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Comic Flirt's Last Chance

Although stand-up guy Corey Holcomb was eliminated from Last Comic Standing seven days ago, he'll have a chance to get back into the competition in tonight's wild-card episode (9 pm/ET on NBC). But for a real cliffhanger, TV Guide Online turns to the self-aggrandizing lady-killer's personal life: Will his significant other give him a chance to get back in her good graces after she sees this interview? Read on, and draw your own conclusions.

TV Guide Online: In your final head-to-head with Alonzo and John, you came down pretty hard on the fairer sex. Do you think maybe that cost you the female vote?
Corey Holcomb:
Nah, I don't think so. On The Apollo Comedy Hour, [the emcee] just walks over [to the contestants] and says, "Clap if you like this guy. Clap if you like that guy." I just think that system works better than [Comic's computerized] voting. It's not like the audience is voting if somebody comes back [after a commercial break] with a v read more


Is On Air with Ryan Seacrest going off the air? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sinclair Broadcast Group has pulled the American Idol host's struggling gabfest from more than 20 of its TV stations. The move could spell the beginning of the end for On Air, unless Twentieth Television can line up replacement stations ASAP. read more


The financial backers behind Restaurant star Rocco DiSpirito's troubled Manhattan eatery want to quit while they're behind. According to reports, China Grill Management is looking to sell Rocco's 22nd Street. There's just one problem: DiSpirito says he still owns 50 percent of the establishment. Another stumbling block: Mama is refusing to leave the kitchen until Oprah tries one of her meatballs. read more


Felicity goddess Keri Russell has signed on to star in TNT's upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries Into the West, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 12-hour, six-part, $50-million epic chronicles the settling of the American West in the 19th century through the eyes of two multigenerational families. Joining Russell in the saga are Josh Brolin, Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Settle. read more


The Art Cafe and Bakery in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has gotten a new lease on life thanks to Oprah Winfrey. The talk show host mailed a big, fat check to the joint's owners after learning they were planning to shut the place down for financial reasons. Apparently, she sampled the cafe's chicken-curry sandwich a few weeks back and was overwhelmed. The moral of the story? "Always do your best," says Winfrey, "because you never know who's watching." read more


Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett will headline a remake of Once Upon a Mattress for ABC this season. Ullman will play Princess Winnifred, the role Burnett made famous on Broadway. Burnett, meanwhile, will play the evil Queen Aggravain. read more


Simple Life 2 stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have been tapped to host the 2004 Teen Choice Awards, airing Aug. 11 on Fox. (That's hot.) Britney Spears is also slated to make a special appearance at the ceremony, which tapes Aug. 8 in Los Angeles. (That's hot, too.) read more


Are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner an item? That's the hot tabloid rumor of the moment. Their reps, however, are denying it — which means the wedding's probably this weekend. read more


Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to star in Mr. Woodcock (tee-hee), a New Line comedy about a guy who returns home to stop his mom from marrying his evil high-school gym teacher (Thornton). read more


Simpsons creator Matt Groening hinted over the weekend at San Diego's Comic-Con convention that someone on the 'toon would be coming out of the closet this season — and may even get married! Groening wouldn't say who, but TV Guide Online has learned that Patty Bouvier and Edna Krabappel were recently spotted inquiring about a bridal registry at Home Depot. read more

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