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TWO MORE WEEKS

A federal appeals court Tuesday unanimously reinstated California's Oct. 7 gubernatorial recall election, rejecting a three-judge panel's decision to delay it until March. Translation: Mary Carey's 15 minutes are almost up. read more

GUINEY PIG?

The owners of a $4.5 million Malibu estate are suing the producers of The Bachelor, claiming their crib was trashed during the show's month-long shoot there. According to TheSmokingGun.com, Kenneth Chyten and his wife claim that when the cast and crew (including star Bob Guiney) vacated the two acre spread, they left behind holes in the walls, a poisonous spider infestation and a rodent problem (we assume they mean host Chris Harrison). The couple is seeking $5 million in damages. read more

Warning: Things are about to get...

Warning:
Things are about to get uggglllyyy! Pretty soon five good shows will all air at 9 pm on Mondays: Fox's Skin; NBC's Las Vegas; WB's Everwood; CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond; and UPN's Girlfriends. What are network execs trying to do, kill me? Let the tape-one-show-watch-another-and-channel-surf experiment begin. Wish me luck. (Or pray that I get a life, whichever you prefer.)

Fear Factor
People always ask why I like this stupid show. And I'm just going to put it out there: It's a free reality check. Every week I learn one more thing that I would or would not do for money. Plain and simple. This week's two-hour, play-for-a-$1 million episode raised the stakes. Would I lie in a glass casket as it filled with water teeming with live leeches? For a million bucks? Hell, yeah! Now, could I bob in raw ostrich eggs, grab five pig tongues with my teeth, then eat one chased by five live leeches? Um... no. I couldn' read more

AXED!

It's not easy being Tom Green today. MTV has abruptly pulled the plug on The New Tom Green Show — just weeks after the music channel renewed the late-night talker for an additional 65 episodes. "Despite critical acclaim, [the show] was unfortunately unable to sustain the initial ratings success it enjoyed in its earlier weeks," an MTV spokeswoman tells TV Guide Online. "Tom remains a part of the MTV family, and we look forward to working with him in the future." MTV shouldn't hold its breath: Sources say Green is already shopping the show elsewhere. read more

EMMY RATINGS

Maybe it was the failed multiple-emcee format. Maybe it was the three-hour-plus running time. Or maybe, just maybe, it was Bill Cosby's shades. Whatever the reason, Sunday's Emmys notched a below-average 17.7 million viewers. That's off 11 percent from last year's show on NBC, when Conan O'Brien hosted — alone. Hint, hint. Nudge, nudge. read more

ARE YOU STILL GAME?

The Game Show Network has acquired rerun rights to the original Regis Philbin-hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Rumor has it GSN may follow ABC's groundbreaking strategy of airing the quizzer as often as possible until viewers get sick of it and stop watching. read more

MYSTERY QUOTE

"I just took the Mensa IQ test, and I was down seven points from last year. I think I've been [in this business] too long." Can you name the D-list celeb who uttered these words while killing time on the red carpet at Sunday's Emmys? Send me your best guess via the link at the bottom of this page. Look for the answer later this week. read more

SHORT CUTS

Beyoncé Knowles will play herself in the Oct. 7 episode of UPN's All of Us... Uberproducer David E. Kelley will pen a big-screen remake of Agatha Christie's classic mystery Witness for the Prosecution, Variety reports... Ex-Profiler star Jamie Luner has joined the cast of ABC's new drama 10-8... Darren Star was honored at last night's 3rd Annual Jewish Image Awards for spotlighting the Jewish experience in such shows as Sex and the City, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, and the upcoming Miss Match. read more

POOL HOG

Former Hollywood Square Alec Baldwin will play Burt Lancaster's role in a remake of the 1968 film The Swimmer, which revolves around an ad exec who swims home through every backyard pool in his tony neighborhood. read more

FIRESTARTER

Denis Leary has signed on to play a New York firefighter in Rescue Me, a one-hour dramedy pilot for FX. The comic-actor — whose real-life Firefighters Foundation has raised more than $1 million for local fire departments — also serves as the project's creator-exec producer. read more

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