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The O.C. Everybody sing it with...

The O.C.
Everybody sing it with me now: California, here we come/ Right back where we started from...
Yeah. You know you miss a show when its theme song hits you like a sickness and you get all slaphappy and stuff. Yep. That's how I'm feeling tonight. That said. Here are the things that tripped me out about the return of The O.C.
1. Marisa: Spiked iced tea. Spiked lattes. Vodka instead of water. Skinny miss has so bungee-jumped off the AA wagon that it's not even funny. And that moment by the pool when she blew up at her mother and just screamed? That was real teen angst right there. Or hunger. Somebody feed that child.
2. Seth: OK. Last time we saw him, Mister-mister was sailing off into the sunset, mad at the world for taking away his friend. Now we find him living in Portland with Luke. Riiiight. If I'd run away like that I'd better drown in the Pacific because my parents would not tolerate me just deciding to live elsewhe read more


Taking a page from Oprah's book, fledgling talk-show host Tony Danza surprised all 140 members of his studio audience Thursday with week-long Miami vacations. Each package was valued at $1,800, which either means Motel 6's rates have gone up or Danza sprung for a Best Western. read more


ABC's Lost hit a new ratings high last night, attracting 18.7 million viewers. But that wasn't enough to lift the struggling Bachelor, which was only able to hang on to 9 million of them at 9 pm. Talk about rejection. read more


Kelly Osbourne will make a cameo appearance in ABC's forthcoming remake The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz, TV Guide Online has learned. The soon-to-be-unemployed Life as We Know It star, playing herself, will bump into Dorothy (Ashanti) while in Oz. "It's going to break the fourth wall with the viewer," says an ABC insider. "Dorothy will say something like, like 'Kelly?'" And Kelly will have some witty comeback." The telepic is slated to air in May. In the meantime, check out the Nov. 21 issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale 11/18) for an exclusive first look at Kermit as the Scarecrow and Miss Piggy as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. It's priceless. read more

Survivor's John Gets Bucked

Survivor: Vanuatu has not been a friendly environment for strapping young men. In fact, the Lopevi tribe has ousted their strongest male members at every opportunity. Male model John Kenney was the last of their hot-lookin' fellas to go — unless husky Sarge is your type. Last week, John's tribemates booted the 22-year-old for slacking off work. Here, Kenney rings up TV Guide Online to (kinda sorta) defend his laid-back ways and discuss his odd profession.

TV Guide Online: Your job is listed as a mechanical bull operator. Huh? Do you ride them?
John Kenney:
No, I don't ride them. I don't even have that job anymore, I just put that as a joke. I do it, but it is not my primary job.

TVGO: What exactly does it entail — just turning on the machine and letting people go?
No. I go around and get people to ride. Once I get people to ride, I operate them. It is a good job. I just do that a couple nights a week for fun.

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Victoria's Dallas Secrets Revealed!

It's been nearly two decades since Victoria Principal left Dallas behind, but dang if the 54-year-old stunner doesn't still sound like the only actress who could've possibly played the indomitable Pamela Ewing. Now the kind of businesswoman who'd turn even J.R. dollar-green with envy — her Principal Secret line of skin-care products is worth a pretty penny — she has resisted the temptation to revisit her old stomping ground via TV-movies, holding out instead for what she considers a proper reminiscence, this weekend's Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork (Sunday at 9 pm/ET on CBS). Before shooting the breeze with her former castmates at the get-together, she took a moment to dish the dirt with TV Guide Online.
TV Guide Online: Is it true that you got your Dallas audition under false pretenses?
Victoria Principal:
I sent myself in for it! I had left acting to be an agent and was on my way to law school, but when a friend dropped off a read more


Comedy Central is thisclose to green-lighting a late-night show that would do for entertainment what The Daily Show has done for politics, USA Today reports. In other words, it would be a televised version of this very column. This is why we have lawyers, folks. — Additional reporting by Daniel R. Coleridge read more


Elton John is halting his late-life crisis long enough to develop a comedy series for ABC. According to Variety, Mr. Cranky Pants has sold the network on a sitcom pilot that revolves around an aging rock star and the poor, beleaguered souls around him. "It's not about me, but about everybody we've encountered over the past 30 years," he says. "We've met every star and seen every misbehavior. And it's about the people around the star, who have to put up with them." But it's not about him. Really. read more


Jeopardy! brainiac Ken Jennings — yes, he's still a contestant on the quizzer — has broken a new record: He's the world's richest game-show winner, since his $2,197,000 grand total to date has surpassed Kevin Olmstead's $2,180,000 take on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire back in 2001. read more


NBC is developing a reality show in which stand-up comics will compete for a gig on Saturday Night Live. According to The Hollywood Reporter, SNL exec producer Lorne Michaels will play the Donald Trump-like role in the series, narrowing the pool of contestants until one comic is left standing. Sources say NBC plans to get viewers invested in the show, only to yank it off the air just days before the big finale. read more

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