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Didn't know this had been out there for so long — it's footage from the orientation video for The Orchid station ... a lot more footage than we and Locke saw last night.

Does this mean ...

'Lost': I always feel like somebody's watching me

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So they answered who's in the coffin, but "Lost" has never gotten back to the question that's burning in my overwrought little brain: what the hell's up with the four-toed statue?

Some more thoughts and theories after opening last night's coffin ...

Alternate endings to the 'Lost' finale

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As revealed this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the production of "Lost" filmed three different endings to last night's Season Four finale — as a means of confounding any spoilers and sneak peeks.

Basically, it was the same final scene, but with three different people shown in the coffin ...

'Lost' season finale aftermath

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This will take some processing. But here are a few immediate thoughts following the big Season Four finale tonight of "Lost":

Namely — the name Jeremy Bentham. It's yet another moniker on this show borrowed from real life. Bentham was a philosopher (a contemporary of the real John Locke...yikes) who, according to this early but dead-on "Lost" theory, proposed the idea for the Panopticon, a type of prison:

"The concept of the design is to allow an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners without the prisoners being able to tell if they are being observed or not, thus conveying a 'sentiment of an invisible omniscience.' In his own words, Bentham described the Panopticon as 'a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.' "


Sneak peeks at tonight's 'Lost' season finale

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"A place where miracles happen"

More scenes from tonight's big finish...

We are, too. And trying to get straight in our heads all the new information that was laid out in this truncated but still action-packed Season Four of ABC's maddening and marvelous drama.

Wade in the water: Jack remains all wet in tonight's Season Four finale of "Lost." (ABC)

Entertainment Weekly has laid out a helpful gallery of Season Four's best moments.

Speculation seems to be leaning toward tonight's finale shedding some light on just who is in the coffin we saw in the first series of flash-forwards — at the funeral only Jack attended.

Karina and Mario have fun in the sun

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In case you missed it, has the photos of the coosome twosome having some fun in the hot sun. Seems the romance is back in bloom.

Check this out:

Bronze Fonz to be dedicated Aug. 19

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Downtown Milwaukee will soon have a permanent reminder of the ‘‘Happy Days’’ television show.

A bronze statue of Arthur ‘‘Fonzie’’ Fonzarelli, played by Henry Winkler, will be dedicated Aug. 19 along the Milwaukee River, VISIT Milwaukee announced today.

American Idol is crowned

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Simon Cowell back peddles on his comments to David Cook. I'm guessing Cook won.

And I'm right.

The winner by 12 million votes is David Cook.

Cook's ad for the game by Activision is pretty funny:

Finally, someone that the kids might actually know. The Jonas Brothers performed to cheers.

David Archuleta sings with One Republic on their song "Apologize."

Last year's winner, Jordin Sparks is back with "One Step at a Time."

Gladys Knight auditions Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.

Carrie Underwood, one of the most successful Idol winners, is back with "Last Name."

And not to be outdone, Archuleta also cut a "Guitar Hero" ad. Archuleta is a boxers guy. Judging from Cook's ad, he either wears briefs or goes commando.

Final Six guys in a group sing and Cook joins ZZ Top

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Why bother buying a ticket to the arena concert. You're seeing it live on your TV.

Bryan Adams joins the boys. Is it wrong to say he looks better preserved than Ms. Summer?

David Cook plays with ZZ Top. Wow. Couldn't producers find anyone who has actually charted in the last decade?

American Idol: Jason Castro and more filler

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Castro does Cohen's "Hallelujah" again. It was probably his best performance of the season. He screwed up the ending, but it's still pretty cool.

Both Davids are presented with Ford SUVs and then we have another group sing. The final six girls sing "She Works Hard For the Money"

Donna Summer sings a a new song and the classics. She's looking a little older. They've lowered the key on "The Last Dance"

Carly Smithson and Michael Johns do Joe Cocker's "The Letter."

American Idol: The Davids duet and more filler

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It's Nickelback's "Hero." It's better suited for Cook's vocal styling than Archuleta's.

Cook and Archuleta had to plug the "Love Guru." It was kind of funny to see Mike Meyers make fun of Cook's facial hair (he tries to shave him at one point) and Archuleta's age.

Syesha Mercado sang Seal's "Waiting for You" with Seal. The performance falls kind of flat.

American Idol:

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97.5 million votes came in. A record for the show by more than 23 million.

56 percent to 44 percent is the way the voting went.

Randy Jackson's jacket looks like Captain Kangeroo's

The top 12 returned for a group sing. The Temptations' "Get Ready" is the song and the kids all look wholesome dressed in white.

American Idol: Dial Idol and other sites weigh in

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And call it for David Cook.

