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NO JOKE

How bad is the fall season shaping up for the networks? Well, UPN just ordered an additional nine episodes of Rock Me Baby. You do the math. read more

LOOK WHO'S TALKING

Rush Limbaugh returns to his radio show Monday after completing a five-week program to treat his drug addiction. Limbaugh signed off on Oct. 10 after announcing that he had been abusing prescription painkillers. read more

WELL, GOLLY

CBS's Andy Griffith Show Reunion attracted 21.6 million viewers Tuesday, making it the night's top program. Diane Sawyer's 90-minute chat with Jessica Lynch on ABC also fared well with 15.7 million viewers — which is more than the 15 million people who checked out NBC's Saving Jessica Lynch telepic on Sunday. read more

SPACE CADET

Courtney Love pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two felony drug counts stemming from an Oct. 2 overdose. Prior to the hearing, the 39-year-old singer delivered a rambling speech to reporters in which she denied that she shoplifted (um, you weren't charged with that, sweets) and confessed to having an affair with a married man (um, that's a shocker). "What is it we're continuing?" she asked at one point. "Do I have to live in this weird hell?" I have a better question for the Courtster: Are we watching Scrubs at your place tonight? I can't remember what we decided. Call me. read more

IT AIN'T OVER

Rosie O'Donnell is "working very hard" to recover the $8 million in legal fees she accrued from her battle with the publisher of her now-defunct Rosie magazine, her lawyer told the Today show. On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman indicated that neither side would win any money. read more

CAR TROUBLE

Country crooner Wynonna Judd has got a right to sing the blues. A Nashville cop stopped the 39-year-old star on Thursday for driving 47 in a 30 miles per hour zone. That's when Judd, whom the cop described to Reuters as "cooperative and pleasant," failed a field sobriety test. She was then arrested, charged with DUI and released on $500 bail. She probably needed a ride home, though, since her Land Rover was impounded. Dang it! read more

60 Minutes II I'm so not a newsmagazine...

60 Minutes II
I'm so not a newsmagazine guy. They're too sad. But I had to see what the foster parents of those underfed kids in New Jersey had to say for themselves. I mean, how can you ignore that a 19-year-old boy is only 45 pounds? So what do they say? "We miss our children." Yeah? Then feed them! Or get them help if they actually have the eating disorders you claim they suffer from. To make things worse, Charlie Rose goes and interviews the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. What the hell did these guys smoke? Embalming fluid? They look like the Grateful Undead. And could y'all take the proceeds from those ugly tie-dyes and get Phil Lesh a box of whitening strips? I think I saw his teeth in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Star Trek: Enterprise
Like a hundred years ago, Battlestar Galactica went to the futuristic Wild West. It was cool because they had Cylons on horseback. This one was s read more

PLACE YOUR BETS

Forget Freddy vs. Jason — this is the smackdown we've really been waiting for. NBC is developing a six-to-eight hour limited series focusing on the final showdown between God and Satan as foretold in the Bible's Book of Revelation, Variety reports. (My money's on God.) The network could air the project next August, following its broadcast of the Summer Olympics in Athens. read more

Telma Hopkins's Unsolved Mysteries

You may know her as bitter divorcée Phyllis Thorne on UPN's Half & Half, or as Nell Carter's skinny sidekick on Gimme a Break, but way back in the day, Telma Hopkins was also one-third of the music group Tony Orlando & Dawn ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree"). Remember the "Shaft" theme song? And the part where the girls go, "Shut yo' mouth"? Yep, that's her, too. We took a walk down memory lane with the actress who slipped into our pop culture lexicon without us even knowing it.


TV Guide Online: So, do you work a sassy "shut yo' mouth" into casual conversation?
Telma Hopkins:
Uh, no. But it was one of the coolest singing jobs ever. I sang it with two other girls. But somehow or another I get all the credit.

TVGO: What about the hit "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree" — which came firs read more

O.C. Cutie's True Love


Many an actor has been moved to pursue a career in showbiz after seeing a particularly meaningful movie. But The O.C.'s witty and winsome Adam Brody is probably the only one who'd admit that, for him, that film was I Know What You Did Last Summer. "It was a huge influence on me," the former video-store salesclerk confesses to TV Guide Online. "I always walked by [the VHS box] on the shelf and thought [of leads Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe], 'Those kids have it made.'

"At the time, I thought the movie was very cool," he continues, "but it was more their lives that I wanted. And, like everyone, I was in love with read more

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