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'X Files' Star Joins 'Dallas,' Zooey Deschanel Books World Series Gig and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 20th 2011 7:30PM
Mitch Pileggi Dallas'X Files' veteran Mitch Pileggi has booked a guest role on TNT's 'Dallas' reboot.

According to EW, Pileggi, known for playing Director Skinner on 'X Files,' will play Harris Ryland, the owner of Ryland Trucking and Shipping. He's also the ex-husband of Brenda Strong's character, Ann.

Strong told AOL TV a little bit about her 'Dallas' character.

"She's smart. She's grounded. She's like the new Miss Ellie," she said. "She sees a lot but doesn't say anything until she absolutely needs to and then when she does, she has words of wisdom and people listen. She's a tough cookie."

Pileggi recently popped up on 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Leverage.'

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Casting News: Anne Hathaway to Guest on 'Glee,' Marissa Jaret Winokur Leaves 'The Talk' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 18th 2011 5:00PM
Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway must've made a good impression on 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy at the Golden Globes this weekend, because he's already confirmed she will appear on the award-winning show this season and that he liked the character idea she pitched.

"She created her own character, and we ran into her, and I said 'Really?' and she said 'Yes!' so we're going to do that," Murphy told E! Online. "We love her."

Executive producer Brad Falchuck added, "[With] someone like her, it's sort of hard to say no!"

In other casting news ...

Lily's sister will still drop by 'Gossip Girl,' but she'll be played by a different actress. Illeana Douglas, who had previously been cast in the part, had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The character is in the midst of being recast. [TVLine]

'The Talk' has been on the air for less than five months, but it's already losing a cast member. Marissa Jaret Winokur announced she was leaving the CBS daytime show to work on her own projects, including developing a cable show and launching a clothing line. [People]

The main character on NBC's 'The Chase' is getting a father. He'll be played by William Frost, who also played the ill-fated father of a lead on CBS's 'Hawaii Five-0' earlier this season. [TV Guide]

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Ladies of 'The Talk' Debate What Children Should Call Private Parts (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 18th 2010 4:00PM
A debate rages over how parents should refer to their children's private parts on the premiere episode of 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated). Holly Robinson Peete argues that it's appropriate to use correct anatomical names, but Leah Remini strongly disagrees.

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'Dance Your Ass Off' Replaces Full-Figured Marissa Jaret Winokur with Thinner Host

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 10th 2010 7:30PM
Marissa Jaret Winokur / Melanie BrownHollywood is full of super skinny celebrities, but it isn't often that the entertainment industry embraces fuller-figured talent.

That's why it made perfect sense when Oxygen's dance-weight loss reality show, 'Dance Your Ass Off,' nabbed curvy host Marissa Jaret Winokur -- who charmed audiences and won a Tony for her role in 'Hairspray' on Broadway, and danced her way to the semi-finals on season 6 of 'Dancing With the Stars' -- for its first season.

It's also why it's so disappointing that they've replaced Winokur with -- gasp! -- a skinnier host for season 2. Despite great ratings for season 1, Oxygen has announced that former Spice Girl and fellow 'DWTS' alum Melanie Brown, a.k.a. Mel B., is replacing Winokur as the show's host.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 results (season finale)

by Brett Love, posted May 21st 2008 1:00AM

Jason, Kristi, and Cristian - Dancing With The Stars
(S06E20) Episode 20. The big show. We've followed these three couples for two and a half months and it's finally time to crown a champion and put season six in the books. As Tom called them out, we have the Olympic gold medalist, the one-armed hero, and the grid-iron god. You could make a case for any of them taking home the mirror ball, and the title of season six champion. But first, there was one more round of dances to get to. We'll have that, the winner, and so much more, after the jump.


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Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 results

by Erin Martell, posted May 14th 2008 12:11AM
Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris(S06E18) Since the bottom two couples weren't revealed last week, it was difficult to predict who would make it to the final round. I never would have imagined that Mario and Shannon would be absent from the final four. Nevertheless, it was time to send one last couple home.

We had to wait until the last minutes of the results show learn the celebrities' fates, but we had plenty of entertainment to hold us over. The Junior Champions finalists took over the dance floor, and Omarion performed in a high-energy tribute to the Thriller album.


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Jonathan Roberts on Dancing With The Stars: Week 9

by Brett Love, posted May 13th 2008 2:00AM

Jonathan Roberts - Dancing With The StarsJust like that, we are one week away from the finals. The final four met up at the ballroom Monday night to make their best cases for going forward to the big finale showdown next week. With the fan vote in play, who we will be seeing in the finals remains too close to call.

