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News 03/03/2006

In reality TV news: Four more contestants...Brenna Gethers, a 25-year-old from Mt. Vernon, NY; Heather Cox, a 22-year-old from Jonesville, NC; David Radford, a 17-year-old from Crystal Lake, IL; and Jose "Sway" Penala, a 28-year-old from South San Francisco...got the boot on Thursday night's edition of FOX's "American Idol." Sixteen contestants are now left. Also on Thursday...Bobby Mason, the 32-year-old attorney from Los Angeles, was the latest castaway evicted from "Survivor: Panama." Third on Thursday...Kristy Swanson and skating partner Lloyd Eisler, who sparked a scandal when he left his pregnant wife to be with the actress, slipped past Jillian Barberie and John Zimmerman to win FOX's "Skating with Celebrities." Finally on Thursday...22-year-old MIT graduate Ankur from Berkeley, CA, and 23-year-old camp counselor Jennipher from Atlanta, GA, were eliminated on the WB's "Beauty and the Geek 2." There are beauties and geeks left to compete in the season finale next Thursday.

Executives at CW, originally the WB, is axing "Charmed" after eight seasons. The series finale will air on May 21.

Google is teaming up with ABC News to offer live daily up-to-the-minute webcasts of "World News Now," as well as the most popular stories on Google News and mobile content.

Actor-writer-director Tyler Perry, who topped the box office last weekend with Madea's Family Reunion, has signed a deal with indie firm Debmar-Mercury to develop an original TV comedy series, "House of Payne," for first-run syndication. Perry won't star but plans to make occasional guest appearances.

Touchstone Television and Coty Inc. have teamed up to develop a new perfume inspired by "Desperate Housewives." It will hit stores in the fall.

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Sam Shepard and Frank Whaley will co-star in "Ruffian," an ESPN-produced TV movie based on the legendary racehorse that will premiere around the time of the 2007 Belmont Stakes.

MTV 2 is joining forces with YouTube.com to provide copyrighted content to the popular video-sharing Website after YouTube came under attack recently for posting copyrighted work from broadcast networks without permission.

News 03/02/2006

In reality TV news: 18-year-old model Eden was eliminated on Bravo's "Project Runway 2," leaving 22-year-old Rebecca Holliday, 20-year-old Heather Brown, and 22-year-old Grace left to compete in next Wednesday's finale.  It will also be the episode that will decide between designers Santino Rice, Chloe Dao, or Daniel Vosovic.

Dave Chappelle told the Dayton Daily News that he may never return to his hit Comedy Central show if the network goes ahead with plans to air material from his unfinished third season. "I feel like it's kind of a bully move," Chappelle said.

Sept. 18 trial date has been set in slander case against Paris Hilton. The "Simple Life" star is being accused of planting "vicious lies" about heiress Zeta Graff in the New York Post, according to the lawsuit. The two sides have until May 15 to settle out of court.

Seventeen Sinclair Broadcast Group stations will carry programming from the new mini-network being launched by New Corp.'s FOX television unit this fall, the companies said Thursday.

Suspected gang member Damien Watts has been charged with fatally shooting teen actress Tara Correa-McMullen, who appeared in a reoccurring role on "Judging Amy."

Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole fell on the set ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and fractured her right arm. Cole was guest-starring as a surgery patient on the medical drama when she slipped and fell, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

Carol Burnett will play the mother of Marcia Cross' character, Bree, in an upcoming episode of "Desperate Housewives."

Online competition American Idol Underground has announced its first group winners Wednesday, as selected by listeners and celebrity reviewers including Isaac Hayes and former "Idol" contestant Kimberly Caldwell. To check out the winners, visit idolunderground.com.

"Yes, Dear" star Anthony Clark will replace Jay Mohr as the host of the new season of "Last Comic Standing," premiering on NBC this summer.

A number of "West Wing" alumni will return to reprise their roles for the White House drama's final episodes, including Rob Lowe and Mary-Louise Parker.

Latest News 03/01/2006

In reality TV news: Life-long friends Scott Braginton-Smith, a 41-year-old working in sales from West Harwich, MA, and John Lowe, a 38-year-old wealth manager from Dorchester, MA, were the first team "Philiminated" Tuesday on CBS's "The Amazing Race 9."

"American Idol" is possibly delaying Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey's announcement of her running mate in the state's gubernatorial race, as one contender for the slot, State Senator Scott Brown, is currently focused on his daughter, Ayla's status on the show. Also, a new study by McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago has found that more people can name the judges on "American Idol" than can list one freedom listed in the First Amendment.

Patrick Dempsey told Barbara Walters that he struggles with dyslexia, which went undiagnosed until he was 12.

Courteney Cox is returning to television to star in "Dirt," a new drama pilot for FX, in which she'll play a tabloid editor.

News 02/28/2006

In reality TV news: 33-year-old Vanderbilt emergency room Dr. Travis Stork chose 26-year-old Nashville kindergarten teacher Sarah Stone over 26-year-old San Clemente, CA distribution manager Moana Dixon Monday in the season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor 8: Paris." Also on Monday, Summer Zervos, a 30-year-old restaurant owner from Huntington Beach, CA, became the first person fired after making the mistake of interrupting The Donald during the show's boardroom session, on NBC's "The Apprentice 5."

"One Tree Hill" star Sophia Bush is seeking to annul five-month marriage to costar Chad Michael Murray. The couple separated in September.

CBS Radio has filed a lawsuit against shock jock Howard Stern, his production company, agent, and Sirius Satellite Radio for multiple breaches of contract, misappropriation, and unjust enrichment for misusing CBS Radio's airtime to promote Stern's move to satellite. Stern fired back in a hastily called news conference rejecting on Tuesday CBS Corp.'s allegations he supposedly hatched a "secret deal" with Sirius while working for the company.

The Supreme Court has looked favorably on arguments made by Anna Nicole Smith's attorneys that she was unlawfully prevented from receiving her late husband J. Howard Marshall II's oil fortune.

Season four "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood will return to the FOX talent show to perform her hit, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," on Thursday's results show.

Two Las Vegas nightspots, the Tao Asian Bistro at The Venetian and Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel, have issued warnings for allowing Paris Hilton's underage boytoy, Stavros Niarchos, into their restaurants on New Year's Eve.

Dave Chappelle, Lisa Kudrow, "Sex and the City" executive producer Michael Patrick King, and Janeane Garofalo are among the big names attending this year's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, running Mar. 8-12.

Tyra Banks will go undercover as a stripper at a topless club for Wednesday's edition of "The Tyra Banks Show" examining why men like seeing girls take their clothes off.

Sunday's airing of CBS' "Dancing With the Stars" attracted 27.1 million viewers, trouncing NBC's broadcast of the Turin Olympics Closing Ceremonies, which drew a tepid 14 million viewers.

HBO are planning to air a documentary this fall about late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered four years ago by Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan. CNN's Christiane Amanpour will narrate.

News 02/27/2006

Actor Darren McGavin, who played the title character in the cult ABC TV series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" and the grouchy dad in 1983's A Christmas Story, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 83.

Dennis Weaver, star of classic TV series "Gunsmoke" and "McCloud," and who recently starred in the first season of ABC Family's "Wildfire," died Friday of complications from cancer. He was 81.

In reality TV news: Former 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey triumphed on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Sunday night, beating out WWE pro wrestler Stacy Keibler and NFL great Jerry Rice for the victory. Also on Sunday, Kelly's Bellies beat out Ebony Flame on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club 3."

"Sopranos" creator David Chase told the New York Times that the HBO Mob drama will definitely end next year, but that he can't say that it won't hit the big screen at some point.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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