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News 03/31/2006

In reality TV news: Nick Stanbury, the 25-year-old financial salesman from Tempe, AZ, was the latest castaway whose torch was extinguished in a 6-4 vote on CBS's "Survivor: Panama" Thursday night.

A Los Angeles judge refused Thursday a request by TV mogul Aaron Spelling's attorneys to keep sealed a deposition in a lawsuit brought by a former nurse who has accused him of sexually harassing her.

Kevin Covais, the 16-year-old "American Idol 5" contestant known as "Chicken Little" who was given the boot last week was given a hero's welcome when his hometown of Levittown in Long Island declared Thursday Kevin Covais day and gave him a key to the county.

CBS are replacing two weak-performing Wednesday sitcoms, "Out of Practice" and "Courting Alex," with "The Amazing Race 9," which will move from its regular Tuesday night time slot.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Arrested Development" star Jeffrey Tambor has signed on to star opposite John Lithgow in the NBC comedy pilot "Twenty Good Years," unless, of course, his current Emmy-winning FOX comedy finds a new home.

Former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy will costar with Patricia Heaton in an untitled ABC comedy pilot about a widow who finds a new life and friends through the PTA.

ESPN has given the go-ahead for a new 10-part documentary TV series chronicling Barry Bonds during the upcoming 2006 baseball season as he deals with the firestorm of steroid accusations currently swirling around him. His lawyers will also be given permission to review the episodes before they air.

Helen Wagner, the 87-year-old original cast member of CBS' "As the World Turns," earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as she celebrates her 50th year on the daytime soap.

Tabloid fixture Joey Buttafuoco pled not guilty to violating the terms of his probation by possessing ammunition found during a police search of his San Fernando Valley, California, home. He was subsequently ordered to stand trial.

News 03/30/2006

In reality TV news: Lisa Tucker, a 16-year-old from Anaheim, CA, voted off of FOX's "American Idol 5" Wednesday night. Nine hopefuls are left to compete during next week's country music-themed episode. Also on Wednesday, Kari Schmidt, an 18-year-old student from Brookings, SD, was eliminated on UPN's "America's Next Top Model 6." Finally on Wednesday, Candice Kumai, a 23-year-old from Pasadena, CA, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Chef."

Matt LeBlanc and wife Melissa, have separated after three years of marriage, the former "Friend" star's publicist confirmed after word of the couple's impending divorce surfaced in the National Enquirer. The split was said to be amicable.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was arrested in New York City and booked for assault this morning after allegedly throwing an object at her assistant at her home and hitting her on the head, TMZ.com reports. The alleged victim received stitches at a nearby hospital.

Second-season "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard has launched the Music Alternative Project, an after-school program geared to get Alabama teens off the streets and into the recording studio.

The annual Radio-Television Correspondents Association honored injured ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff with its David Bloom Award for Excellent in reporting. The group also honored the life and career of the late Peter Jennings.

PBS talk show host Charlie Rose recuperated in intensive care in Paris Thursday after undergoing heart surgery to replace a valve, a spokesman said.

A Hawaiian judge delayed today's start of "Lost" star Michelle Rodriguez's drunk driving trial until next month after her attorney asked for more time.

Although "Arrested Development's" creator Mitch Hurwitz announced he's leaving the series, show producer 20th Century Fox is still hoping to revive the series, possibly in a deal with Showtime. "While there are no plans to resume production at this time, we know all too well from our experience with "Family Guy"...that anything is possible," a statement reads.

The short-lived CBS series "Love Monkey" will be resurrected temporarily on VH1. The cable net confirmed it will air all eight hour-long episodes starting next month, however no new segments have been ordered.

NBC and rival Disney-ABC's Touchstone Television are teaming up to make the peacock's hit "Scrubs" available for downloads for iTunes, marking the first time a network and a competing media company have formed a partnership to do so.

News 03/29/2006

In reality TV news: Childhood friends Dani Torchio and Danielle Turner, a.k.a. "The Double-D's," both 22-year-old recent college graduates from Staten Island, NY, were "Philiminated" Tuesday on CBS's "The Amazing Race 9." Also on Tuesday, Monique LeCompte, a 23-year-old from Grand Terrace, CA, was eliminated on USA's "Nashville Star 4."

Paula Abdul has signed a contract extension that will keep her judging "American Idol" contestants for at least three more years. Meanwhile, a judge has declared that Daniel Young, a 60-year-old California man accused of stalking ex-"American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra, is mentally incompetent to stand trial, which means he'll likely be placed in an institution.

Veteran PBS newsman Charlie Rose underwent heart surgery in Paris Wednesday after experiencing shortness of breath while on assignment in Syria. He's expected to be away from "The Charlie Rose Show" for several weeks to recuperate.

Comedian George Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, the same day ABC broadcasts the 100th episode of his comedy, "George Lopez."

Wayne Brady has been tapped to star in the CW pilot "Flirt" as the only man working at a women's magazine.

News 03/28/2006

In reality TV news: Dan Brody, a 31-year-old clothing company owner from Miami, FL, was fired Monday on NBC's "The Apprentice 5."

Lawyers for Robert Blake asked for a new trial Monday, alleging juror misconduct in the wrongful death civil case that resulted in a $30 million judgment against the actor.

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz has quit the show, reducing the likelihood that it will be revived on Showtime, per Daily Variety.

FOX has re-upped "Prison Break" for a second season, the network announced Tuesday. Next season will focus on the convicts' post-breakout activities.

Shakira and Wyclef Jean are slated to perform on Wednesday's "American Idol 5."

Pamela Anderson, who is heading up a PETA petition drive against Canadian seal slaughter, warned Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the world's opinion of Canada is being negatively affected by the practice. Meanwhile, Morrissey is refusing to tour the nation unless the hunts are stopped.

Brad Pitt will narrate the six-part series "Design: e2" about environmentally friendly design, slated to air on PBS in June.

News 03/27/2006

Star Jones Reynolds called into "The View" to reassure her co-hosts that though she needed a blood transfusion, she did not "almost die" during a recent breast lift, despite reports to the contrary. Jones Reynolds expected to return to the show next week.

Jay Leno won a ruling from a state appeals court that a lower court should have dismissed a suit filed by a woman who said the comedian violated her civil rights by using an unflattering photo of her in an on-air joke without her permission.

Chris O'Donnell and wife, Caroline Fentress, welcomed their fourth child together, a baby boy. O'Donnell will start an eight-episode stint on "Grey's Anatomy" April 2.

Brooke Burns is "back to her old self" and ready for her comeback in new TV show "Pepper Dennis" after breaking her neck last November, the actress told People magazine.

"America's Got Talent," a new NBC reality show from Simon Cowell and the producers of "American Idol," will kick off a multiple city casting search for the most talented person in America April 6 in Los Angeles. Auditions will also take place in Chicago, New York, and Atlanta.

TV producer Dan Curtis, known for the epic miniseries "The Winds of War" and the offbeat soap opera "Dark Shadows," died Monday at age 78 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor four months ago.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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