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New Spin-Off "NCIS: New Orleans" Premieres Tuesday Night

Skip Bolen/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Here's a schedule of Tuesday night's TV premieres, with brief descriptions of new series. All times Eastern:


  • 9 p.m. - Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


  • 8 p.m. - NCIS
  • 9 p.m. - NCIS: New Orleans is the latest spin-off in the hit franchise, which follows an NCIS branch in the Big Easy that investigates cases affecting military personnel. Scott Bakula, Lucas Black and CCH Pounder star.
  • 10 p.m. - Person Of Interest


  • 10 p.m. - Chicago Fire

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Kris Jenner Files for Divorce from Bruce

JB Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Nearly a year after they announced their separation, Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner are headed for divorce.

Kris Jenner filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, according to E! News. She seeks joint custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Kylie. They also have an 18-year-old daughter, Kendall.

Kris Jenner's filing lists the couple's separation date as June 1, 2013. They announced in October 2003 they had split after 22 years of marriage.

Kris Jenner was previously married to attorney Robert Kardashian, the father of four of her children: Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob.

Bruce Jenner has four other kids from two previous marriages.  

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Kerry Washington Says New Limited Collection Inspired by "Scandal" Fans

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Starting Tuesday, fans of the hit ABC show Scandal can grab a look inspired by Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. The retailer the Limited is set to launch, "The Limited Collection Inspired by Scandal."

The fall collection was created by the Emmy-nominated actress, the show's costume designer Lyn Paolo and the Limited.

Washington told ABC News Radio Monday night at the launch of the collection in New York City what inspired the collection initially.

"For seasons people would be watching the show and then post pictures of themselves online on their Twitter and Facebook saying, 'Hey Lyn! Hey Kerri! Look at me! This is my Olivia Pope. How am I doing? I'm doing my Gladiator in a suit today.' And we were so touched that people were trying to create this look in their own lives," Washington explained.

"We knew that there were people who really could afford the clothes that Olivia wears. So you don't have to create anything for that community; they can go and buy it. So we thought it would be great to be able to create this aesthetic for people who can't necessarily afford the Dior and the Pradas," she continued.

The 42-piece collection, mostly in neutral palettes, features pants, blouses, dresses and outerwear.

Washington told ABC News Radio the collection is for women who want to feel like a boss but not necessarily wear the pants.

"For us the whole idea of the 'Gladiator in a suit' is really this idea that you can be a modern woman and still hold onto your femininity," she explained. "You don't have to abandon your identity as a female to be the most powerful person in the room."

"That's what we've tried to do on the show," Washington added. "[Olivia] wears the pants. She wears power suits. They're strong, but they have a waist. They have peplum. They have shoulder details. They have specific details that make you feel like, 'Wow this is a woman and she's in control.'"

"The Limited Collection Inspired by Scandal" will be available in the Limited stores nationwide and online.

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"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Lea Thompson Takes the Lead in Week 2

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It was “My Jam Monday” on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. The twelve celebrities and their pro partners performed a dance to their "favorite jam."

When the night ended, actress Lea Thompson led the pack with 35 points from the judges, while NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip trailed the celebrity pack with 24 points.

The couples each danced one routine and received scores from the four-judge panel. They will also earn votes from viewers. The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and audience votes will be eliminated on Tuesday’s results show.

Olympian Lolo Jones became the first to be voted off the season when she was eliminated last week.

Monday Night’s Routines

Randy Couture: The mixed martial artist and actor performed a cha-cha to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The performance earned him a standing ovation from the studio audience but mixed reviews from the judges. Head judge Len Goodman said the performance was “a lot of fun” and put him in a really good mood, and Bruno Tonioli said he liked Couture’s hip action and energy but noted his performance needed to be tidier. Julianne Hough thought the performance was “a great way to start off the night,” adding that it was “really fun,” but Carrie Ann Inaba said she was a little disappointed in the performance, adding that she felt it was “a little underwhelming.” Couture earned four 7s for 28 out of a possible 40 points.

