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News 07/29/2006

In reality TV news: Jase Wirey, a 30-year-old safety director from Taylorville, IL, who was evicted in week 5 of "Big Brother 5," was evicted Thursday on CBS's "Big Brother 7: All-Stars." Also on Thursday, Ryan Rankine, a 20-year-old contemporary specialist from Brooklyn, NY, and Allison Holker, an 18-year-old modern lyrical specialist from Orem, UT, were eliminated on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance 2." Finally on Thursday, the Viewers' choice was Bianca Ryan, an 11-year-old singer, to go into the finals on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Maura Tierney has filed for divorce from Billy Morrissette, her husband of 13 years.

Production on CBS' upcoming legal drama "Shark" was shut down after the sudden death of star James Woods' younger brother, Michael Jeffrey Woods, on Wednesday, per the Hollywood Reporter.

News 07/27/2006

In reality TV news: Phil Ritchie, a 27-year-old from Ocean City, MD, was eliminated Wednesday on CBS's "Rock Star: Supernova." Also on Wednesday, Aubrey Collins, an 18-year-old from Littleton, CO, was eliminated on ABC's "The One: Making a Music Star." Unfortunately, "The One" recorded some of the worst ratings ever for a new show on the network, and it was canceled on Thursday, meaning that we will never know who is "the one." Third on Wednesday, the Judges' choice was the Rappin' Granny, a.k.a. Vivian Smallwood, a 73-year-old rapper, to go into the finals on NBC's "America's Got Talent." Finally on Wednesday, model Moon Yung and designer Katherine Gerdes, a 25-year-old design coordinator at Target from Minneapolis, MN, were both eliminated on Bravo's "Project Runway 3."

The divorce of former "Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff, 54, and wife Pamela Bach, 42, became final on Wednesday. The couple, who split after 16 years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences, agreed to share custody of their two teenage daughters. Meanwhile, British Airways officials refused to allow Hasselhoff on a flight from London to L.A. this week, deeming him "unfit for travel." He was allowed to board another flight two hours later. Hasselhoff's onetime costar, Pamela Anderson, meanwhile, revealed Wednesday at a news conference for her new online poker site, PamelaPoker.com, that she plans to swap vows with Kid Rock in the next month in at least four different locales--St. Tropez, Malibu, the "Cowboy" singer's hometown of Detroit, and Nashville.

Mark Wahlberg, creator of HBO's hit "Entourage," has signed on to executive produce "In Treatment," a half-hour drama for the pay cable net following a therapist who's good at dispensing advice to his patients but has a hard time confronting his own issues while seeing a shrink.

"Arrested Development's" syndication rights have been sold to MSN.com, G4, and HDNet, making FOX's now-cancelled series available on all three outlets through 2009.

E! Entertainment Television is hopping on the iTunes train, making episodes of "The Girls Next Door," "The Soup," "Dr. 90210," and "The Simple Life: 'Til Death Do Us Part" available on the download service for $1.99 a pop.

News 07/26/2006

In reality TV news: Jenny Galt, a 29-year-old from Vancouver, British Columbia, was eliminated Wednesday on CBS's "Rock Star: Supernova." Also on Wednesday, Jadyn Maria, a 21-year-old from Nashville, TN, was the first singer eliminated on the premiere of ABC's "The One: Making a Music Star." Finally on Wednesday, model Candace Pritchard and designer Malan Breton, a 32-year-old from Long Island City, NY, were both eliminated on Bravo's "Project Runway 3." On Thursday, Jennifer "Nakomis" Dedmon, a restaurant host from San Antonio, TX, who originally came in fourth place on "Big Brother 5," was evicted on CBS's "Big Brother 7: All-Stars." Also on Thursday, Dmitry Chaplin, a 23-year-old ballroom dancer from Brooklyn, NY, and Martha Nichols, an 18-year-old contemporary/hip hop specialist from Raleigh, NC, were eliminated on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance 2." Finally on Thursday, Realis, a gymnast act (the Judges' choice), and At Last, an a cappella act (the Viewers' choice), were the acts chosen to go into the finals on NBC's "America's Got Talent." On Monday, Garrett Telle, a 27-year-old former prisoner/chef from Cedar Park, TX, was eliminated on FOX's "Hell's Kitchen 2." Also on Monday, Team Fogal Family from Orange County, CA...Brad Fogal, a 48-year-old pastor; his wife Margie, a 47-year-old student service technician; and their daughter Kayte Andersen, a 25-year-old teacher...were eliminated on NBC's "Treasure Hunters." On Tuesday, Roz, a 42-year-old from Orange, NJ, was eliminated on NBC's "Last Comic Standing 4."

Tina Fey announced on the "Tonight Show" Friday she will not return to "Saturday Night Live" in the fall and will instead devote her focus to her new NBC show, "30 Rock." She will be taking fellow "SNL" cast member Rachel Dratch with her to the new show. Seth Meyers is replacing Fey as head writer.