Archuleta fans shouldn't lose hope, though. Many of those same sites had Syesha going home several weeks before her actual departure.

Yamaguchi wins 'Dancing' coveted trophy

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As expected, Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi took home the mirror-ball trophy for season six of "Dancing With the Stars." I was hoping for an upset, that Jason Taylor might edge her out, but the skater was just too way out in front for anyone to catch her. She did prove herself all season with great dancing, but then dancing is part of what figure skating is all about.

Jason Taylor is just 'perfect'

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After 10 weeks of competition, Jason Taylor finally got his perfect score of 30 from the judges tonight on the finale. Kristi leads the championship round with 90 out of 90; Jason trails with 81 out of 90. So yes, it comes down to the viewers' votes.

Will Kristi prevail as expected? Or will this season end in a stunning upset?

We're minutes away....

'And then there were two, Part II"

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Kristi and Mark pulled off the impossible, a perfect 90 out of 90 in the final three dances in the finale of "Dancing with the Stars." The results, only 20 minutes away (could this night drag on any more?) Jason and Edyta have their work cut out for them.
Stay tuned.

13-year-olds Brandon and Brittany won the first-ever Junior Championship trophy for their spectacular dances performed over the course of the season.

The trophy was presented by three Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders as Brandon remarked during one video montage that the cheerleaders were pretty much the only thing he liked better than ballroom dancing.

Look for this duo (hopefully) in future seasons of "Dancing" as they are as good as many of the pros we've seen in six seasons of the show.

And then there were two...

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It came down to Kristi Yamaguchi and Jason Taylor as Cristian de la Fuente was voted off "Dancing with the Stars" tonight in the first round of the elimination. The hunky actor was holding back tears with all his might, but the disappointment was all over his face.

The very sad moment followed a gorgeous guest appearance by Usher, who proved he can dance AND sing most beautifully.

It's only 15 minutes into the excruciating two-hour finale.

American Idol: The final round

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Cook picked "The World I Know" by Collective Soul. It's groovy and easily his best performance of the night. He tears up at the end.

"One of the cool things about you is that you're showing people tonight a lot of different sides of David Cook," Jackson said. "This is the kind of record you could make and get by with."

"It was a beautiful song, but I'm going to be honest with you it was completely and utterly the wrong choice for you on the night," Cowell said.

Cowell thought Cook should have gone with this:

or this:

Archuleta went with reprising "Imagine." The song sounds even better with a string orchestra.

"Dude, you are so good tonight," Jackson said. "You are exactly what this show is about: finding the best singer we can find and the best singer is right there."

"You were stunning tonight," Abdul said.

"We've taken a little bit of stick this year in the competition, but at the end of the day this show is about finding a star," Cowell said. "Tonight, we've witnessed one of the great finals, but here's the difference. In my opinion, David, you came out here to win and what we witnessed was a knock out."

American Idol: Archuleta in his moment

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Archuleta's second song is "This Moment."

"You definitely, definitely chose the better song there,. "Much more in keeping with the night," Cowell said. "Round two goes to David Archuleta."

Cook picked "Dream Big." It's a smart choice that highlights both his vocal ability and talent that has taken him to the finales.

"You were singing your face off," Jackson said.

"A song in your heart, a guitar in your hand and we millions sit in awe, mesmerized by you," Paula Abdul said.

"Using the boxing analogy, it was a bit of a lightweight, I thought" Cowell said. "Bearing in mind this is supposed to be like a winning song, it didn't feel like a winning moment for me."

American Idol: The sun rises on Archuleta

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David Archuleta picked Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and actually made an attempt to win the contest with it. His best performance in the past six weeks.

"[That was] one of the best performances of this whole season," Jackson said. "You picked the right time to peak. That was flawless."

"Tonight's performance was arguably the best you've done so far," Cowell said. "Taking everything into account, round one goes to Archuleta."

American Idol: Cook dishes up his first song

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I'm guessing this sports metaphor is going to go over many "Idol" watcher's heads.

Cook forgoes playing the guitar on U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." It's all gaspy. The arrangement isn't too far off of the original.

"I think it was a great way to start off this duel of 2007," Randy Jackson said, not realizing it's actually 2008. "Very nice song choice. I don't think you did everything you could with it, but I loved the scoop up at the note at the end."

"I thought it was phenomenal," Cowell said.

American Idol: the death of street cred

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Prepare to sacrifice all artistic integrity and any street cred if you ever go on "American Idol," kids.

Producers had the Davids enter the theater dressed in robes and boxing gloves to the theme from "Rocky."

The camera panned over the crowd. All the top 12 fallen "Idol" contestants from this season appear to be in attendance. Amanda Overmyer looks a bit bored, but claps politely. Overmyer and Danny Noriega were the highlights for me this season.