Janel Parrish: The actress’ foxtrot, set to “Call Me Maybe,” drew favorable reviews from the judges, including from Tonioli, who said: “For me, it was almost perfect.” Inaba agreed and added that she was impressed with Parrish’s versatility. Goodman said he would have liked to see more of the routine take place in hold but said Parrish can “really dance.” Added Hough: “Well, that wasn’t really a traditional foxtrot but I say screw tradition, because I loved it!” Parrish earned two 9s and two 8s for a total of 34 points.

Lea Thompson: The actress’ jive drew raves from the judges. Goodman said Thompson’s performance was “terrific,” while Hough said Thompson gave her “chills” more than once. “There is something so feisty about held your own completely,” she said. Tonioli mentioned Thompson’s “incandescent appeal” and said she had star quality and great technique, while missing a “tiny little pass.” Inaba said it was “so exciting,” and she was so enthusiastic in her praise that she fell off her chair. Thompson earned three 9s and an 8 for a total of 35 points.

Michael Waltrip:
The NASCAR driver’s samba -- performed to “Girls in Bikinis” -– entertained the judges but they didn’t see a great deal of technique. “Michael, the world needs more of what you got because all you are is just joy,” Inaba said. “You are so lighthearted, you don’t take yourself seriously...however I didn’t see much of a samba.” Goodman called the performance “wild and wacky” and said he liked it. Hough said he mastered the hip rolls but need to work on the rest, and Tonioli theorized that Waltrip may have been distracted by his bikini-clad dance partners. Waltrip earned four 6s for 24 points.

Tavis Smiley: The talk show host had a busy week with his book tour and he wondered whether his disco-inspired cha-cha to “Boogie Wonderland” would suffer, and some judges felt it did. Goodman said the performance needed more cha-cha content and better footwork, and Tonioli said Smiley needed to be lighter on his feet, although he added that he “liked the vibe.” Hough felt Smiley delivered despite the tough week, but Inaba disagreed with her fellow judges, saying: “I don’t think you performed bad at all...” She said he was “a little off” but she was impressed. Smiley earned four 7s for 28 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro: The judges like the actor’s charisma, but said his samba -- set to “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” -- needed more samba content. “It was a solid performance; not your best,” Inaba said. Hough and Goodman said they wanted Ribeiro to display more ballroom style, and while Tonioli praised Ribeiro’s feel for the rhythm as being “unique and extraordinary,” he agreed. Ribeiro earned four 8s for a total of 32 points.

Bethany Mota:
Dancing the foxtrot set to “All About That Bass,” the YouTube star earned praise from the judges. Tonioli said he liked the little details of the routine and said Mota did it very well. Inaba said Mota was starting to tell a story though dance, calling the routine “really wonderful.” Hough said it was “awesome,” and Goodman offered high praise when he told Mota: “That’s a great number. The best I’ve seen tonight!” Mota earned three 8s and a 9 for a total of 33 points.

Betsey Johnson: The fashion designer’s prop mishap landed her at the bottom of the leaderboard last week, but Monday’s routine – an elegant foxtrot set to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – earned her cheers from her fellow dancers and the ballroom audience. Inaba called Johnson “exquisite,” telling her “you danced beautifully.” Goodman said: “Last week was a night to forget. Tonight is a night to remember...lovely dancing, Betsey. I’ve never seen you look so great...” Hough called it elegant, beautiful and timeless, while Tonioli called Johnson the “glamor queen of the night.” The judges awarded Johnson four 7s for a total of 28 points.

Antonio Sabato Jr.: The judges told the actor that his rumba set to “Adorn” represented a significant improvement over his performance in last week’s show. Inaba said his subtlety was “the right approach,” and while pointing out that he needed to watch the way he held his arms, said the routine was “sexy” and “smooth.” Tonioli said the routine was never forced, and Goodman said Sabato Jr. was better than he was last week. Added Hough: “There was something that was so natural about that. It wasn’t melodramatic and it could have been so...I’m really, really impressed.” Judges awarded Sabato Jr. three 8s and a 7 for a total of 31 points.

