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The debut of Dennis Miller's new CNBC talk show notched decent ratings Monday. The premiere, which featured a guest appearance by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, attracted 746,000 viewers — more than four times what the cable network had been averaging at 9 pm. read more

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated drama Mystic River was named the best movie for grown-ups by AARP The Magazine. The mag also singled out Bill Murray and Diane Keaton as the best actor and actress over 50 and School of Rock as the best movie for grown-ups who refuse to grow up. Gigli, meanwhile, was honored as the best movie for grown-ups who like really crappy films. read more

GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND

Late-night legend Jack Paar — host of NBC's The Tonight Show from 1957 until 1962 — has died at 85 after a long illness. Johnny Carson, who inherited the Tonight reins from Parr, said he was "very saddened to hear of [Parr's] passing. He was a unique personality who brought a new dimension to late-night television." Indeed, Parr — whose guests included everyone from JFK to Judy Garland — was dubbed "one of America's most popular indoor pastimes" just weeks after his debut. read more

MORE PRAISE

Michael Douglas, who gushed endlessly about Karl Malden at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, will present his mentor and former TV sidekick with the Screen Actors Guild's 40th Life Achievement Award on Feb. 22. Malden and Douglas were costars in the 1970s crime drama The Streets of San Francisco. read more

GOING LEGIT

Kelly Osbourne is doing it — branching out into acting, that is. The Osbournes star has been cast in Doing It, an ABC pilot that centers around the sexual antics of three 16-year-old Seattle boys. It's based on British author Melvin Burgess' controversial young-adult novel. read more

SO THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED

One of the biggest mysteries from Sunday's Golden Globe Awards has been solved. In Tuesday's Insider, we posed the question: "What was the commotion at Johnny Depp's table during Robin Williams' introduction of the Master and Commander clip? Did someone collapse?" According to a spy seated in the ballroom, one of the show's cameramen got tangled up in his wires and Depp and Co. jumped in to help. Phew, I'm glad that's settled. read more

BUSTED

R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband, record executive Todd Russaw, were arrested Wednesday in Atlanta on drug possession charges. They were allegedly caught with cocaine and marijuana. read more

DOESN'T A BAT HAVE WINGS?

Newlyweds star Jessica Simpson will make her feature film debut in the ensemble baseball flick Walk On, Variety reports. It tells the true story of David Clyde, who was recruited in 1973 by the nearly bankrupt Texas Rangers when he was just 18. Simpson will play his high school sweetheart and wife. read more

BAD SINGING = GOOD RATINGS

The return of American Idol propelled Fox to the top of the ratings heap last week. With Idol holding the top three spots, the network won the week with an average 12.8 million viewers. Wednesday's Idol ranked as the most-watched show with 29.4 million viewers, followed by Monday's and Tuesday's installments. Idol also boosted the premiere of My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (No. 8) and lifted The O.C. to its best numbers yet. NBC, buoyed by Sunday's highly rated Golden Globe Awards, finished a close second with 12.7 million viewers. read more

Quote of the Night "Pick a character!...

Quote of the Night
"Pick a character! Either you are this scared crapless girl, or you are this attitude-having diva. You can't be both." — Xiomara calling out rival Catie's phony dramatic antics on America's Next Top Model

Gilmore Girls
Bad Gilmores! Bad! "Stan Green" may be a character we've never met, but their behavior at his funeral was still awful. Lorelai and Rory can never quit their incessant, cutesy banter, even during the singing of a kaddish (which is a Jewish mourner's prayer). Worse yet, the ladies wore matching black berets! Good grief. However, my girls do win points for referencing The Witches of Eastwick — one of my all-time fave films — and fearing they'll "take the Craziest Mother and Daughter title away from Judy and Liza."

American Idol
Idol's bad auditions often make me grab for the clicker. Karaoke cuckoo Tomomi Tamura read more

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