Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, 63, escaped serious injury over the weekend when he fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck and crashed into a ditch on a rural road in Templeton, Calif. "I am very lucky and thankful that no one was badly hurt," he said. "My back hurts a little, but I plan to be in the studio this Tuesday for our regular tapings."
It's a shame that Outback winner Tina Wesson had to be voted off, or for that matter, any of those poor, nearly dehydrated bastards. The game is great and all, but the real kick of watching this all-star edition is seeing these already established personalities interact with each other. Ya got Rudy and Rupert forming an alliance; Lex working side-by-side with Colby (Schick's not-so-clean-shaven spokesman); Jerri hanging out with Jenna L.; and even Rob M. mildly flirting with Amber, later noting how "beautiful" she is. (Oh, and they won't milk this possible story line for all it's worth?)
It seems like each successive Survivor edition gets harder and harder. No shelter. No food. No drinkable water. What's next? Maybe they all get splashed with fresh blood and then Jeff Probst will say, "OK, we've just released a dozen ravenous l
Producer Mary-Ellis Bunim, who along with Jonathan Murray pioneered the reality genre with the creation of MTV's The Real World, died Thursday of breast cancer. She was 57. Bunim's partnership with Murray also spawned such reality staples as Road Rules, Making the Band, The Real World/Road Rules Challenge and Fox's The Simple Life. She is survived by her daughter, Juliana.
Tina Wesson paid the price for being one of Survivor's $1 million champions as the 42-year-old became the first contestant voted off Survivor: All-Stars. Her fellow Saboga tribemates, fearing that Wesson could pull off a repeat, gave her the boot by a 4-2 margin. Note to Ethan: Start packin' your bags, dude.
CBS estimates that more than 89 million people saw Janet Jackson's exposed boobie, making it the most-watched Super Bowl since 1998. Final numbers are due later today.
On Feb. 29, Billy Crystal hosts the 76th Annual Academy Awards. Arguably the most popular Oscar emcee in recent history, the comic's taking his eighth turn at bat. But why hasn't he done the show in the past three years?
"I've never had any regrets about the years I haven't done it," Crystal says. "I so needed a rest from it. It's three months [of prep time], and that's a long part of your year. The years just felt all the same, after a while, and you start to feel stale."
How did Oscar entice Billy back? First off, Joe Roth — Crystal's pal and director on 2001's America's Sweethearts — is producing the awards show this year. Secondly, his public was clamoring for it. "Wherever I go, people ask me, 'Why aren't you doing the show? We miss you. We want you to do it.' After a while, you have to pay attention to that."
Plus, he feels the Oscars are an inside job, not to be trusted to smart alecks like Dave Lette
ABC has laid Karen Sisco to rest. The network which was set to relaunch the critically praised-yet-ratings challenged freshman drama in March has axed the show altogether. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC brass were unhappy with the creative direction of the scripts and scrapped plans to give the show a second shot. Threat Matrix, meanwhile, remains on the air. Go figure.
Whatever God is paying his agent, it ain't enough. The man upstairs hasn't had as hip a showcase as Joan of Arcadia since Moses parted the Red Sea. The CBS hit has even made, if not a believer, a questioner of its leading lady, Amber Tamblyn. Being on the series, she says, "hasn't changed [my spirituality] that much, but it's definitely helped me to be more interested in religion in general."
The daughter of Twin Peaks' kooky Russ Tamblyn, the General Hospital alumna wasn't taught to put her faith in "a specific religion," she admits. "But I was raised to believe in God. The [basics] of what my father taught me growing up was to find something that I truly believed in, not necessarily to follow his path. He likes to influence me, definitely, [by telling me to] read different things. But he never pushed anything on me."
Between her pop's open mind and the all-embracing subtext of Joan, Tamblyn was overdue for a metaphysical