Tommy Chong: The comedian’s spry salsa – set to “Higher” – earned him high praise from the judges. Tonioli said Chong, 76, was an inspiration “because you’re really proving that age is a state of mind.” Goodman said the routine provided an overdose of fun, adding: “Seventy-six, still working your assets. Well done!” Inaba called Chong “the big kahuna” and Hough said she could only describe the routine using f-words such as “fast,” “funny,” and “effing fabulous.” Chong earned four 7s for a total of 28 points.

Jonathan Bennett: The actor danced a cha-cha to “Sing” and the judges found it lacking in cha-cha content. Hough said she felt Bennett and his partner had the potential to grow in the season, but Goodman said he saw “loads of flim-flam, not enough cha-cha-cha.” Tonioli said some of the elements were rushed. Bennett earned two 7s and two 8s for a total of 30 points.

Sadie Robertson: The reality TV personality’s jazz routine was set to “She’s Country,” and, for Goodman, country music and jazz didn’t “quite gel.” Hough called Robertson a natural performer but said she missed Robertson’s leg action tonight. Inaba added: “I thought you killed it...,” and Tonioli though it was great. Robertson earned three 8s and a 7 for a total of 31 points.

The Scores:

  • Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: 35
  • Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 34
  • Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: 33
  • Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 32
  • Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: 31
  • Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 31
  • Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: 30
  • Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: 28
  • Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess: 28
  • Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani: 28
  • Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: 28
  • Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: 24

ABC will air the results show Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Who Jon Hamm Told About the Secret Ending of "Mad Men"

Carin Baer/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Secret endings to epic TV shows that are revealed in the house stay in the house.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm recently dished to Us Weekly that the one person in his life that he told about the ending to the AMC show that has captivated audiences for the past seven years is none other than his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt.

"Oh, she knows," Hamm, 43, told the magazine last week.

"I tell her everything!" he said of his lady love since 1997. "I tell her everything and she definitely knows."

But if you think you'll get the ending to Mad Men from Westfeldt, you're sorely mistaken.

"She won't tell anyone!" he added.

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Why Sarah Silverman Will Never Marry

ABC/Matt Brown(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Silverman was quick to shoot down rumors that she is engaged to boyfriend Michael Sheen.

After a tabloid recently ran a story titled "Sarah Wants a Ring," about the 43-year-old comedian leaving "pictures of engagement rings all over the place" so Sheen, 45, would get the "hint" and propose, Silverman responded on Twitter Sunday. She wrote, "Just read that I wanna get married which is hilarious b/c I will never get married."

The comedian went on to explain why she will never tie the knot.

"Why would I want the govt involved in my love life? Ew. It's barbaric," she wrote.

Silverman and Sheen have been dating since last December. She has been a recurring guest star on his series, Masters of Sex.

In April, Silverman opened up to The View about her love for Sheen.

"Look, this is so awkward. Listen, I love his body, but I also love what's inside," she said, opening up for the first time about Sheen publicly.

"He speaks foreign, he's foreign and on his show Masters of Sex he speaks perfect American," she joked about her British boyfriend. "I'm like, 'If you can talk normal, why don't you do that all the time?' And I like to get in his face and go, 'USA, number one!' and he's like 'Number one in what?' and I'm like 'Obesity?'"

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Hilary Duff Teases Potential "Lizzie McGuire" Reunion

Mark Davis/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- When asked if a possible Lizzie McGuire reunion would ever happen, Hilary Duff definitely didn't shoot down the idea.

"I love it! I would be totally open to it," she told the Huffington Post.

She added, "My schedule is a little busy right now. But um ... why not?"

The singer and actress, 26, gave a little more context to why a reunion wouldn't be such a bad idea. The show ran from 2001 to 2004.

"I mean, so many people loved her. I loved her," she said. "Honestly, working on that show, I got so strong with my physical comedy and all the things that they would throw at me. I got covered in goo every week, and I got, like, smashed in the face with a locker every single week. And all this, I mean it was a really, really fun show. And obviously people really loved her."

She even came up with a concept for the reunion.

"Maybe a Lizzie: Where Are You Now? like 10 years later," she added.

As for Team Gordo or Team Ethan, Duff had the perfect answer.

