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BABY CHICKS

Dixie Chick Martie Maguire and her hubby, Gareth, are the parents of twin girls. Eva Ruth and Kathleen Emilie were born April 27. read more

HEAD SCRATCHER

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is suing Ohio Discount Merchandise Inc., claiming that the bobblehead company unlawfully used his image on a line of the wobbly plastic toys. The company's owners argue that the governator is a public figure and can no longer control his image. read more

STILL IN PRACTICE

David E. Kelley is taking a year off — sort of. The überproducer — who is pitching ABC two Practice spinoffs for fall — tells TV Guide Online that he'll be "stepping back from the day-to-day running of [my shows], but I'll still be here supervising and, obviously, developing. A year off [is] overstated. I wish, but no such luck!" read more

MOORE OR LESS

Walt Disney is reportedly blocking Miramax from distributing Michael Moore's controversial anti-Dubya documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11. In a message posted on his website, Moore said the whole ordeal "has been a lesson in just how difficult it is in this country to create a piece of art that might upset those in charge." A Miramax rep responds: "We're discussing the issue with Disney. We're looking at all of our options and look forward to resolving this amicably." read more

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE...

Buoyed by the penultimate episode of Friends and a rockin' turnout for its cheesy quake saga 10.5, NBC won the ratings race last week among total viewers and adults aged 18-49. The Peacock also benefited from the one-hour season finale of Will & Grace, which drew 20.5 million viewers — its biggest audience in more than a year. CBS ranked a strong second among viewers, thanks to another No. 1. finish from CSI. Rounding out the top five: Friends, American Idol (Tues.), American Idol (Wed.) and ER. read more

WILL IT BE FAIR AND BALANCED?

Al Gore has purchased the 24-hour Newsworld International channel from Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The former VP says he plans to turn it into a cable news network for young adults. "This is not going to be a liberal network, a Democratic network or a political network," Gore said at a news conference. "[It'll be] an independent voice in this industry." Rumored first guests include Barbra Streisand, Michael Moore and Janeane Garofalo. read more

Scrubs Kids, I'm on Week 2 of...

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Kids, I'm on Week 2 of a most heinous sinus infection. Yuck! If you read last week's column, my Tuesday "night off" was spent popping ineffective decongestants and antibiotics. Yeah, I'm bitter, but I still ain't better. So I checked into Sacred Heart Hospital for the third-season finale of Scrubs, since at least these quack doctors can make me laugh...

Turk and Carla's wedding day was trippy, as expected. Here's a trivia tidbit: It appears George Takei — best known as Star Trek's Sulu — has found himself an odd new acting niche, playing matrimonial ministers. In December, he officiated over Dru and Neil's Japanese nuptials on The Young and The Restless! But what a relief that Mr. Sulu wasn't actually the one to marry Turk and Carla. That other priest hitching the couple in the Sacred Heart ICU felt much more right. By the way, loved Jordan and Dr. Cox skippi read more

THE BIG ONE

Part 1 of NBC's earthquake fantasy 10.5 registered 20.4 (million viewers) on TV's Richter scale Sunday night, making it the Peacock's most-watched TV movie in five years and its cheesiest in 10. Last night's climax, meanwhile, drew just under 20 million viewers. read more

Scrubs' Wedding Fiasco


Forget Trista and Ryan's wedding. Turk and Carla's nuptials tonight on Scrubs (9:30 pm/ET) promise to be the TV wedding of the decade. But don't tune in expecting the carefully orchestrated and executed circus, er, ceremony that ABC and Bachelorette producers whipped up. This is a Scrubs wedding, which can mean only one thing: Everything that can go wrong does go wrong. But when asked what to expect in the third-season ender, Judy Reyes, who plays Carla, would only say, "It's going to be quite a ride... because of the nature of the show and the people who are getting married."

Here's what else we know: Turk (Donald Faison) takes an extra shift at the hospital on the day of the ceremony, vowing to his anxious fianc&#233e that he'll get to the church on time. Needless to say, complications arise and pandemonium ensues as the dashing doc races against the clock to meet his bride-to-be at the altar.

At least Carla w read more

Time's Up for 24 Babe?


On last week's 24, Michelle Dessler's day went from bad to better to worse in mere minutes. Soon after learning that she was immune to that ghastly virus, the CTU pinup was kidnapped by Saunders' goons and nearly got her eyeball gutted. But you won't catch portrayer Reiko Aylesworth complaining.

"It's the best stuff that I've been given," gushes the 31-year-old actress, who prior to this season's outbreak had been relegated to 'round-the-clock desk duty. What's more, she adds: "It's been great to work on different sets!"

Viewers also seem to be enjoying the change of scenery following that midseason detour to Mexico. Ratings have spiked in recent weeks, with Tuesday's installment notching season-high numbers. Even the cast can feel a difference, Aylesworth says. "Ever since the virus broke there's been a renewed level of intensity and focus. Everyone has really stepped up."

And as the clock ticks to the May 25 finale, Aylesworth admits read more

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