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News 05/04/2006

In reality TV news: Paris Bennett, a 17-year-old from Fayetteville, GA, was eliminated on FOX's "American Idol" Wednesday, leaving four contestants still in the running. Also on Wednesday, Furonda Brasfield, a 24-year-old student from Stuttgart, AR, became the ninth girl eliminated from UPN's "America's Next Top Model 6," leaving four contestants still in the running. Finally on Wednesday, Lee Anne Wong, the 28-year-old executive chef of event operations for The French Culinary Institute in New York City, was eliminated from Bravo's "Top Chef."

"7th Heaven" is off to the grave, per Daily Variety, which reports the long-running show will not make the jump from the WB to the CW, despite buzz to the contrary.

Nicole Richie told Vanity Fair she knows she's "too thin" and plans to do something about it. A doctor working to treat Richie said he was developing "a systematic plan to get more calories in."

On the same day Geena Davis accepted an award from the White House Project for her portrayal of a female president, ABC shelved "Commander in Chief" for the crucial May ratings sweeps, an ominous sign for the series' future.

Dame Edna Everage issued a rebuttal Thursday of a claim her alter ego and creator, Barry Humphries, punched a paparazzo. "Poor Barry, desperate for publicity as usual. Who does my manager think he is? Russell Crowe? Kate Moss?" Edna, a.k.a. Humphries, wondered. In a refreshing bit of accountability, the actor's publicist confirming he did strike the photog, though stopping short of expressing any remorse.

If you already knew about Ana-Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez) meeting her demise on Wednesday's "Lost," after Michael (Harold Perrineau) double-crossed her and put a bullet in her gut. Michael also plugged Libby (Cynthia Watros) after she surprised him in the hatch, but her condition remains a mystery. The producers claim the episode had nothing to do with making an anti-drunk-driving statement.

News 05/03/2006

In reality TV news: Chris Young, a 20-year-old Tennessee college student from Murfreesboro, TN, triumphed on USA's "Nashville Star 4" Tuesday night. Young, who has already financed and released three albums on his own, won a Chevy Silverado truck and a recording contract with Sony BMG.

Jon Stewart and Comedy Central are teaming up for "Comedy Love Call," an Oct. 15 special that will raise money for autism education and research. The show will feature performances by Stephen Colbert, Adam Sandler, and Jack Black, among others.

Teri Hatcher told Oprah Winfrey that she hasn't seen Ryan Seacrest since they were photographed kissing in March because he broke things off shortly thereafter. "Maybe I ate too much lobster?" Hatcher wondered.

Mr. T is getting his own advice show beginning in October on TV Land. The show, called "I Pity the Fool," will feature the macho man traveling the country and dispensing help and inspiration.

Bestselling author, columnist, lecturer, and television host Louis Rukeyser died Tuesday in Connecticut after a battle with multiple myeloma, a rare bone marrow cancer, according to his brother. He was 73.

News 05/02/2006

In reality TV news: Gold Rush members Charmaine Hunt, a 27-year-old real estate consultant from Nashville, TN, and Tarek Saab, a 27-year-old hi-tech manager from New Bedford, MA, were both fired Monday on NBC's "The Apprentice 5."

Paris Hilton and Stavros Niarchos have called it quits, People magazine reports.

"Sopranos" actors John Ventimiglia and Louis Gross have both been arrested on unrelated charges. Ventimiglia, who plays chef Artie Bucco on the hit TV show, was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning on suspicion of drink driving and possessing cocaine. The actor protested his innocence and has been released while a court date is set. Gross, who portrays bodyguard Perry Annunziata, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly breaking into a New York City property. He was released on Monday without bail.

ABC has apologized to the citizens of Hyattsville, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC in Prince George County, for Thursday night's episode of "Commander in Chief" in which the town was depicted as violent and crime-ridden. At one point a character said that 11 homicides had occurred in Hyattsville over the past six months. "We haven't had 11 homicides in Hyattsville in the past 10 years," Jim Keary, a spokesman for the County Executive Jack B. Johnson, told the Associated Press. Ironically, ABC has yanked the freshman drama from the schedule for the rest of May Sweeps after the show performed poorly in its new Thursday time period. Newsmagazine "Primetime Thursday" will take its place at 10 p.m. ET Thursdays for the remaining three weeks of the season.

E! Networks is launching "The Carters," a new series following Nick and Aaron Carter as they move back into a home with their three sisters and rebuild their family life together.

Shaquille O'Neal and his wife, Shaunie Nelson, welcomed a baby girl, Me'arah Sanaa O'Neal, on Monday, People reports. It's the couple's fourth child together; they also each have a child from a previous relationship.

Elma G. "Pem" Farnsworth, the first person ever to appear on television, died Thursday, April 27 in Bountiful, UT at age 98. She was the wife of Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television and was on his technical team in San Francisco when he demonstrated his invention in San Francisco on September 7, 1927. She was often called "the mother of television."

News 05/01/2006

Anna Nicole Smith is getting another chance at her late husband's millions after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned a U.S. appeals court ruling that the onetime Playmate of the Year was entitled to nothing.

Michelle Rodriguez was released from jail Friday after serving only 65 hours of her five-day sentence due to credit for time spent in custody after her DUI arrest last year. The actor's time on the inside was described as uneventful.

Don Johnson welcomed his third child with wife Kelley, and fifth overall, the actor's rep announced Sunday.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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