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News 04/14/2006

In reality TV news: Bucky Covington, a 28-year-old from Rockingham, NC, became the latest contestant voted off of FOX's "American Idol 5" Wednesday night. Rod Stewart will perform next week and take a turn coaching the seven remaining pop star hopefuls. Also on Wednesday, married parents Michelle Garner, a 36-year-old homemaker, and Lake Garner, a 37-year-old dentist, both from Hattiesburg, MS, were "Philiminated" on CBS's "The Amazing Race 9." Third on Wednesday, Leslie Mencia, a 18-year-old student from Higley, AZ, became the sixth girl eliminated from UPN's "America's Next Top Model 6." Finally on Wednesday, Andrea Beaman, a 38-year-old a natural nutritionist and holistic counselor from New York, NY, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Chef." She had previously been eliminated earlier, but when anther contestant, Cynthia Sestito, dropped out to care for her father who was dying of cancer, she came back to replace Cynthia. On Thursday, Sally Schumann, a 27-year-old social worker from Chicago, IL, was the ninth castaway voted off the island on CBS's "Survivor: Panama."

Chad Michael Murray told People magazine that his new fiancée Kenzie Dalton is "definitely not" pregnant, despite speculation to the contrary.

Comedy Central has banned "South Park" creators from showing an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, in an episode that was intended to comment on the controversy created by a Danish newspaper's publishing of caricatures of the prophet.

FOX has sealed a six-year deal with its 187 affiliates that will enable the network to put up reruns of its TV shows on the Web in exchange for the affiliates getting a 12.5 percent cut of the revenues.

"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," a new CG-animated series for preschoolers, will premiere May 6 on the Disney Channel.

Martin Sheen will go back to school this fall at the National University of Ireland in Galway, where he intends to major in English literature, philosophy, and theology with special interest in oceanography, the BBC reports.

Bill Cosby made his first appearance in the Cincinnati area in five years, giving a talk at Xavier University Thursday about parenting, education, and social responsibility as part of his current nationwide tour, A Call Out with Cosby.

Illusionist David Blaine is set to perform his latest endurance stunt by living underwater for seven days and nights in a "human aquarium" in front of New York's Lincoln Center. He'll end it by attempting to hold his breath longer than the record of 8 minutes and 58 seconds. ABC will air the finale live in a two-hour special on May 8.

Internet gambling site Bodog.com has shut down betting on "Survivor: Panama" after receiving an inordinate amount of bets on Danielle DiLorenzo, the 24-year-old medical sales rep from Florida.

News 04/12/2006

In reality TV news: Kristen McNamara, a 20-year-old from Napa Valley, CA, was eliminated off of USA's "Nashville Star 4."

"Beverly Hills, 90210" alum Tori Spelling's first marriage to actor Charlie Shanian will officially be dissolved on Apr. 20, allowing her to marry new fiancé Dean McDermott. The two were married a little more than a year.

Dave Chappelle told Esquire about the "cultural, professional and personal" reasons he left his hit Comedy Central show last year and walked away from $50 million.

Great Britain's Prince Harry participated in graduation ceremonies Wednesday from the country's elite Sandhurst military academy which he entered in May, 2005, to train as an army officer. The young prince said he hopes to join his comrade-in-arms on the frontline in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Per the New York Daily News, a female fan of Elisabeth Hasselbeck is stalking and harassing "The View" co-host hoping to get Children's Services to investigate the working mom.

CBS has announced that "Big Brother" will return this summer as an all-star edition featuring America's favorite houseguests from years past. Julie Chen is also back as host.

TNT and director Ridley Scott are teaming up to produce "The Company," a six-part miniseries based on Robert Littell's bestselling Cold War epic.

Robert Wagner is set to guest star in the two-hour season finale of ABC's "Boston Legal," slated for broadcast May 16.

News 04/11/2006

In reality TV news: Gold Rush members Lenny Veltman, a 37-year-old trading company owner from the former U.S.S.R. (and currently lives in East Brunswick, NJ), and Leslie Bourgeois, a 28-year-old realtor from Houma, LA, were fired Monday on NBC's "The Apprentice 5."

Original "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch is being held in protective custody and kept apart from other prisoners in a Plymouth, Massachusetts jail while awaiting sentencing later this month. Hatch could face up to 13 years behind bars.

Finola Hughes will return to "General Hospital" as Anna Devane, the role she originated two decades ago.

Matt Lauer has re-upped his "Today" show contract through spring 2011, in a deal reportedly worth more than $13 million a year.

Meredith Vieira revealed in the May issue of More that she was once involved in an abusive relationship. "He would slap me and then make up, saying, 'I'll never do this again,' crying," the newly named "Today" show co-anchor recalled.

CBS Corp., the Walt Disney Co., NBC Universal, News Corp., and Viacom Inc. are formally opposing a plan that would force them to disclose the compensation of top earners among non-executive employees, including actors, directors, and TV anchors, and urging the SEC to decide against adopting the measure this year.

The 18th season of MTV's "The Real World" will take place in Denver, the network announced Monday. The season has already been cast and is slated to air later this year.

Holly Marie Combs is expecting her second child, Us Weekly reports. The actress' pregnancy is not expected to affect production on "Charmed."

News 04/10/2006

In reality TV news: 24-year-old rich Nick and 26-year-old poor Michael were eliminated Friday on the WB's "Survival of the Richest." On the premiere episode, 25-year-old rich Kat and 25-year-old poor Esmeralda were the first ones eliminated.

Kiefer Sutherland has signed an eight-figure deal to continue starring on FOX's "24" through May 2009. The deal also includes a two-year development deal for Sutherland's soon-to-be launched production banner.

NBC is not expected to air any additional episodes of "Heist" after this week. The show lost about 800,000 viewers after moving to its new time slot opposite "Lost."

A Los Angeles judge has turned down Robert Blake's request for a new trial in the civil wrongful death suit stemming from his wife's slaying.

Kate Moss is starring in a new ad campaign for Calvin Klein, the company said Monday. Moss' contract worth a reported $900,000.

Frankie Muniz, who has starred on TV’s "Malcolm in the Middle" for seven years, will take a break from acting to be a professional race car driver. Muniz recently wrapped up the final episode of the hit show.

Disney is planning to start making some of its most popular programming, including "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," available for free online the day after the shows air, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Warner Bros. and FOX are teaming with Verizon Wireless to deliver Atomic Country, the graphic novel created by Adam Brody's character on "The O.C.," to mobile phone users.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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