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    'Mad Men' Season 5 Sally Draper: What Do Big Changes Mean For Don Draper's Kids?

    So, there you have it, "Mad Men" fans -- we finally know the status of Don Draper's relationship with Megan.

    (Warning: If you haven't watched the "Mad Men" Season 5 premiere yet, stop right here or risk being spoiled.)

    In tonight's long-awaited Season 5 premiere (read Mo Ryan's full recap here), we found out that Don actually married his new Mrs. Draper, Megan (Jessica Pare). The two are living it up in their swanky Manhattan party pad -- Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo! -- and, of course, she's been promoted from front desk receptionist to copywriter at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

    But how will their marriage affect Megan's relationship with Don and Betty's three children? After such a fun trip to L.A. together, is the Megan-Sally friendship kaput? It's hard to tell in the premiere, with the "new" Draper family chatting over breakfast ... Sally seems happy, but you never know with that little emotional timebomb.

    I caught up with Sally Draper herself, actress Kiernan Shipka (read part 1 of our chat here), to find out her reaction when she learned about the changes this season, and how Sally is coping with it. Could Sally and Megan really "become best buds this season," like she teases? Only time will tell ...

    What was your reaction when you read the first script and realized that Don and Megan had actually gotten married?
    I was happy and I was excited, but I was kind of surprised ... a lot went through my head.

    Well, of all the kids, I feel like Sally would be happiest to have a young, fun new stepmom ... but she'd also be affected the most.
    Definitely. I mean, we saw how she didn't like Faye last season, so ... [Laughs.] Who knows how she's gonna like Megan as her dad's wife?

    In that scene where they're all having breakfast together in Don and Megan's new place, you can't really tell what Sally's thinking. Can you give us some insight into the new dynamic and how Sally feels about it all?
    I think, to be honest, she's just kind of adjusting to the new dynamic. She's kind of coping with what's going on.

    Tori Spelling To Host 'My Little Pony' Royal Wedding

    Right on the heels of the news that she's pregnant with her fourth child, Tori Spelling has another important announcement: She's hosting the "My Little Pony" Royal Wedding.

    After serving as co-host for E!'s coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton's British Royal Wedding last year, Spelling is reprising her role for the union of Princess Celestia’s niece, Princess Cadence, to Twilight Sparkle’s brother, Shining Armor, on the animated series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic."
    As part of the festivities, Spelling will host a "bridle" shower event at the Tea House in Culver City on Saturday, April 14 and appear in the commercials for the wedding special.

    The two-part "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" Royal Wedding episode, “A Canterlot Wedding,” will air on Saturday, April 21, from 1-2 p.m. ET on The Hub.

    'Mad Men' Season 5 Premiere: Interviews, Previews, Our Review And More On The AMC Drama

    We've gone a little mad prepping for the Season 5 premiere of "Mad Men" ... but can you really blame us? It's been 525 days since the Season 4 finale, and those cliffhangers have kept our wheels turning ever since.

    What year will it be when we see our Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce friends again? And what's Don Draper's personal life looking like these days: Did he marry Megan? Is he still living in that sad little apartment? How's his relationship with his kids?

    We know we're not alone, which is why we've worked tirelessly to fill the gap for fans, getting some of the best interviews, with star Jon Hamm and the entire cast, as well as creator Matt Weiner; teasing as much as we can in our review; creating some fun video mash-ups, and gathering the coolest viral videos; and even shaking up a signature cocktail to toast the show's return.

    To make it easier on you to find everything, it's all right here. Happy reading, watching, drinking and "Mad Men"-ing!

    'The Carrie Diaries': AnnaSophia Robb As Carrie Bradshaw

    Sarah Jessica Parker has given AnnaSophia Robb her blessing to play the young Carrie Bradshaw, but now, you can weigh in.

    Warner Bros. has released the first image of Robb dressed in full-on '80s fashion as the young Carrie Bradshaw for The CW's pilot of "The Carrie Diaries."

