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News 05/12/2006

HBO has let the fourth-season options for "Deadwood" cast members lapse, freeing the actors from any further obligation to the show, Daily Variety reports. The series has yet to be renewed for a fourth season, raising speculations that it may have been canceled.

Mediaweek is reporting that "7th Heaven" will be resurrected on the CW for an 11th season.

Rumors are flying that votes for Chris Daughtry were mistakenly awarded to Katharine McPhee after some Daughtry fans heard McPhee's voice thanking them for their votes when they called into "American Idol 5." FOX is denying any miscalculation, stating that AT&T confirmed "there were no issues with the phone lines after Tuesday's show." Meanwhile, the rock band Fuel has offered Daughtry a job as lead singer after former frontman Brett Scallions quit in February. Finally in "Idol" news, Paula Abdul told Teen People she wants Elliott Yamin to win "American Idol 5," because she takes credit for making "America wake up and see the talent that Elliott possesses." A recent poll found that only 6 percent of voters actually value Abdul's opinion though, as compared to the 58 percent who are tuned into Cowell's criticisms.

As part of a prank for his new candid-camera program, "Juiced," O.J. Simpson pretended to sell his infamous white Bronco at a used car lot in a scene aired Thursday on "Inside Edition." "It was good for me...it helped me get away," Simpson brags in the segment.

Former NFL player Cole Ford pled guilty to opening fire on Siegfried and Roy's Las Vegas home; the player is expected to enter mental health facility in lieu of prison. The plea was part of deal aimed at keeping the former footballer from spending up to six years in prison.

News 05/11/2006

In reality TV news: Chris Daughtry, a 26-year-old from McLeansville, NC, who was favored by many to go all the way, was sent home on FOX's "American Idol 5" Wednesday night. Also Wednesday on FOX, Tarah Smith, a previously eliminated 25-year-old handbag designer from Marina Del Rey, CA, who had managed to vote herself back into the eligible contestant group, won the $382,193 grand prize in the "Unan1mous" finale. Third on Wednesday, "dating couple" Monica Cayce, a 23-year-old student from Fayetteville, AR, and Joseph Meadows, a 23-year-old homebuilder from Fort Smith, AR were "Philiminated" from CBS's "The Amazing Race 9." The final three couples will compete next Tuesday in the two-hour season finale. Finally on Wednesday, Sara Albert, a 22-year-old student from Davis, CA, became the tenth girl eliminated from UPN's "America's Next Top Model 6." The season finale airs next Wednesday.

CBS Radio is reportedly "very close" to hammering out a settlement in its $200 million-plus breach of contract suit against Howard Stern.

Libby (Cynthia Watros) died in Wednesday's episode of "Lost" without revealing that Michael Harold Perrineau was the one who shot her and Ana-Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez.) Creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse told TVGuide.com that the character will return in flashbacks, but they basically felt they "ran out of story" for Libby.

News 05/10/2006

In reality TV news: Gold Rush's Michael Laungani, a 29-year-old management consultant from New York, NY, was fired Monday on NBC's "The Apprentice 5," after almost giving up an exclusivity agreement with Rutgers University's cheerleading team and giving some of the cheerleaders to Synergy. On Tuesday, Rubi Nicholas, a vice-president for a healthcare company from Denver, CO, was the winner of Nick-at-Nite's "Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2."

Howard Stern has denied reports that he is considering a return to terrestrial radio. "I'm very flattered terrestrial radio can't let go of me," Stern said on his satellite show Wednesday. "But I would throw up if I had to go back. I'm never going back."

Whoopi Goldberg has signed up to present her own US breakfast radio show in a bid to lure women away from morning television shows. The Oscar-winner will wow listeners after agreeing a deal with broadcasting giant Clear Channel Communications to host "Wake Up With Whoopi." The actress made a conscious decision to front a show broadcast on a free terrestrial station available to all, despite a current trend for stars signing large deals with subscription satellite stations.

FOX and Apple announced Tuesday that 16 shows from FOX, FX, Fuel, Speed, and 20th Century Fox Television are now available for purchase through iTunes Music Store.

News 05/08/2006

In reality TV news: Shane Powers, a 35-year-old entertainment company owner from Los Angeles, CA, became the twelfth castaway voted off the island Thursday on CBS's "Survivor: Panama." On Friday, rich T.R. Youngblood, a 29-year-old auto franchise heir from Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, whose family worth is $20 million, and and poor Jim Perkins, a 22-year-old student from Des Moines, IA, whose debt is $40,000, won the $200,000 prize on the finale of the WB's "Survival of the Richest."

"8 Simple Rules" producer Flody Suarez is suing Cesar Millan, host of "The Dog Whisperer," for allegedly abusing his Labrador, Gator, at his Florida training center by suffocating the dog with a choke collar and forcing it to run on a treadmill. Suarez claiming he's shelled out $25,000 in vet bills and that the dog will have to undergo additional surgeries to repair damage to his esophagus.

Anna Nicole Smith is refusing to confirm or deny rumors that she is pregnant. Her lawyer, Howard K. Stern, stating Smith "thinks it's funny how much of a stir it's causing."

James Gandolfini was hit by a taxi while riding his motor scooter in New York. The "Sopranos" star was said to be "fine," while his scooter was taken to a repair shop.

Fans of "That '70s Show" and "Malcolm in the Middle" have the chance to bid on props from the shows in a charity eBay auction. Items include the couch where Kelso proposed to Jackie and the table where Malcolm and family gathered for meals. To purchase one of the props, visit www.ebay.com/70sandmalcolm.

Tori Spelling tied the knot with Dean McDermott in Fiji Sunday, after her divorce from Charlie Shanian was finalized last month. Spelling's new husband has shown his love for her by getting "Truly, Madly, Deeply, Tori" tattooed on his wrist and her portrait tattooed on his shoulder.

Anderson Cooper has signed with CBS to produce five stories a year for "60 Minutes" in a deal that allows CNN to rebroadcast those reports, both networks said Monday.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Lisa welcomed their second child together Sunday, a daughter named Ava Lorenn, People reports.

NBC is adding backstage drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" to its fall schedule, the network announced Thursday. The show, starring Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet, follows the activities of the cast and crew of a late-night sketch-comedy series, similar to "Saturday Night Live."

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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