Paula Abdul appears to have borrowed Mariah's bedazzler and has outfitted her sun dress with sparkling, fake gemstones. Of course, for as much as she is over-paid, the gems could be real.

Is it me or does Simon Cowell's hair look more "Dagwood Bumstead" today?

Both Davids are singing three songs each.

Again with the boxing analogy. HBO boxing analyst Jim Lampley handicapped the "three ring" event. Ugh.

Archuleta won the coin toss last week and opted to go second. Cook is first up.

American Idol: rumors and facts swirling

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Some updates before we start tonight's show:

Fact: The "Idol" results show will be reduced to 30 minutes next season. This probably means the viewer call-in segment is gone.

Rumor: Paula Abdul told "Extra's" Terri Seymour she had "a sneaking suspicion" that tomorrow night's top secret performer is none other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

'Dancing' marathon unbearable

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Can ABC seriously expect viewers to tune in for THREE HOURS tonight for the not-so-hugely anticipated finals? Seriously, do we need a rerun of last night's episode at 7?
In a season that has seen barely a touch of excitement (it pales by comparison to last year), why turn off the remaining faithful with a three-hour tour .... of the ballroom?
Oh well, I'll be there, right up to the final moments.
Stay tuned.

Julianne Hough' s album is out Today

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Nice article in the Canadian Press today about Julianne Hough's new album:
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Sneak peek at the new '90210'

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"Cooler! Sexier! More provocative!"

Here's a promo video looking at the new "Beverly Hills, 90210" next-gen spin-off, which seems awfully ambitious — trying to cram in every conceivable stock character from "The Breakfast Club" to the original "90210" to "The O.C." There's even a cougar-ish mom promising that the show will show us "not only the world of the teenagers but also the world of the adults." Eeeuw.

Ah, but look at all those sunny smiles and shaky, dynamic, "Real World"-when-it-was-new cinematography. Makes me feel like I need to study for chem lab.

Judges favor Yamaguchi in 'Dancing'

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It's all up to the viewers now, as the finals competition for season six of "Dancing with the Stars" came to a close tonight. And if the judges scores are any indication, Kristi Yamaguchi will be the belle of the ballroom on Tuesday night

'Dancing' pertty much wrapped up

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Season six of "Dancing with the Stars" comes to an end tomorrow night with Kristi Yamaguchi solidly in the lead, with 60 points out of a possible 60, Cristian with 52 and Jason with 51.
Cheryl had the most gorgeous costume of the night. Jason had the best lifts. But the writing's on the wall, isn't it.

Viewers, it's up to your votes.

'Dancing' finals a new experience

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So the finals have come down to a single Cha-Cha danced by all three final couples (60 seconds per couple). I don't think I care for this type of finals routine, as it really means someone who's very weak at cha-cha (Jason) has no time to finesse his routine. Too bad. He's come such a long way this season. I would have liked each couple to have their standard turn on the floor to really see if they've "mastered" ballroom after 12 weeks.

Cristian couldn't decide whether he wanted his arm to be injured or not: Seems he had no problem raising it and swinging it and then returning to his "injured" position where the arm appears immobile. I'm not saying he's not injured, but why the pretense? And Kristi, well, looks like the judges have already made their decision on the night, fawning all over her 60 seconds on the ballroom floor. Yes, she has been the strongest dancer of the season, but I've said it before, celebs should have little or no dance training to compete on this show. Just takes the real fun out of things when you have a polished dancer competing against those who are a lot less graceful.

Score a 26 for Cristian, 24 for Jason, and surprise, a 30 for Kristi.

'Dancing' finals begin

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So it's come down to the final three. Just WHAT is Edyta wearing? And hands down, she did have the best spray-on tan of the season.
But I digress... some early thoughts for tonight...

And how come Cristian could lift his injured left arm straight up above his head to wave to the adoring throngs in the upper deck of the ballroom, when he can barely lift it during routines?

And just why didn't Krisit and Mark reveal their entire 60-second cha-cha routine to the other two couples (as the other two couples revealed theirs)?

Seems the finals are off to a mysterious start.

Can't make it to Bonnaroo? Watch it on cable!

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Music fans who can’t trek to Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts festival still have a chance to see the action: Fuse TV is televising parts of the three-day extravaganza, its first national TV exposure.

Enjoy this sneak peek at the upcoming reality trash of the summer: the show chronicling the maternal crusades of Lindsay Lohan's bleached, tanned mother.

A clip reel from the current debut season of MTV's "The Paper."

