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News 03/10/2007

In reality TV news: Jared Cotter, a 25-year-old from Kew Gardens, NY; Sundance Head, a 28-year-old from Porter, TX; and Sabrina Sloan, a 27-year-old from Studio City, CA; and the controversial Antonella Barba, a 20-year-old from Point Pleasant, NJ, were all eliminated Thursday from FOX's "American Idol 6," making way for the Top 12 finalists, who will be celebrating the music of Diana Ross. "Idol Gives Back" was also revealed last night. Raising awareness and funds for organizations that provide relief programs to help children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa, the two-night special is scheduled to air Tuesday, April 24 at 8 PM ET and Wednesday, April 25 at 8 PM ET. Also on Thursday, Ravu tribe member Rita Verreos, a 38-year-old single mother from San Antonio, TX, was voted off the island on CBS's "Survivor: Fiji."

In a KIIS-FM radio interview with Ryan Seacrest Friday, both Sabrina Sloan and Sundance Head alluded to a male contestant who has been rubbing the group the wrong way by making it clear he believes he'll win the whole shebang. Neither was willing to name names though.

An autopsy report is expected to detail what caused Anna Nicole Smith's death last month delayed after police turned over new evidence in the case, a Florida medical examiner said Thursday. No word on what the additional evidence may have been; police and the medical examiner declined to comment.

Lane Garrison was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter Thursday, stemming from his car crash in December that left a 17-year-old high school student dead. The actor posted $100,000 bail after making an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon, during which his arraignment hearing was postponed until Apr. 11. If convicted, Garrison could face up to six years and eight months behind bars.

The town of Bloomfield, New Jersey has lifted its ban on "The Sopranos," just days after the mayor and town council refused to grant the mob drama a permit to film its final scene there, saying they found the HBO show's portrayal of Italian-Americans offensive.

Showtime has ordered a fifth season of "The L Word" and is expected to make its debut in early 2008.

News 03/08/2007

In reality TV news: Samantha Francis, a 19-year-old sales associate from Pinson, AL, was eliminated Wednesday from the CW's "America's Next Top Model 8." Also on Wednesday, Ryan Humphrey, a 35-year-old independent artist from New York City, NY, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Design."

Lane Garrison is due to be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter Thursday, stemming from his car crash in December that left a 17-year-old high school student dead. The Los Angeles District Attorney's office confirmed to "E! News" that the former "Prison Break" actor is scheduled to turn himself into police sometime after 1:30 pm. If convicted, Garrison could face up to six years behind bars.

The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $320,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was cleared of murder after outtakes from an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" proved he was at a Dodgers game at the time the crime occurred. Juan Catalan sued the city for police misconduct after spending five months in jail, despite his innocence.

Richard Hatch's attorney told an appeals court Thursday that the original "Survivor" winner deserves a new trial on charges that he failed to pay taxes on his $1 million prize because a judge prevented him from testifying about allegations of cheating on the show. Hatch was convicted last year and sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Rachael Ray will appear in a new nationwide advertising campaign for Dunkin' Donuts, while also working with the coffee chain's culinary team on expanding the pastry-heavy menu to include more health conscious items, the company announced Thursday. The celebrity chef's donut deal is good through 2010.

SugarDVD, an adult film online rental center, is offering "American Idol" contestant Antonella Barba big bucks to join the company as its celebrity spokesmodel, a position Kim Kardashian turned down last month, despite being offered a $1 million paycheck. Since Barba was voted off "Idol" Thursday, she also has a $250,000 offer from Girls Gone Wild on the table.

News 03/07/2007

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is offering "American Idol" finalist and New Jersey native Antonella Barba $250,000 to join the franchise and serve as the celebrity host of an upcoming release.

The Bloomfield, New Jersey town council is whacking "The Sopranos'" hopes of filming the HBO mob drama's final scene at a local ice cream parlor, citing the show's negative portrayal of Italian-Americans, per the New York Post. HBO is still hoping to work the matter out.

Rosie O'Donnell revealed on an episode of "The View" slated to air Friday that she began seeking treatment for depression following the Columbine school shootings in 1999, and that part of her therapy involves hanging upside down for up to half an hour a day.

Star Jones Reynolds has signed with Court TV to host a new daily talk show on criminal justice issues that intersect with the pop culture world, the network said Wednesday. The fired "View" co-host is also guest-starring in the season finale of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," along with her new Court TV coworker, Nancy Grace.

Lauren Conrad, star of MTV's "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills," is extending her career aspirations beyond the realm of reality television by launching her own clothing line, scheduled to debut this fall.

Cynthia Nixon has signed on as the new celebrity spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a cause she took on after becoming acquainted with leukemia survivor Evan Handler through "Sex and the City," and after losing a friend to the disease last year.

