NEWS: Stephen Nichols, Greg Rikaart, Christopher Meloni, Misha Collins, Terrence Howard, Shiri Appleby

Stephen Nichols plays Steve "Patch" Johnson on Days of our Lives.
Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios
Stephen Nichols previews his return to Days of Our Lives
[SPOILER ALERT] "He’s not welcomed at all—by anyone, least of all by Kayla. He tells her right off the bat that he wants her back, and that he wants his family back. But she’s not having it. Patch goes and has a little talk with Hope and sees how pissed she is that Bo has abandoned his family. But Patch does not buy that for a minute. He and Bo were best friends since they were 16. He knows Bo would never just up and leave his loved ones without a serious reason, but he’s the only one who believes that. So Patch is determined to find him. "

On a possible return to General Hospital during "Fan February" and the 50th anniversary: "If they were ever truly serious about bringing me back for a long-term story, then they would have made a serious offer. And there was none of that. They brought back all those great actors for the 50th anniversary Nurses Ball and they did call me for that. I said, “Are you kidding me?” No, not for me. I felt slapped by that experience and I can’t believe that most of those actors went ahead with that plan. They are so talented and worth so much more than that."

The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart books "pivotal arc" on TNT's Major Crimes
Rikaart is joining the TNT drama for a multi-episode arc in the role of Bobby G. Monroe, a confident young lawyer and anti-death penalty activist who is currently defending Slider (Garrett Coffey), the young man awaiting trial for the murder of Alice Herrera.

Rikkart, who will juggle his Major Crimes stint with his ongoing Y&R duties, will first appear during the second half of the show’s recently-expanded fourth season (which resumes November 2).

Oz and law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni recalls his screen test, which was for a soap opera
“My first screen test was for a soap opera. A seduction scene. Fresh out of acting lessons, I was all method-y. I went sleazy. Grabbing the actress, I French-kissed her. Staring daggers at me, she said, ‘You mother f - - ker!’ ”

The best and worst series finales, charted
Github user OrganicIrradiation used IMDb user ratings on individual episodes to determine which shows were the most disappointing, and Dexter came in at No. 1.  Click to expand the chart on the right.

Jon Stewart jumps into ring for WWE SummerSlam
Unshaven, retired Daily Show host Jon Stewart moved from basic cable to pay-per-view to host SummerSlam, World Wrestling Entertainment's summer spectacular, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.

"You know, I've spent the past 16 years talking about politics. It's nice to be back in reality," Stewart said in the ring.

SummerSlam needed to be a home run -- it wasn't
Opines Hollywood Chris Hall: "The WWE needed SummerSlam to be a home run. In the wake of declining product interest, which has been consistent in its decline for the past 15 years, the most high-profile SummerSlam event of all time needed to be a company gold mine that would be a turning point in the WWE's fortunes -- not that they're bad. After all, as evidenced by the recent jump in WWE stock -- investors see still see something in the WWE, whatever it may be, considering that, aside from production values and social media outreach, there's nothing that the WWE is exceptional at."

Terrence Howard divorce settlement overturned after judge finds “extortion” played a role
Howard had his 2012 divorce settlement with ex-wife Michelle Ghent overturned when a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge found the actor signed the agreement as a result of “extortion” and “duress.” Judge Thomas Trent Lewis agreed with Howard’s contention that out of fear he signed the divorce settlement, which allows Ghent a portion of his Empire earnings, because she threatened to publicly leak a video of him nude, as well as taped phone sex calls he had with different women.

Empire hit with another lawsuit, this one seeking $500 million
Jon Astor-White claims Empire ripped off his script called King Solomon that he shopped around in 2007.

Supernatural’s Misha Collins says he’s “totally fine” after he was mugged outside a fan convention
Co-star Jim Beaver posted on Facebook, "My buddy and Supernatural colleague Misha Collins was followed out of a restaurant in Minneapolis by three men last night and beaten and robbed. He’s all right, more or less, with some stitches and a fat lip.”

Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Adubo performed on stage with Taylor Swift
Adubo, who will be playing the good witch Glinda on The Wiz Live!, showed off her singing skills at the Staples Center in a duet with Swift.

Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria and Jesse Metcalfe reunite
Longoria and her former TV gardener lover came together at a charity event over the weekend.

One Tree Hill stars reunite
Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz and Stephen Colletti were among the cast members who gathered together over the weekend.

Twin Peaks composer returning for Showtime’s revival
Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch’s longtime collaborator who was responsible for the show’s haunting soundtrack, is expected to sign on to score the upcoming Showtime series.

David Boreanaz returning to Bones after being sidelined with a “personal health issue”
Due to Boreanaz’s health scare, writers created a storyline in which Booth goes missing early in the season. Boreanaz says he’ll return to work Tuesday and begin filming scenes that can be inserted into the episodes he missed.

Fear the Walking Dead sets a new cable premiere record with 10.1 million viewers
The AMC companion to The Walking Dead set new premiere records in total viewership and the demo. The Walking Dead launched to nearly half that viewership in 2010, with 5.4 million viewers. Better Call Saul previously had the best-ever cable premiere record in the 18-49 demo.

Katherine Heigl to star in CBS legal drama pilot Doubt, replacing KaDee Strickland
Heigl will play a “a smart, chic and successful defense lawyer” who gets involved with one of her clients. The pilot was originally made with KaDee Strickland and Teddy Sears, who went on to star in The Flash.

ABC Family quickly deletes tweet calling Pretty Little Liars’ transgender villain “He. She. It”
The tweet posted on Tuesday afternoon immediately sparked outrage by ABC Family’s Twitter followers.

Shiri Appleby is pregnant
The UnREAL star announced on Twitter she's expecting her second child.

Scandal adds Alias alum Mia Maestro
Shonda Rhimes, a longtime Alias fan, has cast Maestro in a mysterious role. Maestro currently stars on The Strain.

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