Docu-reality series are everywhere these days, but good ones — not just fun to gawk at, but dramatic on their own — are depressingly hard to come by. Most often, the characters are either unreal from the start, or far too real. They mug for the camera like so many ‘‘real housewives.’’ They angle to make the most of mild celebrity, like those too-many Kardashians. Or they’re so dull as to be hardly worth the screen time: Even ‘‘Jon & Kate Plus 8,’’ the should-be-fascinating Discovery Health/TLC series about a family with twins and sextuplets, gets bogged down in the details of shelf-hanging and carpet replacement.

Capturing life in high school, you’d think, would be the hardest task of all: How can reality in the homogenized suburbs live up to the angst and pathos of snarky screenplays or overwrought teen TV dramas? Perhaps by happy accident, MTV has figured it out.

Rounding up the new shows for fall 2008

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A video reel of the fall 2008 primetime TV schedule.

Jimmy Kimmel knows how to deliver an industry joke with some sting, as he proved to advertisers getting a first look at ABC’s fall schedule last week.

‘‘Here at ABC we are very excited about both of our new shows,’’ Kimmel said to knowing laughs.

Both. One is a game show produced by Ashton Kutcher, the other an adaptation of a series done by the BBC. It’s hardly a burst of creativity from a network that proudly introduced eight new series last fall.

The fall schedules rolled out last week with limited fanfare provided evidence of how deeply network television was hurt by this winter’s writers strike. The pain from those wounds will linger into next season precisely when the networks — already hemorrhaging viewers — can least afford it.

'Housewives' wraps with flash-forward five years

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Felicity Huffman (from left), Eva Longoria Parker and Marcia Cross are seen in "The Gun Song," the season finale episode of "Desperate Housewives," that aired on Sunday. (AP/ABC)

In the closing moments of its season finale Sunday, ‘‘Desperate Housewives’’ flashed ahead five years.
And while there were no hints to the White House’s occupant or the state of the economy in 2013, viewers got a few clues about Wisteria Lane’s future.

Spoiler alert: Read no further if you haven’t yet seen this episode and want to preserve its surprises.

'Desperate Housewives' to get all 'Lost' on us

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It’s true: ‘‘Desperate Housewives’’ will flash-forward five years.

Marcia Cross, who plays domestic goddess Bree on the ABC comedy-drama, said in a recent phone interview that a flash-forward narrative device will offer viewers a glimpse into the future lives of the Wisteria Lane gang.

Spoiler alert: Read no further if you don’t want to know what happens to some of the central characters.

Those darn kids

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That sensational duo of Brandon and Brittany are indeed 13. Thanks for all the cards and letters. Didn't get to post this until today. Sorry for the delay.I still think they shouldn't be competing against those other four adorable moppets. B&B are in a league of their own.
Check out their story:

American Idol: Finally! The Results

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Mercado is gone. It's David vs. David.

See y'all next week.

American Idol: and finally, David Cook

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Yeah! More screaming girls.

Cook didn't originally plan on auditioning. He was there to support his brother Andrew (who was not as fortunate).

And Cook also cries over the reaction of his hometown.

Judging from the absence of a screaming fan base, I think Mercado is toast.

There's less screaming in the montage showing her trip home last week. Some crazy fan thrusts her baby into Mercado's arms and snaps a few photos, though.

Like Archuleta in the last clip, Mercado is overwhelmed by the hometown response and also breaks down in tears.

Ok, they just showed the "Celebrate" clip for Mercado. All bets are off as to who is going home (though I suspect it's still going to be Mercado).

My ears are bleeding. Seriously.

And now they're playing the clip they play when they "celebrate" someone home. Which means Archuleta isn't going anywhere (otherwise, they'd have to play the clip twice, no?)

American Idol: Fantasia's return

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56 million votes cast, but we have to wait until 8:45 or so to get the results.

Meanwhile, former Idol winner Fantasia returns. There was a great shot of Simon Cowell starring in disbelief over her mess of a performance:

Look for a higher resolution version of this clip on "The Soup" this weekend, no doubt.

American Idol: It's the last group sing!

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Oh, the irony. Tonight's group sing (trio?) is "Aint No Stoppin' Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead.

Well, it's ironic for one of the three. Enjoy your time front and center while you can, Syesha.

A question to start us off tonight

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How much of an impact did the back stage absence of David Archuleta's father have on the "Idol" finalist?


Cristian a fake? Say it ain't so!

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Seems TMZ is floating the "rumor" that Cristian is "faking" his arm injury. See for yourself at

Kristi likely to win that mirrored-ball trophy

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to richieb945,
yep, I do mean "upset" as in Kristi. And here's why. She is a technically great dancer, and that's key here.. she is a dancer, as well as figure skater. No figure skater, especially at the Olympic level, can do what they do without choreography/dance. They choreograph all their skating routines, and if you pay attention to many of the spins, turns, leaps, backbends that the "Dancing" dancers do in the course of a season, they're exactly what you see in the ice skating competitions.