"Lizzie always chooses the right way. Personally? Ethan!" she said. "No, no, I'm just kidding. I always choose the good guy."

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Celebs to Dance to Their Favorite Jams on Monday's "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC (LOS ANGELES) -- The second week of the new Dancing with the Stars season begins Monday night. The theme of the night will be "My Jam Monday." Each couple will perform a dance to their "favorite jam."

Last week's top celebrity scorer, Alfonso Ribeiro, and his pro partner, Witney Carson, will deliver a hip-hop samba set to Will Smith's “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” Of course, Ribeiro was Smith's co-star on the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, so maybe he'll work in his famous Carlton dance into his routine? We'll have to wait and see, but Carson promises it will be "really fun" with "a lot of energy."

After a mishap with a feather boa during the first performance show, fashion designer Betsey Johnson has sworn off the accessory. She tells ABC News Radio, "There will be no boas allowed."

Johnson also jokes that she'll print a T-shirt that reads, "F...the boa."

You can watch the 12 remaining celebrities take part in "My Jam Monday" beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC. One couple will go home the following night on the results show.

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James Spader Returns Monday Night on NBC's "The Blacklist"

Justin Stephens/NBC(NEW YORK) -- James Spader is back as former government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington on NBC's The Blacklist, which returns Monday night.

The show's a hit, but his character's signature look has had an unexpected side-effect in his personal life.

"My fedoras have now been shoved on the top shelf because I've sort of ruined fedoras now from wearing them on the show," Spader said on Monday's Live with Kelly and Michael.

Along with more hats, Spader explained what fans can expect from season two. 

"The second season starts just a couple of months after the first season ended," he said. "We're faced with the same adversity but the stakes all of a sudden are much much higher. And the show has opened up a lot. You know, the first season was really about setting the ground rules, and so on, for this tenuous relationship with the FBI. And the second season really starts opening up into the relationships from the past and also what's going on with...the regulars that are on the show."

The Blacklist returns to NBC Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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"Friends" Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Getty Images / Handout(NEW YORK) -- Twenty years ago, six friends danced in a water fountain and into television history.

Friends premiered Sept. 22, 1994 on NBC, and turned Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer into major stars.

Aniston filled the role of Rachel, who abandoned her partner on her wedding day and subsequently moved in with an old friend, Monica, played by Cox.

Monica was the sister of Schwimmer's Ross, who had a big crush on Rachel. He eventually had an on-again, off-again relationship with her that resulted in a daughter and, finally, the two of them declaring their love for one another in the last episode.

Monica and Rachel lived across the hall from Chandler, the wise-cracking character played by Perry, and LeBlanc's Joey. Monica went on to marry Chandler, while Joey ended up as the focal point of a much-derided spin-off after Friends ended its 10-season run in 2004.

Finally, there's Kudrow's Phoebe, a quirky musician whose signature song was "Smelly Cat."

When the six friends weren't hanging out in Monica and Rachel's apartment, they were usually at the local coffee shop, Central Perk.

Friends featured one of the most recognizable TV theme songs of the 1990s: "I'll Be There for You," by The Rembrandts. It was used in the show's intro, in which the cast members splashed around in a water fountain.

Friends was remarkably successful as part of NBC's "Must See TV" Thursday-night lineup. It earned 62 Emmy nominations, winning six times.

Many of the cast members have moved on to other TV series. Cox stars in the TBS comedy Cougar Town; Kudrow is working on a revival of her HBO comedy The Comeback; LeBlanc was a recent Emmy nominee for the Showtime series Episodes; and Perry is attached to an Odd Couple reboot.

Schwimmer's major credit since the Friends finale is the Madagascar films. Oh, and in case you haven't heard, Aniston has a busy movie career and is engaged to Justin Theroux.

You can still see all of them in the Friends reruns that seemingly air around the clock on various networks. In fact, TBS is airing a 20-episode marathon on Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT to celebrate the sitcom's anniversary.

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Could Idris Elba Be the Next James Bond?

