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Bob Barker will celebrate his 80th birthday with The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular, a CBS primetime special airing Dec. 13. The Emmy winner turns the big 8-0 on Dec. 12. read more


David Letterman has been stood up by Paris Hilton! The hotel heiress-turned-sex tape siren has reportedly pulled out of her planned appearance on Wednesday's Late Show. Hilton was booked to talk about her upcoming Fox reality show The Simple Life. read more


Jay Leno hosts an audience made up entirely of firefighters who battled the devastating California wildfires on The Tonight Show tonight. Mike Myers will be on hand to provide the yuks, and Al Green is the musical guest. read more


Roughly 18.5 million viewers watched Bob Guiney pick Estella over Kelly Jo on Wednesday's Bachelor finale, making it the night's top-rated show. The serial kisser wisely chose not to propose to the 28-year-old baby-voiced Californian. He instead asked Est to wear the ring on her right hand, saying, "It represents my promise to you to see where we can go." Given Bob's tonsil-hockey addiction, I'm guessing they'll be going their separate ways shortly after tonight's After the Final Rose wrapup show. read more


Showtime will broadcast a live roundtable discussion on The Reagans Dec. 1 at 9 pm/ET — a day after it airs the controversial telepic. In a press release, the cable network — which acquired the movie after CBS dropped it — said the forum will bring together an "eclectic and experienced" panel comprised of journalists, historians, biographers and educators with wide-ranging knowledge of the former president. Translation: Zzzzzzzz...... read more


Authorities in Palm Beach are reportedly investigating whether Rush Limbaugh illegally funneled money to buy prescription painkillers. On his radio show, the right-winger denied the allegations. "I was not laundering money," he said. "I was withdrawing money, for crying out loud." Limbaugh returned to the airwaves Monday after a five-week stint in rehab. read more


In light of Jacko's latest child abuse scandal, CBS has decided to postpone its Michael Jackson Number Ones special, which was scheduled to air next Wednesday. "Given the gravity of the charges against Mr. Jackson, we believe it would be inappropriate at this time to broadcast an entertainment special," the network said in a statement. News programs on Jackson, however, are fair game. The major networks are busy prepping specials on the singer's latest troubles. First up: NBC's Dateline, which will devote its entire Friday show to the baby-danglin' Gloved One. read more


David Spade has signed on to do a multiple-episode arc on ABC's 8 Simple Rules. He'll play a relative of the grieving Hennessys. read more


Sporting handcuffs and a sizeable entourage, Michael Jackson surrendered to Santa Barbara authorities today to face child abuse charges that could send him to the slammer for 10 years. He was booked and released on $3 million bail. In an expletive-laced tirade on CNN, Jacko's bro, G-lister Jermaine Jackson, called the accusations "nothing more than a modern-day lynching." (Someone needs to simmer!) New details, meanwhile, are surfacing about the case against the singer. According to reports, the allegations were made by a 12-year-old cancer victim who said the King Of Pop plied him with wine and then molested him at his Neverland Ranch. read more


Record producer Phil Spector was formally charged Thursday with murder in the shooting death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson last February. Spector is currently free on $1 million bail. read more

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