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|A week after Isaac Hayes asked to be released from his contract when "South Park" poked fun at Scientology, Variety reported that Viacom-owned Comedy Central refused to air a rerun Wednesday night of the infamous Tom Cruise/Scientology-skewering episode, "Trapped in the Closet," after the star threatened not to promote Mission: Impossible 3. Cruise's reps deny
he ever made such a threat.
Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke on TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard," was arrested for drunk driving in Ringwood, New Jersey.
Supernova, featuring Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, have been tapped as the new band in need of a singer on CBS' "Rock Star." The second season premieres this summer.
Jon Stewart's gig hosting this month's Academy Awards has boosted "The Daily Show's" numbers from 1.5 million to 1.6 million viewers in the six episodes after his appearance, according to Nielsen Media Research.
SoapNet announced on Thursday it will air episodes of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" the same day they run on the network beginning Apr. 24.
|In reality TV news: FOX's Top 12 "American Idol 5" finalist Melissa McGhee, a 21-year-old from Tampa, FL, was sent home Wednesday after receiving the lowest number of votes from viewers. Also on Wednesday, Wendy, a 22-year-old retail assistant manager and Hurricane Katrina survivor from New Orleans, LA, was eliminated on UPN's "America's Next Top Model 6," leaving 11
girls in the competition. Finally on Wednesday, Beaman, a 38-year-old natural nutritionist and holistic counselor from New York, NY, was eliminated from Bravo's "Top Chef."
Shaquille O'Neal and wife Shaunie Nelson are expecting a baby girl, their fourth child together. The couple celebrated with 150 of their closest friends Saturday during a baby shower at their Miami home. O'Neal and Nelson each have one child from a previous relationship.
Bob Woodruff has been moved from a naval hospital in Maryland to a facility closer to his New York home as he continues to recuperate from injuries suffered in a roadside bombing in Iraq, ABC said.
The family of the late John Ritter have reached a tentative settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the Burbank hospital where the actor died in 2003, an attorney for the hospital said Wednesday.
|In reality TV news: Jewels Hanson, a 31-year-old from Freemont, CA, was the first person eliminated on the premiere of USA's "Nashville Star 4."
"Sopranos" players Tony Sirico, Steven Van Zandt, Steven R. Schirripa, and several others are angling to re-negotiate their contracts for
higher pay, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The FCC has proposed a $3.6 million fine against CBS and its stations and affiliates in a crackdown on indecent programming, including a 2004 episode of "Without a Trace" that purportedly showed teenagers participating in an orgy and the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl.
Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli are expecting their third child together, Us Weekly reports. The couple already has two daughters.
Shannon Elizabeth's estranged husband, Joe Reitman, is seeking half of all the assets the couple accumulated during the five years they lived together before marrying in June 2002. Elizabeth filed for divorce last June.
In reality TV news: Gold Rush Corporation project manager Theresa Boutross, a 36-year-old psychotherapist from Barrington, IL, was fired Monday on NBC's "The Apprentice 5."
Nicollette Sheridan, 42, and Michael Bolton, 53, got engaged after the pair rekindled their romance following the
"Desperate Housewives" star's break up with fiancé Nicklas Soderblom last year. Sheridan and Bolton were an item in the early '90s.
Isaac Hayes, a devout Scientologist who has been the voice of "South Park's" Chef since 1997, has officially requested to be released from his contract because he feels that recent episodes of the show have inappropriately mocked religious communities.
Veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace, 87, has announced he'll no longer be a regular contributor to the CBS newsmagazine, though he'll still continue to do the occasional report.
Howard Stern appeared on Monday night's
"Late Show with David Letterman" and bashed his old boss, who's suing him for breach of contract, by wearing a T-shirt proclaiming "I Hate Les Moonves" and featuring a picture of the CBS chief and his wife.
The TV Guide Channel is launching
"Idol Tonight," an hour-long live pre-show before each
"American Idol" telecast on FOX, giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the hit talent show. Meanwhile, Leroy Wells, a former
"Idol" contestant from last season, pled guilty to second-degree assault and received a ten-year suspended sentence and one year in jail for shooting a guy in a convenience store.
Diddy is executive producing "Celebrity Cooking Showdown," a reality competition featuring celebrities paired up with profession chefs. The series is slated to debut on NBC next month.
Alicia Silverstone has signed on to play the lead in ABC's comedy pilot, "Pink Collar," which explores female relationships with the workplace, per the Hollywood Reporter.
Former game-show host Peter Tomarken, best known for emceeing
"Press Your Luck" in the '80s, was killed along with his wife when their small plane crashed in the ocean off the coast of Santa Monica Monday morning. He was 63.
All news gathered from E! Online and other sources