to begin production on its upcoming 11th season. She expressed her gratitude to the show and its cast and crew and said she would return for a few episodes to end her character's story. But how could CBS lose the leading lady of the No. 1 show on television?
"It was purely her decision," Moonves continued. "NCIS was the highest-rated show on television last year. We don't like losing anybody, but we did everything humanly possible. We feel like we exhausted every opportunity, and she just decided she didn't want to do the show."
Some other highlights from Moonves' executive session....
Our top moments of the week:
12. Worst Foreplay: Bay and Ty finally decide to consummate their relationship on Switched at Birth. Nervous about her first time, Bay's nervousness surfaces when she nearly ignites Ty's shirt with a burning candle and can't stop talking incessantly. Finally, Ty takes control of the situation and...
Howard and McCrae
In addition to its companion series Big Brother: After Dark, TVGN will begin airing encore episodes of Big Brother on Friday nights, the network announced Thursday.
Beginning July 19, TVGN's Friday night lineup will include all three of the previous week's new Big Brother episodes, as well as an additional hour of Big Brother: After Dark, beginning at 8/7c.
Lawrence Saint-Victor, Jeff Schroeder, Karla Mosley
As one of the most popular players in Big Brother history, Jeff Schroeder has been exposed to a whole lot of lying, cheating and backstabbing — so he should fit right in at a daytime soap! TV Guide Magazine has learned that the reality-show fave and CBS.com host will be seen on The Bold and the Beautiful August 27 in sequences involving the production of Room 8, the show-within-a-show starring Maya (Karla Mosley) and Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor). Schroeder gave us the lowdown on his suds gig, the state of his romance with Big Brother 11 winner Jordan Lloyd and, of course, those scandals that have been rocking Big Brother 15!
Big Brother disclaimer
After initially ignoring the controversy generated by some Big Brother contestants' racist and homophobic comments on the show's 24-hour webcam feed, CBS is now taking further steps to distance itself from the contestants.
The network ran a "worst-of" reel featuring the offensive remarks on the July 7 episode, and this week's show featured a viewer discretion disclaimer at the start of the hour.
Big Brother 15
Gee, this season's Big Brother contestants sure know how to keep it classy.
Less than two weeks after two of the houseguests were fired from their day jobs for racist and homophobic comments shown on CBS.com's live feed — those same two players engaged in a very racially charged argument with an African-American contestant.
Third Big Brother contestant criticized for offensive remarks
The feud started when....
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters
Our top moments of the week:
13. Worst Parody: Thanks to MTV, getting Catfish-ed is all the rage. So when Betty White reunites with her Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner on her prank show Off Their Rockers, they poke fun at the downfalls of online dating. But the parody goes quickly from "aw" to "ew" when Asner and White realize that neither is who they said they were online. What should they do next? "I don't know," Asner says, "but my little blue pill is starting to...
NBC has ordered new game show called Wall of Fame, the network announced Thursday.
The one-hour comedic game show sees one family compete for a cash prize by...
Big Brother host Julie Chen is not hiding her displeasure with the offensive comments made by some of the houseguests during Season 15 of the reality show.