    "Having been a part of the 'Sex and the City' series, I felt such an honor and responsibility to the fans of the show to find someone who embodied the spirit of Manhattan’s favorite 'It' girl," Amy B. Harris, writer/executive producer of "The Carrie Diaries." "When AnnaSophia Robb walked into the room, we knew we had found her. Her grace, intelligence, sense of fun and her empathetic nature make her the perfect girl to bring our young Carrie to life. The fact that she loves a gorgeous pair of heels doesn’t hurt either."

    Sarah Jessica Parker played fictional fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw for six seasons on HBO and in two "Sex and the City" feature films.

    “It's a rare invitation to dress a character whose reputation truly precedes her," Emmy-winning costume designer Eric Daman said in statement of the young Carrie. "Having played a hand in designing for the Carrie we know and love, I am honored to be chosen to carry the torch -- to illuminate the woman we know by discovering the young lady she was.”

    Robb said Parker sent her a letter after the young actress got the role in The CW pilot, which is based on Candace Bushnell's young adult novel series about Carrie Bradshaw in high school.

    "She sent me a letter! I wrote her one back, too," Robb told Us Weekly. "She was just very encouraging about it all. It was really cool!"

    Check out the full photo below.

    'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Revealed After One More Contestant Goes Home

    After the semi-shocking Jermaine Jones disqualification last night, I had some doubts that "American Idol" would eliminate another contestant this week, but apparently sentimentality wasn't going to get in the way of a good show.

    Though it was a sub-par week that saw plenty of contestants finding loopholes for the "song from the year of your birth" theme by using covers of older tunes, there were a few standout performances -- most notably Joshua Ledet's rousing rendition of "When a Man Loves a Woman." Tonight's results were, again, all filler and no thriller, complete with a cameo from Tommy Hilfiger -- who is apparently tasked with being the show's "image advisor," poor thing -- and performances by Demi Lovato and Chris Daughtry.

    But all you really want to know is who was shown the door, and that contestant was ...

    Shannon Magrane.

    Her performance of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" was weak and pitchy on Wednesday night, but in true "Idol" fashion, the judges loved it. "I was honestly terrified for you, but you did a beautiful job with that," Jennifer told her last night, while Randy called her "fearless." Luckily, America and Jimmy Iovine weren't half as tone-deaf as the judges apparently were, and after an encore performance designed to tempt the judges into using their coveted "Save" on her, the statuesque 16-year-old was sent packing. She kept a smile on her face, but I'm sure she was crying on the inside.

    All the other contestants will be making the rounds on the "Idol" tour once the season is over, and now I'm sure the systematic removal of all the women in the competition will resume, as it does every season. Still, Shannon was a smart choice to go home since she's still young and vocally immature, and she clearly needs to overcome her confidence issues before taking on such big songs on such a huge platform. Joining her in the bottom three were Erika Van Pelt and Elise Testone, because a pretty male face is apparently far more important than vocal range or stage presence.

    'Game Change': HBO's Sarah Palin Film Sparks Twitter Reactions

    HBO's highly-anticipated film "Game Change" premiered Saturday night, and it sparked many reactions from viewers from both ends of the political spectrum. The film, based on the book of the same name, chronicles the 2008 presidential election from the perspectives of the GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ed Harris) and his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore).

    Palin dismissed the HBO film -- airing publicly for the first time on Saturday night -- as unimportant.

    In an email to ABC News, Palin said her "family has the right priorities and knows what really matters," according to the Chicago Tribune. As she brushed off the film, she also took a swipe at President Barack Obama for having supporters in the entertainment industry.

    Both Palin and McCain have said they won't watch the made-for-tv movie that takes a look inside the behind-the-scenes drama of the 2008 campaign. McCain said "it'll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona" when he views the film.

    "Game Change" director Jay Roach said the film humanizes the GOP duo. In a recent interview with CNN, Roach said he wished the two would watch the movie.

    Kraft Cream Cheese Ads Pulled From ABC Series

    Kraft has since issued this statement to The Huffington Post:

    As part of a larger multi-show media buy on ABC-TV, there were some spots included in the rotation for the new "GCB" series. It's customary to advertise on premiere episodes due to their large viewership like Philadelphia Cream Cheese did this week.

    The brand has decided to redirect advertising to other programs with an established audience. Although we received a few consumer complaints, this decision was not linked in any way to the content of this particular show.