Jonathan Roberts is back this week to give his thoughts on all of the performances, and tackle some reader questions. Read on past the jump for his thoughts on adding lifts, ballroom in the Olympics, how the pros are cast on the show, and which MMORPG helps to fill up his free time.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 9

by Erin Martell, posted May 13th 2008 12:44AM
Cristian de la Fuente(S06E17) We've reached the semi-finals, and I'm amazed that Marissa is still in the competition. I expected Mario to make it to the final round, but the fan votes are hard to predict. Tonight the final four couples drew their two dances at random. The lift ban was reinstated, which limited the contestants' options as well. As usual, they would perform one Ballroom routine and one Latin routine.

Ballroom Round

After congratulating the remaining couples, Len warned them that "good enough" simply wouldn't cut it. They were looking for greatness and expected the dancers to up their game significantly.


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Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 results

by Brett Love, posted May 7th 2008 12:01AM

Dancing With The Stars - The Judges
(S06E16) It was a big night down at DWTS HQ. Not only would the field be set for the big semi-final showdown next week, it was also the show's 100th episode. That milestone meant that many of our favorites from seasons gone by were making their return to the ballroom. In addition, ABC recognized that nothing else they were going to put on tonight was going to measure up to DWTS numbers, so they kicked the whole thing off with a clip-show counting down the judge's ten favorite performances from the first five seasons. That list, and the rest of the results show goings on, after the jump.


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Jonathan Roberts on Dancing With The Stars: Week 8

by Brett Love, posted May 6th 2008 1:38AM

Jonathan Roberts - Dancing With The StarsWeek 8 brings us another chat with our favorite pro. This week Jonathan weighs in with his thoughts on all of the couple's performances and picks his favorite dance of the night. It was a better week for the judges, but there is still one dance that he didn't agree with them about...at all.

Along the way he talks about the difficulties the pros face choreographing the performances as they move further into the competition. We also get to some reader questions. Read on to hear about his trip to the White House, the most, and least, memorable moments from his years on the show, and a sneak peek at just what they have planned for Tuesday's big results show.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 8

by Brett Love, posted May 5th 2008 11:22PM

Mario & Karina Smirnoff - Dancing With The Stars
(S06E15) Last week things were turned upside down as Jason took the points lead from Kristi and Shannon left in a surprising elimination. No time to worry about that for our couples though, as week eight brings with it two more dances. If that wasn't enough, the lift ban is out the window. Each couple is allowed to do a lift in each of their performances, as long as it is performed in the character of the routine, whatever that means. Now they must weigh the prospects of it all going terribly wrong against the possible gain to be had in points and votes. Would Kristi reclaim the top spot? Or would there be a new leader? All that, and a rundown of all the week eight performances, after the jump.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 results

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 29th 2008 11:51PM

Def Leppard and the pros

(S06E14) Going into tonight's Dancing With The Stars results show, fans had one question on their minds. Would Cristián continue to dance after his injury, or would he withdraw from the competition? Naturally we had to wait until the very end of the show to have that question answered. The ballroom kids were replaced by Kenny Mayne and Def Leppard--definitely an adults' night.


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Jonathan Roberts on Dancing With The Stars: Week 7

by Brett Love, posted Apr 29th 2008 8:01AM

Jonathan Roberts - Dancing With The StarsThe pressure was turned up a notch this week as each of the couples had to do two complete numbers for the first time. The results of all their hard work left the judges scores landing all over the map, from 21 to 29. Jonathan is back this week with his take on all of the performances, and some thoughts on those confusing scores.

We also got to a number of reader questions. So, read on past the jump to find out which celebrity is on Jonathan's partner wish list, how he got involved with the show, what some of his favorite musical numbers were, just what makes the foxtrot so hard, and what Jonathan thinks of the possibility that Paula Abdul would be on the show. Oh, and there is also a bit of a teaser about what the future might hold for our favorite pro.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 7

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 29th 2008 1:25AM

Dancing With The Stars final six

(S06E13) This is traditionally the herd-thinning week on Dancing With The Stars. Half of the contestants have been eliminated, and the remaining contestants are tasked with two dance routines. That's a lot of work for one week. Who rose to the challenge? Who fell short of greatness? Read on to find out.


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Dancing With The Stars: Week 6 results

by Brett Love, posted Apr 22nd 2008 11:12PM

Michael Patrick Gallagher and Alana Mallon - Riverdance
(S06E12) Coming off of performance night, conventional wisdom said that Marlee & Fabian would find themselves in the bottom two. The big question... Who would be joining them? We are now far enough into the competition that there are no more easy eliminations. And, as we saw, that other couple in the bottom two was somewhat of a surprise. Leading up to the elimination though, the bigger story might have been Shannon & Derek reacting to the judge's comments. All that, and a rundown of the entire results show, after the jump.


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