For the second week in a row, rapper Nelly topped pop album charts with his latest release Nellyland, which dethroned Eminem's five-week reign at No. 1. The Eminem Show held steady at No. 2, selling nearly 3.9 million copies since it came out on May 26. R&B singer Ashanti, Korn and Pink were also among the top 10.
Jerry Springer is being sued by the son of a slain guest who appeared on his show in July 2000. Nancy Campbell-Panitz was murdered by her husband Ralf Panitz just hours after their episode involving love triangles aired. Panitz was convicted of second-degree murder, but according to The Associated Press, his wife's son Jeffrey Campbell alleges that The Jerry Springer Show is responsible for creating the mood that lead to Campbell-Panitz's death.
Brit actor Jason O'Mara (HBO's Band of Brothers) has joined the cast of CBS's The Agency. When its second season begins in September, his para-military officer will "bring new energy and sex appeal to the series," says exec producer Shaun Cassidy. Translation: They're kickin' the hunk-o-meter up a notch.
Comedian Dennis Miller is out of another job. After being dropped from his announcing gig at Monday Night Football, the New York Post reports Miller is calling it quits on his HBO series Dennis Miller Live. Live's last original episode will air Aug. 30, but the Saturday Night Live alum is said to be in talks with HBO about potential upcoming projects.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's divorce from wife Donna Hanover hostess of TV's Famous Homes & Hideaways has finally wrapped up. Rudy must pay his ex a hefty $6.8 million, plus all legal fees, Reuters reports. In legal papers, Hanover had accused him of adultery and "cruel and inhuman treatment." On the courthouse steps, he wished her "the very, very best," while Hanover's lawyer called the settlement "a spectacular win for Donna and [their] children." Now that's divorce, American style.
When UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer returns for its seventh season in
the fall, Michelle Trachtenberg's character the Chosen One's little sister, Dawn Summers will graduate from terrified tag-along to apprentice butt-kicker. But on the set, the preternaturally mature
16-year-old still gets treated like a kid by her elder castmates.
"They're all very nice, but I'm not in on the dirty jokes," she tells TV
Guide Online. "No one cusses around me, either."
Luckily, being overprotected by her grownup peers hasn't gotten the actress's button nose out of joint. On the contrary, she suggests that she just may be performing a valuable service. "I think I've helped a lot of people sort of clean themselves up," she says with a laugh.
If an NC-17-rated problem ever does present itself to the youngster, though,
she knows which
Think TV surfing's just a waste of time? For William H. Macy, it counts as bonafide homework! Awhile back, he watched "this wonderful 20/20 piece" about Bill Porter a Portland, Ore. salesman with cerebral palsy and just had to make a film about him. Hence, his inspiring TNT comedy-drama, Door to Door (airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET).
"Bill was born with a relatively severe case of cerebral palsy and deemed unemployable," the Fargo star tells TV Guide Online. "His mother, who's played by Helen Mirren, would have none of that. She asked him, 'What do you want to do?' So he became a champion salesman and outsold everybody else." Macy further describes Porter as "completely optimistic" with "nothing but good will towards everyone," adding that "he never acce
G'day, mate! After Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, we can't believe
another reptile-wrestling Aussie gets to headline a movie. But hey,
jokesters and Lil' Bow Wow warrant their own feature films, why not Animal Planet's Steve Irwin? Since he's currently out plugging his Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course opening Friday we rassled this likeable bloke into answering our sassiest queries.
TV Guide Online: Sorry Steve, my editor says I only have time to
interview you, not your lovely wife and co-star, Terri Irwin.
Irwin: Tell your editor if he ever comes to Australia, Terri's going
Boston-based charity The Giving Back Fund is suing Britney Spears's lawyer for $15 million claiming the singer's decision to cut ties with the group cost it millions in donations. The suit alleges that Mark Steverson violated his duty as a Giving board member by advising Spears last year to end her affiliation with the fund, which manages celeb charities.