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ABNORMAL DAY

Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes captured five Latin Grammys Wednesday night, including album of the year for Un Dia Normal and record and song of the year for "Es Por Ti." The Miami-based ceremony kicked off with a rousing tribute to late Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz. read more

KISS AND TELL

Britney Spears says her parents got a kick out of the sapphic smooch she shared with Madonna at last week's MTV Video Music Awards. "My mom liked it actually," she tells Access Hollywood. "And my dad, weirdly enough, thought it was fine, too." (That's dirty.) On CNN's Crossfire Wednesday, Spears admitted that she didn't know the kiss "was going to be that long... I have never kissed a woman before. Would I do it again? No. Oh, maybe with Madonna." Next thing you know she'll be applying for a Home Depot credit card. read more

JOE SCOOP!

Fox's much-anticipated Joe Millionaire sequel will air twice a week this fall — Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET — beginning Oct. 27, the network confirms. The second helping of Joe replaces American Juniors, which was banished from the schedule after its dreadful performance this summer. There's still no word on what Joe's twist will be, although the New York Daily News speculates that the second edition will use women living overseas who were unfamiliar with the original. And the Hilton sisters. read more

BAD BREAKS

Actress Raquel Welch, 63, was hospitalized after suffering multiple arm fractures in a car accident over the weekend in Beverly Hills. In related news, Cameron Diaz spent her 31st birthday Saturday nursing a broken nose she sustained while surfing in Hawaii. Diaz was allegedly smacked in the face with someone's surfboard. (Geez, Brit. Try and be more careful next time.) read more

JUST CAST HER!

Here's some "TV News" scoop from next week's issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale Monday): Just Shoot Me grad Wendie Malick has been cast on Frasier as a love interest for Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and his dad. In the multi-episode arc, Malick will play Frasier and Niles's childhood baby-sitter, who, upon becoming reacquainted with the Crane clan, gets caught up in a love triangle with Frasier and Martin (John Mahoney). "It ultimately becomes a competition between the two of them," says exec producer Joe Keenan. "It's classic Frasier." read more

REALITY KUDOS

ABC has signed a deal with Emmy guru Don Mischer to produce a two-hour awards show this fall devoted strictly to reality television, Variety reports. Somewhere, Paradise Hotel's Toni is preparing her acceptance speech — and that's precisely why we love her. read more

BAT SIGNAL

Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan are thisclose to settling on an actor to take over the role of the Caped Crusader in the next Batman film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, those vying for the coveted role include Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale and Joshua Jackson. Shooting gets underway in February. read more

George Lopez's Grammy Coup

If we didn't know better, we'd think CBS Entertainment President Les Moonves had a crush on ABC. First, the Eye chief guest starred on an episode of The Practice, and now, the exec has tapped comedian George Lopez — arguably one of ABC's biggest stars — to host CBS's telecast of the 4th annual Latin Grammy Awards (tonight at 9-11 pm/ET). What's next? Moonves exchanging barbs with Jimmy Kimmel? For his part, Lopez is more than happy to welcome the "Don Corleone of CBS" into the Mickey Mouse Club.


TV Guide Online: You're CBS's newest star. How'd that happen?
George Lopez:
I just know that Les Moonves had to approve me, and he did. I'm a big fan of Les's. I like what he's done with the network.

TVGO: Do you see this as a sign of progress?
Lopez:
It's a huge thing because no wants to promote other people on other networks because it's so competitive. Every time you hear "George Lopez" in a [CBS promo f read more

Jon Lovitz Takes on Reality TV


Jon Lovitz was a cult fave as irascible movie reviewer Jay Sherman on the animated series The Critic. Now, this former Saturday Night Live regular is sparing the silver screen, instead turning his evil eye on reality TV shows!

"I don't like them that much," Lovitz plainly tells TV Guide Online. "But, the first Bachelor I thought was pretty fascinating. That I really got into. I couldn't believe that the women were taking it this seriously and crying over somebody they didn't know. Even after six weeks, you couldn't know the person.

"It is ridiculous," the 46-year-old actor adds. "I couldn't believe it, but I liked seeing that house they were at because I'd seen it before and I thought, 'Oh, I wanted to buy that house!'"

Lovitz's new movie, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (opening Friday), spoofs Fox's Celebrity Boxing in its opening scene. He's got a gripe with that show's concept, too. "I think it is read more

ART IMITATES LIFE

Here's some more "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine: David Cassidy will play a cheesy lounge performer in Malcolm in the Middle's Las Vegas-set season premiere on Nov. 2. Word is the role fit the Partridge Family vet like a pair of tight bell-bottoms. read more

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