    EARLIER: Kraft has lost faith in "GCB." According to TMZ, Kraft has pulled its Philadelphia cream cheese ads from the new ABC series.

    "Philadelphia has decided to pull its advertising from 'GCB,'" a Kraft rep told TMZ. "We have received a few complaints from consumers and their opinions about our advertising are important to us."

    Based on the book "Good Christian Bitches" by Kim Gatlin and starring Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Potts and Leslie Bibb, ABC's "GCB" (Sundays at 10 p.m. EST) has been met with controversy ever since its pilot stage. The show was produced using the book titled, but was tweaked to "Good Christian Belles" before simply being called "GCB." The acronym title proved to be a challenge while promoting the new nighttime soap.

    Prior to its premiere, "GCB" riled religious groups, and continues to do so. In April 2010, before the show was even ordered to series, critics started bemoaning the name.

    Christian publisher Tessie DeVore told Fox News that the title portrays Christians in a bad light.

    "I find the title offensive. I don’t think those two words should be combined," DeVore said. "A show like this can damage perceptions [of Christians in this country]."

    New York City Councilman Peter Vallone is the most recent vocal critic. He's called for viewers to boycott "GCB" and for ABC to change the name of the series.

    “The fact that ABC considers this sort of language and this sort of title is something that would even be considered for a TV show is really a sad statement about how low we have sunk," Vallone told the New York Daily News.

    The Real Housewives Of Disney: 'SNL' Pitches A New Bravo Series

    Lindsay Lohan's fourth time hosting "Saturday Night Live" brought forth some memorable sketches, but perhaps none more so than "The Real Housewives of Disney."

    Sure, thanks to Bravo we all know what the Real Housewives of New York, Atlanta and Beverly Hills are like (in the words of Tina Fey, "a fire in a wax museum"), but what about our favorite fictional women of privilege? What are their dinner parties and fundraisers and balls-to-the-wall brawls like? Finally, our questions are answered.

    The true highlight might be Taran Killam as Prince Charming, but we'll let you guys be the judges.

    NeNe Leakes Refuses To Bail Her Son Out Of Jail

    On Sunday night's episode of "The Real Housewives Of Atlanta" (Sun., 9 p.m. EST on Bravo) NeNe Leakes got some unwelcome news when she returned home from her trip to South Africa.

    After being accused of stealing razors from a local Walmart, NeNe's oldest son Bryson was in Gwinnett County jail in Georgia, and wanted her to bail him out.

    It wasn't the first time Bryson had been in jail, and so NeNe decided to play hardball. Saying that he could languish in jail for a month, she refused to pay his bail.

    However, after Bryson had been in jail for five days, Cynthia's husband Peter Thomas tried to change NeNe's mind. "Five days is a long time for him in there," he said. "Bail him out!"

    But NeNe was sticking to her guns. "I feel like it's time to show tough love. Bryson, he's had a really easy life. So, now I'm gonna show you what a hard life is."

    Try as he might, Peter just couldn't persuade NeNe to change her mind: "The lesson needs to be learned."

    The Intersection of Boobylicious And Christianity

    As soapy shows go, "GCB" is very much in the vein of "Desperate Housewives" or "Dallas," only perhaps with an even meaner streak. It's a story of tables turning, as former high school mean girl Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) moves back to Dallas after her marriage comes to a very scandalous and tragic end. Once home, she finds that the girls she ruthlessly taunted back in high school have risen to society leadership positions, much of it centered around the church and Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth).

    In fact, it's pretty clearly established in the premiere that this will be a series about the battle between Amanda and Carlene, who refuses to accept the possibility that her former tormentor has changed. For now, Carlene clearly has the upper hand and influence. She manages to keep Amanda from landing a real job by calling in favors with her friends, forcing Amanda to take a job at a bar called Boobylicious.

    When a photo of Amanda on the job and in uniform begins to make the rounds, she taunts her former rival relentlessly, calling it sinful and un-Christian. But when Amanda finds out that Boobylicious is ultimately owned by Carlene and her husband's corporation, Amanda lets Carlene have it in the sweetest way possible. She thanks her publicly in prayer at church for her job, outing Carlene as the owner of Boobylicious in the process. It's open season!

