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by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 28th 2011 6:55PM
Sherry Stringfield Hornet's Nest'ER' veteran Sherry Stringfield will co-star opposite Virginia Madsen in TNT's 'Hornet's Nest.'

Based on the Patricia Cornwell novel, the film will be part of TNT's Mystery Movie Night and debut spring 2012. Madsen will play police chief Judy Hammer and Stringfield will play her top deputy, Virigina West. The two make a serial killer their top priority.

Robbie Amell plays reporter Andy Brazil, Michael Boatman co-stars as Richard Panesa and Michael Silver rounds out the cast as Hammer's deputy chief, Adam Goode. Hammer pairs Stringfield's character up with Brazil's cub reporter, causing some friction.

In other TV news ...

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J.R. Martinez Invited to Pentagon Meeting

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 26th 2011 5:45PM
J.R. Martinez Pentagon'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 winner J.R. Martinez has been invited to meet officials at the Pentagon.

According to the Associated Press, Martinez was invited to visit with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

The Army veteran, who won hearts on ABC's 'All My Children' before winning 'Dancing With the Stars,' had a 10-minute phone call with Panetta on Fri., Nov. 25.

AP reports Panetta told Martinez that he demonstrated a "the strength and resilience of wounded veterans."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Winner J.R. Martinez to Co-Host CNN Special

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 23rd 2011 1:00PM
dancing with the stars season 13 winner j.r. martinez The good news keeps on coming for 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 winner J.R. Martinez. The newly crowned champion will co-host the pre-show of 'CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute' on Dec. 11.

Martinez will also take part in 'CNN Heroes: Where Are They Now?' special (Thurs., Nov. 24 at 8PM ET), which will feature guests such as George Lopez and Rainn Wilson discussing the CNN Heroes who have inspired them.

Before joining the cast of ABC's 'All My Children,' Martinez joined the military at 19, and in 2003, he was deployed to Iraq. After serving two months as an United States Army infantryman, he was badly injured when his Humvee truck ran over a landmine. He suffered a coma and intense burns on over 40 percent of his body, lost most of the hair on his head and one of his ears.

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All Smiles Backstage After the 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 23rd 2011 6:30AM
'DWTS' 13 FinaleIn honor of those who are trying to avoid finding out who won 'Dancing With the Stars' last night because they're still planning to watch the finale on DVR, here's the last 'DWTS' !!!SPOILER ALERT!!! of the season. You're welcome, now stop reading.

Everyone else, read on ... It was all smiles backstage last night as the three finalists and their pro dance partners walked the post-show press line. We've all heard the stories of award-winners keeping their trophies in the bathroom or in a dark cupboard, but where does the new 'DWTS' champ plan to keep his/her coveted Mirror Ball trophy?

"Right now I'm going to put mine in bed. I'm going to tuck it in, and it's going to roll around with me. And then after that, once we've kind of grown apart, I'm going to glue it to the hood of my car and drive around ... and honk my horn and it will be my own parade."

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'Kimmel' Has the Winners of 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 23rd 2011 4:15AM
'Jimmy Kimmel Live'The winners of 'Dancing With the Stars' will surely make quite a tour of the various media outlets, but 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) got them first. Live via satellite, he talked to the winners about their hard-earned victory.

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The pair were grinning ear to ear, each holding the trophy they'd earned over the past ten weeks. It was a close finish between Rob Kardashian and J.R. Martinez, but in the end it was the Iraq War veteran who brought it home.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Finale: The Winner is ...

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 22nd 2011 11:01PM
dancing with the stars season 13 finals winnerIt was a night of tears, a night of surprises and a night that two people will probably never forget.

In what might have been the most evenly matched finale ever, it was anyone's trophy to take home on the Season 13 finale of 'Dancing With the Stars.' And indeed there was a shocker -- at least when it came to the top two.

Going into the Season 13 finale, it really was anyone's Mirror Ball to win -- or lose. Rob Kardashian was on top after a stellar freestyle, while season-long frontrunners J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake were tied for second, trailing Kardashian by three points after Monday night's performances.

