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USA Network is developing Affairs to Remember, a six-hour limited series that will explore the anatomy of an affair.... Showtime has signed comic Christopher Titus to turn his one-man show, Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding, into a one-hour comedy special to air next year.... Tim Allen will headline Disney's upcoming remake of The Shaggy Dog, about a man who occasionally morphs into a sheepdog. read more

TRU OR FALSE?

Jason Priestley has signed on for seven episodes of Fox's struggling drama Tru Calling. The 90210 grad will play Jack Harper, a new forensic attendant who will work alongside Tru (Eliza Dushku). He'll debut during February sweeps. read more

GOING UNDER

American Beauty thesp Mena Suvari is joining the cast of HBO's Six Feet Under, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll play a student attending the same art school as Claire (Lauren Ambrose) in at least six episodes. The gig reteams Suvari with SFU creator Alan Ball, who won an Oscar for penning the screenplay to American Beauty. read more

Emeril Kicks Up the Holidays I...

Emeril Kicks Up the Holidays
I usually never watch Food Network, but Gilmore Girls and some of my other faves are still in repeats, so I'm spicing up my viewing habits a little tonight. Bam! Emeril Live is doing a holiday cooking special. Not only does Emeril Lagasse make a helluva shrimp cocktail — I'm partial to anything served in a martini glass — he's got a full-on gospel choir! Better watch out, Em. Some of those plump 'n sassy carolers in scarlet choir robes are lookin' hongry. (No, that's not a misspelled word. It's just Southern for "famished.") I hope he plans to feed 'em after the show... or else!

The Simple Life
Oh my! Paris must visit Altus City Hall to register Tinkerbell with a dog license, and she looks put out about it. So she fills out an application with the Mayor — yeah, it's a small town — who asks her and Nicole to co-chair an arts and crafts fair call read more

MODEL MOM

Supermodel Heidi Klum and her Italian boyfriend Flavio Briatore are expecting their first child in the spring, reports the New York Daily News. read more

MORE KUDOS

Clint Eastwood's wrenching drama Mystic River and the feel-good indie In America topped the nominees for the 2003 Critics' Choice Awards, chosen by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. Both films, which landed a combined 15 nods, will vie for best picture alongside Big Fish, Cold Mountain, Finding Nemo, The Last Samurai, Lord of the Rings, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander and Seabiscuit. Winners will be announced Jan. 10. read more

AIN'T IT GRAND?

Ben Affleck will serve as the grand marshal of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 15, which means the actor/NASCAR fan gets to utter the traditional command, "Gentlemen, start your engines... and why exactly did I agree to do this?" In related news, at a press conference Tuesday to promote his new pic Paycheck, Affleck confirmed that his HBO reality series Project Greenlight is headed to Bravo. read more

RUUUUUUUBEN!

Another American Idol alum has conquered the album charts. This time it's second-season champ Ruben Studdard, whose debut CD, Soulful, bowed at No. 1 with sales of 416,500 copies. Despite the strong start, Studdard failed to best the first-week sales of runner-up Clay Aiken's debut Measure of a Man — which moved 613,000 copies. The Velvet Teddy Bear did, however, top Idol's inaugural winner Kelly Clarkson, whose CD Thankful sold 297,000 copies last May. What does all this mean? Clay is #1, Ruben is #2, Kelly is #3 and Justin is wondering where it all went so wrong. read more

Music Lover Hits It Big


If anybody has a cooler job than Luke Eddins, we don't know who it is. (And that includes Party Boy!) Night and day, the music lover listens to demos submitted via his website, lukehits.com, then picks the most ear-catching tracks for the mix CDs he circulates among commercial, TV and movie producers. When all is said and done, industry bigwigs have gotten a great song for a great price, and the middleman has helped a wannabe become what they wanna be. What did we tell you? Cool!

"I had this crazy-ass idea," the 27-year-old Virginia native tells TV Guide Online, "to become a sort of human Google guy, sifting through all the clutter — only in my case, my search results would yield hit songs. I felt that no one had the guts to listen to the thousands of often frightening demos out there to find that one diamond in the rough.

"I'm in the needle-in-a-haystack business," he sums up, "and I'm the first to admit it."

Since lukehits.com's read more

Survivor Villain Talks Trash

Jon Dalton may go down in history as the most notorious Survivor ever. Even Richard Hatch couldn't top some of this dude's dastardly deeds. He lied to his Survivor: Pearl Islands teammates, telling them his grandmother died. He constantly spewed misogynistic comments. No one's intelligence escaped insult on the show. The guy who calls himself Jonny Fairplay — that's his wrestling moniker — felt any nasty move was "just part of the game." Well, he did make the final three. And surprisingly, the other 15 Pearl Islands contestants didn't lynch him during Sunday night's reunion show! Here, the smooth talker spares a few minutes for TV Guide Online to chat about his future plans, his scary fantasies, and the upcoming Survivor: All Stars edition.


TVGO: Has the WWE called to sign up Jonny Fairplay as a new wrestler?
Jon: Maybe. Can't say. I'm not allowed to say. What do you think? How is that for an answer read more

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