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News 04/30/2006

In reality TV news: Courtney Marit, a 31-year-old performance artist from Los Angeles, CA, became the eleventh castaway eliminated from CBS's "Survivor: Panama" Thursday after she was, in her own words, "betrayed by her sisters." Bruce Kanegai, who had been medically evacuated from the game after a bout of severe painful constipation, came back as a jury member during the Tribal Council session. On Friday, Sammy, 23-year-old Afghani royalty whose family worth is over $1 billion, and Jacob, a 20-year-old construction worker who has a debt of $35,000, were eliminated on the WB's "Survival of the Richest."

Ellen DeGeneres won her third consecutive award for Outstanding Talk Show at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmys. She picks up hosting honors for the second year in a row as well. "General Hospital" got its ninth Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and "Guiding Light" picked up four wins, all for acting.

Barbara Walters announced at Friday's Daytime Emmys that Rosie O'Donnell will replace Meredith Vieira on "The View," starting in September.

Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday for prescription drug fraud. After posing for a mug shot, he was booked and released on $3,000 bail later in the afternoon.

Randy Jackson has re-upped his "American Idol" contract in a multimillion dollar deal for another three years.

"Saturday Night Live" won Best TV Comedy Episode at the 10th Annual Prism Awards, which celebrate realistic depiction of drugs and alcohol in entertainment.

Amy Fisher told "Entertainment Tonight" she was strung out on Ecstasy when she shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face in 1992. "I had no control," she explained. "I just did something totally irrational."

News 04/27/2006

In reality TV news: Kellie Pickler, a 19-year-old waitress from Albemarle, NC, was eliminated from FOX's "American Idol" Wednesday, leaving five singers left in the competition. Also on Wednesday, Barry, a 63-year-old retired physician, and Fran Lazarus, a 61-year-old retired accountant, both living in Silverthorne, CO, and married for 40 years, were "Philiminated" from CBS's "The Amazing Race 9," leaving four teams racing around the world for the $1 million. Third on Wednesday, Nnenna Agba, a 24-year-old chemist from Houston, TX, became the eighth girl eliminated from UPN's "America's Next Top Model 6," leaving five girls in the running. Finally on Wednesday, Stephen Asprinio, a 24-year-old sommelier from Las Vegas, NV, was eliminated from Bravo's "Top Chef."

NBC has renewing "Law & Order" for a 17th season; "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for an eighth season; and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" for a sixth season.

Charlie Sheen is being sued for $1 million by a woman who claims Rose, the female stalker character in his sitcom, "Two and a Half Men," is based on her and portrays her unfairly. Ursula Auburn claims she had a somewhat one-sided "series of romantic encounters" with Sheen between 1992 and 1998, and admits in her lawsuit that she "in many ways pursued " him by pulling moves such as showing up at "events Sheen was to attend." She complains that Rose is "depicted on the show as a crazy female with no life." Warner Bros. has denied her allegations.

Don Johnson is paying $14.5 million to save his 17-acre ranch in Woody Creek, Colorado from being sold at public auction.

News 04/26/2006

In reality TV news: Matt Mason, a 20-year-old from Pleasantville, IN, was eliminated from USA's "Nashville Star 4" Tuesday, leaving three singers left to compete in next week's 90-minute season finale.

Teri Hatcher was injured on the "Desperate Housewives" set after a light bulb exploded, lodging a piece of glass in her eye and scratching her cornea, People reports. The actress, who said she is wearing the "most glamorous eye patch," is expected to return to work in two days.

Ryan Seacrest and Paula Abdul apparently are disagreeing over whether they have a disagreement. After Seacrest told People last week that things were "awkward" with Abdul and they weren't speaking, Abdul denied it, telling the Associated Press that "reports of a feud are ridiculous" and that the "Idol" crew is "one funny dysfunctional family. There's nothing but love."

Michelle Rodriguez has pled guilty to drunken driving and is opting to serve five days in jail rather than perform 240 hours of community service.

Television writer Jack Bunick is suing Jennifer Lopez and UPN, claiming the short-lived series "South Beach" was based on a script he wrote in 1999 for a pilot episode of a show that would have been called "South Beach Miami." UPN canceled the model-laden show after only eight episodes due to dismal ratings, but Bunick is still seeking an injunction against the broadcast of future episodes.

David Copperfield used his illusionist prowess to outwit several armed teens who tried to mug him in Florida after a show on Sunday, the Palm Beach Post reports. When approached by the would-be robbers, Copperfield turned out his pockets, showing they were empty, though they actually contained his cellphone, passport, and wallet. "Call it reverse pickpocketing," the magician told the paper.

News 04/25/2006

In reality TV news: Synergy's Andrea Lake, a 31-year-old sticker company owner from San Diego who had shown herself to have something of an impatient and argumentative personality, became the ninth person fired from NBC's "The Apprentice 5" after she became irritated with her team and they turned on her in the boardroom.

Bianca Nardi, a producer on "The Maury Povich Show," has filed a $100 million sexual harassment lawsuit against Maury Povich and other members of his staff, claiming they made sexual remarks to her, forced her to watch porn movies, and made her expose parts of her body. In her suit, Nardi blamed the office environment on the "intimate and sexual relationship" between Povich (who's married to Connie Chung) and Donna Ingber, another member of the production staff.

Charlie Sheen gave "Entertainment Tonight" his Bon Jovi-themed take on pictures showing his estranged wife Denise Richards kissing rocker Richie Sambora (who's currently in the midst of his own divorce from Heather Locklear.)

Days after allegedly smacking a flight attendant on a flight bound from Amsterdam to Miami, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model May Andersen was ejected from the United States and sent back to Amsterdam.

The Walt Disney Co. and Hollywood's unions have reached an agreement that will put the long-delayed "Lost" "mobisode" spin-off, "Lost Video Diaries," back on track. Production on the mini-episodes is expected to resume in late summer.

News 04/24/2006

In reality TV news:  Internet download queen Cindy Margolis won the first (and last) "Celebrity Cooking Showdown" on NBC on Friday night (which was rebroadcast on the network Saturday night after the show was canceled.) She beat out pop singer and former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel and no-longer-reigning Miss USA Chelsea Cooley for the title.

"Entourage" star Kevin Dillon, 40, wed his pregnant fiancé, Jane Stuart, 27, Saturday night in a Las Vegas wedding chapel, US Weekly reports. A singing Elvis impersonator was a witness for the couple.

Gillian Anderson has split from her husband of 16 months, Julian Ozanne, the couple's lawyers said in a statement. The twosome gave no reason for the breakup.

Charlie Sheen called allegations made by his estranged wife Denise Richards in court papers filed Friday "baseless." Among other things, Richards claimed Sheen threatened to kill her and was a frequent visitor to porn sites that featured both young girls and boys. "I move forward and maintain my integrity and I keep my chin up and I focus on my children," Sheen told "Entertainment Tonight."

PBS won a leading 12 Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Awards on Saturday night, including seven trophies for "Sesame Street," which included Best Performer in a Children's Series for Kevin Clash, who plays Elmo. Ellen DeGeneres won four Emmys for her daytime talk fest, and Rachael Ray won for Best Service Show for "30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray." Meanwhile, "Live 8 on AOL" won the inaugural iPod Emmy, much to the confusion of some of the senior members of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model May Anderson was arrested Thursday after she allegedly struck a flight attendant on a flight from Amsterdam to Miami. Upon touching down at the airport, Anderson was tested for drugs and alcohol and taken to jail.

Opie and Anthony will officially replace David Lee Roth on CBS Radio beginning Wednesday.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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