Sony/Screen Gems(NEW YORK) -- Idris Elba participated in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit Saturday. In addition to his role in Disney's remake of The Jungle Book, the No Good Deed actor also discussed the possibility of him becoming the next James Bond.

There has been some buzz on the web about Elba possibly stepping into the 007 role when Daniel Craig decides to leave.

When one Reddit user asked if he’d be interested, Elba answered, "Yes, if it was offered to me, absolutely."

The 42-year-old actor also cleared up a rumor about him playing the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage in the upcoming Netflix series of the same name. Elba revealed, “I think there's an actor already signed on for it, fortunately or unfortunately.”

The recent announcement that Elba will voice the part of Shere Khan in Jon Favreau's upcoming remake of the Disney classic The Jungle Book prompted one fan to ask Elba what his favorite Disney movie was.

"I loved Mary Poppins,” he responded, explaining, “Classic, man, just classic. The songs, the animation, amazing!"

The Jungle Book, also featuring the voices of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, is set for a 2015 release.

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Shonda Rhimes Responds to "New York Times" Critic's 'Angry Black Woman' Comment

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) -- Scandal and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is not very happy about Allesandra Stanley’s recent New York Times story on the new ABC series How to Get Away With Murder, which Rhimes executive produces.  And Rhimes really takes exception to the author of the piece saying that Rhimes has redefined the "angry black woman" stereotype through characters like Scandal‘s Olivia Pope and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Miranda Bailey.

Stanley wrote, "On Thursday, Ms. Rhimes will introduce How to Get Away With Murder, yet another network series from her production company to showcase a powerful, intimidating black woman. This one is Annalise Keating, a fearsome criminal defense lawyer and law professor played by Viola Davis. And that clinches it: Ms. Rhimes, who wrought Olivia Pope on Scandal and Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy, has done more to reset the image of African-American women on television than anyone since Oprah Winfrey."

Rhimes isn't the creator of the show. The writer and creator of How to Get Away with Murder is not even a female. It's a man named Pete Nowalk.

Stanley also wrote in her piece, "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman."

Rhimes responded via Twitter on Friday, writing, "Confused why @nytimes critic doesn't know identity of CREATOR of show she's reviewing. @petenowa did u know u were 'an angry black woman'?"

She continued with the following tweet: "Apparently we can be 'angry black women' together, because I didn't know I was one either!  @petenowa  #LearnSomethingNewEveryday."

Rhimes then tweeted, "Final thing: (then I am gonna do some yoga): how come I am not 'an angry black woman' the many times Meredith (or Addison!) rants? @nytimes."

Stanley also made some pretty broad claims about the physical appearance of African-American women on television.  She even asserted that Viola Davis is "less classically beautiful" than other African-American leading ladies like Scandal star Kerry Washington and Extant actress Halle Berry.

Stanley wrote, "As Annalise, Ms. Davis, 49, is sexual and even sexy, in a slightly menacing way, but the actress doesn't look at all like the typical star of a network drama. Ignoring the narrow beauty standards some African-American women are held to, Ms. Rhimes chose a performer who is older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful than Ms. Washington, or for that matter Halle Berry, who played an astronaut on the summer mini-series Extant."

The article generated several less-than-flattering responses from many, including Scandal‘s Josh Malina and Kerry Washington.

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"Cape Fear," "Desperate Housewives" Actress Polly Bergen Dead at 84

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Polly Bergen, an actress and singer who appeared in Desperate Housewives and The Sopranos and in the original Cape Fear film, died on Saturday at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, reports The New York Times.  She was 84 years old.

In her early 20s, she appeared in three films opposite comedians Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.  Bergen was a panelist on the game show To Tell the Truth from 1956 to 1961.

Her performance in the title role of 1957’s "The Helen Morgan Story," which was an episode of the anthology series Playhouse 90, won her an Emmy.

She portrayed a wife whose family was terrorized by a psychopathic convict, played by Robert Mitchum, in the 1962 film Cape Fear. Her other film credits included The Caretakers, Move Over, Darling and Kisses for My President.