Tim Daly will star in a special two-hour episode of "Grey's Anatomy" expected to serve as a springboard to an upcoming spin-off of the ABC medical drama centering on Kate Walsh's character, Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, per the Hollywood Reporter. Taye Diggs will also appear in the extended episode.

News 03/06/2007

"The Hills'" Jason Wahler was sentenced to 60 days in jail and a series of anger management and AA sessions after pleading no contest to a charge of battery, stemming from his September arrest for punching a tow-truck driver. Model Kristin DeLuca, who was arrested with Wahler last year, pled no contest, as well, and received 24 months of probation. Wahler, 20, was also arrested over the weekend when the North Carolina nightclub he was at was raided for serving alcohol to minors.

Naomi Campbell was ordered to report to New York's Sanitation Department on March 19 to serve her court-ordered community service as punishment for hurling a cell phone at her former maid. The model will reportedly serve her sentence inside, avoiding the trials suffered by Boy George in August when he was forced to sweep Manhattan streets amidst swarming paparazzi.

Frenchie Davis, who was kicked off the second season of "American Idol" for appearing in topless photos on the Internet, told the New York Post she thinks "it's fantastic" that current contestant Antonella Barba wasn't forced to pay a similar price for her own racy photos, but stated she feels she was "humiliated needlessly" by the show. Meanwhile, civil rights activist Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope held a rally outside the Kodak Theater Tuesday to protest "Idol's" alleged discrimination against Davis and preferential treatment of Barba.

A piece of the plane from "Lost" signed by series creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof is being auctioned off by Artists For a New South Africa on charityfolks.com, with the proceeds going to fight HIV/AIDS in South Africa and help children orphaned by the disease. Other items up for sale include a walk-on role in Showtime's "Weeds," an Armani coat worn by Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft, and a signed photo and script from the cast of ABC's "Brothers & Sisters."

Ludacris, Star Jones Reynolds, Nancy Grace, and Vincent Spano are among the stars making guest appearances on the season finale of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" on May 22.

Vanessa Minnillo has signed on the 2007 guest creator for Flirt! Cosmetics and is developing her own limited-edition beauty line to be sold at Kohl's department stores.

Zach Braff has cut a one-year deal with "Scrubs" producers guaranteeing him about $350,000 an episode, provided NBC renews the medical sitcom for a seventh season, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The deal would make Braff one of the highest-paid actors on television, along with Charlie Sheen, who earns somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000 an episode for "Two and a Half Men."

Gerlene Gibson, the woman who helped to care for Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, told People the baby is "doing fine. She's growing." Gibson estimated the almost six-month-old infant's weight at 10 to 12 pounds and saying she is developmentally on par with other babies her age.

Shaquille O'Neal will star in a summer reality series for ABC focusing on his efforts to help obese Florida schoolchildren lose weight, Daily Variety reports. No airdate has been set for the as-yet untitled series.

News 03/05/2007

In reality TV news: Stone, KY married couple (from Season 10) David Conley Jr., a 33-year-old coal miner, and his wife Mary, a 32-year-old homemaker and reality television fanatic, were "Philiminated" Sunday night on CBS's "The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars." Also on Sunday, "Spiritual Sandy" Kathleen Monteleone, a 23-year-old arts & crafts teacher from Tigard, OR, was eliminated on NBC's "Grease: You're The One That I Want." Third on Sunday, Derek Arteta, a 34-year-old entertainment lawyer from Covina, CA, and Jenn Hoffman, a 26-year-old publicist from Phoenix, AZ, were fired (Derek for making a stupid "white trash" comment to Trump, Jenn for being an ineffective Project Manager) on NBC's "The Apprentice 6: Los Angeles." Finally on Sunday, wrestler Joanie Laurer, a.k.a. Chyna Doll, was eliminated on "The Surreal Life: Fame Games."

ABC is promoting the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars" by sticking a bunch of professional dancers in a bus with a live band for a two-week, cross-country road trip. Stops along the way include New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, before the tour concludes at the "Dancing" studio in Los Angeles on March 19.

Jerry Springer will host the second season of "America's Got Talent" when the NBC reality competition returns this summer, the network said Monday.

She may not be willing to sell her sex tape, but Kim Kardashian apparently has no problem hawking an online fitness video. The stylist is releasing a five-minute downloadable program titled The Kim Kardashian Workout…For Your Mind, Body and Spirit through her newly launched production company, Kimsaprincess Productions.

"Laguna Beach" alum Jason Wahler was arrested in North Carolina over the weekend and charged with underage drinking and resisting a public officer, police said. The 20-year-old reality star was released on $1,000 bond and ordered to appear in court on April 18.

Universal Studios Hollywood is holding an online contest for the chance to spend the day with Miss USA Tara Conner and the 52 contestants competing in the 2007 Miss USA Pageant when they tour the theme park on March 12. Southern California residents interested in vying for the chance to hang with the beauty queens must submit their entries by Thursday.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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