    While HuffPost TV Critic Maureen Ryan thought the show's general premise of a former mean girl trying to rebuild her life surrounded by the very girls she'd tormented was a great breeding ground for comedy and drama, she was disappointed to find little more than "screechy Texas stereotypes" in a "cartoonish, silly soap."

    'Punk'd' Sneak Peek: Justin Bieber Punks Taylor Swift

    "Punk'd" is back, and its causing some series drama for its Hollywood targets. In this sneak-peek of the wedding-crashing premiere, Justin Bieber -- who is celebrating his 18th birthday -- punks his good friend, pop superstar Taylor Swift, and from the look on her shocked face, you'd think she won an award.

    This season, Ashton Kutcher is passing the torch to a different celebrity host each week, including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kellan Lutz, Hayden Panettiere, Bam Margera and “Punk’d” alum Dax Shepard, among many others, who will punk their unsuspecting famous friends, including Khloe Kardashian Odom, “Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Posey, Demi Lovato, and more.

    'Smash' Stars Megan Hilty And Katharine McPhee Talk Uma Thurman, Future Musical Numbers And More

    The "Some Like It Hot" number, which has been seen in some commercials, is a focal point of the episode. "The number just builds and builds and builds and builds until the end and everybody -- even the audience -- is exhausted," Hilty said with a laugh.

    Just because Ivy has the part doesn't mean her romance with director Derek (Jack Davenport) will come crashing to a halt.

    "It's not just a one-time thing to get a job; it's a real relationship, albeit a strange one, a very unconventional one," Hilty said. "But that's what makes it so interesting: They're two characters that find this thing that kind of works for them, but it's dangerous at the same time."

    Davenport said while Derek and Ivy are legitimately into each other, they do have their own underlying motivations.

    "We jokingly refer to each other as Mr. and Mrs. MacBeth," Davenport said. "It's been really good and really interesting because I think one of the things that is handled very well -- and very unflinchingly and unapologetically, I suppose -- is they're both very ambitious people and they're quite tactical. Whilst they're undeniably attracted to each other, they also have other agendas which they don't necessarily have to spend all night discussing, but they're not idiots."
    Over on Team Karen, the small town girl seems to be getting awfully cozy with Ivy's friends, especially after that killer Adele cover, and McPhee says that will continue.

    "I still remain friends with them. It's an interesting thing," McPhee said. "It's kind of like just how things happen when you're in a show with people: You become really close to them. You kind of never know if you'll even talk to each other when the show is over, but for the moment, you're really kind of close to each other."

    McPhee said Bobby (Wesley Taylor), Jessica (Savannah Wise) and Sue (Jenny Laroche) are caught between Ivy and Karen, balancing friendships amidst tension.

    "They're always trying to defend one or the other or play both sides because Ivy for a period of time is the star so you have to be good with the star and they all feel bad for me," she said. "They kind of become cheerleaders for me along the way. Nothing dramatic happens between all of them as of yet."

    Aside from the ongoing Ivy/Karen drama, a new force to be reckoned with is coming to town: Uma Thurman. The "Kill Bill" star will appear in five episodes -- starting in episode 10 -- as Rebecca Duvall.

    "[Thurman] plays a difficult Hollywood star who may or may not get involved in the 'Marilyn' musical," the executive producer of "Smash," Neil Meron, said on set. When pressed for details, Meron was tight-lipped, but said Thurman is "going to give a hell of a performance."

    "Smash" is already well into wrapping its 15-episode first season, but that didn't keep McPhee and Hilty from naming dream guest stars.

    'The Carrie Diaries' Casts Its Carrie Bradshaw: AnnaSophia Robb Joins CW Pilot

    The CW has finally found its Carrie Bradshaw, the role originally made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker in the HBO hit "Sex and the City."

    After months of speculation, the lucky actress playing Bradshaw in the CW prequel, "The Carrie Diaries," is AnnaSophia Robb, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Robb, 18, is perhaps best known for her role in 2007's "Bridge to Terabithia."

    Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, "The Carrie Diaries" focuses on a young Carrie Bradshaw -- before the Manolo Blahniks.......READ MORE

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