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ET PHONES TRL

TRL cohost Vanessa Minnillo has been named a New York correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. But don't worry, she's not leaving MTV; she'll juggle both jobs. Talk about a workhorse. read more

TURNOVER!

Are you ready for some major football news? The NFL has confirmed that NBC will become the exclusive home of Sunday Night Football — as in prime time — beginning in 2006. That same year, ESPN will take over Monday Night Football from its corporate cousin ABC. I told you it was major. read more

THE PROGNOSIS OF MIMI

Mariah Carey is on track to land her first No. 1 album since 1997. First-day sales of Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi suggest that the CD could surpass 350,000 units in its first week, easily placing it at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart. Her last No. 1, Butterfly, bowed with 235,000 copies in 1997. read more

TUBE WATCHERS WANTED

Jimmy Kimmel is embarking on a nationwide couch-potato hunt. The late-night funnyman is looking to pay someone roughly $500 a week to watch TV all day and gather clips for his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Candidates must have at least five years experience in being brain dead and be proficient in absolutely nothing. Got to ABC.com for an application. read more

SHORT CUTS

Focus Features has given the thumbs-up to a remake of the 1986 C. Thomas Howell-Rutger Hauer thriller The Hitcher... Ryan Seacrest will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday. The ceremony is slated to take place at 11:30 am/PT and will be followed immediately by an all-new House! read more

BUSTED

Rapper DMX was arrested over the weekend following a three-car crash involving a police cruiser on a major New York City expressway. Two police officers and the driver of the other vehicle were treated for minor injuries. DMX was charged with driving with a suspended license and released. read more

HOLY CANNOLI!

Yeah, we saw this coming a mile away: CBS has firmed up plans to broadcast Rob and Amber's wedding during May sweeps. The two-hour special will air Tuesday, May 24, and include a behind the scenes look at the preparation for the wedding as well as exclusive footage of her bridal shower, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, their rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, reception and that scene in Amazing Race when they sped past Brian and Greg's car wreck. Bring your tissues! read more

JACKO TRIAL UPDATE

Under cross-examination Friday, the mother of Michael Jackson's accuser described Neverland as a den of "booze, pornography and sex with boys" during a heated exchange with lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau. The judge ordered the outburst (and future NAMBLA slogan) stricken from the record. read more

HELLO AGAIN

Turn on your heartlight, folks: Neil Diamond's overseas tour is coming to America this summer. According to Billboard, the Jazz Singer's 34-city U.S. leg kicks off July 25 in Omaha and will end when Babs finally brings him some freakin' flowers. read more

Arrested Development All right,...

Arrested Development
All right, which is more inspired, playing "Afternoon Delight" or referencing Soapdish? Right. Doing both at the same time.

And among all those willing to put their dignity on the line for a laugh — not that there's anything wrong with that — Henry Winkler deserves the most bravery points, I think, for fearlessly playing up the weird factor and taking one for the team. I mean, Jessica Walter is an absolute trouper for, among other things, being tackled by her son last week and flashing tonight, but is there anything funnier than Winkler's creepy wink, considering this is the man who, as the Fonz, taught an entire generation to be cool?

Well, you say, maybe Desperate Housewives' read more

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