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SLIPPERY SLOPE

CBS News says it sat on the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal for two weeks at the request of Gen. Richard B. Myers, who personally phoned Dan Rather asking for more time. Myers cited the safety of American hostages and tensions in Fallujah. "News is a delicate thing," Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes II, tells The Associated Press. "It's hard to just make those kinds of decisions. It's not natural for us; the natural thing is to put it on the air. But the circumstances were quite unusual and I think you have to consider that." read more

Question: You recently ...

Question: You recently answered a question about the show Homefront and mentioned that Harry O'Reilly's character married an English woman and brought her home. I am almost certain she was not English; in fact, I believe she was Italian. I know she was not English because one of the problems they encountered back in the States was her inability to speak English. — Kathy, Skillman, N.J.

Televisionary: I've made mistakes in this column, Kathy, but this wasn't one of them. You're thinking of Gina (Giuliana Santini), the wife of slain soldier Mike Sloan. Gina came home pregnant (with Mike's daughter Emma, who was later born on the show) and, as if that wasn't enough of a complication for her, was tormented by his rich family to boot.

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DON'T MESS WITH PATRIC

Texas authorities have dropped charges against Jason Patric following his arrest in March. But the 37-year-old Alamo actor — who was charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication — still has a beef with the Lone Star state. According to his rep, "Mr. Patric is now consulting with legal counsel to consider his next step regarding his arrest, imprisonment and treatment at the hands of the Austin Police Department." read more

DIVORCE COURT

Citing irreconcilable differences, Keenan Ivory Wayans has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Daphne, Entertainment Tonight reports. The couple have five children ranging in age from 10 months to 11 years old. read more

SACKED

ESPN's Michele Tafoya has been tapped to replace Lisa Guerrero as Monday Night Football's sideline reporter this fall. MNF producer Fred Gaudelli says Guerrero, who lasted just one season, was simply out of her league. "In the end, the talent and role weren't as compatible." But she sure is perty! read more

EXEC SHUFFLE

NBC has tapped its development guru, Kevin Reilly, to succeed Jeff Zucker as the network's entertainment president. Reilly will continue to report to Zucker, who was recently promoted to oversee NBC news and entertainment. I hope that means we'll get more synergy between the two divisions, because by golly, there's just not enough of it. read more

AILING

CNBC financial anchor Louis Rukeyser, who has been out on medical leave since October, is battling cancer. Docs have advised the money guru not to go back to work for several more months. In a statement, Rukeyser thanked "all of you for your kind thoughts, and as Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously declared as he left the Philippine Islands during World War II, 'I shall return.'" read more

MORE MACKEY

FX has renewed The Shield for a fourth season. The third season — easily the show's best yet — concludes June 15. read more

ROSIE TAKES THE BUS

Rosie O'Donnell is jump-starting her acting career with a lead role in the CBS original movie Riding the Bus with My Sister. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the activist-entertainer will play a mentally challenged woman who spends her days riding city buses. The story is based on the 2002 book by Rachel Simon. read more

7th Heaven You gotta give Heaven...

7th Heaven
You gotta give Heaven writer Paul Perlove credit for trying to draw much-needed attention to the plight of the group of Sudanese civil war orphans known as the Lost Boys. But the way he handles it makes me want to smash his laptop. Seriously. In tonight's very special episode, Ruthie and Peter miss the bus back during a school field trip to the zoo. Rather than just call their parents, they decide to get home on their own and they proceed to take "five wrong buses" to nowhere. After they get off the fifth wrong bus, Ruthie walks up to two African men and says, "Hi, I'm Ruthie and this is my friend Peter. We're from Glen Oak and we're lost." Then one African guy says, "I'm Jacob and this is Nicodemus. We are from Sudan and they call us the Lost Boys." The exchange is so bad it's painful. But that's not even my main beef with this whole scenario.

Problem No. 1: What were the teachers and parent volunteers doing that they didn't read more

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