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REALITY BITES

In Thursday night's Last Comic Standing finale, John Heffron won the coveted title (and the even more coveted talent contract with NBC). Runners-up Alonzo Bodden and Gary Gulman were given Jay London's unused grooming products and the phone number of Ant's shrink as lovely parting gifts. (Maybe the boys will bounce back in the all-star edition of LCS that will follow the Olympics.) Elsewhere on the tube, Big Brother 5 head of household Nakomis successfully ousted Brad Pitt-obsessed bully Jase with her "six-finger plan." On a related note, most of the contestants needed only one finger to bid the jerk adieu. read more

Big Brother 5 It should shock...

Big Brother 5
It should shock no one that Jase got the boot over Marvin this week. But I don't think anyone could have been more shocked than Jase when host Julie Chen reunited him with his "cuddle buddy," Holly, on live national TV. Did you all see how uncomfortable he was sitting next to her? He looked like his skin was crawling at her touch. The surprise of the night for me? Cowboy Michael shaved off that scraggly beard and — dare I say it &#151 the boy looks... better! It just goes to show that you don't have to go under the knife on ABC to get an extreme makeover. Sometimes all it takes is a shave and a haircut. Speaking of hair, for folks who aren't supposed to leave the house or have contact with the outside world, everyone looked suspiciously well groomed. They've been in the house, what, seven weeks? All I know is that my roots start showing after four weeks, tops.

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Farscape Miniseries Scoop!


What a difference a year makes. When the Farscape crew assembled in San Diego for the 2003 Comic-Con, it was a decidedly mournful affair. The show had aired its last episode only four months earlier and with no network reprieve in sight, angry fans were experiencing a serious case of withdrawal. Little did anyone suspect, however, that behind the scenes, plans were already in the works to resurrect Farscape and give the cult series a proper send-off!

Flash-forward to the 2004 Con, where fans' dreams became a reality. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, reunited members from the cast and crew (including series stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black) took the stage to present the trailer for Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, a four-hour miniseries that will air on the Sci Fi Channel on Oct. 17 and 18 at 9pm/ET.

To say the teaser got a positive reaction would be an understatement; the minute Farscape's familiar theme song started play read more

OSCARS STAFFERS

Frank Pierson has been reelected president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (aka the Oscars people). This will be the 79-year-old Cool Hand Luke screenwriter's fourth and final term. Oscar winner Kathy Bates (Misery) was also reelected as Academy treasurer. read more

Comic Tammy: Too Stereotypical?

Forget everything you think you know about Last Comic Standing runner-up Tammy Pescatelli. Although the funny lady appeared to be the joke-off's shrewdest manipulator and most gleeful backstabber, she's really a down-to-earth sweetheart who'd sooner dish out lasagna than insults. Or so she insisted when TV Guide Online recently caught up with her. We're inclined to believe her, too; the straight shooter wouldn't even cop to the competitor for whom she's rooting in tonight's finale (airing at 9 pm/ET on NBC). Um, there are also those Mafia ties at which she's always hinting.

TV Guide Online: Since being eliminated, have you met any interesting new fans?
Tammy Pescatelli:
Yeah, Garry Marshall [the Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride director]. I mean, you just go, "You've got to be kidding me. I grew up on your shows [like Happy Days and The Odd Couple]! Everything you've ever touched, I enjoyed." So that's huge for me. I was i read more

BAD BUST

Troubled film actor Tom Sizemore was arrested Wednesday on a narcotics violation after probation officers discovered drugs in his Los Angeles residence during a random visit. He was released on $10,000 bail. Last October Sizemore was sentenced to six months in jail on misdemeanor charges for harassing his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. The judge stayed the time while Sizemore took part in a rehabilitation program. The Black Hawk Down star is due back in court Sept. 2 to determine whether he violated his probation by allegedly testing positive for methamphetamine use. read more

McENROE SCORES ZERO

There's not a lot of love going on for tennis star turned TV gabber John McEnroe and his CNBC talkfest, McEnroe. According to Nielsen Media Research, the show has twice registered a 0.0 rating, despite heavy promotion and plugs by parent company NBC. The show has had a hard time maintaining an audience from its lead-in Dennis Miller. At its lowest point, McEnroe averaged a measly 39,000 viewers. But CNBC executives aren't giving up on their latest offering. "When you're trying to do something as unique as we are during prime time, you have to look at it over time," CNBC senior vice president of prime time Bob Meyers told The Hollywood Reporter. "We want to hold on to our business-day audience, and expand upon that." read more

Pamela Anderson Turns Author

Pamela Anderson has retired. Well, sorta. "No movies. No TV. I'm not doing those anymore," she says. "That's too much work. I'd rather be an author." Yes, that's right. The 37-year-old Playboy cover girl best known for her Baywatch body of work (and tumultuous marriage to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee) has put her stilettoed heel on literary ground. Her first novel, Star, follows a curvy young blond who goes from beer babe to laddie-mag cover girl to rock-star girlfriend and TV star. Sound familiar?

TV Guide Online: Your novel, Star, is in bookstores now. Congratulations.
Pamela Anderson:
Thank you. I can't believe it. I got a copy the other day, and I had to drive off the road and sit there in front of the ocean and go, "OK, this is really weird. I have a book."

TVGO: Did you have help writing it?
Anderson:
In theory, you're not supposed to tell people you have a ghostwriter. But give read more

MISSION OVER

Call it a mission undone. Paramount Pictures has postponed plans to film Mission: Impossible 3 as its 2005 blockbuster, and will instead release War of the Worlds, starring M:I star Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg. War, based on the H.G. Wells novel about a Martian invasion of Earth, will start production in November and be released some time next year. M:I-3 has been plagued with problems, including the exit of two directors. But don't fret, the movie isn't gone forever. The third installment of the action-packed spy adventure will resume production next summer, with Alias creator J.J. Abrams making his feature-film directorial debut. read more

GIRL STUFF

Here's a feather in WB's cap: Julia Roberts will serve as an executive producer of the Frog net's first made-for-TV movie, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. Set in 1904, the period film is based on the popular American Girl dolls and books, and stars 10-year-old actress Annasophia Robb (Because of Winn-Dixie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Samantha and Mia Farrow as her granny. Holiday airs Nov. 23. read more

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