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News 04/08/2007

In reality TV news: "Team Guido" life partners Joe Baldassare, the 56-year-old owner of a minerals trading company, and Bill Bartek, a 53-year-old realtor, both from Laguna Niguel, CA, were "Philiminated" Sunday on CBS's "The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars." Also on Sunday, Tim Urban, a 25-year-old tutoring company owner from Boston, MA, was fired from NBC's "The Apprentice 6: Los Angeles." On Monday, Tiffany Pollard, a.k.a. New York, chose Patrick Hunter, a.k.a. Tango, a 27-year-old record label owner from Tampa, FL, over Kamal "Chance" Givens, a 25-year-old music producer from Anaheim, CA, on VH1's "I Love New York." Former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey and her partner, Brian Fortuna, got the boot on Tuesday on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars 4." Also on Tuesday, Mariela Arteaga, a 24-year-old from Coconut Grove, FL, was eliminated on the CW's "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll." Gina Glocksen, a 22-year-old Naperville, IL, was voted off FOX's "American Idol 6" Wednesday night, leaving eight singers in the running. Also on Wednesday, Sarah Vanderhaar, a 20-year-old photographer from Lake Zurich, IL, was the sixth finalist eliminated from the competition on the CW's "America's Next Top Model 8." Finally on Wednesday, Andrea Keller, the 36-year-old owner of Berry/Keller Architects, Inc. from Los Angeles, CA, was eliminated from Bravo's "Top Design." Ravu tribe member Lisette "Lisi" Linares, a 36-year-old customer service representative from Los Angeles, CA, became the eighth voted out and the second member of the jury Thursday on CBS's "Survivor: Fiji."

Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, Anna Nicole Smith's friend and psychiatrist, authorized all 11 prescription medications found in the onetime Playmate's hotel room, most of them in the name of Howard K. Stern, according to documents released by the medical examiner's office on Wednesday. In all, eight medications were prescribed for Stern, two to someone named Alex Katz, and one to Eroshevich herself, though all were said to be intended for Smith. Meanwhile, Two diaries kept by Smith in the early '90s portrayed her as a woman obsessed with her weight and food and deeply in love with her octogenarian husband, J. Howard Marshall II, per the Associated Press. "I've been really stressed out lately and depressed, and I can't quit eating. I feel like a pig," reads an entry from Aug. 16, 1992. The diaries are due to go up for sale through Heritage Auction Galleries in a few weeks and are expected to bring as much as $200,000.

KITT, David Hasselhoff's vehicular co-star from "Knight Rider," is up for sale at a Dublin, California auto dealership for the bargain price of $149,995.

Justin Timberlake was named Favorite Male Singer at the 20th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Saturday, where he also served as the slime-covered host of the evening's festivities. Dakota Fanning was named Favorite Female Movie Star and Adam Sandler was named Favorite Male Movie Star. Meanwhile, three teenagers were injured at an after-party following the Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles early Sunday, when suspected gang members opened fire on the crowd after a group of five was denied entrance to the event. The victims were hit below the waist and do not face life-threatening injuries, police said. No celebrities were in attendance at the party, which was thrown by someone who attended the awards but was not an official Nickelodeon event.

Donald Trump triumphed over World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon in Sunday's "Battle of the Billionaires," meaning his signature combover was left intact while McMahon was forced to shave his head.

Rosie O'Donnell lashed out at her newest feuding partner, Bill O'Reilly, on her blog Sunday, strongly hinting that his recent negative comments about her came after she brought up his sex scandal on "The View." O'Reilly launched into O'Donnell on his show Thursday, calling for ABC to fire her over remarks she made about the capture of 15 British sailors by the Iranian military. Meanwhile, despite their frequent "View" spats, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is denying that she and Rosie O'Donnell are enemies, telling People that while they're rivals politically, they are friends personally.

KFC has offered Sanjaya Malakar a free lifetime supply of KFC Famous Bowls in exchange for rocking a bowl cut on an upcoming episode of "American Idol 6."

The ashes of "Star Trek" actor James Doohan are due to be blasted into space on Apr. 28, along with the remains of 200 other individuals, all destined for their final rocket ride. Doohan died in July 2005 at age 85.

With the end of "Punk'd" ending, Ashton Kutcher is re-teaming with MTV for "3 Kings," a new reality game show based on a British venture by the same name, where masked contestants compete in three categories...speed, skill, and pain...in attempts to challenge and dethrone a reigning king, Variety reports.

