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News 08/05/2007

In reality TV news: Nick Starcevic, a single 25-year-old former professional football player from Kimball, MN, was evicted Thursday night in a 6-2 vote on CBS's "Big Brother 8." Also on Thursday, Sara Von Gillern, a 23-year-old hip-hop/B-girl dancer from Ft. Collins, CO, and Dominic Sandoval, a 21-year-old B-boy/hip-hop dancer from Roseville, CA, were eliminated on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance 3." Finally on Thursday, Phillip Allen, a.k.a. Mindset, a 24-year-old cashier from Coral Springs, FL, was eliminated on the Sci-Fi Channel's "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?"

FOX announced Friday that "Bones" will be moving from Wednesdays to Tuesdays this fall, where it will air before "House." For Thursdays, FOX has decided to couple "Don't Forget the Lyrics" and "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?," and move the new reality series "Kitchen Nightmares" to Wednesdays at 9 p.m., the slot that originally belonged to "Bones."

After revealing she had been diagnosed with breast cancer on Tuesday's "Good Morning America," Robin Roberts underwent "very successful" surgery Friday and has left the hospital for home, ABC said. "The tests following her surgery take some time to process, so when we have more information we will update you," an ABC spokeswoman said. Roberts said doctors believed they had caught the cancer early, increasing her chances of making a full recovery.

Jessica Collins has joined the cast of "Heroes" as Sophie, "a mysterious woman with powers who works at the organization that is tracking all heroes," NBC confirms to "E! News." The move reunites Collins with Dana Davis, her former costar from ABC's "The Nine" and another new "Heroes" regular.

Rosie O'Donnell has given her seal of approval to her "View" replacement. "Whoopi is fantastic in every way and is perfect for the job. She's amazing and one of my favorites," O'Donnell said in a statement about the show's newly announced co-host and moderator Whoopi Goldberg.

Kate Moss will launch her first scent...the aptly named Kate...this fall, Women's Wear Daily reports. "It's something I've thought of doing for a long time, but it just never felt right," Moss said. "It felt natural to take the step." The perfume follows Moss' successful Topshop clothing line launch.

Michelle Williams' dad, a prominent stock-market trader, lost his court appeal Friday against a second attempt by the United States to extradite him from Australia on tax evasion charges. Larry Williams, a resident of the Virgin Islands, has been accused by the IRS of willfully attempting to evade $1.5 million in taxes from 1990 to 2001. He was arrested in Sydney last year after he flew in to give a month-long speaking tour and has been free on $857,000 bail.

News 08/02/2007

In reality TV news: Gregg Chavez, a 43-year-old firefighter and father from Camarillo, CA, pocketed a cool $1 million prize on ABC's "American Inventor 2" Wednesday when the Guardian Angel fire suppressor he spent more than a decade developing was judged the best invention. According to Chavez's description, the device, disguised as a gift box, "is placed under the Christmas tree and attached to a small hose leading to the top of the tree where a fusible link is disguised as an angel. The heat from a fire pops the link and water suppresses the fire." Also on Wednesday, Dante from Canyon Country, CA and Gina Yashere from Woodford Green, London were the first two finalists eliminated on NBC's "Last Comic Standing 5." Finally, on Wednesday, Joey Paulino, the 29-year-old executive chef of Café Des Artistes from New York, NY, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Chef 3."

Just one more thing Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have in common: the latter will likely serve her four-day DUI sentence at the same Lynwood facility where the former spent 23 days for violating her probation. Doing time at the county jail, as opposed to a cushier "private jail," means the pregnant celebutante may wind up serving only hours of her sentence due to overcrowding. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told "E! News" that Richie's attorney "has indicated to us that she wants to come to the L.A. County Jail, but that is all we know."

A Mexican judge dismissed charges of deprivation of liberty against TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman earlier this week after the statute of limitations on the case against him ran out. The charges stemmed from Chapman and his partners' 2003 capture of Max Factor heir and convicted rapist Andrew Luster in Mexico, where bounty hunting is illegal. State prosecutors have already appealed the judge's decision.

Lane Garrison's sentencing on felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving stemming from the December 2006 car crash that killed 17-year-old Vahagn Setian was delayed until Oct. 31 on Thursday. The judge ordered the actor locked up for 90 days while he reaches a final verdict on the sentence to impose in the case. The former "Prison Break" player could face up to six years and eight months behind bars.

Dean Cain, late of "Lois & Clark," will make a guest appearance as villainous killer Dr. Curtis Know on the fourth episode of the upcoming season of the CW's "Smallville," which kicks off Sept. 27, per Variety.

News 08/01/2007

In reality TV news: Andrew Hunt, a 31-year-old promo producer from Minneapolis, MN, was the latest filmmaker to be eliminated Tuesday on FOX's "On the Lot," leaving five would-be filmmakers left in the competition.

Whoopi Goldberg is the new Rosie O'Donnell. Barbara Walters announced Wednesday that the actress and comedian will be the "View's" new moderator, beginning Sept. 4. "I'm really glad to be doing 'The View.' It's a show I like with people I like, and I'm looking forward to it,” Goldberg said in a statement. As far as adding a fifth co-host to replace Star Jones Reynolds, a "View" spokesperson tells "E! News": "They are having ongoing discussions with several people."

Nicole Richie told OK! magazine she's feeling "healthy and happy" and that she considers her pending jail sentence to be a "blessing in disguise." "This year has been full of lessons learned and soul-searching and realizing I'm an adult," the mother-to-be said. "It's time to take responsibility and not take the easy way out." Richie said she will most like serve her four-day jail sentence in county as opposed to city jail. "I will be really happy once I have done my jail time. I can start fresh."

