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|In reality TV news: CBS's "Survivor: Cook Islands" premiered Thursday, with the Asian team winning the first challenge, and the Hispanics and whites following. The African-American team came in last and became the first team to vote off a member, which was Sekou Bunch, a 45-year-old jazz
musician/recording artist who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, in a 3-2 Tribal Council vote that split along gender lines. More than 17 million viewers tuned in to see if stereotypes would indeed be challenged.
Amanda Peet and her fiancé, screenwriter David Benioff, are expecting a baby together, her publicist has confirmed. No word on whether the
pregnancy will be written into the upcoming "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," in which Peet plays a single network exec.
Steve Irwin's grieving fans snapped up all of the 3,000 free tickets to his public memorial service within 15 minutes on Friday. The memorial is scheduled for Wednesday at Australia Zoo and is anticipated to be a "celebration of his life, not a sad funeral," Irwin's father, Bob, told reporters.
Anna Nicole Smith and her attorney, Howard K. Stern, have been cleared to leave the Bahamas, police said, signaling that the initial probe into her son Daniel's death is wrapping up. A toxicology report is expected tomorrow, but will not be released, the Bahamian Tribune reported. The head coroner in the Bahamas has authorized Smith's lawyer to
bring in a private pathologist to perform a second autopsy on her son.
Pat Corley, the actor who served up cocktails with a side of sage advice as Phil the bartender on "Murphy Brown," died Sept. 11, his son said. He was 76.
|Goth rocker Lukas Rossi, a 29-year-old from Toronto, ON, was chosen as the winner of CBS's "Rock Star: Supernova" Wednesday and will front a new group that includes Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted. The band will have
to change its name though when it goes on tour, a judge ruled, siding with a Southern California band that has used the name Supernova since 1991 and sued the network for unfair competition and trademark infringement. Also on Wednesday, political commentator Tucker Carlson became the first pseudo-star to fall on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars 3." Finally
on Wednesday, Kayne Gillaspie, a 27-year-old rejected applicant for "Project Runway 2" and owner of a pageant boutique from Norman, OK, was eliminated on Bravo's "Project Runway 3." He was joined by previous eliminated designers Angela Keslar and Vincent Libretti when they both failed to win the challenge in their one chance to come back and
compete again after already being eliminated.
Approximately 7 million viewers tuned in for Meredith Vieira's debut on the "Today" show Wednesday, leading "Good Morning America" by 2.5 million viewers.
Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer, Michael Scott, is stating that it was necessary to sedate Smith in order to check her out of the hospital, and the combination of her devastation over her son, Daniel's death and the sedation caused her to suffer memory loss of the event. Scott also stated the mysterious third person who was in the room at the time of the
incident, according to police, was Smith's other lawyer, Howard K. Stern. Smith expressing support for an inquest into her son's death.
Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman was arrested for kidnapping in Hawaii in connection with the Andrew Luster case. Chapman found the Max Factor heir in Mexico and brought him back to the U.S. to face rape charges in 2003, ignoring the fact that bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico.
Jessica Lee Rose, a.k.a. Bree, a.k.a. Lonelygirl15, is stating she is "amazed" by her newfound fame. Rose was forced to reveal her identity after Internet sleuths discovered the truth behind the series of online video episodes that became a YouTube phenomenon.
Jeanne Werber, the woman involved in a traffic collision with Ellen DeGeneres earlier this month, was charged with DUI, authorities said.
ABC is offering one million free downloads of the season finales of "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives," and "Lost" through the iTunes Music Store, in an effort to catch viewers up on their favorite shows before the new season premieres.
Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jillian Fink, are expecting their second child together, the actor's rep said Wednesday. The couple already have a four-year-old daughter.
|In reality TV news: Mike "Boogie" Malin, a 36-year-old restaurateur from Concord, NH, who was the fourth houseguest evicted on "Big Brother 2," was crowned CBS's "Big Brother 7: All Stars'" winner during Tuesday night's live finale of the summer reality series, defeating "showmance" girlfriend
Erika Landin in a overwhelming 6-1 jury vote.
