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'X Factor' Registration Open, 'Teen Mom' No Contact Order Lifted and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 9th 2011 7:30PM
The X FactorDream of becoming the next big pop sensation?

Good news, then: Registration is officially open for the very first season of Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor.' Though the complete rules aren't posted yet, Fox's site is officially open for wannabe pop stars to register to audition.

Soloists and groups are welcome, and there is no age cutoff. The only requirements are that contestants are at least 12 years old by March 1, 2011, they're U.S. citizens, and they don't have a current record deal.

In other TV news ...

Norm Macdonald is heading back to television. The former 'Saturday Night Live' cast member will host a sports/comedy show on Comedy Central. [Deadline]

NBC's 'REM' pilot, from 'Lone Star' creator Kyle Killen, is coming together. 'Eclipse' director David Slade is reportedly being courted to direct, and '24' showrunner Howard Gordan might come on board. The show is described as an 'Inception'-like drama. [Variety, Vulture]

'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood is now allowed to have contact with her baby daddy, Gary Shirley. A court order still bars them from having their daughter around when they are together, but a judge lifted the previous no-contact order. [E! Online]

'NCIS' actress Scottie Thompson is joining ABC's 'Partners' pilot. She'll play a female police detective who's secretly sisters with her partner. [EW]

A security guard died in a freak accident on the 'NCIS' set today. The driver of a passenger van reportedly had a medical emergency and swerved off the road, striking and killing the 60-year-old guard. [THR]

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