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What's sadder (read: funnier) than Apprentice 2 star Stacie J. putting her infamous Magic 8-Ball up for auction on her personal web log? Finding out that her highest bid — $1 million — came from Dr. Evil. Click here for all the depressing (read: hilarious) details. read more

New Apprentice Charges Ahead


Did military man-turned-software exec Kelly deserve to win The Apprentice? Did the finale's "ambush" on rival Jennifer Massey surprise him at all? And what is his one big concern about his new gig working for Donald Trump? Here, TV Guide Online has all the answers from Kel, uh, we mean Mr. Perdew.

TV Guide Online: Congratulations. Have you had a busy weekend?
Kelly Perdew:
It's been insane; I slept an hour and a half the first night. I did Today in New York, then did The Tonight Show in L.A. And I've done interviews in the limo, preboarding, after getting out there... It's just been a whirlwind.

TVGO: Compared to Season 1's "reduced-fat" finale, watching you and Jen watch Regis Philbin poll the audience diminished the suspense of Trump's final decision. Your take?
Kelly:
Sitting backstage and watching it, I was gaining confidence as more and more people spoke out. I think five or eight people read more

FAT DEAL

Jenny Craig has tapped Hollywood's new plus-size poster girl, Kirstie Alley, as its new celeb spokeswoman. The upcoming Fat Actress star says she was approached by four other companies before settling on Jenny. "I wanted to go with the safest, most well-rounded, fun approach," Alley says. "And let's face it, Jenny Craig's food is hands-down the yummiest." And their checks the cashiest! read more

SHORT CUTS

NBC has tapped Will & Grace's Bobby Cannavale to headline its in-the-works French Connection-esque cop drama NY-70, per The Hollywood Reporter... The Man Show's Adam Carolla is returning to Comedy Central to host a new weeknight talk show... Listen Up's Jason Alexander and Malcolm-Jamal Warner will host CBS's coverage of the 31st annual People's Choice Awards on Jan. 9. read more

DEAD REBORN?

Reports of Dead Like Me's untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated. Although Showtime axed the two-year-old drama series, execs at MGM (the show's producer) confirm that they are "exploring every opportunity" to keep the show alive. For more on that, read "Ask Ausiello." (Yes, there's actually a little substance to this week's column. The key words being "a little.") read more

CLARK UPDATE

Dick Clark, who continues to recover from a mild stroke, will remain hospitalized through Christmas and perhaps New Year's Eve, USA Today reports. As previously reported, Regis Philbin will be pinch-hitting for Clark on ABC's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005. read more

DOG'S WORST FRIEND

American Pie star Natasha Lyonne was arrested Friday at her Manhattan home after she allegedly threatened her neighbor's dog. According to the New York Daily News, the actress — currently appearing in Blade: Trinity — burst into her nabe's third-floor apartment, grabbed and threatened the dog, and ripped a mirror off the wall. Sounds like someone's suffering from Jonathan Baker disease. read more

HOT HOUSEWIVES

With 22.3 million viewers, Sunday's fresh episode of Desperate Housewives was the most-watched show of the week. Still, CBS — with eight of the Top 10 programs — came out on top with an average 12.6 million viewers. read more

MR. PERSONALITY

Recently departed NBC Nightly Newsman Tom Brokaw has the best personality among TV anchors, according to a just-released survey by research firm Insight Express. ABC's Peter Jennings ranked second, followed by Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith, NBC's Tim Russert, Brokaw successor Brian Williams and CNN's Anderson Cooper. And further down the list... keep going... a little more... you're almost there... you'll find CBS's Dan Rather. read more

EXCLUSIVE!

Burt Reynolds will guest-star on CBS's The King of Queens during February sweeps as Doug's (Kevin James) former high school football coach. As reported in the new issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale tomorrow), James invited the former Evening Shade star to appear on the show after the two became fast friends working on the big-screen comedy Grilled. read more

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