Kristi is light-years beyond anybody else this season when it comes to executing the dance. I think that gave her an unfair advantage from day one, don't you? The whole point of "Dancing," at least the "Dancing" I watched from season one, was to take celebrities/athletes et al who had two left feet when it came to dancing and turn them into television ballroom champs.

Enough with the folks who have dancing already in their blood (Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, Mel B, Sabrin Bryan, Mario Lopez) They were all exceptional dancers and deserved the accolades they received, don't get me wrong. I want a season of two-left-footed celebrity oafs who go out there and have a blast and really learn the ropes as the season goes on.

Level the playing field already.

Ooops, sorry Maks

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Seems my fingers didn't cooperate with the keyboard last night. I stand corrected (and embarrassed)<. Maks was last partnered with Mel B.

Bye-bye Marissa, we're gonna miss you lots!

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To paraphrase that old show biz saying, never work with animals or children. Invariably those little moppets will steal the scene, and that's what almost happend Tuesday night on the "Dancing with the Stars" semi-finals results show.
While American waited to see which celeb couples would make it on to next week's season finale, three couples, kids ages 10 and under, danced their feet off in the semi-finals of the "Dancing" Junior Championships. One couple, Brandon and Brittany, both 10, completely stunned the ballroom and the judges with their incomparable paso doble. Their unbelievably polished routine put every grown-up couple to shame. The junior champ will be announced next Tuesday.

On the celebrity "Dancing" side, no surprises as Marissa Jaret Winokur was voted off after a disappointing turn in the semi-final dances on Monday ngiht. Kristi Yamaguchi, Jason Taylor and Cristian De La Fuente and all their respective pro partners will square off Monday night in the final night of competition (including the freestyle round). The mirror-ball trophy will be awarded on Tuesday.

Maks is back

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That oh so hottie pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy announced on "Good Morning America" that he will indeed be returning to "Dancing with the Stars" next season. The VERY tall dancer (last partnered with Layla Ali) took one season off to pursue other dance avenues in Las Vegas.

American Idol: Aerosmith light

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Producers picked Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

It's pitchy again. Not Cook's best night.

"David Cook wins the night," Cowell said.

American Idol: Mercado's last stand (for tonight)

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Producers picked the up-tempo "Hit Me Up" by Gia Farrell.

It's an insanely difficult song and ger pitch is all over the place.

Despite the fact that producers forced the song on her, Cowell still blames her for the song choice.

"It was better than the second song," Cowell told her. "But it didn't give you the defining moment I would have liked at the end of this show."

American Idol: Cook's personal choice and Archuleta

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Cook goes the alternative rock route with Switchfoot's "Dare You To Move."

He has a few pitch problems during the verse and I'm not sure it shows us anything we haven't seen before.

"It was a little pitchy," Jackson said.

"It was pretty much what I expected," Cowell said. "It wasn't the most melodic of songs."

The producers picked "Longer" by Dan Fogelberg for Archuleta's third song.

It fits his voice and range perfectly.

"You could sing the phone book," Jackson said. "You're in the zone."

Cowell criticized the producers' song choice, but told Archuleta he had "done enough to get in the finals next week."

Archuleta and Mercado's choices

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Archuleta picked "With You" by Chris Brown. The girls in the audience scream throughout it.

"I applaud the fact you're trying something new and young, but I'm not sure that was the right song," Jackson said. Cowell gave the best line of the night (see video)

Syesha Mercado acts her way through Peggy Lee's "Fever." It's sexy, but you expect the judges to call her out for the theatrics. Some of the arrangement is out of her range, too.

"You sang it amazingly well," Jackson said.

"I think you will probably regret that decision tomorrow," Cowell said. "You had the chance to prove you are a contemporary recording artist with your own choice of song. Instead, you did quite a lame cabaret performance."

For Syesha Mercado, Randy Jackson picked Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You."

"I know she's really young, hot, talented and in charge. This is the kind of record she can make and be successful with," Jackson said of his choice.

She looks and sounds confident.

"I thought that would work well on you. You did an amazing job on it," Jackson said.

David Cook has Simon Cowell to blame for "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." The arrangement is a little to high for him. And just when you think he can't go any higher, he does.

"I thought it was actually one of your best performances to date," Cowell said.

American Idol: Closest race ever?

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Anybody believe Ryan Seacrest when he says this is the closest race in "American Idol" history?

The judges, producers and singers each got to pick one song. The singers will perform all three tonight.

Abdul picked "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel for David Archuleta. It's moody and slow. Archuleta sings half of it with his eyes closed (something he needs to pay attention to and not do).

