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Top Moments: Burn Notice Signs Off and Gaga Reveals Her Hogwarts Past

Andy Cohen and Lady Gaga

Our top moments of the week:

11. Best Comeback: Nearly two decades after his raucous, late-night talk show went off the air, Arsenio Hall is back... and his shtick couldn't be more current. In the intro segment of the first new episode of The Arsenio Hall Show, Hall lays on a couch, fretting about returning to late-night. "Once I'm at No. 1, I should be able to stay in late night forever if I want to," he says. "That makes sense, doesn't it?" The camera pulls back to reveal that ... read more

Ratings: X Factor Returns to Series Lows

Alex and Sierra

The X Factor hit series lows with its Season 3 premiere Wednesday.

The one-hour opener drew 6.2 million viewers and a 2.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down from last season's two-hour average of 8.7 million and 3.4. Wednesday's numbers are also half of the series' much-hyped ...
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The Thursday Playlist: Burn Notice and Other Finales, Derek on Netflix

Ricky Gervais

Fans often feel burned when the final curtain falls on a favorite show — especially when it happens unexpectedly and without resolution (just ask fans of A&E's The Glades or, even more recently, AMC's The Killing, which at least solved its third-season case before the grim fadeout). This is not the situation with USA's Burn Notice, which has been leading all summer to a calculated big finish (Thursday, 9/8c) after seven seasons of... read more

Judging the New X Factor Judges: How Did Kelly and Paulina Do?

Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio

We miss Brit face.

The X Factor premiered its third season Wednesday night with two new faces at the judges' table: former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland and Latin superstar Paulina Rubio. How do they mesh ...?

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Should The X Factor Just Die Already?

Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland, Mario Lopez and Simon Cowell

When The X Factor first came to the U.S., the initial reaction was, "Why?" Unfortunately, three years later, the question remains the same.
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Sneak Peek: Has Simon Cowell Finally Cracked the Code to The X Factor's Success?

The X-Factor

Simon Cowell sits on a balcony overlooking the pool at the Beverly Hilton hotel and lights another cigarette. It's a tumultuous time for the fiery Brit, whose baby-daddy drama is dominating tabloid headlines just a month before The X Factor is set to premiere its do-or-die third season in the United States. But Cowell has rarely appeared more at ease. "I think you're really going to like it more this year," he says of his singing competition.

After last season's addition of judge Britney Spears proved to be a multimillion-dollar dud and original panelist L.A. Reid jumped ship (Demi Lovato is the only holdover from Season 2), Cowell again ­restructured the panel, this time ­focusing on experience and chemistry. Enter Kelly ­Rowland, a former member of ­Destiny's Child who worked on the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2011, and Paulina Rubio, a Latina superstar whose previous gigs include coaching the Mexican edition of The Voice. Mario Lopez will take on full hosting duties, after sharing last season with Khloe Kardashian.

The format itself is also undergoing some tweaks. Here, Cowell and his team discuss the show's new direction.

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"Since U Been Gone" Producer Dr. Luke Not Joining American Idol

Dr. Luke

It looks like American Idol may have to go back to the drawing board to find its three judges for Season 13.

Despite previous reports, producer and songwriter Dr. Luke will not be joining the singing competition because of a deal he has with ... read more

Simon Cowell Spotted Getting Cozy with Lauren Silverman

Simon Cowell

Days after going public about becoming a father, Simon Cowell was spotted holding hands with expectant mother Lauren Silverman, People reports.

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Simon Cowell: "I'm Proud to Be a Dad"

Simon Cowell

Reality show mogul Simon Cowell has finally come clean about becoming a father.

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TV's Highest Paid Stars: What They Earn

Jon Stewart

There is a new king of late night, according to TV Guide Magazine's annual survey of star salaries. And he's a very rich king.

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart is now earning between $25-30 million a year, according to several sources (his network, Comedy Central, did not comment). That puts Stewart ahead of the past perennial late night salary leaders Jay Leno and David Letterman. Leno took a significant pay cut last year, as NBC wanted to reduce costs at Tonight. He now earns around $20 million a year after being up near $30 million. Letterman is also said to be in the $20 million range as the license fee CBS pays to his production company, Worldwide Pants, for Late Show has been reduced in recent years.

Stewart's ratings... read more

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Premise: Solo artists and music groups compete for a $5 million recording contract. Based on the hit British competition series.

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