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WEST VIRGINIA IS FOR FELONS

Martha Stewart (aka No. 55170-054) will serve her five-month jail sentence at a minimum-security prison in West Virginia. "While I had hoped to be designated to a facility closer to my family and more accessible to my attorneys, I am pleased that the Bureau of Prisons has designated me so quickly to FPC Alderson, the first Federal prison camp for women in the United States," Stewart said in a statement. "I look forward to getting this behind me and to vigorously pursuing my appeal." Locally, FPC Alderson is known as "Camp Cupcake" — which works well with Stewart's new nickname, "The Icing." read more

KING'S MEN (AND WOMEN)

Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Mark Ruffalo are in talks to join the cast of Columbia's all-star remake of All the King's Men. Streep would play Sadie, an aide to Southern politician Willie Stark (Sean Penn). The cast also includes Jude Law as protagonist Jack Burden. Steven Zaillian — the writer-director behind one of my favorite movies of all time, Searching for Bobby Fischer — is on board to direct. read more

FIRED UP

As if Emmy loser Donald Trump hasn't got enough to be bitter about, BetWWTS.com has suspended wagering on The Apprentice because of an "unusual betting pattern on two contestants." (Don't worry, I'm not naming names.) This isn't the first time the Antigua-based gaming website has raised telling flags about suspicious betting on reality-TV shows. Last year, Survivor: Pearl Islands victor Sandra Diaz-Twine garnered numerous online bets from Vancouver before the first episode even aired. read more

ART IMITATES LIFE

Real-life spouses Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna will appear in at least three episodes of UPN's out-of-this-world drama Veronica Mars. They'll play the movie-star parents of Veronica's high-school rival, Logan, starting Nov. 2 read more

NO THANK U

Alanis Morrisette's fans in Indonesia are out of luck. She was set to perform this Sunday in Jakarta, but has canceled the trip due to a U.S. travel advisory issued on Sept. 3, which warned of possible terror attacks in Indonesia. read more

This Mom Got Wife Swapped


Rural New Jersey isn't that far from New York City, but for Wife Swap mom Lynn Bradley, they're worlds apart. On tonight's episode of the new reality series (10 pm/ET on ABC), the Garden State homemaker switches places with a Manhattan mother who lives in an empire state of opulence, complete with three nannies and a housekeeper. Here, Bradley tells TV Guide Online how she went from wood-chopping to shoe-shopping, as she adapted the not-so-simple life of a socialite.

TV Guide Online: How does it feel to be the wife who's depicted in a more positive light? You come across much better than your counterpart, Jodi Spolansky.
Lynn Bradley:
Oh yeah? I'm surprised. I don't really look at it that way. I thought I came across as a wimp because I couldn't stand up to [Steven, Jodi's husband]. He belittles you too quickly. You just want to crawl into a corner.

TVGO: How was it when the cameras were off? Was he more sociable toward you?
Br
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CHILD'S PLAY?

Planet Toys has inked a licensing agreement with CBS to produce a line of CSI-themed forensic activity kits for children age 14 and up. The first one, the CSI: Forensic Facial Reconstructive Kit, will be available exclusively at Toys R Us beginning Friday. The other two — CSI: This Is a Really Bad Idea and CSI: Someone's Gonna Get Fired Over This — are due in late October. read more

THE NAKED TRUTH

Fox has ordered a pilot for a variety show starring Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies. According to Variety, the show will feature all five band members performing music and comedy skits. And then getting canceled. read more

YES I AM... AN ACTRESS

Melissa Etheridge is switching sides. No, the sapphic rocker isn't pulling an Anne Heche and going straight. She's crossing over from music to acting, inking a deal for her very own sitcom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has ordered a script for a comedy that is being billed as a reversed Will & Grace. Etheridge would play a gay woman who lives with her best friend, a straight dude. But there's a twist: The two of them will be raising the daughter of another friend, setting up the inevitable David Crosby sweeps appearance. read more

SHORT CUTS

Singer-actor Frankie Valli, 67, has filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, Randy. The couple have 10-year-old twin boys and a 17-year-old son.... TV Land has ordered six episodes of Chasing Farrah, a reality series centered on '70s pinup Farrah Fawcett. It'll debut in January. read more

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