"Billy Joel thing works well on you. Would have loved to see you at the piano playing it," Randy Jackson said.

"I really felt you were a storyteller tonight," Abdul said.

"It was good, I don't think it was outstanding," Cowell said.

American Idol song choices leaked

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TMZ is first with the song selections of the final three.

David Archuleta will perform "And So It Goes by Billy Joel, "With You" by Chris Brown and "Longer" by Dan Fogelberg.

David Cook will perform Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (!?!?), "Dare You to Move" by Switchfoot and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

Syesha Mercado will add her spin to Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You," Gia Farrell's "Hit Me Up" and Peggy Lee's "Fever."

Since it's a mosh of their own selections and songs chosen by the producers and judges, there's just enough curious picks here that tonight should be interesting.

Shia Labeouf explains Chicago arrest on Letterman

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So Shia Labeouf shows up last night on Letterman. He's there to, duh, promote "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," the big bruhaha out next week in which he stars with ye olde Harrison Ford. But nearly the entirety of his visit is a long narrative of what happened to him last November when he was arrested in a Walgreens in the Loop.

Watch the video from YouTube below and enjoy as he simultaneously tells a pretty funny story while showing himself up to be a true ... well, a fellow editor advises me against using this word, a two-syllable moniker that rhymes with whoosh and rag.

Enjoy his punchy inflection of the phrase "pimple cream," which he utters approximately 3,451 times. Enjoy him referring to alcohol as "special magic sauce" (duuuuuude!!!). Enjoy the thought of receiving a scolding phone call from Steven Speilberg. Says Dave: "It sounds as if you were behaving as a dope." Yup.

Shia Labeouf on "Late Night With David Letterman" Monday night.

Now that Jennie Garth's set for the "Beverly Hills 90210" spinoff, rumors abound that Tori Spelling will return, as well.

The semi-finals tonight were very good, but not great. Very good were Kristi, Jason and Marissa. Very VERY good was Cristian, who with his very injured arm, conjured up one of the most exciting sambas this season. (The samba was THE dance in which he destroyed his left arm, you may recall). Great is the fact that this humdrum season will be over next week.

'Dancing' Katrina just a sore loser?

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Seems I wasn't the only one who thought Katrina Smirnoff's eye-rolling during last week's results show showed really unsportsmanlike conduct. Read on at:
(great photo too)

She was an abarrassment to the show, to herself and to her partner Mario who oozed class throughout the spectacle.

A sneak peek at tonight's return of Britney Spears to the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," from CBS.

Three times might be the charm for Britney Spears and ‘‘How I Met Your Mother.’’

With Spears making her second guest appearance on the popular CBS comedy, the show’s co-creator Craig Thomas says tonight's episode was written to leave the door open for the pop singer to make a return appearance next season.

Production of ABC’s ‘‘Ugly Betty’’ is moving to New York.

The announcement was made Monday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor David Paterson and ABC Studios President Mark Pedowitz. They say the show will take advantage of a 35 percent tax credit from the city and state when it makes the move from Los Angeles.

Jennie Garth moving back to zip code 90210

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It's official. As we reported earlier, Jennie Garth is moving back to 'Beverly Hills' — specifically, zip code 90210.

Will Edie ever return to 'Desperate Housewives'?

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When Edie packed up and left Wisteria Lane at the end of Sunday’s ‘‘Desperate Housewives,’’ viewers were caught by surprise.

The sudden exit of the neighborhood’s blond troublemaker has fans wondering how this plot twist will affect the ABC hit series, and whether Nicollette Sheridan, who has played Edie during its four seasons, will be back.

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Edie, played by Nicollette Sheridan, in the "Desperate Housewives" episode "Mother Said" that aired last night.

So they're just going to ... move the island. OK. No problem. How do you pack for that?

Locke goes back to visit some old friends in last night's episode of "Lost," from YouTube

But if you were thinking during last night's episode of "Lost," "Gosh, I hope we can have a few more hours of this madness before we ind out what the hell's going on!" — you're in luck.

The show is still wrapping up in 2010, but ABC has decided to add a few extra hours to the story, including an extra hour to this month's season finale.

Ding, dong, the gong isn't dead.

Comedy Central has greenlighted ‘‘The Gong Show With Dave Attell,’’ ordering eight half-hour episodes of an updated version of the classic talent show. The premiere is set for July 17.

Dumbest 'Survivor' contestant EVER!

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This season's "Survivor Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites" will go down as the season of injuries and idiots, and poor, young, naive Erik, a 22-year-old ice-cream scooper from Michigan, likely will be crowned King of the Idiots for giving up immunity at Tribal Council.

