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GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND

Beloved TV chef Julia Child died at her home in Montecito, Calif. on Friday. She was 91, and reportedly passed away peacefully in her sleep. Child, who cheerfully pioneered the introduction of French cuisine into American cookery, had been suffering from kidney failure. She was just two days away from her 92nd birthday. read more

BAD SITCH WORSENS

Complaining of chest pains, Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael, collapsed in court on Wednesday but is now in stable condition (and due back before the judge next month). He is charged with attacking his brother-in-law with his shoe. read more

HIS DAY MADE

Clint Eastwood has settled a $10 million libel lawsuit against Clint: The Life and Legend author Patrick McGilligan and his publisher, St. Martin's Press. As part of the deal, references to the Oscar winner beating his first wife, Maggie, will be removed from the book. 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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YOO-HOO!

Although he had already been granted permission not to attend, Michael Jackson has decided that he will go to court on Monday to hear testimony by Tom Sneddon, the Santa Barbara County DA who is prosecuting him for child molestation. The Associated Press also reports that, according to secretive sources, the singer's parents, brother Jermaine and sisters Janet and LaToya will appear as well. Because, really, what screams "credibility" like having LaToya in your corner? read more

GONE YESTERDAY, HERE TODAY

After taking a whole lot of criticism for its decision to put on a no-talent show, the Miss America pageant has elected to reinstate the song-and-dance portion of the competition — at least partly. When the Sept. 18 crown derby goes into the home stretch, the two final contestants (and only the two final contestants) will be asked to perform. read more

BUZZKILBORN

Did you hear that big thump yesterday afternoon? Yeah, that was jaws dropping at CBS when Late Late Show host Craig Kilborn told his bosses that he was quitting after five years to focus on a career behind the scenes. The popular chatterbox isn't expected to take his final bow for about a month, but already speculation has begun that the Eye network will try to steal Conan O'Brien when his NBC contract expires in late 2005. That, or they'll try to steal Michael Ausiello, who everyone knows will work for Diet Raspberry Snapple. read more

GENIE IN A PICKLE

Photographer David Keeler has filed a lawsuit against Christina Aguilera and a bodyguard. The shutterbug alleges that after he snapped pics of the singer leaving a nightclub in May 2003, her protector told him he "needed to learn respect," socked him and spat on him. Aguilera's rep maintains that she witnessed no such incident and has no reason to believe that it even occurred. Of course, Triple-Xtina says the same thing about her stint as a wholesome Mouseketeer, too. read more

BORING BUSINESS STUFF

DreamWorks TV has inked a new three-year deal to remain with NBC Universal. This means that NBC Universal will keep footing most of the overhead bills for DreamWorks TV and get first crack at all of their new series. It also means that this item has already sent most of you running for your second cup of coffee. read more

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

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