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News 08/20/2006

In reality TV news: Eleven-year-old singer Bianca Ryan won the $1 million prize on NBC's "America's Got Talent" Thursday after wowing the judges with her soulful rendition of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." Also on Thursday, Marcellas Reynolds, a 38-year-old celebrity stylist from Chicago, IL, who was the ninth houseguest evicted originally on "Big Brother 3," was evicted on CBS's "Big Brother 7: All-Stars." Finally on Thursday, Tonya Kay, a.k.a. Creature, a 25-year-old automobile mechanic from Michigan, was eliminated following the revelation of her past as a litterbug and for breaking the law on the show; and Tonatzin Mondragon, a.k.a. Lemuria, a 30-year-old sculptor from L.A., was eliminated for being the only one to fail the inmate challenge, on the Sci-Fi Channel's "Who Wants to be a Superhero?"

Emmis Communications is launching new L.A. radio station Movin' 93.9, with Rick Dees slated to host the morning drive-time show.

A New Mexico woman is suing 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, alleging she was defrauded out of more than $4.4 million she was entitled to receive for the popular 1960s "Batman" TV series.

Duane "Dog" Chapman has been sued by a man who claims the television bounty hunter wrongly tried to apprehend him while filming for his A&E reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter." Simaile "Cisco" Lutu claims he became a police target after the mistaken-identity incident, but Chapman claims that Lutu called after the show to thank him for the misunderstanding, saying, "Thanks, Dog, all the girls love me now."

News 08/17/2006

In reality TV news: West coast swing specialist Benji Schwimmer, a 22-year-old from Redlands, CA, won FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance 2" Wednesday in a surprise victory over judges' apparent favorite Travis Wall. Also on Wednesday, Zayra Alvarez, a 27-year-old from Dallas, TX, who sings in both Spanish and English, was eliminated on CBS's "Rock Star: Supernova." Finally on Wednesday, model Katie Champion and designer Alison Kelly, a 25-year-old from Brooklyn, NY, were both eliminated on Bravo's "Project Runway 3."

"Lost" executive producer Bryan Burk confirmed that the hatch is a goner, at the series' second season DVD release party. "Let's just say it was a big explosion," Burk said. The minds behind the show also answered an even more pressing question: What's with all the repeats? Good news--they, too, have gone the way of the hatch. "Now, when 'Lost' is on, it's on. And when it's off, it's off. And when it's on, you know it's an original 'Lost,'" exec producer Carton Cuse said.

They may not have parted on the best terms, but CBS is still planning to honor Dan Rather Sept. 1, with a retrospective titled "Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers."

News 08/16/2006

Miss Montana Katie Blair was crowned Miss Teen USA 2006 on Tuesday.

Oprah Winfrey will make a special guest appearance on her pal Rachael Ray's new talk show, which kicks off Sept. 18.

CBS has announced plans to stream all of its fully owned prime-time shows online on its broadband channel, Innertube, for free the day after they air, beginning with its fall premieres. Episodes of "C.S.I." will remain up for a month, while "Survivor" will stay up all season.

David Copperfield is claiming to have discovered the Fountain of Youth in a cluster of four islands in the Bahamas that he recently purchased for $50 million. "I've discovered a true phenomenon," he told Reuters. "You can take dead leaves, they come in contact with the water, they become full of life again."

"America's Next Top Model" is holding an open casting call in New York Aug. 26 for the eighth season of the show.

Jennifer Lopez and her producing partner, Simon Fields, is teaming with FX for "Echo Park," a half-hour comedy pilot that explores the relationships between Latino, hipster, and yuppie cultures in L.A's Echo Park neighborhood. Meanwhile, Lopez's dispute with her ex-husband, Ojani Noa, over his proposed tell-all book about life with the multi-hyphenate diva could be resolved without a trial, lawyers told a judge Wednesday.

Denis Leary has donated a $250,000 fire boat to the Boston Fire Department through his Leary Firefighter Foundation. The actor, who plays a firefighter on FX's "Rescue Me," has raised more than $7 million since creating the foundation.

Former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox has landed a role on the new FX series, "Dirt," opposite Courteney Cox.

News 08/15/2006

In reality TV news: Heather West, a 25-year-old sous chef from Port Jefferson, NY, was the winner of FOX's "Hell's Kitchen 2" Monday over Virginia Dalbeck, a 25-year-old salad chef from New York, NY.

David Hasselhoff and estranged wife Pamela Bach are each receiving $27,000 per month through community property in the latest development in their divorce battle, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

The CW has revealed the contestants for the seventh cycle of "America's Next Top Model," a group that includes several students, a bartender, and a photographer.

Brad Garrett revealed to USA Today that he and his wife quietly divorced a year ago, but didn't tell anyone at the time.

News 08/14/2006

Controversial daytime talk show Jerry Springer, conservative political TV pundit and columnist Tucker Carlson, Kill Bill actress Vivica A. Fox, "L.A. Law" star Harry Hamlin, "Saved by the Bell" star Mario Lopez, "Blossom" star Joe "Joey" Lawrence, three-time Super Bowl champion Emmitt Smith, country music singer Sara Evans, "I Wanna Be Bad" one-hit wonder Willa Ford, former Miss USA and drummer Travis Barker's soon-to-be ex-wife Shanna Moakler, and "High School Musical" star Monique Coleman will be the B-list celebrities competing in ABC's "Dancing with the Stars 3."

China has yanked "The Simpsons," "Pokémon," and Mickey Mouse from prime-time television in an effort to eliminate competition with the country's own animation studios, which apparently churn out less popular fare.

A judge has ruled that Louis Gross, the actor who plays Tony Soprano's bodyguard on "The Sopranos," won't face a criminal mischief charge if he can stay out of trouble for the next six months. Gross was arrested in April after a woman accused him of breaking into her home.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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