What started out as kind of boring installment of the CBS reality show has turned out to be one of the most unpredictably excellent seasons to date.

Can fans save 'Jericho' — again?

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For whatever it may be worth (which is not much), a die-hard fan of canceled CBS nuclear-war drama "Jericho" has launched a fan campaign to bring the series back from the dead.

"Jericho" was resurrected once by a fan campaign, after CBS axed the show at the end of its first season. Fans organized and sent thousands of pounds of peanuts (based on a line in the finale) to CBS execs, and the network brought back the show for a short, post-strike second season. But ratings made that decision look like, well, nuts, so the second season finale was retooled to be the season finale.

But some fans continue to rally and beg for the show to continue.

Report: 'Idol' most talked-about TV show at work

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"Mornin', boss. Didja see 'Idol' last night...?"

So we're still going to work and yakking about "American Idol" more than any other TV show, according to an annual survey of just such trivial matters.

Not as much as last year, but "Idol" is still the tops — 33 percent of U.S. workers named American Idol as the TV program discussed most often at the workplace, down from 37 percent in 2007, according to the latest Spherion Workplace Snapshot.

John McCain yuks it up on 'Daily Show'

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Sen. John McCain on last night's "Daily Show," part one.

Of the Democratic presidential candidates, would Republican John McCain rather take on Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton?

‘‘You know, Ron Paul is still in the race,’’ McCain joked Wednesday during a taping of Comedy Central’s ‘‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.’’

McCain deadpanned about the marathon race between the Democrats: ‘‘I hate to watch it. It’s terrible. My heart goes out to them.’’

Idol: Jason Castro goes home

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Again, no surprises.

Idol: David Cook is the next called out

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Is it me or does tonight's results show have all of the suspense of watching bass fishing on TV?

Cook joins Archuleta on the couch.

Syesha Mercado and Jason Castro are called out together. Castro looks like he's over it already.

And then we break for a commercial.

Idol: David Archuleta is the first safe

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Of course, Seacrest has to spread this out the full hour first. Archuleta takes a seat on the couch.

The final four showdown has sometimes offered up a shocker. No one seems to be expecting one tonight.

51 million votes (the highest this season). The top three had one million votes separating each from the other. Ryan Seacrest thinks that's close (pick up a paper, Ryan. Indiana was close. One million votes does not a close race make).

The Davids (Archuleta and Cook) are paired off for the group sing. Ladies and gentlemen: your top two (if I have to speculate).

Thoughts guys?

Marvel building Iron Man projects for TV

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Marvel Animation is powering up the ‘‘Marvel Super Hero Squad.’’

The Marvel Entertainment division said it is producing 26 half-hour episodes of a new ‘‘super stylized’’ animated series aimed at 6- to 8-year-olds.

It will feature such well-known heroes as Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, Fantastic Four and Captain America; all occupy a caricatured Super Hero City and are thrust into humorous adventures as they thwart the villainous plans of Doctor Doom, Magneto, Loki, the Abomination and others.

'Battlestar' prequel picks up a 'Jericho' guy

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Esai Morales has joined the cast of Sci Fi Channel’s two-hour ‘‘Caprica’’ pilot.

The project is a prequel to the network’s ‘‘Battlestar Galactica.’’ Morales will play Joseph Adama, the father of William Adama (played in ‘‘Galactica’’ by Edward James Olmos), who one day will take command of the Battlestar Galactica.

Jason Taylor 'Dancing' around Hollywood buzz

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Jason Taylor's blog speaks volumes for what this NFL superstar has in his sights. Check out
or read his latest entry here:

Mario leaves the 'Dancing' ballroom

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It was the night of many dancing feet as "Dancing with the Stars" turned in its 100th episode. But the celebration was mixed with sadness as it was also an elimination night, as Mario leaving was voted of amid the cheers and tears.

'Dancing' top ten routines revealed

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On the occasion of the 100th episode of "Dancing with the Stars," judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli picked their favorite perfect "30's" from the first five seasons.

Here they are in reverse order:

American Idol: David Archuleta round two

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Archuleta admits to being a virgin (when it comes to singing romantic ballads). He picks "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. It's surprisingly heartfelt and his fans are going to eat it up.

"Another great performance by you," Jackson said.
"That was one of my favorite performances by you," Abdul said.
"You didn't beat the competition tonight, you crushed the competition," Cowell said.

Best of the night: Archuleta.
Worst: Castro

I'll just say it: girl should've been singing like this all along. Abdul is almost moved to tears.

"I didn't love this one as much," Jackson said. "It felt like it was trying to be something it wasn't."

"You sang that really, really well."

Castro's second song is Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and he forget some of the words.

"Jason's not in the zone tonight," Jackson said.
"I'd pack your suitcase," Cowell said.

