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CAUSE AND EFFECT

The much-hyped box office battle between That '70s Show stars Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace was no contest. Kutcher's The Butterfly Effect debuted at No. 1 with a groovy $17.1 million, more than double the $7.5 million that Grace's Win a Date With Tad Hamilton brought in. Along Came Polly slipped to No. 2 with $16.6 million, followed by Tad, Big Fish ($7.3 million) and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($6.85 million). read more

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Live from the Red Carpet: The 2004 Golden Globe Awards
Joan Rivers lets us know that when she scratches her cheek, it means the celeb she's talking to looks "like crap." Why can't TV be two-way so she can see me eyeing her Cruella DeVil-in-a-thrift-shop get-up and clawing my way through to my molars?

Golden Globe Arrivals
All this time I've mocked Joan, Melissa and E! for their tradition of flubs and naming mishaps, and here we have NBC, Dick Clark and a notably slicker, smoother, more professional production. And my God, but it's coma-inducingly dull. There ain't enough espresso in the world. Back to Joan and her sequined-yenta routine.

Golden Globe Awards
Three hours and counting, people:

8:00 — It just occurred to me: Why is all this tape-delayed on the West Coast? We're being punished for being here? Do they realize we can tell the sun's out on TV, but not outside, or read more

REMEMBERED

Legendary Hollywood hoofer/actress Ann Miller, who shared the screen with such dancing greats as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Bob Fosse, died Thursday of lung cancer. She was 81. Miller was last seen as landlady Catherine "Coco" Lenoix in David Lynch's 2001 mind-bender Mulholland Dr. read more

THE WRITE STUFF

Bend It Like Beckham, Lost in Translation, Dirty Pretty Things, The Station Agent and In America will compete for best original screenplay at the Writers Guild of America's annual awardsfest on Feb. 21. In the best adapted screenplay category, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will face-off against Seabiscuit, American Splendor, Cold Mountain and Mystic River. read more

TV DISH

The TV Guide Channel relaunches today with all-new programming — including What's On, featuring TV Guide Online's Watercooler columnists, Daniel R. Coleridge and Michael Peck in their very own segment. Look for the dishy duo's Watercooler chatter twice a week on What's On, debuting tonight at 7 pm/ET (check local TV Guide listings). read more

SAY IT AIN'T SO

Another hint that the long-term outlook for Everybody Loves Raymond isn't great... Asked whether we'd see more Raymond next season, creator Phil Rosenthal told Mediaweek's Marc Berman: "If I had to predict right now, I would say no. I'm not really sure how many more stories there are left to tell." read more

IT'S GIGLI OVER THIS TIME

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's tumultuous 18-month courtship is over. "I am confirming the reports that Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck," read a statement from Lopez's camp. "At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy." According to reports, the romance ended on Jan. 20, just three days after Affleck returned to Los Angeles from the Sundance Film Festival and four months after the duo called off their lavish, million-dollar nuptials. Let's all share a moment of silence in memory of Bennifer. read more

CRIKEY! THAT WAS A CLOSE ONE

Kooky Crocodile Hunter/baby-dangler Steve Irwin dodged a bullet Thursday when Australia's Office of Workplace Health and Safety decided not to bring charges against him for holding his 1-month-old son while feeding one of his crocs. Let this serve as a lesson to everyone: You will not be punished for using your children as croc bait. read more

10-8 Biker Crashes


It's a good thing that Shawn Christian has a good sense of humor. Otherwise, he could get really bummed out over the fact that he's landed recurring roles on one doomed show (Birds of Prey) after another (Pacific Palisades). This week, it's the same-old, same-old: He makes his first and only appearance as Jamie Luner's new love interest on ABC's ill-fated 10-8 (airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET).

"I play a rough-riding, leather-wearing vintage-bike owner," he tells TV Guide Online. "Basically, my bike is stripped of its motor, and Jamie [who plays a cop] intervenes." In no time, the odd couple are revving one another's engines. "When you start talking about your '59 Stroker Panhead," Christian chuckles, "the sex is already there. [Our story] is pretty much loaded with innuendo."

Told you the former As the World Turns heartthrob had a fully functional funny bone. Soon, he may even get the last laugh. Having given off sparks o read more

BLAME SIMON

NBC blinked. In the wake of The Apprentice's crushing defeat against Fox's American Idol Wednesday night, the network is moving its Donald Trump-helmed reality show back to Thursday night starting next week. Apprentice will air at 9 pm/ET following Friends and Will & Grace. Scrubs, meanwhile, shifts to Tuesdays at 9:30 pm/ET following Frasier. That leaves the struggling Tracy Morgan Show with no place to go but Saturday at 8 pm/ET — a fate worse than cancellation. read more

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