January 4th, 2010
05:44 PM ET

Primetime casting news: 'True Blood,' '24' and 'Grey’s'

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Get ready for a couple of fresh faces - and one familiar one - in the spring and summer lineup of television dramas.

HBO’s vampire series “True Blood” continues to attract new blood. “Southland" co-star Kevin Alejandro will be appearing on the series as an orderly who gets involved with line cook Lafayette. Because Lafayette's plotline isn't included in the Charlaine Harris series of books on which the show is based, we're all excited to see how their romance pans out.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alejandro will continue to appear on “Southland,” which will air on TNT starting January 12 after moving from its previous home at NBC. FULL POST

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January 4th, 2010
05:41 PM ET

Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange hospitalized

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Howard Stern spoke out about the hospitalization of his longtime friend and comedic sidekick Artie Lange on his Sirius  satellite radio show on Monday morning, asking fans to remember how great he is and shooting down the rumor that Lange would be replaced.

"Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He's a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don't forget how great he is," Stern said on Monday morning. The radio host also denied rumors that Lange is quitting the show and being replaced by comedian Jim Breuer.

Stern said:  "I don't know where that comes from." FULL POST

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January 4th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Shirtless - but not 'untouchable' - Tiger in Vanity Fair

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Over the last few months we’ve seen many sides of Tiger Woods as he’s gone from untouchable pro golfer to weekly tabloid fodder. Now, thanks to Vanity Fair, to the world is seeing another side of Tiger: shirtless.

In a photo spread that was shot before the scandal broke, photographer Annie Leibovitz said she tried to capture Woods as the “intensely competitive athlete” he is for the magazine’s February issue.

“I wanted to reveal that in these photos. And to show his incredible focus and dedication,” Leibovitz said.

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January 4th, 2010
11:33 AM ET

Getting ready for 'The Bachelor'

On January 4, my wife and I will resume a tradition that dates back to when we first met nearly five years ago.

We will be watching the new season of "The Bachelor" in its entirety.

I'm no fan of most "reality" programs, but there's something about "The Bachelor" and its sister show "The Bachelorette" that makes me want to tune in.  These shows are the equivalent of standing at the side of the road, waiting until the next five-car accident takes place.  And on "The Bachelor," these wrecks happen early and often.

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January 4th, 2010
11:25 AM ET

MTV's 'Jersey Shore': A Field Guide

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If you have been as fortunate as to come into contact with a teen, or 20- to 30-something, in the past three weeks, they have more than likely referenced a television program by the title of “Jersey Shore.”

As they describe said television show, you have probably found yourself confused and at a loss for words about the characters and situations described.

After the jump, your guide to understanding this wild subspecies and the show that glorifies them. FULL POST

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January 4th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

'Babysitters Club' returns

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I wasn’t very excited when George Lucas decided to do a prequel to “Star Wars.” I can’t get jazzed about Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.” But Ann M. Martin writing a prequel to “The Babysitters Club” is something I can really get behind.

Like thousands of other women now approaching our late 20s and early 30s, I grew up with the members of the Babysitters Club. Of course I want to see what Kristy, Claudia and Mary Anne were up to before Kristy had the big idea to start the club when her mom couldn’t find a sitter for her younger brother David Michael.

The BSC (as it is fondly known to fans) inspired a generation of young women in friendship and entrepreneurship. Now publisher Scholastic Inc. is hoping it will inspire a new generation of girls. FULL POST

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