American Idol: David Cook round two

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He picked "Baba O'Reilly" by The Who. he re-imagines the iconic rock song initially as a slow ballad until the "Teenage Wasteland" chorus. The judges thought he bounced back. I'm not so sure. The arrangement just didn't do anything for me.

American Idol: Jason Castro and David Archuleta

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"It's a song by Bob Marley," Jason Castro says with a roll of his eyes. "Go figure."

His version of "I Shot the Sheriff" had a weird beat in my opinion. I can't imagine this is going to go over well with the voters.

"Man, dude. For me, that was a really karaoke Bob Marley," Jackson said. "There was nothing special about it."
"That was utterly atrocious," Cowell said. "What were you thinking."

Archuleta does "Stand By Me." It's his best performance in four weeks. That isn't saying much, though. He riffs a bit too much for me (bonus points for pandering to his audience with the lyric "Beautiful girls: won't you stand by me?"

"I loved it, dude. That was hot," Jackson said.

"Very good choice of song," Cowell said. "In the grand scheme of things, I'm going to call that the best performance so far."

American Idol: Syesha sings "Proud Mary"

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Let the comparisons to Tina Turner begin as Syesha Mercado tries to fill some very big shoes.

It's a great performance. Mercado has gotten better and better with each passing week. Randy Jackson agrees:

"This is the third week in a row that Syesha has shown she's in the zone," Jackson said. "You're showing the heat late in the competition; exactly when you need it."

"I thought it was a bad, shrieky version," Cowell said.

American Idol: The final four

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The theme is songs by performers/bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

David Cook was first with "Hungry Like the Wolf." He promises to "stand the song on its head." He growls through the whole thing. It was kind of a lethargic performance in my opinion.

"It was an ok choice and a solid performance," Randy Jackson said. "It was just ok."
"You're 'Hungry Like the Wolf' left with a great big appetite," Paula Abdul quipped.
"It was a little bit copycat," Simon Cowell said.

Syesha Mercado is next up.

Tonight's American Idol song selection leaked

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Courtesy of the good folks at TMZ

David Archuleta: "Stand By Me: (Ben E. King) and "Love Me Tender" (Norah Jones' cover of the Elvis Presley hit).
David Cook: "Baba O'Reilly" (The Who) and "Hungry Like the Wolf" (Duran Duran).
Jason Castro: "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) and "I Shot the Sheriff" (the Eric Clapton cover of the Bob Marley tune; we're guessing because everyone is expecting him to do the Marley version).
Syesha Mercado: "Proud Mary" (Tina Turner) and "A Change is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke).

First impressions: What is Archuleta thinking? His selection has "treacle." Cook: Perhaps the night's weirdest pairing (ok, they're both British bands; maybe not so strange). Castro: Not exactly thinking outside the box here. Mercado: Not sure if her second choice is well-known enough.

Thoughts guys?

Oh 'Mother'! Britney returns to CBS sitcom

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Neil Patrick Harris (left) as Barney and guest star Britney Spears as Abby appear in a scene from "How I Met Your Mother" to air May 12. (CBS)

She's baaaack! And that sentence is almost as much of a cliche as spicing up sitcom ratings with celebrity guests.

But Britney Spears' drop-in to "How I Met Your Mother" — an otherwise quick, smart show led by Neil Patrick Harris — lured an extra couple million eyes to the show on March 24, so CBS was happy to invite her back. Harris was less enthusiastic.

'Dancing' has a new leader

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Yep, he went from bottom of the barrel to top of the heap.
Cristian de la Fuente, against all odds due to his injured arm, sat solidly atop the leader board tonight with a combined score (after two "one-armed" dances) of 57 points.

Timber! 'Men in Trees' gets the ax

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Earth to Anne Heche: Your show’s been canceled.

TV Guide reports that ABC has decided against ordering another season of “Men in Trees,” the light
drama starring Heche as a relationship coach adjusting to small-town life in

Cristian de la Fuente will soldier on

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E! Online is reporting that Cristián de la Fuente will continue with the show tonight, despite the recent serious injury to the tendon in his left arm.

“This Monday we will be dancing,” de la Fuente said Sunday night at the15th annual Race to Erase MS gala benefiting the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis in Los Angeles. “We have the tango and the mambo.”

Even so, de la Fuente will eventually undergo surgery. “They have to reattach the tendon to the bone,” he said. “They put you to sleep, do the surgery and then you have a month and a half recovery.”

Fellow DWTS contestant football star Jason Taylor is lending a hand, too.

“He called the Miami Dolphins, and they sent two braces,” de la Fuente said. “It’s with metal so that helps the arm not move into a direction I don’t want it to.” (Source: E! Online)

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