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He might not have his own television network, but Mark Harmon does now possess something even Oprah Winfrey cannot lay claim to: the title of Most Popular TV star.

The NCIS actor took the top spot in a new Harris Poll, rising from last year's ranking of number-eight. In the process, Harmon overtook Oprah, who fell into a tie for second with Hugh Laurie (House).

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A look at the top 10 most popular stars:

  1. Mark Harmon
  2. Oprah Winfrey and Hugh Laurie (Tie)
  3. Conan O’Brien
  4. Jon Stewart and Charlie Sheen (Tie)
  5. Ellen DeGeneres
  6. Bill O’Reilly
  7. David Letterman
  8. Steve Carell

Jay Leno and Glenn Beck, who were included in the top 10 last year, dropped off the list.

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[voiceover] Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can't be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.

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McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.