Charlie Sheen is seeking to up his "Two and a Half Men" paycheck to $1 million per episode, the Los Angeles Times reports.

FOX has picked up third seasons of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Hell's Kitchen," the network announced Monday.

Dick Clark will be honored at next month's Emmy Awards in recognition of the 50th anniversary of "American Bandstand's" debut on ABC. The World's Oldest Teenager has maintained a low profile since being felled by a stroke in 2004.

The Center for Consumer Freedom is demanding that PETA spokesperson Pamela Anderson donate the proceeds from her partnership in Hollywood eatery BlackSteel to the American Liver Foundation, claiming it is hypocritical for the animal rights activist to earn money from a restaurant that serves ham-hock ravioli, lamb chops, lobster tails, and foie gras, among other meaty offerings.

Richard Hatch was sent to a federal prison in Oklahoma to serve out his 51-month sentence for failing to pay taxes on his "Survivor" winnings and other income. Hatch's lawyer commented that the prison is bad for his client because he "is an outdoor person."

"Grey's Anatomy" was named Program of the Year at the TCA Awards Sunday and "My Name Is Earl" was named Outstanding New Program of the Year. "Lost" won Outstanding Achievement in Drama and "The Office" was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.

Rosie O'Donnell, Brooke Shields, and Kathleen Turner are among the stars signing on for guest roles on the upcoming season of "Nip/Tuck," show creator Ryan Murphy said Tuesday.

Rodrigo Santoro (Love Actually) is joining the cast of "Lost," executive producer Damon Lindelof told TVGuide.com. No word on what role he'll be playing.

Lifetime Television has acquired the basic cable rights to "Grey's Anatomy," the network announced Monday.

Chuck Woolery traded vows for the fourth time with a Michigan native named Kim Barnes, People reports.

ABC News has changed the name of its nightly newscast from "World News Tonight" to "World News with Charles Gibson" in order to reflect the changes that have taken place in recent months.

Naomi Campbell was arrested earlier this month after causing a ruckus outside the home of an old boyfriend, Britain's Sun reported Friday.

Gillian Anderson is pregnant with her second child, People reports. The father is businessman Mark Griffiths. Anderson has an 11-year-old daughter from her first marriage; her second marriage to foreign correspondent Julian Ozanne ended in April.

The remains of "Star Trek" star James Doonan will be blasted into space in October, the company organizing the launch said Monday. Houston-based Space Services originally planned to blast Doonan's ashes into the atmosphere last year, but delayed the flight in order to do more tests on the rocket. This time, Doonan's remains will return to Earth with the rocket after a short flight, before being sent into orbit in December or January.

PBS Kids Sprout network fired Melanie Martinez, the host of "The Good Night Show," after learning she appeared in videos called Technical Virgin before taking her job as the host of the children's show.

Michael Bolton, Chaka Khan, and Cyndi Lauper are among the artists taking part in the new FOX series "Celebrity Duets," which pairs singers with celebrities trying to prove they can carry a note. The celebrity participants have yet to be announced.

Kelsey Grammer won his first non-"Frasier" Emmy for voicing Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons," the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday, July 19. The award will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony Aug. 19.

Ken Jennings, the "Jeopardy!" champ who collected $2.5 million in a 74-game winning streak, blasted the show and its host in a rant on his official Website in which he referred to Alex Trebek as the "Trebektron 4000."

Donald Trump will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.

Nissan has pulled a car commercial starring Kim Cattrall off the air in New Zealand after the Advertising Standards Complaints Board received objections to the ad, which contained sexual innuendo such as "Why didn't you tell me it was so big, I just wasn't prepared for it?"

Natalie Portman, Kiefer Sutherland, and Dr. Phil are among the celebrity guest voices lined up for the 18th season of "The Simpsons," FOX announced.

Forty minutes after being crowned Miss Universe on Sunday, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed onstage during a post-pageant news conference. Pageant officials reported that the 18-year-old beauty queen was "fine" and that she "had plenty to eat today."

"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry told TV Guide that he is "building up to a huge hostage situation in a supermarket" for the upcoming third season and that a leading character will be murdered.

JJ Abrams told TV Guide that Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) will return in season three of "Lost." "Desmond will definitely be back. He's not dead," Abrams said. Cusick was the only actor on the show to receive an Emmy nomination this year.

NBC has picked up additional seasons of surprise summer hits "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing;" "Talent" will air as midseason replacement.

Warner Bros. Television have reached an agreement with Apple to sell the first season of "Friends" through the iTunes Music Store for the relatively bargain price of $27.99 for the entire 24-episode season.

May Andersen, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model accused of hitting a flight attendant on a plane from Amsterdam to Miami, will participate in an anger management program under an agreement announced Tuesday.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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