More than 20 years of televised movie reviews by Roger Ebert, the late Gene Siskel, and his replacement Richard Roeper will be available online beginning Thursday at the Website AtTheMoviesTV.com. "For years, this was a dream," Ebert said in a statement. "Now I am exhilarated that it is a reality, thanks to the enormous effort of digitizing something like 1,000 programs."

TNT has renewed "The Closer" for a fourth season, the network announced Wednesday. The drama series, starring Kyra Sedgwick as a hard-driven LAPD investigator, is currently averaging more than 7.8 million viewers each week.

Gary Coleman was cited for disorderly conduct in Provo, Utah Friday after concerned passersby witnessed him getting into a public dispute with a female companion and called police. The pint-sized actor and former California gubernatorial candidate apparently calmed down when authorities arrived, and was issued a misdemeanor citation. The woman was not identified.

News 07/31/2007

In reality TV news: Jen Yemola, a 26-year-old a pastry chef from Hazleton, PA, was eliminated Monday on FOX's "Hell's Kitchen 3," leaving two chefs left competing for the prize. Also on Monday, Maria, a 42-year-old photographer from Playa Del Rey, CA, eliminated herself after previously considering quitting twice already; and Megan, a 21-year-old Loyola University student from Chicago, IL, who couldn't overcome her fear of flying and bring herself to get on a plane bound for 31-year-old professional tennis player Mark Philippoussis's native Australia to meet his family, on NBC's "Age of Love."

As reported by E! Online's Awful Truth last month, Nicole Richie is, in fact, expecting her first child with boyfriend Joel Madden. "Yes, I am. We are. I'm almost four months," the "Simple Life" star tells ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an interview scheduled to air Thursday and Friday on "Good Morning America" and again Friday on "20/20." The expectant mommy pled guilty Friday to driving under the influence of drugs and has until Sept. 28 to complete a four-day stint behind bars as punishment for the misdemeanor infraction.

ABC's Robin Roberts announced Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The "Good Morning America" anchor said she caught the disease in the early stages and would be having surgery shortly and follow-up treatment in the months to come.

Rosie O'Donnell has taken to her blog to launch an attack on Paula Abdul, ostensibly in response to the "American Idol" judge's Bravo reality show, "Hey Paula." "hey paula/we cringe/at r selves/thru u," O'Donnell wrote in part. Meanwhile, onetime "American Idol" contestant Corey Clark (the guy who claimed he had an affair with Abdul) was arrested in Arkansas early Monday on drug charges and an outstanding warrant from Arizona, police said. Clark was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; the warrant stemmed from his failure to appear in an Arizona court room after his arrest last year for violating a court order and trespassing. He was being held in a county jail pending a court appearance Tuesday morning.

In a first-person essay for September's Glamour, Star Jones-Reynolds admits that she underwent gastric bypass surgery in August 2003, resulting in a weight loss of 160 pounds over three years. Reynolds says she was "intentionally evasive" when people asked how she'd dropped the pounds because she was afraid of what people would think of her. The magazine is due on newsstands Sept. 7.

Paris Hilton put her Hollywood Hills home on the market Friday for $4.25 million. The 1926 Spanish-style residence above Sunset Boulevard boasts four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and a separate guest suite and office. One bedroom has been converted into the "ultimate closet," per the listing.

Blair Underwood has joined the cast of ABC's new series "Dirty Sexy Money," playing "zillionaire" Simon Elder, the nemesis to the patriarch of the Darling family, played by Donald Sutherland.

News 07/30/2007

In reality TV news: Marcia Tarver, a 31-year-old front end supervisor at Whole Foods Market from Dallas, TX, won the third season of Oxygen's "Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance" on Saturday night.

Talk show host and veteran newsman Tom Snyder died Sunday in San Francisco from complications of leukemia. He was 71. Snyder announced on his Website two years ago that he been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, but said he was hopeful that treatments would keep him alive.

Jenna Elfman and her husband Bodhi welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Story Elias, on July 23 in Los Angeles, her publicist confirmed to "E! News." The baby weighed in at a healthy seven pounds, two ounces and was said to be a fan of "classical music, a clean diaper, mom's boobs and long naps."

After five seasons, E! has decided against picking up Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's reality show "The Simple Life" for another go-round. The series finale airs this weekend.

Thousands of hopefuls lined up outside San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Monday as auditions for the seventh season of "American Idol" began. After spending hours waiting over the weekend to register for tryouts, would-be contestants queued up at 3 a.m. for their chance to take a shot at impressing Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.

Kevin Smith will write and direct an episode of the "Heroes" spin-off "Origins," the show's creator Tim Kring announced at Comic-Con, bringing the crowd to its feet. The Clerks director admitted he was not initially familiar with the show, but after catching up with episodes on iTunes, quickly became one of its many fans.

Ball State University has announced plans to name its new $21 million communication building after David Letterman, class of 1970. The "Late Show" host's mother, Dorothy Mengering, was in attendance at Monday's announcement of the honor in Letterman's hometown of Indianapolis.

High-profile attorney Gloria Allred has signed on to star in the reality series "No Guts No Gloria," per the Hollywood Reporter. The show will pair Allred with people who are "angry and out for justice," according to the producers. Using a "take-no-prisoners attitude and unconventional tactics," she will work with her clients to formulate a plan and work out a fair resolution for both parties. The project is currently being shopped to networks.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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