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LAST CHANCE

Next week, Grammy winner Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds begins pitching ReMIX, a proposed Idol rip-off in which he will entice a bunch of has-beens to endure music boot camp by dangling a new recording contract in front of them. Holy smoke — this is just the break Paula Abdul's been waiting for! read more

WILL ACT FOR... LOTS OF MONEY

Here ARE the latest winners in the pilot-season derby: Camryn Manheim's landed the lead in an as-yet-untitled WB sitcom about a single mother of three; Mark-Paul Gosselaar has gotten hitched to an also-as-yet-untitled Fox dramedy set in a Vegas wedding chapel; and Species ET Natasha Henstridge will join the cast of ABC's Pros & Cons, about criminals working for the FBI. read more

KORN OFF THE KOB

Also in music news, guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has quit Korn. "[He] has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end," read a statement posted Tuesday on the band's website. Can we look forward to hearing him jam with Kathie Lee Gifford? read more

ZIP THOSE LIPS

On Tuesday, while shooting a kissing scene for the upcoming flick Free Zone near Jerusalem's Western Wall (where men and women are separated by a barrier and forbidden to touch), Natalie Portman was accosted by a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers. When the crowd charged at the actress and leading man Aki Avni, yelling "Immoral!", police recommended that the couple beat a hasty retreat. Mind you, by "Immoral!" the protesters may have meant, "You were really bad in the Star Wars prequels!" read more

IN GOOD COMPANY

The Sopranos' Edie Falco has been added to the cast of Freedomland, the all-star feature adaptation of Richard Price's best-seller. Also on board for the carjacking drama are Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore and Blind Justice cop Ron Eldard. read more

WOULDN'T GROUNDING HER HAVE SUFFICED?

In divorce papers filed last month, Lindsay Lohan's pop Michael is accused of threatening to kill not only wife Dina but also their children, The Daily News revealed today. "O.J. Simpson has nothing on me," Daddy Dearest allegedly told the dysfunctional family's security guard. Now would be a good time to shudder, folks. read more

STING TO THE RESCUE

In still more music news, Mrs. Sting, Trudie Styler, told Reuters yesterday that after visiting Sri Lanka's tsunami-battered southern coast, her hubby has been so moved that he is considering writing a song to aid relief efforts. What a good egg that former Police-man is. read more

THINKING OUTSIDE THE NIELSEN BOX

Just when you thought we were done talking about Idol for the day, the ratings come out. Natch, the singing contest scored two of the top slots, leaving in the dust the premiere of Survivor: Palau (which had the show's best 18-49 demo kickoff since Amazon in '03). The week's No. 1 program was CSI. Way to go, Marg! read more

MOTHERS, LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS

After five years of marriage, Untamed Heart-throb Christian Slater and his missus, Haddon, have filed for divorce, Entertainment Tonight reports. The two share a son, a daughter and probably a whole lot of unwanted Alone in the Dark DVDs. read more

WE DON'T WANT TO LOVE IT...

but we do. NBC has given the go-ahead to a Behind the Camera tell-all TV-movie about the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. Little Bobb'e J (of the short-lived Tracy Morgan Show) has landed the coveted role of little Gary Coleman, beating out such hopefuls as Gary Coleman, Gary Coleman and Emmanuel Lewis. read more

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