CNN have swapped out "American Morning" anchors Soledad O'Brien and Miles O'Brien and have replaced them with John Roberts and Kiran Chetry in an effort to shore up the newscast's sagging ratings. The unrelated O'Briens will remain at the network as special correspondents, CNN President Jonathan Klein said.

The long-running drama "7th Heaven's" series finale is scheduled for May 13, marking the second time the show has been given an end date. Last year, the CW brought the series back from the dead with a last-minute pickup.

Neither NBC's "The Black Donnellys" nor FOX's "The Wedding Bells" will get a shot at a second season, as both freshman series are being yanked off the air by their respective networks, the trades report. NBC is filling the void with new reality series "The Real Wedding Crashers," debuting on Apr. 23; no word yet on FOX's plans.

Reigning Mr. Universe Doug Berns was arrested at a movie theater Sunday following a run-in with police who mistakenly believed the diabetic bodybuilder was intoxicated because he was disoriented by the effects of a new medication. Berns was sprayed with Mace and wrestled to the floor by officers who were summoned to the theater by a security guard. Despite the misunderstanding, he was still charged with misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest.

NBC has renewed "30 Rock" for a second season, NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced Wednesday. As of Apr. 12, the series is shifting to a new 9 p.m. timeslot on Thursdays.

"Bones" will launch an interactive murder mystery plot online at MySpace and Fox.com, allowing viewers to follow clues to decipher the identities of the victim and the murderer in an upcoming episode of the series.

"Ugly Betty," "Friday Night Lights," "The Office," and "Scrubs" were among the television winners of the 66th Annual Peabody Awards, honoring the best electronic media of 2006.

Valerie Bertinelli has joined Kirstie Alley as the celebrity spokesmodel for Jenny Craig, with a goal of dropping 30 pounds by September, People reports. "I need to do this in front of millions of people so I can't mess up," Bertinelli told the magazine.

Bernie Mac will team with the executive producer of "Ugly Betty" and "The Office" on "Welcome to the Family," a new reality pilot for NBC, per the Hollywood Reporter. The show will follow couples who come from different religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds as they meet each other's families for the first time.

"Make it work" mentor Tim Gunn has signed on to resume his role as the voice of good design sense on the fourth season of Bravo's "Project Runway," kicking off this summer. Auditions have already taken place in Los Angeles and will continue on in New York, Chicago, and Miami.

Pamela Anderson has turned down a lucrative endorsement deal with men's toiletry brand Axe, blaming parent company Unilever's policy of testing products on animals: "The company's animal tests stink...for animals, the 'Axe effect' means feeling sick and dying."

While Howard Stern and several blogs have floated the theory that Sanjaya Malakar owes his continued success on "American Idol 6" to support flooding in from Indian call centers, it turns out that most operators at the centers have calls automatically dialed for them by computers and have no ability to make personal calls. Furthermore, the aspiring singer is apparently a virtual unknown in India, where the show is broadcast a day late and attracts relatively few viewers. Also, Anti-Sanjaya MySpace hunger-striker "J" is obeying doctor's orders and has called off her fast after 16 days without fulfilling her goal of avoiding food until he was eliminated...though she did lose 17 pounds. Meanwhile, a Philadelphia deejay named Justice has been camping out on the roof of a car dealership since last Thursday, where he claims he will remain until Sanjaya gets his "Idol" walking papers.

MTV has re-upped "The Hills" for a third season, set to debut this summer.

Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera are claiming that they are still friends, despite an on-air shouting match over illegal immigration on the "O'Reilly Factor" Thursday night.

A TV producer has settled his lawsuit with Cesar Millan, a.k.a. the Dog Whisperer, after suing last year when his Labrador was allegedly injured during a training session at Millan's Dog Psychology Center of Los Angeles.

Rachael Ray organized a senior prom for students at an Alabama high school who lost eight classmates and their school in a tornado last month, her publicist said Thursday. The chat-show host planned the menu for the event and filmed it for an upcoming episode.

Chinese officials are warning the producers of "Happy Boys Voice," China's latest answer to "American Idol," that contestants are prohibited from displaying any "weirdness," "vulgarity," or "low taste," when the show kicks off next month.

"American Idol" season five finalist Lisa Tucker has landed a role in the upcoming FOX drama pilot "Born in the USA," about real-life issues of blue-collar families in Philadelphia, per the Hollywood Reporter.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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