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Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

* The Biggest Loser : Couples (8 pm/ET NBC) In the last episode before next week's live finale, Tara, Helen, Mike and Ron are sent home for 30 days and must learn to keep up their new healthy lifestyles while back in their day-to-day environment. The four also learn that they'll have to complete a full marathon upon their return to the ranch. Then it's time for the last weigh-in, which determines the final two contestants as well as the two who will be competing for viewer votes to land the third spot in the finale. * Dancing with the Stars (9 pm/ET ABC) Tonight features the always popular DanceCenter segment of the show, in which veteran contestants Kenny Mayne and Jerry Rice sit with judge Len Goodman to give in-depth comedic analysis of the remaining contestants. Also, singer and musician Jamie Cullum is on hand to perform the classic "I Get a Kick Out of You." And speaking of kicks, one more contestant will get kicked off the show, putting an end to the goal of achieving his or her dancing dreams just one week shy of the semifinals. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10 pm/ET NBC) A teenager has fun using the photo and text-messaging features of her cell phone, but then discovers that one of the many things her phone can do is get her arrested. That's because those pictures she took were nude photos of herself, and though she intended for them to go only to her boyfriend, they were sent to other people as well. Detectives must take her in on charges of producing and distributing child pornography, and a strict judge (Swoosie Kurtz) issues a harsh sentence. * The Real Housewives of New York City (10 pm/ET Bravo ) It was a drama panorama in Season 2: We witnessed the arrival of new wife Kelly, the passion for fashion at Fashion Week, Kelly and Bethenny's diva duel, and the dramatic doubles tennis match (without the love). Now we wave good-bye to the wives as the season concludes. Fiery feuds and catty conflicts erupt when the ladies try to work together to organize Jill's charity event. Meanwhile, LuAnn tutors Bethenny in the fine art of modeling, after which Bethenny struts her stuff on the catwalk at a Moroccan fashion show. Although this is the finale, Wives go on: A reunion edition airs next week, as does the premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. * Rescue Me (10 pm/ET FX ) Tonight's episode is titled "Sheila," so expect to see a lot of Callie Thorne. First, Sheila spills her guts to French writer Genevieve Lazard. Then she acts up in a restaurant with her son, Damien, who has been talking about following in his late dad's footsteps and joining the FDNY. Meanwhile, you'll learn more about Janet's new boyfriend (Michael J. Fox); Tommy will learn why he hasn't been able to see his younger daughter, Katy, recently; and Sean will learn why his back has been hurting. Source Here

NBC Exec: SVU Will Return "With or Without" Its Two Leads - Featured

NBC has officially made it clear that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will continue on the network with or without leads Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni. "The show is coming back; we hope they come back with it," said Marc Graboff, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, at Monday's upfront presentations. Hargitay and Meloni are currently renegotiating their contracts with the network, and sources have characterized the discussions as aggressive. Asked if SVU would cast new leads if those contract talks stall, Graboff added only, "The show's coming back - with or without them." Is this just a shrewd negotiation strategy on NBC's part or might they actually recast? Stay tuned. Representatives for both Hargitay and Meloni did not immediately respond to TVGuide.com's requests for comment. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

* NCIS (8 pm/ET CBS) NCIS, which is a spin-off of JAG, may spin off a series of its own. Tonight's episode (the first of a two-parter) introduces characters, played by LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell, who are rumored to be the leads of the series that could debut in the fall. They play undercover agents for NCIS's Office of Special Projects (OSP) in Los Angeles. In the episode, the murder of a marine sends Gibbs and McGee to L.A. to work with the OSP, and the case turns into a matter of national security. * Dancing with the Stars (9 pm/ET ABC) This is when it starts getting really hard to bid adieu to another contestant, because these celebs can see the finish line within their reach. Nevertheless, another star is going home tonight, and scores from last night's team dances will play a factor in that decision. Perhaps last week's casualty, LT, will help cushion the blow and invite this week's departing contestant to join him on the golf course. Also on the show: Robin Thicke performs, and the professional-dancer competition continues with four contestants. * Rescue Me (10 pm/ET FX ) When last we saw Jimmy Keefe, he was emphatically exiting Tommy's dream life. (Flames were involved, as you might recall.) Well, he's back tonight, but not in the way dead people usually are on this show, and that leaves Tommy more than a little haunted. Meanwhile, Mike's bar finally opens, following a chat with his mom. (She's dead, too, remember.) Ladder 62 guys pitch in to help (Franco's the bouncer), but Sean can't do much heavy lifting because his back just won't get better. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10 pm/ET NBC) Gail O'Grady and Hilary Duff play mother and daughter in tonight's episode. (Too bad Faye Dunaway isn't on hand to play Duff's grandmother.) In trademark "ripped from the headlines" style, O'Grady's character reports the disappearance of her toddler granddaughter, but an Amber Alert proves unsuccessful. Detectives then begin to look closely at the toddler's irresponsible young mother (Duff), who soon becomes their prime suspect. Lizzie McGuire would be shocked, indeed. * Life After People (10 pm/ET HISTORY) Though most people tend to think of plants and animals as wild, the hand of man is continually in control both for good and bad, as they are cultivated and at times brought to the point of extinction. This second episode of the series theorizes about what would happen if man no longer played a role in the natural cycle, and flora and fauna were truly wild. Source Here

