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News 08/12/2007

Talk-show icon, game-show mastermind, and real-estate mogul Merv Griffin has died, succumbing to prostate cancer at age 82. Aside from his hit eponymous daytime talker, the four-time Daytime Emmy winner is best known for producing "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune."

In reality TV news: Kail Harbick, a married 37-year-old business owner from McKenzie Bridge, OR, became the fifth houseguest evicted Thursday night from CBS's "Big Brother 8." Also on Thursday, "Sir Ivan" Wilzig, a.k.a. Mr. Mitzvah, a 51-year-old recording artist and philanthropist from Miami Beach, FL, and Trisha Paytas, a.k.a. Ms. Limelight, a 19-year-old barista from Byron, IL and Los Angeles, CA, were both eliminated on Sci-Fi Channel's "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?"

David Hasselhoff's ex, Pamela Bach, and her new attorney, Pat Harris, from famed criminal attorney Mark Geragos' office, have until Monday to present a reason as to why Bach shouldn't be officially booked...i.e. mugshot and fingerprints...on a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge stemming from a minor accident she was involved in in January, according to the L.A. City Attorney's Office. (Booking procedure wasn't properly followed at the time, hence all the back-and-forth and no actual charges.) If no agreement is reached, the judge said that he'll call for a jury trial to begin Tuesday.

Christina Applegate's marriage to actor Johnathan Schaech has, at long last, been finalized, according to court documents obtained by "E! News." The official dissolution comes more than two years after the couple announced their split in December 2005.

The New Jersey building that served as the exterior of "The Sopranos'" Satriale's Pork Store is set to be demolished next month to make way for a condominium complex aptly named The Soprano. The 2,000 white stones that make up the facade of the building will be hawked for $25 to $50 apiece and will come with a serial number and a certificate of authentication.

News 08/09/2007

In reality TV news: Debra DiGiovanni, a comedienne from Toronto, Ontario, was eliminated Wednesday on NBC's "Last Comic Standing 5." Also on Wednesday, Sara Nguyen, the 25-year-old executive sous chef of Boucarou in New York, NY, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Chef 3."

"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts is due back on the set of the ABC show this Monday, amazingly just 10 days after undergoing surgery for breast cancer. "She is still awaiting her test results, but is feeling great and looking forward to getting back to work," "GMA" spokesperson Bridgette Maney said.

An "American Idol" auditioner in Dallas went into labor Monday while waiting for her turn to sing. Despite having begun her contractions in line, Antoria Gillon nevertheless went through with the audition and made it to the next round. She was later taken to the hospital, where she gave birth to son Jamil Labarron Idol McCowan.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a possible sexual assault at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion, noting that a "minor incident" took place at the annual Midsummer Night's Dream party last Saturday.

News 08/08/2007

In reality TV news: Jamie Sadler, a 19-year-old college sophomore from Upper Montclair, N.J., won $1 million Tuesday as the very first contestant on CBS's new game show, "Power of 10." Also on Tuesday, the Duttons, a family band from Branson, MO that consists of Timothy Dutton, Amy Dutton Arambulo, Jonathan Dutton, Judith Dutton, Benjamin C. Dutton, Abigail Dutton Wright, Dean Dutton, Joshua Dutton, and Shelia Dutton; and the Calypso Tumblers, a group of acrobats from New York, NY that consists of Mosquito (Michael Rodriguez), Tailz (Lamonte Goode), Alex (Raymond Bartlette), Jahson or O (Sylvan Bartlette), Kid (Clarence Chester), and Yogi Laser (Kenneth Greenaway); were eliminated from NBC's "America's Got Talent 2." Finally on Tuesday, Zach Lipovsky, a 23-year-old special effects editor from Vancouver, BC, Canada, was eliminated on FOX's "On the Lot," leaving four aspiring filmmakers left.

Brad Womack has been selected as the titular unlucky-in-love "Bachelor" for whose affections a whole new flock of camera-ready women will compete on the ABC show's 11th season, kicking off Sept. 24. The 34-year-old Texan owns two Austin bars and is looking to branch into hotel development.