It was an intense 10 weeks for all three contestants, but in the end it all came down to a fight between the most improved of the season and the indestructible fighter.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Finale: Who Will Win?

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 22nd 2011 4:20PM
dancing with the stars season 13 finalsWhen Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars' premiered, hardly anyone thought Rob Kardashian would make it to Week 4, let alone the finals -- but he did. And perhaps even more surprising? He deserved to.

But just because he's leading the pack heading into tonight's grand finale (Tues., Nov. 22 at 8PM ET), doesn't mean that you should count out J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake just yet.

Ricki's been Season 13's ringer. She has the performance background, the technique and, from Week 1, she was in it to win it. Did I mention that she's also had the biggest physical transformation?

J.R. was the relative unknown with the heroic background. He's relied on his natural talent and personality to get him through week to week, winning the hearts of millions of Americans. Then there's Rob. Every season has an underdog, and this season, it was Rob. Sure, he may have millions of fans and tons of celebrity support, but he's had to fight for his spot in the finals. Do any of you remember his disastrous Week 1 waltz?

So who will take home the Mirror Ball and become the Season 13 'Dancing With the Stars' champion? Let's discuss ...

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'Dancing With the Stars' Leader Rob Kardashian Says 'I Really Want That Trophy'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 22nd 2011 6:20AM
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl BurkeWho'd have thought in Week One that the least-known member of the Kardashian clan would be in poll position going into tonight's 'Dancing With the Stars' finale? Yet last night Rob Kardashian and partner Cheryl Burke scored their first perfect 30 for their freestyle dance, which helped put them ahead of fellow finalists Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez.

Speaking to reporters on the post-show press line last night Rob and Cheryl were elated with their performance, with Rob telling E! Online that their success is due to his increased confidence. "I gained confidence as the weeks went on and took it a little more seriously. I still have fun with it," he said, but "something clicked and I really want that trophy. I really realized it's possible."

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough joked that they've already bought their own Mirror Ball trophy just in case they lose out tonight. "There's a store down the street that makes mirror ball trophies for fifteen bucks," he laughed, "so I've already got that made just in case."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Finals: J.R. Martinez Stuns and Rob Kardashian Leads

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 21st 2011 10:30PM
dancing with the stars season 13 finals It's time to play the music ... It's time to light the lights ... It's time for freestyle dances on the 'Dancing' finals tonight.

Yes, that's the theme from 'The Muppets,' slightly altered for this joyous occasion. That's how happy tonight's freestyle dances made me. Seriously. We all know by now that the "Judges' Choice" routines are super boring -- and not all that important in the end -- but the crazy-fantastic free-for-all freestyles? Now that's what we've been waiting for all season, and it was night of surprises on 'Dancing With the Stars.' I don't think anyone could have guessed that Rob Kardashian would be on top of the leaderboard tonight or that Ricki Lake and Derek Hough would underwhelm in the finals.

But the most surprising/fantastic/heart-pounding moment of the night belonged to J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff. The hip-shaking pair stunned the crowd, the judges and themselves with their daring routine -- and it was clearly the best routine of the night, if not one of the best routines the show has ever seen.

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'Sexiest Man Alive 2011': Which TV Stars Made the Cut?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 6:05AM
Bradley Cooper, People's 'Sexiest Man Alive 2011'Bradley Cooper's been celebrating being named as 'People' magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive 2011.' After saying his first thought on hearing the news was, "My mother is going to be so happy," the buff 'Hangover' star joked "I'm waiting for Dax Shepard to come out, and that it's an episode of 'Punk'd.'"

Cooper added: "I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this. ... I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying."

So which TV stars have been deemed hot enough to join Cooper on the list? Well, there are some conventional hotties like 'Luther' star Idris Elba, 'Community's Joel McHale and 'Game of Thrones' glowering Horse Lord Jason Momoa, but there are also a few guys who are, well, perhaps less obviously hot in the conventional sense.

