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Warner Bros. TV stars gather to celebrate Paley Center exhibit

Television: Out of the Box

Joshua Jackson, Patricia Heaton, James Lafferty, Frenchie Davis, Ben McKenzie, Michael Richards: What do they all have in common? They’re all stars of hit Warner Bros.-produced TV shows, and they were all at the Paley Center for Media on Thursday night.

Executives and cast members from more than 30 past and present TV shows gathered at the Beverly Hills museum to celebrate  "Television: Out of the Box," a new exhibition featuring props and costumes from Warner Bros. shows.

Walking a multi-colored carpet resembling TV color bars, the stars talked to reporters before passing a gathering of fans at the end of the press line. Teenage girls in the crowd were fanning themselves after meeting "The Vampire Diaries" star Paul Wesley. But many of the biggest TV fans at the event were the guests of honor themselves, including "The Big Bang Theory" actress Melissa Rauch.

"When I started on the carpet, I saw a 'Family Matters' cast member, and I have to say, I shouted out 'Eddie Winslow!' like a junior high fan girl from the 1990s,” Rauch told Ministry of Gossip at the event.

Rauch, who plays Bernadette on "The Big Bang Theory," was eager to see items in the exhibit from "Friends," "Gilmore Girls" and "Wonder Woman." She was also pleased to hear that a memorable prop from her sitcom made it into the show’s display: the giant portrait Amy gave to Penny (depicting the faces of their real-life counterparts, Mayim Bialik and Kaley Cuoco) earlier this season.

"The three of us –- Kaley, myself and Mayim –- they unveiled it to us at the same time. We could not stop laughing," Rauch said of first seeing the painting on set. "We all wanted copies for our home, so I’m happy it ended up here so we don’t have to do a tug of war over it."

"Southland" actor Dorian Missick said visiting the exhibition was "kind of a throwback to my early days as an actor in the '80s," when he frequently visited the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.

"I’m excited about [this exhibition] because I'm a fan. I still look at the shows as a fan. I watch our show as a fan," Missick said.

McKenzie, whose shows "The O.C." and "Southland" are represented, looked forward to seeing the display from "The Dukes of Hazzard."

"The Mentalist" actress Amanda Righetti said, "I grew up watching the Looney Tunes. I know it sounds really silly, but I'm really curious to see some of the animation work.” A section devoted to WB cartoons features original animation art.

Items from shows including "Gossip Girl," "ER," "Full House," "Entourage" and "Supernatural" are also on display. As for props that didn't make it up front, fans should rest assured that the Paley Center has plans to routinely rotate in new items from Warner Bros.’ collection.

But of course, there are props that now live in the homes of various actors –- Lafferty told Ministry of Gossip that he has a few Ravens basketball jerseys from "One Tree Hill" mounted on his wall, and Richards said he took home Kramer's shoes from "Seinfeld."

A long timeline now covers one Paley Center wall, tracking the history of Warner Bros.' TV shows. Knowing that "One Tree Hill" has a place there and in WB history, Lafferty said, "there’s a sense of pride that comes with that. … It’s one of those things that you always hope to be a part of."


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Photo: "Fringe" star Joshua Jackson, left, Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth, Warner Bros. Chairman and Chief Executive Barry Meyer, "The Mentalist" star Amanda Righetti and Warner Bros. Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum. Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

'The Vampire Diaries' ' Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder vacation together (with moms)

Are Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder dating? "The Vampire Diaries" stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder are warming up to each other in the City of Lights. The two were caught publicly displaying affection this week while vacationing in Paris.

Dobrev, 22, and Somerhalder, 32, went to the Saint Germain des Pres with their mothers and later dined at a local bar together, US Weekly reported. See the photos here.

"Just go up, first day in Paris with no work must go play a bit,its healthy:) Thank you for the warm welcome everyone here,its really amazing," Somerhalder tweeted during the trip.

"The Vampire Diaries" stars were rumored to have been dating for a while, but neither pretty party has 'fessed up to a relationship. Déjà vu RPattz and KStew? Hmm.

The pair partied at Coachella in April and attended the White House Correspondents' dinner earlier this month before hitting the CW upfronts in New York last week.

It's only natural to think that Dobrev would be dating one of her costars. She plays the dual role of Elena/Katherine, which offers up ample screen time for her with Somerhalder and Paul Wesley as love interests on the CW show.

"We expected the rumors. Like, if I wasn't dating Ian, I'd be dating Paul," Dobrev said in April's Teen Vogue. "A lot of people who work together end up dating, so it wouldn't be unusual, but I've never dated anyone I've worked with."

Perhaps that remains to be seen. Just ask Anna Paquin and Steve Moyer.


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Photo: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev at CW upfronts in New York City earlier this month. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Selena Gomez, 'Glee' and 'Vampire Diaries' represent for their fans at the Teen Choice Awards [video] [Updated]

Selena-gomez At the Teen Choice Awards, we thought we'd encounter the biggest and brightest stars in the teen stratosphere. Instead, we got Levi Johnston.

At the awards show, filmed Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheatre to air Monday evening, we got only a glimpse of some of the most in-demand tweens.

Kevin McHale at the Teen Choice Awards "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner stayed far away from the blue carpet. Zac Efron was there to present an award but left right afterward (Maybe so he could catch his girlfriend's curtain call for "Rent" over at the Hollywood Bowl?) And Justin Bieber appeared on the broadcast only via satellite.

But one popular star who did make time for the demographic comprising the majority of her fan base was Selena Gomez, the "Wizards of Waverly Place" actress who recently had her big-screen debut in "Ramona and Beezus." Oh, and she's also got a new single out, "Round and Round."

The craziness of her summer schedule took its toll on the 18-year-old, whose doctor recently placed her on vocal rest, forcing her to cancel some of her tour dates.

"I was completely devastated," Gomez said Sunday. "I told the doctors, 'Give me something, I need to do these shows.' Because I hadn't done any shows in a while, so it was really hard."

Also on the carpet? A handful of television stars, whom we pressed about some fall-season rumors. For one: Was "Glee" star Lea Michele wearing a bright yellow sports bra and maroon track pants on set recently for the upcoming episode devoted to Britney Spears?

[For the record, 11:44 p.m.: In an earlier version of this post, Lea Michele's last name was misspelled as Michelle.]

"She was just coming out of her house," smiled costar Harry Shum. "She just wanted to dress up like that. Just go out there and get some coffee. You can't believe all those pictures."

And how about Joshua Jackson? Might he actually re-team with "Dawson's Creek" creator Kevin Williamson and make an appearance on the writer's new show, "The Vampire Diaries?"

"Honestly, somebody else just told me that they heard the rumor that Joshua Jackson might be on the show, and it was news to me," the show's lead actress Nina Dobrev told us. "Although, I think that would be cool and I think he's very talented and wonderful, so I think he'd be a great addition if that were to ever happen. I don't know about it."

Things that are also still unclear? Why Levi Johnston -- who recently got re-engaged to Bristol Palin, only to break up again weeks later -- was at the Teen Choice Awards. Johnston was flanked by a pretty brunet, Brittani Senser, with whom he's filming a music video.

But she's "just a friend," Johnston made clear.

And how are he and the mother of his child doing? "Fine," was all we could get out of the tight-lipped Playgirl model.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Selena Gomez arrives at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on Aug. 8, 2010, in Universal City. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

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