Noah Wyle Is Back, Bitches

America's second favorite sexy doctor (after George Clooney, of course) has a new success on his hands. Also today: Did Steven Spielberg blackball Megan Fox? Plus some important NerdNewz™.

  • ER's richboy cutie doctor Noah Wyle hasn't been doing much these past ten years or so. Sure he did those librarian movies, but the less said of those the better. But now, as if dropped from the sky, comes, uh, Falling Skies! The Wylster's new TNT series debuted last night and was the highest-rated cable premiere of the year! It's about aliens and stuff! Noah Wyle shoots guns! The prep school- and Northwestern-educated actor plays all grizzled and bescruffed and shoots aliens and stuff. Who wouldn't want to watch that? It only makes sense that it did so well. So now he's back. Noah Wyle is back. Eriq La Salle, you're next buddy. Or you, Gloria Reuben. Sherry Stringfield? Eh... just hang tight. [The Wrap]
  • Who killed Megan Fox's career? Well, OK, while being fired from the Transformers movie series might not have killed Megan Fox's career per se (she has an Apatow movie coming up, after all), it certainly hobbled it. The rumor has always been that she was fired because she refused to sleep with schlock director Michael Bay, which everyone believed because Michael Bay is gross and whatever. But maybe that is not the real story! Bay is now saying that Fox was fired at Transformers producer Steven Spielberg's behest, after Fox made some comments about Bay trying to "be like Hitler" in a magazine interview. Upon reading those remarks, the Schindler's List director told Bay to fire Fox asap. Hm! The plot thickens! Or does it? Does anyone care? Is Megan Fox going to have an acting career in five years? Is Michael Bay just a collection of cold computer parts soldered together by cynicism and ego? No and yes, respectively. I think. [THR]
  • Hey nerds! Get your eyes offa those nerd websites of yours, take a big pull from your inhalers, and listen to this nerd news. It's about The Hobbit. The director of the upcoming movie, a little guy you may'a heard of named Peter Jackson, has announced two new castings. Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna, will play the Goblin King. (Marc Anthony declined an offer to play himself.) And, hold onto your scepters, Lost wet T-shirt victim Evangeline Lilly will be playing some sort of wood elf. Haha, I bet you nerd boys have elf wood in your pants right now over that news. Stupid nerds. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to wheezing and weeping as I read Game of Thrones. [Deadline]
  • Do you love Glee? Is Glee all you can think about as you drive home from your job in HR and pick up dinner at Applebee's ("Paradise Chicken Salad to go please," is the world's saddest sentence) and watch the sky go from gray dusk to dark, lonely night? Then you will be interested to hear this: Ryan Murphy has confirmed that all of Glee's seniors — meaning Rachel and Finn and all of them — will be graduating at the end of next season and, presumably, moving on from the show. Meaning that, horror of horrors, Lea Michele will soon be returning to New York to terrorize us all. Run! Hide! Blood your doors! The Lea monster slouches back toward Broadway. [EW]
  • Hip actresses of the moment Greta Gerwig and Alison Pill have been cast in hip 75-year-old of the moment Woody Allen's next movie. The Italy-set The Bop Decameron (very marketable title) will also feature Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page. Oh and some Italians. Plus some Italians. Gotta have Italians in your Italy movie. [THR]
  • Ryan Seacrest, Andy Cohen, Mark Consuelos. Which of those men do you want to wake up with every morning? Not in your beds, sillyheads. On your TVs! Apparently these are the fellows currently on the "shortlist" of possible replacements for cracker spokesman Regis Philbin. Philbin is leaving Live! With Regis and Shriekmonster in November, so they need to find a new dude soon. Because closet gay and frequent fill-in Anderson Cooper has his own new show coming out (hardee har har) he's out of the running. So instead we get a real gay, a maybe-gay, and the shriekmonster's husband. Dude, really? You're gonna set yourself up to not get cast on your wife's show? Bleak, son. Shit's bleak. Who do I think should replace old Regis? Elaine Stritch, for one weird, glorious episode and then the whole thing burns down and the earth is salted so nothing else may grow there again. [NYDN]