Pamela Bach is zero-for-two. "E! News" has confirmed that the second lawyer in as many months has parted ways with David Hasselhoff's ex-wife, filing a petition with the court to officially withdraw as Bach's high profile counsel. Earlier this summer, Deborah Opri also split with the legally-challenged client.

TNT has renewed Holly Hunter's critically-acclaimed cable hit "Saving Grace," ordering 15 additional episodes of the police drama.

George Clooney has signed on to narrate and executive produce "Sand and Sorrow," an HBO documentary that takes a closer look at the history and global reaction to the Darfur crisis. Author Elie Wiesel, Senators Barack Obama and Sam Brownback, and rebel leader Minni Minawi appear in the doc.

Hot on the heels of news that Mandy Moore will guest star on an upcoming episode of "How I Met Your Mother" this season comes TV Guide's word that Enrique Iglesias has also agreed to grace at least two episodes as a love interest for Robin, beginning in the season premiere Sept. 24.

News 08/07/2007

In reality TV news: Mark Philippoussis, the 31-year-old Australian professional tennis player, chose Amanda Salinas, a 25-year-old financial planner's assistant from Nashville, TN, over Jennifer Braff, a 48-year-old executive assistant from Carson, CA, who has a 25-year-old son, on Monday's "Age of Love" on NBC.

A Los Angeles judge has issued a restraining order requested by Howard K. Stern to block the release of a videotape made in 1994 documenting Anna Nicole Smith's breast-augmentation surgery. Stern accused Texas plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald Wayne Johnson of making the tape without Smith's consent and sending it to an L.A.-based memorabilia dealer. The order issued Friday blocks any dissemination, distribution, or sale of the tape.

Sara Gilbert and her longtime partner Allison Adler welcomed daughter Sawyer Gilbert Adler on Aug. 2. The duo also has a three-year-old son together, Levi.

Charlie Sheen filed court documents in Los Angeles court Friday requesting the right to choose his own child-care provider and to not have to employ the nanny who already works for his ex-wife, Denise Richards. The actor also sought to prevent Richards from making "unneccessary" phone calls to him at home, except in emergency situations. Meanwhile, Richards and Pamela Anderson have settled a lawsuit filed against them by two paparazzi who alleged assault, battery, and defamation at the hands of the tempestuous actresses, who had a run-in with the shutterbugs while filming in Vancouver last year. During the incident, Richards ended up hurling one of the cameramen's laptops off a balcony. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a message posted to ABC News' Website, "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts has thanked viewers for their support in undergoing surgery to remove a breast cancer growth last Friday, writing that she is "incredibly grateful" and that the operation "went well."

Roseanne Barr has fired an intern working on her MySpace page after the renegade hired hand posted a series of drunken-sounding curse-filled messages purporting to be from the comedian. The posts have since been removed and Barr apologized "for the offensive blogging."

CBS has confirmed to "E! News" that Mandy Moore will once again grace the primetime airwaves, signing on to guest star in an upcoming episode of "How I Met Your Mother" this fall. She'll play a tattooed, vodka-guzzling mistake of a girlfriend named Amy.

News 08/06/2007

FOX's "Idol Gives Back" and HBO's "The Addiction Project" will share the Television Academy's Governor's Award, the academy's highest honor. "We salute these programs for harnessing the power of television to educate and inform viewers about two very significant issues that touch us all," chairman Dick Askin said in a statement.

Carson Daly will be sticking around for "Last Call." NBC re-upped the host's contract for two more years and also signed Daly to host NBC's "New Years Eve with Carson Daly" for the third year in a row.

NBC has re-upped "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing" for a third and sixth season, respectively, NBC Entertainment cochairman Ben Silverman announced Monday. The current season of "America's Got Talent" is due to wrap up Aug. 21, while "Last Comic Standing" concludes Sept. 19.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released its inaugural GLAAD Network Responsibility Index Monday, a report ranking the five broadcast networks on their representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in prime-time programming. ABC rated the highest, with 15 percent of its prime-time hours found to be inclusive of LGBT representations, while FOX scored the lowest with just six percent of its hours deemed LGBT inclusive. "While we have made great strides in the 10 years since Ellen DeGeneres came out on television, this report shows where work still needs to be done and which networks are failing to represent millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender viewers," GLAAD president Neil Giuliano said.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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