TrimSpa CEO Alex Coen, who calls himself both a friend and business associate of Anna Nicole Smith, told Larry King that she is too overcome by grief to talk about the cause of her 20-year-old son Daniel's death. In an hour-long conversation, Coen estimated Smith was "only coherent for about five minutes."
Officials have yet to release the cause of death, but have said it was "not natural."
Terri Irwin announced plans for a public memorial service for her late husband at the Australia Zoo's Crocoseum. "I cannot see how a memorial service would work in any place other than the Crocoseum which he built here at the zoo and of which he was so proud," she said in a statement. Mourners who wish to attend the service will be asked to donate to Steve
Irwin's Wildlife Warriors fund.
The NAACP is stating it opposes the concept of "Survivor: Cook Islands," where teams are divided according to race, but they are reserving judgment until the show actually airs.
An actual mummified body was discovered on the location where "C.S.I.: New York" was filming Tuesday, People reports.
Paris Hilton is still waiting to learn if she will be charged with DUI after her arrest on Sept. 7. The LAPD has submitted its case; now the Los Angeles city attorney's office must decide if it will file charges. Hilton is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 28.
|The season premiere of "Law & Order" are apparently drawing inspiration from the chaotic lives of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, per the New York Post. The fictional episode features a starlet named Sky Sweet, who has a reputation for being careless with her baby, and her aspiring rapper
husband, J-Train, who becomes the prime suspect in the killing of an NYPD detective.
Barbara Walters claimed on Tuesday's "View" that her dog, Cha-Cha, said "I love you" to her.
Aggrieved fans of Steve Irwin allegedly slaughtered at least 10 stingrays in retaliation for their hero's death. Wildlife authorities begging for an end to the senseless attacks, claiming it would be the last thing Irwin would have wanted.
Eva Longoria told the Associated Press she's done with small screen work once "Desperate Housewives" ends in order to focus on becoming a movie star. Her next upcoming role is in next year's How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead Fiancée.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" attracted an audience of somewhere between 22 million and 24 million, crushing ABC's controversial "Path to 9/11" miniseries, which drew 13 million.
Katie Couric finished out her first week as "CBS Evening News" anchor atop the ratings, but lost almost half her audience from Tuesday (13.6 million viewers) and Friday (7.4 million viewers.)
ABC is adding a live music component to "Dancing with the Stars," with a different singer set to perform each Wednesday. Tom Jones is set to perform during this week's results show.
In reality TV news: Back to the Future and "Caroline in the City" star Lea Thompson was eliminated Friday on FOX's "Celebrity Duets."
Anna Nicole Smith's adult son, Daniel, died suddenly in the Bahamas Sunday, three days after his mother gave birth to a healthy baby girl in Nassau. The Nassau Guardian reported that the 20-year-old suffered a massive heart attack while visiting his mother in the maternity ward of a private hospital.
After coming under fire from the Clinton administration, ABC edited its 9/11 miniseries to remove certain scenes that suggested the former president was too distracted by the Monica Lewinsky affair to effectively go after Osama Bin Laden. The network did not bow to pressure to cancel the miniseries, which it referred to as a "dramatization," rather than a documentary. Part one of
"The Path to 9/11" aired Sunday and part two aired Monday.
Steve Irwin's family and friends remembered him in a private service with stories told around a campfire at Australia Zoo over the weekend. "Because Steve loved the bush so much and yarning around the campfire, the service was held just like he would have wanted, with everyone telling their favorite stories about him," his father, Bob Irwin told reporters. A public memorial is
likely to be held at a football stadium this week, friends said.
AOL has landed the online premiere rights to NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "20 Good Years," one week before the shows bow on NBC.
All news gathered from E! Online and other sources