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OFF THE DOCKET

As expected, ABC is folding David E. Kelley's eight-year-old Practice in May, but the network has ordered a Kelley-scripted spin-off centered on James Spader. According to USA Today, the new series will begin to take shape this month on The Practice, when Spader's character, Alan Shore, is fired, files a wrongful-termination suit and joins a bigger firm. Practice co-stars Rhona Mitra and Jessica Capshaw are also expected to join the spin-off. read more

COUNTRY KUDOS

Nominations for the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards are out and Alan Jackson scored a field-best eight nods, including Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and Song of the Year for "Remember When." Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride received five nods apiece, followed by Kenny Chesney with three and Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley and Randy Travis with two each. CBS will air the ACMs May 26 live from Las Vegas. read more

WHAT'S THE BIG WHOOP?

Whoopi Goldberg will tackle the polarizing issue of gay marriage during an episode of her NBC sitcom, Whoopi. According to Reuters, the plot finds Goldberg's character, Mavis, hosting a wedding for her gay cousin at the same time her conservative brother is using the hotel for a Republican get-together. Says Goldberg: "It's presented in a way that was non-condescending and yet thought-provoking." Notice how she didn't say funny? (For rapper 50 Cent's take on same-gender nups, see below.) read more

SHORT CUTS

With The Passion of the Christ crucifying the competition at the box office, CBS has decided to rebroadcast its 2000 telepic Jesus on Sunday, March 28... Filmmaker Noam Murro has bowed out as director of the upcoming sequel to The Ring due to "creative difference" with DreamWorks... Disney has entered into a deal with best-selling young-adult author Judy Blume to develop films based on her books. read more

The Shield Aaaah, Tuesday night,...

The Shield
Aaaah, Tuesday night, that saving grace of primetime for those of us who shake our heads at the notion that there is anything on Thursday night that we "must see." Tuesday is where the action is. The normal lineup has Jack Bauer doing whatever he has to on 24 (when it is not pre-empted for endless Idol worship), followed by Vic Mackey doing all that and then some on The Shield. Damn! I hereby dub Tuesday night as "Oh, no you didn't! TV."

This show hasn't lost any of its luster. In fact, if anything, the tightest and tautest drama on TV just keeps getting better. Is that Carrie-Anne Moss's twin sister shacking up with Shane? And how long do you think Vic will let her interfere with a member of his strike team? Gotta say, I loved seeing sexually confused Julien borrow a pair of cajones from Vic and go eye for an eye rather than turning the other cheek. It was about time he returned the favor to the guys who threw him a b read more

PLEA DEAL

White Stripes front man Jack White pleaded guilty to assault and battery Tuesday for punching Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer in December. He was ordered to pay $750 in fines and attend anger-management classes. read more

DIESEL FUEL

Universal is developing a third installment of The Fast and the Furious, and get this: Vin Diesel — who skipped the sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, reportedly because his oversized ego demanded a $20 million payday — is in talks to climb back into the driver's seat. That's bad news for poor Paul Walker, who starred in the first two flicks but is not slated to appear in the third. The lesson here, kiddies? Prove yourself to be a team player and you'll end up fired. read more

Omarosa Speaks: "I'm a Good Person!"

On Thursday's episode of The Apprentice, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth was evicted from Trump Plaza and immediately took up residence inside reality television's Hall of Shame on You, Girlfriend! There, alongside fellow überbitches Jerri Manthey, Camille McDonald and Toni Ferrari, the 29-year-old political consultant (and former Clinton appointee) was granted one phone call — and wouldn't you know it, she used it to call TV Guide Online! Be afraid... be very afraid, folks (we sure were). We've chummed the waters and reeled in the nastiest corporate shark since Leona Helmsley.

TV Guide Online: How's your head?
Omarosa:
Thanks for asking. I really [suffered] a lot because I didn't follow the doctor's [orders], which was to take off a week and rest... I wasn't given an opportunity to do that. A lot of what you saw last [Thursday] night was relief, because I could now go take care of myself physically.

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Gilmore Girlfight!


If we were Gilmore Girls' apparently irresistible Rory, we'd start sleeping with one eye open. Lately, she's been throwing off sparks with old flame Dean. The hitch? He's now hitched to the seemingly sweet Lindsay, played by Arielle Kebbel. "I killed a girl," the up-and-comer admits to TV Guide Online. And she's only half-kidding! "It was on Law & Order: SVU. I killed her, then I lied about it and went on trial."

Chances are, no such fate awaits Lorelai's man-magnetizing daughter. Instead, her continued presence in her ex's life is more likely to sound the death knell for his young marriage. "No matter what I do for him, it's always Rory!" Kebbel exclaims in character. "I make him lunch every single day, I smile all the time... but I'll never be Rory. It becomes this huge tug-of-war over Dean."

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Why Sue Quit Survivor

After an uncomfortably close encounter with Richard Hatch — who rubbed up against her while nude — Sue Hawk walked off Survivor: All-Stars in last week's episode. Her emotional outburst was surprising, since she initially seemed to laugh off what happened. Here, the mouthy 42-year-old former trucker tells TV Guide Online why she left, her reaction to Tom's celebratory song and dance over her departure and whether rumors of litigation are true.

TVGO: Did you watch your final episode?
Sue Hawk:
No, I didn't.

TVGO: You weren't comfortable watching?
Hawk:
There was no way. I didn't want to go back to that place. I've worked so hard to get in front of that.

TVGO: Did you discuss the incident with your husband?
Hawk:
Yeah. My husband supported what I did 100 percent. He's been a t read more

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