Preview of Hilary Duff's Episode in 'Law and Order: SVU'

Next week on " Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ", Hilary guest stars as a young mother made a prime suspect when her young child goes missing. Gail O'Grady (" Boston Legal ") will also guest star as Duff's mom who reports on the missing of her grandchild. When Ruth Walker reported that her two year-old granddaughter, Sierra Walker, is missing, Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler investigate. After rounds of interrogation and a failed Amber Alert, Benson and Stabler believe that the prime suspect is none other than Sierra's young and irresponsible mother, Ashlee Walker. Called "Selfish", the episode airs on Tuesday, April 28. Duff filmed he scene back in March in New York City's East Village. According to Just Jared, there will be a scene where she is seen with wet T-shirt and "drunk and partying in Cabo". To Watch The Preview Click here . Source Here

Michaela McManus Is Leaving the Cast

Michaela McManus will not return to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit next season, TVGuide.com has confirmed. McManus' character, Assistant District Attorney Kim Greylek, left the SVU in a March episode to return to Washington, D.C., a development that coincided with the reappearance of ADA Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March). But it's looking like Greylek will remain inside the Beltway. March is scheduled to appear in four more episodes this spring. The One Tree Hill alum tweeted a thank-you message to the fans on Twitter about her departure from the show. NBC did not respond to TVGuide.com's request for comment. All of which raises the questions: Will SVU have a new ADA in the fall? And will she be played by Stephanie March? Source Here

NBC renews "Law & Order: SVU"

NBC has renewed " Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ," but the two stars of the show, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, still have no deals to return. After lengthy talks, the network has closed a pact with Wolf Films to bring the veteran crime drama back for an 11th season. Its two lead actors, who usually negotiate their contracts together, started talks with the network only last week. After a tough back-and-forth in 2007, Emmy winner Hargitay and Meloni inked rich two-year deals that brought their paychecks to about $350,000 an episode. But the networks are trimming costs because of the recession and slipping primetime ratings, and with NBC in the forefront of the budget cuts, getting raises will be much more difficult this time around. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine "SVU" continuing without Hargitay and Meloni. Crime procedurals have showed resilience after losing a lead actor -- most recently with CBS' " CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" subbing departing William Petersen with Laurence Fishburne -- but it's more difficult for an established show to survive the loss of both its female and male stars. Source Here

SVU Without Mariska and Meloni? - Featured

The good news: NBC has renewed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , its highest-rated drama, for an 11th season. The bad news: The network is threatening to replace Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, according to EW's Michael Ausiello. This shocking development comes as the two leads have reportedly banded together to negotiate pay increases in the form of a share of the back-end profits. An NBC representative told TVGuide.com that it is their policy not to comment on talent negotiations. While a hard-line threat is a common tactic in salary negotiations, it seems unlikely that NBC would follow through with the firings. But it raises the question: Could SVU exist without its two popular leads? Source Here

LAW & ORDER SVU "Baggage" Airing this Tuesday April 7 2008 on NBC.

Take a first peek at LAW & ORDER SVU's "Baggage" airing this Tuesday April 7 2008 on NBC.

Jeri Ryan Signs on to Law & Order: SVU

Jeri Ryan has been tapped to play a lawyer on Law & Order: SVU, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Ryan will play attorney Patrice Larue on the April 7 episode, which is titled "Baggage," and will recur in the role for at least two future episodes. In "Baggage," the murder of an artist uncovers a string of unsolved homicides by a serial killer. "Jeri Ryan's the real deal. She brings a compelling intensity to her roles and we're lucky to have her as a kick-butt attorney on SVU," said Neal Baer, the show's executive producer. The same episode will feature supporting gigs for Delroy Lindo (Kidnapped) and John Ashton, who you remember as Det. Sgt. John "I'm Getting Too Old for This Sh--" Taggart from the Beverly Hills Cop movies, as - what else? - cops. Source here

TV Tonight (3/24) - What's On? What's Off? - Featured

It's been awhile, so it's time for....another Obama press conference! Don't you all get excited too quickly. As a result, tonight's on-air TV is getting shifted around a little. No new episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , Without a Trace or According to Jim , which was finally scheduled to return to ABC tonight. Also impacted are Lie to Me and Bones , which will be airing reruns this week due to the fact that American Idol is airing on Wednesday and Thursday instead of in its standard Tuesday slot. Fringe and 90210 also continue their hiatuses, though 90210 returns next week! Still new at the 8PM hour is Reaper over on The CW.