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SISTER ACT

Joan of Arcadia star Amber Tamblyn has joined the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Warner Bros.' in-the-works film adaptation of Ann Brashares's best-selling coming-of-age novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story follows four close friends during their first summer apart from one another. read more

CROWDED RING

MGM Television is developing The Real Rocky, a reality series that gives an unknown boxer a shot at fighting an established champ, Variety reports. Hmmm... that sounds a lot like NBC's upcoming boxing star search The Contender, which is being produced by Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sylvester Stallone. Paramount is also said to be developing a boxing show, as is George Foreman. Anyone else? Bueller? read more

R. KELLY UPDATE

A Florida judge has ruled that digital photos were taken from R. Kelly's Miami home by illegal seizure, and cannot be admitted as evidence in his child-pornography trial. The photos in question reportedly depict the R&B singer engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. He's currently fighting similar charges in Illinois. read more

CHRISTMAS FUTURE

Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander and Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin have joined the cast of NBC's upcoming musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge. Alexander will play Scrooge's dead business partner Marley, while Martin will play the Ghost of Christmas Present. read more

RHYMES WITH JAR

Here's some news even a grinch could love: Iconic children's author Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel was honored posthumously Thursday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The honor is part of a monthlong celebration commemorating what would have been Geisel's 100th birthday. read more

SHORT CUTS

Good Morning America will institute a five-second delay when Boobygate star Janet Jackson performs on its March 31 show... Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital flatlined Wednesday, dropping 35 percent from its debut last week... A&E Network has cleared a second season of its runway reality hit Airline for takeoff... Buena Vista has renewed the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for a third season. Ratings for the Meredith Vieira-hosted quizzer are up 23 percent over last year. read more

FriendsSo fans picked the Brad...

Friends So fans picked the Brad Pitt Thanksgiving episode as one of their favorite episodes of all time. And for the most part, I agree with the selection. Turkey Day installments have always been funny on this show, mostly because it's an easy excuse to get the gang together to reminisce about the past. And this show's basically a hoot, with Brad showing up as a formerly fat high-school pal of Ross's whom Rachel tortured way back in the day but now has the last — albeit cheap — laugh at her expense. But I'm probably going to ruffle a lot of feathers with my next pronouncement: Like a certain matinee idol named Tom whose appeal continues to baffle me, Brad Pitt can't act. Sure, he's drop-dead gorgeous and can exchange bons mots with the likes of George Clooney in cinematic confections like Ocean's Eleven, but have we all forgotten Cool World, The Devil's Own and Meet Joe Black? Some would beg to differ with me, ci read more

THEY'RE OUTTA HERE

Two more TV contestants became reality roadkill Thursday night as Donald Trump dropped the F-bomb on potty-mouthed (yet lovable) saleswoman Heidi Bressler on The Apprentice, while Colby Donaldson got his torch (and sizeable ego) snuffed on Survivor: All Stars. read more

SHORT CUTS

Donald Trump will host Saturday Night Live on April 3... Christina Applegate will make her Broadway debut on April 21, 2005, in a revival of Sweet Charity... With sales of 204,000 copies, Norah Jones' sophomore effort, Feels Like Home, maintained its hold atop Billboard's album chart for a fourth straight week. read more

Sexy Sorceress Haunts House


While most L.A. residents would enroll in Sorcery 101 if they thought it'd get them a Sci Fi Channel series, Fiona Horne turned down the network three times because she's a Wiccan. Then, finally, the telegenic Aussie relented and moved into Mad, Mad House (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET), the new reality program in which "normal" folks are challenged to bunk with "alts," among them a vampire and a voodoo priestess.

"I agreed to it when I realized there were no frauds or freaks," she tells TV Guide Online. "The other alts were all sincere people committed to their alternative-lifestyle choices." What's more, the powers that be let the alts do what came naturally. "They never tried to dictate what would happen [other than that] we had to have a trial every week" (to determine which contender was safe from elimination).

Convincing Horne of her fellow hosts' authenticity was one thing. But making believers of the guests was another matt read more

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