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Where in the world was Matt Lauer this morning, you ask? Home with his new baby, silly! The Today show host's wife, Annette, gave birth to the couple's second child Thursday, a daughter named Romy. read more

DON'T MESS WITH THESE TWO

Hercules and Xena are teaming up to battle a new enemy: Universal Studios. Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless are suing the company behind their syndicated shows for breach-of-contract. They claim Universal denied them their fair share of the profits. read more

OH, NO YOU DID'N

With the California recall election just days away, the skeletons are flying out of Arnold Schwarzenegger's closet left and right. The latest scandal to rock his campaign: According to reports, the sometime-cyborg expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler in a previous interview with documentary filmmaker George Butler. "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power," Schwarzenegger is quoted as saying. "I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for what he did with it." Once again: Oh, no you did'n! read more

FriendsAfter 10 years, I've finally...

Friends After 10 years, I've finally had enough of Ross and Rachel. Cars wear out in less time than these two have taken to figure out if they will or if they won't. Again. And a drunk Ross is not funny, just more obnoxious. But it was nice to be reunited with Giovanni Ribisi, who does a winning Gen-X Jim Ignatowski as Phoebe's oddball brother Frank.

Survivor: Pearl Islands In a virtual rerun of last week's events, Drake won both challenges and took Morgan's water pot. Speaking of challenges, was I the only one creeped out by that Cirque du Soleil immunity challenge? As predicted, Lil got the boot.

Scrubs Sarah Chalke, whom I've almost forgiven for her clueless stint on Roseanne, hires Heather Locklear's stylists and hooks up with Scott Foley. The show's clever and quirky, but the real reason to tune in is the riotously acerbic snarkmeister John C. McGinley. Anyone who's seen read more

WEDNESDAY RATINGS

King of Queens fans clearly had no trouble finding the CBS sitcom on its new night. In its first Wednesday telecast, King averaged 13.6 million viewers and ranked a strong second behind NBC's The West Wing. Elsewhere, nearly 11 million viewers sampled ABC's new gay farce It's All Relative, but only 9 million of them stuck around for the premiere of Karen Sisco at 10 pm. read more

REGRETS, HE HAS SOME

Arnold Schwarzenegger responded Thursday to a potentially-damaging Los Angeles Times story that quotes six women as saying the actor-turned-gubernatorial candidate groped them on movie sets and other places over the last three decades. "Yes, it is true that I was on rowdy movie sets and I have done things that were not right, which I thought then was playful but now I recognize that I offended people," he said during a campaign stop in San Diego. "Those people that I have offended, I want to say to them I am deeply sorry about that and I apologize because that's not what I'm trying to do." He also referred to the Times piece as "trash politics." read more

SIMON SAYS... GET DRAMATIC

American Idol judge Simon Cowell is developing an hourlong music-themed drama series for Fox, set at a Los Angeles version of Juilliard, Variety reports. Word is viewers may get a chance to script the show's ending. — Additional reporting by Ben Katner (aka Paradise Hotel addict) read more

School of Rock's Drummer Boy


At an open casting call in Chicago, a cute 14-year-old drummer called Kevin Clark was plucked from obscurity and given a co-starring role in Jack Black's new film, School of Rock (opening tomorrow). Though this was his first time on a movie set, the young scene-stealer quickly learned that, in showbiz, looks can be deceiving.

"I'm a freshman in high school, and I play a fifth grader," Clark laughs. "People have seen the sneak preview and said, 'They made you look young.' I sound like Mickey Mouse in the movie and my voice is really high."

He took part in more Hollywood magic during the film's musical numbers. Clark and the other kids played their own instruments, but pre-recorded the song tracks and just pretended to perform during filming. "It is kind of hard to fake playing drums," the energetic teen admits, "because you still have to go full power and show that you are actually playing. But when they did a close-up of the drums, I actual read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Just when you thought Rush Limbaugh's week couldn't get any worse, today's New York Daily News reports that the former ESPN pundit is being investigated in Florida for allegedly buying thousands of addictive painkillers from a black-market drug ring. Limbaugh was reportedly turned in by his former housekeeper, who bears a striking resemblance to liberal activist Janeane Garofalo once you remove the clever disguise. read more

THE "ULTIMATE" FINALE

In last night's Paradise Hotel finale, a last-minute switcheroo found the helter-skelter reality "contest" naming Keith and Charla the winners. But even more shocking was that, while our new hero Keith split his jackpot with bed buddy Tara, Charla opted not to share with her besotted sidekick, Dave, who, despite his penchant for lying, never once wavered in his support of her. (Ouch!) Even more shocking was the fact that the big "ultimate prize" host Amanda Byram was always going on about turned out to be a paltry $250,000 each. (Yawn.) But most shocking of all, good guy Keith and Tara invited their tormentors on an all-expenses-paid vacation in Vegas. (What are they, nuts?!) Not shocking at all was the fact that Toni and Co. held onto their titles as the most hypocritical creatures on Earth. read more

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