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What Not to Wear Alright, I love...

What Not to Wear
Alright, I love this makeover show, but I'm a little torn. Tonight's fashion victim, Michele, gets a $5000 spending spree and a satchel full of Sephora because she's hooked on overall shorts and decorative denim shirts? Please. That should be remedied with public flogging, not shopping. How 'bout those of us who get a rash from just knowing that there's such a thing as Disney-store couture? Where's our trip to Dolce & Gabbana, huh? Anyway, miracle workers Clinton and Stacy rocked as usual, turning the little miss from a rat-haired scrunchie-sporting '80s mess into a cashmere-crazed clothes horse in under an hour and we all ended up better people. Or at least better equipped to pick out slim-cut jeans. Which may seem shallow in some cultures, but most of them probably worship parachute pants and Capezio jazz shoes, so who cares, right?

The Next Action Star
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TCA CRISIS!

A potential strike among hotel workers in Los Angeles is threatening to derail the Television Critics Association press tour, which kicks off July 8. And no TCA press tour means no TCA diaries, folks. So, for everyone's sake, let's hope that members of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union can reach a new deal. read more

SHORT CUTS

Five months after Clear Channel pulled the plug, Howard Stern's radio show will be back on the air in Rochester, Orlando, Pittsburgh and San Diego beginning July 19. The program will now air on Infinity-owned stations... Pop star Michelle Branch, 20, has married her bass player, Teddy Landau, Entertainment Tonight reports... Janet Jackson's Super Bowl peep show could cost 20 Viacom-owned CBS stations a total of $550,000 in fines, payable in singles. read more

CODE BLOND

As first hinted in the new issue of TV Guide magazine, Heather Graham is in preliminary discussions to join the cast of my favorite TV show, Scrubs, this fall as a full-fledged series regular. "She'd play an attending shrink who comes in and [exposes] everyone's flaws and all their bull----," says exec producer Bill Lawrence. "The character's a real catalyst to mess things up for everybody." Pretty girls are so like that. read more

LADY BOSSES MEN

Veteran sitcom director Pamela Fryman — who got her start on a little show called Santa Barbara — will take over as the primary director on CBS's Two and a Half Men next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

MOVIE STUFF

Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are in talks to star in If Only It Were True, a DreamWorks movie about a guy who falls in love with a ghost, Variety reports... Melissa George, last seen dragging down ABC's Alias, is in talks to star in MGM's remake of The Amityville Horror. read more

WELCOME, LADIES

It's now official: Joan and Melissa Rivers have left their long-time posts with E! Entertainment Television to join the TV Guide Channel, where they will troll the red carpet and host a number of specials. Meanwhile, I hear Missy's getting a bigger cubicle than I have and, well, let's just say I'm not happy. (Hooray! I can still make jokes! I hope!) read more

HEEEEEERE'S ALF!

TV Land has tapped former sitcom star Gordon Shumway to host Alf's Hit Talk Show, a half-hour special slated to air July 7. The furry Melmac native will be joined by legendary late-night sidekick Ed McMahon, as well as guests Dennis Franz, Drew Carey and Joan Rivers. Speaking of Ms. Rivers... read more

Wonder Woman Returns!

In the 1970s, Lynda Carter was fighting for your rights in her satin tights, at least on Wonder Woman, the show that made her famous. The 52-year-old former Miss USA is content with her own version of Paradise Island these days — raising her two kids in Washington, D.C. — but she does take occasional acting work, including a guest spot on Hope & Faith last fall. With the DVD of Wonder Woman's first season now in stores, we fired some bullet-like questions Carter's way — and she deflected them even without her magic bracelets.

TV Guide Online: Uh, I'm one of those guys who drooled over you when I was a kid.
Lynda Carter:
I think that's very cool. You know, I like Wonder Woman, too. I thought she was the bomb, as my daughter would say.

TVGO: Wonder Woman was kind of the full package, huh?
Carter:
What I was hoping for was that men would see that women could be a lot of things: She was beautiful, smart and read more

CODE BLONDE

As first hinted in the new issue of TV Guide magazine, Heather Graham is in preliminary discussions to join the cast of my favorite TV show, Scrubs, this fall as a full-fledged series regular. "She'd play an attending shrink who comes in and [exposes] everyone's flaws and all their bull----," says exec producer Bill Lawrence. "The character's a real catalyst to mess things up for everybody." Pretty girls are so like that. read more

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