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News 12/02/2006

In reality TV news: Candice Woodcock, a 23-year-old pre-med student from Fayetteville, NC, became the thirteenth castaway voted out of CBS's "Survivor: Cook Islands" Thursday.

Michael Richards has agreed to go before a retired judge with the two men who were at the receiving end of his racist rant in order to apologize in person and settle the matter, the comic and the men's camera-ready attorney, Gloria Allred, said in a joint statement. No word on whether any money would be changing hands.

A restaurant owner in Stephen Colbert's hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, paid $50,605 on eBay for a portrait of the TV star that used to hang on the set of "The Colbert Report." Proceeds from the auction going to benefit charity. Colbert sent the Sticky Fingers restaurant a thank-you note, quipping, "You are the best thing to come out of Charleston since Stephen Colbert."

The Producers Guild of America has named Jerry Bruckheimer as the recipient of the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, an honor which will be awarded at the 18th annual Producers Guild Awards Jan. 20.

News 11/30/2006

In reality TV news: Amanda Babin, an 18-year-old bookstore sales associate from Anaheim, CA, became the tenth girl eliminated from the CW's "America's Next Top Model 7" Wednesday. She was the other twin in the competition (her sister, Michelle, was eliminated last week.) There are three models left going into next week. Also on Wednesday, Adrian Kortesmaki, a 22-year-old student from Grand Forks, ND, one of the 36 that competed at home and was brought to the ranch later in the season, was eliminated on NBC's "The Biggest Loser 3." She is currently at 166 pounds. In related news, NBC has ordered a fourth season of the show.

Michael Richards' rant has apparently having a positive effect on "Seinfeld" DVD sales, TMZ.com reports. Season seven sales are up 75 percent over season six and 90 percent over season five after one week of release, despite Rev. Jesse Jackson urging consumers to boycott the DVD.

NBC is considering broadcasting Friday night rehearsals of "Saturday Night Live" on the Internet, NBC Universal chief digital officer George Kliavkoff said at a conference Wednesday, adding that the run-throughs were sometimes "a lot more interesting than the show."

Anna Nicole Smith has been ordered to vacate the Bahamian house she's been calling home, according to a default judgment issued against her. Developer G. Ben Thompson, a former boyfriend of Smith's, filed papers to evict her earlier this month.

Eva Longoria confirmed exclusively to E!'s own Ryan Seacrest that she accepted a "perfect, personal and sweet" proposal from boyfriend Tony Parker. No word on a wedding date just yet, but the "Desperate Housewives" star said her nuptials would be "huge and beautiful and we just can't wait."

Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen's marital status is officially dissolved, leaving them free to wed other people. However, the couple is still finalizing details such as division of assets and custody of their two daughters, Lola and Sam.

CBS has yanked medical drama "3 Lbs." from its schedule after three episodes due to sinking ratings. No word on what will replace the show in its Tuesday slot.

CBS's "Numb3rs" and the CW's "Everybody Hates Chris" took top awards at the annual Family Television Awards, which honor family-friendly prime-time programs.

Glenn Close has signed on to star in her first television pilot, a legal drama for FX, per the Hollywood Reporter. Close will play a high-powered litigator in the as yet untitled series, which is set to begin production in February.

News 11/29/2006

A California appeals court has denied Paris Hilton access to the psychiatric records of actress Zeta Graff, who's suing Hilton for defamation, claiming the heiress fed the New York Post a phony item about Graff starting a fight with her at a nightclub. Graff's attorney argued that viewing his client's medical history was unnecessary because she wasn't planning to claim emotional distress, but rather just your average $10 million in general damages.

A judge is taking Nicollette Sheridan's request for a stay or dismissal of a lawsuit brought by her former manager under consideration. Rob Lee sued the actress in June, claiming he was instrumental in landing her a role on "Desperate Housewives" and was owed a cut of her profits.

Michael Richards may have even more to apologize for. In the wake of the comic's racist rant earlier this month comes new focus on anti-Semitic remarks he made during a stand-up gig in April. Though Richards' publicist said he considers himself Jewish and was only playing a role, Jewish leaders have pointed out that the "Seinfeld" star has not converted to the religion, nor are his parents Jewish.

Tracy Morgan was released without bond after being arraigned on drunk driving charges in New York Tuesday and relinquishing his driver's license to the court. A prosecutor stated that Morgan admitted he had been to a club and had "had some beers." The prosecution recommending a fine, community service, and a DWI program, but the actor's lawyer stated that he has no interest in a plea bargain at this time.

Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry underwent surgery for undisclosed reasons in North Carolina over the weekend, a pageant spokeswoman confirmed. Berry was said to be in "wonderful spirits," and the Miss America Organization was hopeful she would be able to resume her duties.

News 11/28/2006

In reality TV news: 33-year-old Manhattan resident Prince Lorenzo Borghese selected Jennifer Wilson, a 24-year-old teacher who currently resides in Pembroke Pines, FL, over Sadie Murray, a virginal 23-year-old publicist who currently resides in Carlsbad, CA, in Monday's finale of ABC's "The Bachelor: Rome" Monday...but he said that he won't marry her right now.

Michael Richards called into the Reverend Jesse Jackson's nationally syndicated radio program, "Keep Hope Alive," on Sunday and said he was "shattered" by his racist outburst at a Los Angeles comedy club earlier this month and claimed that he had never used such language before. The fallen comic's publicist said Saturday he has entered psychiatric treatment for anger management. The attorney for Frank McBride and Kyle Doss, the two men who were the object of Michael Richards' racist rant, stated that she wants Richards to meet the pair before a retired judge to offer a direct apology and...perhaps...some cash for their troubles. A rep for Richards stated that he does want to meet the men to apologize. Meanwhile, Kenny Kramer, the real-life inspiration for the "Seinfeld" character, issued a statement distancing himself from Richards. "I know the public is smart enough to realize that Michael Richards' personal actions in no way reflect on the character he portrayed on television or me, Kenny Kramer, the real person that the character was based on," the 62-year-old New Yorker said.

Tracy Morgan was arrested for drunk driving in New York early Tuesday morning, police said. The comic is currently on probation in Los Angeles stemming from a prior DUI arrest, meaning he could face up to a year in prison.

Matt Lauer's wife, Annette, gave birth to the couple's third child Tuesday, a boy named Thijs (a Dutch name, pronounced "tice.")

Nicole Richie's fondness for draping herself in fur earned her a top spot on the animal activist group's worst-dressed list. Ashley Olsen and Eva Longoria also made the list, thanks to their penchant for pelts.

"Growing Up Gotti" star Frank Agnello was arrested earlier this month on drug charges, police said.

"All My Children" is introducing a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman. The character, a flamboyant rock star named Zarf, will debut on Thursday's episode by sharing a liplock with lesbian character Bianca.

"D'oh!" ("The Simpsons"); "No soup for you!" ("Seinfeld"); and "How you doin'?" ("Friends") are among the 100 greatest catchphrases in television, according to a list compiled by TV Land.

Steve Irwin's widow, Terri, told Australian Women's Weekly that her eight-year-old daughter Bindi has been seeing a psychologist because she's been "so happy" since her father's death in September. "[The psychologist] said, 'Why? Are you worried? That's what you're shooting for.'"

Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson, and Jack Osbourne are among the celebrities training as police officers in Muncie, Indiana, for a new CBS reality show.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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