Bergen appeared in several television shows, including ABC's Desperate Housewives. Her role on Housewives -- the mother of Felicity Huffman's character, Lynette -- earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series.  She was also in one episode of The Sopranos as the mistress of Tony Soprano's late father.

Bergen was also a businesswoman. For example, she started a line of her own cosmetics in the 1960s, which she eventually sold to Fabergé.

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Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union Among Latest Celebrity Hacking Victims

Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian, Amber Heard and Gabrielle Union are among the latest victims of celebrity hacking incidents.

What appear to be nude photos of Kardashian were uploaded to 4chan and Reddit, but were quickly removed from both sites, reports TMZ.

Heard had more than 50 topless photos appear on 4chan and Reddit, including a photo that contains a message to her fiancé, 51-year-old actor Johnny Depp, reports TMZ.  In the photo Amber is holding up a sign that refers to Depp as Tonto, the character he played in the film The Lone Ranger.

Several topless photos Union sent to husband Dwyane Wade also made their way online, according to TMZ

The FBI is working the case, but in the meantime, Union and Wade released a joint statement saying, "It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures."

They continue, "I can't help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."

Union and Wade add, "For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes -- We send our love, support and prayers.  We have done nothing wrong."

Racy photos were also uploaded of what appears to be Vanessa Hudgens, Hope Solo, supermodel Emily Ratajkowski, Jenny McCarthy, Kate Bosworth, Rihanna, Meghan Good and Lake Bell.

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"The Voice" Returns Monday with New Coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams

NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night, The Voice returns for a seventh season, and this time around, there'll be two new faces in the big red chairs: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.  The chart-topping artists, who are also longtime friends, join Voice lifers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches, and Gwen says dealing with those two goofballs on the set literally left her sore.

"Seriously, after day one...I haven't laughed that hard in so long," she says. "I had a face headache where everywhere was, like sore, from smiling and laughing. They were making me and Pharrell laugh so hard!"  She adds, "Everybody at home, they get a sneak peek at those two, but we got the R-rated, hilarious, locker room version of what they're getting at home. I mean, it is bad."

"I thought I was in a boys club my whole life, like being on a tour bus with all guys," she says, referring to her years with her band No Doubt. "But these two, they really take it to another level!"

"I don't even feel alive unless I'm making fun of Blake. And neither one of us cares about it. It's so much fun. It's genuinely a blast," laughs Adam, who pronounces season seven "the best...we've ever had." He adds, "I think that Gwen and Pharrell are incredible, formidable opponents, but also just people I respect and love very much."

Adam says he was surprised how little time it took for Gwen and Pharrell to get into the groove during the Blind Auditions. "The learning curve seemed nonexistent, almost," he says. "They were just really astute and good at it right away, and very competitive and took a lot of people away from me that I wanted."  He says he was also gratified that Gwen, especially, got sucked into the emotion of the competition.

"I told her, 'You're not gonna believe how wrapped up you get in this.' You do it, and all of a sudden you find yourself totally lost in it and you're loving it, and it's amazing," Adam says. "So, it happened, like I knew it would. It was just great to watch. It was just cool after six seasons to see that kind of joy about the show and enthusiasm back again."

As for Pharrell, he says he was pleasantly surprised at his experience on the show.  "My expectation is that it would be work that I would enjoy, but I was wrong. It's not been any work at all. It's been fun. Really, honestly fun," he says.  He also disagrees with those who feel that The Voice is a failure because it hasn't produced any superstars.  In his mind, the coaching the contestants receive makes it all worth it.

"Essentially, at the end of the day, there are 48 contestants, and only person is gonna win," he says. "The rest of those 47 people, like, their lives are gonna be changed because they had Blake teach them a lot about their voices and what they could do. And they had Gwen to teach them about the tone and their styling. And they had Adam to teach them about vocal control. That's huge!"

Gwen agrees that imparting lessons she's learned over the years is a big reason why she's excited to be on The Voice.

"I've had an amazing journey so far, and so to be able to to play this role as a coach, I feel super-blessed," she says. "It's gonna be one of those times in my life I know that I'm gonna look back and go, 'That was incredible.'"

The Voice debuts Monday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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