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WEDNESDAY RATINGS

ABC's Bachelor hit a home run in the ratings Wednesday, attracting a season-high 13.5 million viewers and beating Fox's coverage of the World Series among viewers 18-34. (What do you wanna bet Leeann's gonna take all the credit.) Still, the Marlins' extra-inning victory over the New York Yankees easily won the night in most categories, including total viewers (21 million) and adults 18-49. The WB's combo of Smallville and Angel, meanwhile, scored its best numbers of the season. Finally, the debut of Comedy Central's much-hyped new animated series Kid Notorious staggered out of the gate, losing half of its sizeable South Park lead in. read more

DELAYING JORDAN

Crossing Jordan fans anxiously awaiting the show's return may have to cool their heels a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the NBC drama did not resume as scheduled on Wednesday after star Jill Hennessy asked for more time off to spend with her newborn baby. (Last May, NBC announced that Jordan's third-season premiere would be pushed until midseason to accommodate Hennessy's pregnancy.) Despite the added delay, the network maintains the show will return to its lineup in January as planned. read more

BUH-BYE

As expected, CBS has axed David E. Kelley's freshman drama The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. The show's 10 pm/Wednesday timeslot will be filled by 48 Hours and other specials. read more

BUH-BYE

As expected, CBS has axed David E. Kelley's freshman drama The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. The show's 10 pm/Wednesday timeslot will be filled by 48 Hours and other specials. read more

OOPS... HE'S BACK

The 43-year-old Japanese businessman who was ordered to steer clear of Britney Spears is now suing the pop star, claiming her security guards brandished a gun at him and caused "extreme emotional distress." Masahiko Shizawa says Brit's bodyguards confronted him on a public street at gunpoint and demanded that he flee the area. He seeks unspecified damages. read more

GROUNDED

Former Dynasty diva Joan Collins and supermodel Christie Brinkley were among the celebs on board the Concorde as it made its final passenger flight from New York to London this morning. "The fact that it is going to be phased out is quite, quite tragic," says Collins. "I am very, very honored to be on the last flight. I am glad we made the cut." Meanwhile, poor Linda Evans is stuck flying Jet Blue. read more

OOPS... HE'S BACK

The 43-year-old Japanese businessman who was ordered to steer clear of Britney Spears is now suing the pop star, claiming her security guards brandished a gun at him and caused "extreme emotional distress." Masahiko Shizawa says Brit's bodyguards confronted him on a public street at gunpoint and demanded that he flee the area. He seeks unspecified damages. read more

WEDNESDAY RATINGS

ABC's Bachelor hit a home run in the ratings Wednesday, attracting a season-high 13.5 million viewers and beating Fox's coverage of the World Series among viewers 18-34. (What do you wanna bet Leeann's gonna take all the credit.) Still, the Marlins' extra-inning victory over the New York Yankees easily won the night in most categories, including total viewers (21 million) and adults 18-49. The WB's combo of Smallville and Angel, meanwhile, scored its best numbers of the season. Finally, the debut of Comedy Central's much-hyped new animated series Kid Notorious staggered out of the gate, losing half of its sizeable South Park lead in. read more

DELAYING JORDAN

Crossing Jordan fans anxiously awaiting the show's return may have to cool their heels a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the NBC drama did not resume as scheduled on Wednesday after star Jill Hennessy asked for more time off to spend with her newborn baby. (Last May, NBC announced that Jordan's third-season premiere would be pushed until midseason to accommodate Hennessy's pregnancy.) Despite the added delay, the network maintains the show will return to its lineup in January as planned. read more

World Series Game 5NBC and CBS...

World Series Game 5 NBC and CBS didn't pull a last-minute schedule switcheroo this week because the teams were tied with two wins each, so I figured it was safe to return to my regular roster of shows. For the record, the Marlins won, a hollow victory when you consider the mental anguish inflicted on the Yankees by Yanni's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Survivor: Pearl Islands After Jon blindsided Morgan with the demoralizing revelation that Drake threw the only immunity challenge they lost, I'm beginning to think that a mastermind lurks beneath his Jeff Spicoli exterior. I'm guessing we won't have to wait too long to find out; Rupert is seconds away from gutting Jon like the bottomfeeder he is.

Friends An episode centering on Emma's first birthday party featured a cake shaped like male genitalia and two testicle references. One can only assume her second will boast a Kama Sutra theme.

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