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More Backstage Drama at 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 6:40AM
'DWTS' S13 semi-finals eliminationThis season of 'Dancing With the Stars' has its share of controversy. We've had Nipplegate, injuries, accusations of nepotism, dancers feuding with judges, dancers feuding with each other ... Now it's been reported that the strain of last night's semi-finals elimination all proved to be just too much for one dancer.

Each week the dancers go backstage and chat to reporters on the post-show press line, but last night one couple was conspicuously absent. According to E! Online, one half of the eliminated couple "was so upset about [their] elimination from the competition that she was unable to hold it together for interviews."

!!SPOILER ALERT!! If you don't know want to know who was eliminated last night, you might want to stop reading right about now.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Semi-Finals and Week 9 Elimination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2011 12:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars' eliminationThe most bittersweet elimination of the season took place on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC). To come one week shy of the finale is absolutely brutal, but each of the remaining contestants was all smiles. Simply making it this far is quite an achievement, and all four have proven themselves talented and worthy of their place.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

This week Hope Solo struggled the most with the judges, but J.R. Martinez wasn't so far ahead on points that a surge of public support couldn't save her. Rob Kardashian and Ricki Lake were probably feeling pretty safe, but we've seen bigger surprises in the past.

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J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff Honor Veterans With Dance Lessons (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 11th 2011 4:50PM
JR Martinez Honors VeteransIt was a very special Veterans Day for U.S. Army veteran J.R. Martinez. The 'Dancing With the Stars' frontrunner took some time out of his hectic training schedule to spend the day with a few lucky vets. With the help of his 'DWTS' pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, Martinez honored his fellow veterans with dance lessons.

Joseph Gallagher, Linda Bates, Jennifer Boman, Daniel Lennon and Lorena Alvarez learned the cha cha cha, a fast-paced dance Martinez and Smirnoff have yet to take on in the competition.

"We think this would be very therapeutic for a lot of troops and a lot of families," Martinez said. "This might be something we'll think about doing later down the road."

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J.R. Martinez Says 'DWTS' Last Night 'Was an Out-of-Body Experience'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 8th 2011 6:15AM
J.R. Martinez, 'DWTS' 13There's been a lot of criticism this season that 'Dancing With the Stars' is becoming nothing but a popularity contest, with dancers getting by on public votes rather than talent. However, in the background each week J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff have quietly been getting better and better. Last night they not only scored the first perfect 30 of the season for their waltz, they went on to score another 30 for their jive.

After recent contentious bust-ups on the show --- Maks vs. Len, Chaz and Lacey vs. Bruno, accusations of favoritism -- it was a welcome return to what the show is all about: Watching hard work pay off in the form of some really great dancing.

So, how does it feel to be the winningest couple on this season of 'DWTS?' Speaking to reporters on the post-show press line, a clearly delighted Martinez thanked Smirnoff for being "an amazing teacher," and he told OnTheRedCarpet.com that in rehearsals he'd "felt really good about the waltz ... and I felt I'd have a good opportunity to do well."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 8: J.R. Gets Two Perfect Scores & Nancy Falls From Grace

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 7th 2011 11:40PM
dancing with the stars week 8To quote the lovably looney Bruno Tonioli, it was a night of miracles in the ballroom during this week's 'Dancing With the Stars.' It was the last dance-off before the semi-finals, and everyone brought their A-game. But no one brought it quite like J.R. Martinez. The Iraq War veteran not only scored the first perfect score of the season for his dreamy waltz -- but then he did it again with his high-energy jive. That's a perfect score of 60, and it was just as incredible as it sounds.

This week J.R. was on a mission to dance a perfect waltz, and he most certainly succeeded. The pair got a standing ovation -- before their dance was even finished. J.R. and Karina were absolutely lovely together, so it's pretty fitting that the two would receive that first perfect score of the season. Despite J.R.'s goofy moves in rehearsals, this soldier is in it to win it. His lines were clean, his toes were pointed and he even managed to pull off some pretty impressive tricks (watch out, Derek!).

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