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WEDNESDAY RATINGS

ABC's Bachelor hit a home run in the ratings Wednesday, attracting a season-high 13.5 million viewers and beating Fox's coverage of the World Series among viewers 18-34. (What do you wanna bet Leeann's gonna take all the credit.) Still, the Marlins' extra-inning victory over the New York Yankees easily won the night in most categories, including total viewers (21 million) and adults 18-49. The WB's combo of Smallville and Angel, meanwhile, scored its best numbers of the season. Finally, the debut of Comedy Central's much-hyped new animated series Kid Notorious staggered out of the gate, losing half of its sizeable South Park lead in. read more

GROUNDED

Former Dynasty diva Joan Collins and supermodel Christie Brinkley were among the celebs on board the Concorde as it made its final passenger flight from New York to London this morning. "The fact that it is going to be phased out is quite, quite tragic," says Collins. "I am very, very honored to be on the last flight. I am glad we made the cut." Meanwhile, poor Linda Evans is stuck flying Jet Blue. read more

DELAYING JORDAN

Crossing Jordan fans anxiously awaiting the show's return may have to cool their heels a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the NBC drama did not resume as scheduled on Wednesday after star Jill Hennessy asked for more time off to spend with her newborn baby. (Last May, NBC announced that Jordan's third-season premiere would be pushed until midseason to accommodate Hennessy's pregnancy.) Despite the added delay, the network maintains the show will return to its lineup in January as planned. read more

BUH-BYE

As expected, CBS has axed David E. Kelley's freshman drama The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. The show's 10 pm/Wednesday timeslot will be filled by 48 Hours and other specials. read more

TOTAL RECALL

Alias spy Sydney Bristow is turning to an unlikely source to help her fill in those missing years: David Cronenberg. The acclaimed Dead Ringers director appears in an upcoming episode as an "experimental researcher" who employs a radical therapy to help Syd get her memory back. Okay, so long as he's not an OB-gyn. (For more "TV News" scoop, pick up the current issue of TV Guide magazine.) read more

BUH-BYE

As expected, CBS has axed David E. Kelley's freshman drama The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. The show's 10 pm/Wednesday timeslot will be filled by 48 Hours and other specials. read more

DELAYING JORDAN

Crossing Jordan fans anxiously awaiting the show's return may have to cool their heels a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the NBC drama did not resume as scheduled on Wednesday after star Jill Hennessy asked for more time off to spend with her newborn baby. (Last May, NBC announced that Jordan's third-season premiere would be pushed until midseason to accommodate Hennessy's pregnancy.) Despite the added delay, the network maintains the show will return to its lineup in January as planned. read more

WEDNESDAY RATINGS

ABC's Bachelor hit a home run in the ratings Wednesday, attracting a season-high 13.5 million viewers and beating Fox's coverage of the World Series among viewers 18-34. (What do you wanna bet Leeann's gonna take all the credit.) Still, the Marlins' extra-inning victory over the New York Yankees easily won the night in most categories, including total viewers (21 million) and adults 18-49. The WB's combo of Smallville and Angel, meanwhile, scored its best numbers of the season. Finally, the debut of Comedy Central's much-hyped new animated series Kid Notorious staggered out of the gate, losing half of its sizeable South Park lead in. read more

BAN LIFTED

It's official: The Motion Picture Assoc. of America has agreed Thursday to partially lift its controversial screener ban. As part of the compromise, the MPAA will allow studios to mail VHS copies (not DVDs) of movies to Oscar voters only. Members of all other groups — including the folks who hand out the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards — will be forced to see movies in theaters or posh screening rooms. (Poor dears.) The MPAA views the screener crackdown as a necessary evil in its war against piracy; the studios say it makes it more difficult for smaller films to get recognized during the crowded awards season. read more

OOPS... HE'S BACK

The 43-year-old Japanese businessman who was ordered to steer clear of Britney Spears is now suing the pop star, claiming her security guards brandished a gun at him and caused "extreme emotional distress." Masahiko Shizawa says Brit's bodyguards confronted him on a public street at gunpoint and demanded that he flee the area. He seeks unspecified damages. read more

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