Celebrated author and society bon vivant George Plimpton died Thursday night in his Manhattan home of unknown causes. He was 76. Most famous for his football book Paper Lion, he was a friend in his lifetime to many athletes, political bigwigs and famous literati, such as Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth and John Updike. Plimpton was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters last year.
Either aspiring actor/choreographer Cris Judd has a sense of humor about rumors that his marriage to J.Lo ended because a third party cut in, or I'm just reaching to put a juicy spin on this. Regardless, the I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! champ will appear on the Oct. 13 episode of UPN's Eve as a salsa instructor who tangoes into Shelly (Eve) and JT's (Jason George) relationship.
Chris O'Donnell has apparently taken a liking to this TV thing. The upcoming Practice guest star has signed a seven-figure deal with CBS to star in either a comedy or a drama project for the network.
If you ask us, only one of the guests of Fox's wanton wonderland, Paradise Hotel, has never made an ass of himself and he's a monkey! Yes, even as odd bird Tom's stuffed traveling companion, Smokey, watched his pulchritudinous playmates hook up and strip down, he himself didn't go ape... or did he? Perhaps a little gorilla warfare in the form of Seven Silly Questions will flush out his inner party animal.
TV Guide Online: How aggravated were you that you got to visit a singles' mecca, but had to let Tom tag along? Didn't he get in the way of your game?
Smokey: Somebody has to take one for the team sometimes. We're a pimp duo.
TVGO: In several episodes, we didn't see you at all. Were you under the covers while Charla was hiding out in bed?
Smokey: No. Most of my time was taken up by Amanda, the host. She
wouldn't leave me alone! I was complaining.
TVGO: Gee. You must have had
Does Alicia Silverstone have a hit on her hands with NBC's Miss
Match? As if! The series bears too striking a resemblance to the movie
starlet's 1995 comedy Clueless to fail. See for yourself.
Golden girl: Silverstone plays Kate, a singleton with a knack for striking matches between her law firm's odd clients out.
Father time: Kate's dad is a tough-as-nails divorce lawyer.
Best bud: Kate's sidekick, Victoria, has a steady stream of beaux.
Hit and run: Kate tells a boyfriend to take a hike by getting out of his car.
True love: Fair-haired Kate seems, um, clueless that cute pal Michael is
destined to be hers.
Golden girl: Silverstone plays Cher, a single teen with a flair for pairing up her high school's lonely hearts.
Father time: Cher's pop is a sharp-as
Madonna's much-hyped kiddie book The English Roses has topped the New York Times's bestseller list for children's books. It sold 57,369 copies in its first full week in stores, ranking No. 5 overall.
When Gilmore Girls star Milo Ventimiglia returns to Stars Hollow later this season, his character, Jess, may have a surprise waiting for him: his mother. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino tells me she's "toying" with the idea of introducing Jess's never-before-seen mom (and Luke's sister) during February sweeps. "That would be a nice chance to get a really cool actress," Sherman-Palladino says. "Someone a little loony." Paging Sean Young...
NBC-owned Bravo is thisclose to finalizing a deal to renew Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for a second season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bravo may order as many as 40 episodes of the makeover hit. The new pact would also include a hefty raise for the Fab Five, who currently pocket just $3,000 per episode. Incidentally, news of the renewal comes amid buzz that the public may be tiring of Queer Eye. Tuesday's episode took a hit in the Nielsens, attracting 2.4 million viewers down from 2.8 million the week before.
U.S. troops in Iraq were treated to a surprise performance Thursday by the Bruce Willis-fronted rock band The Accelerator. It's unclear if the show boosted or lowered morale, but I'm looking into it.
Former child star Stanley Fafara (Leave It to Beaver) has died of complications from hernia-related surgery. He was 53. Back in the 1950s, Fafara gained TV fame as Whitey, a tow-headed pal of Beaver Cleaver (Jerry Mathers). Sadly, he never made an acting comeback after Beaver ended, instead falling into a life of drug abuse, alcoholism and petty crime. However, he was reportedly sober for about eight years at the time of his death.