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Donnell Langham, the portly star of MTV's latest Road Rules installment, pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting his former girlfriend and was sentenced to a year's probation, reports. He was also directed to enter a batterer's program and ordered to stay away from his ex. read more


The court battle between Rosie O'Donnell and Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing over the demise of Rosie magazine has been delayed due to a scheduling conflict. The proceedings — slated to commence today in Manhattan — will now get underway later this week. read more


Actor Tom Sizemore was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and three years probation for abusing his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. The judge said he would consider reducing the sentence to 90 days if the star of Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan responds well to his court-ordered counseling for drugs, anger and domestic violence. In a letter, Sizemore apologized, claiming "personal demons" had taken over his life. read more


A workers' rights group is accusing P. Diddy's Sean John clothing line of using laborers from a Honduran sweatshop. According to a report by National Labor Committee, workers at the Southeast Textiles factory in Choloma, Honduras, are subjected to 11- to 12-hour daily shifts, and paid 24 cents for each $50 Sean John shirt they sew. A Sean John exec says the company is "looking into this matter immediately." read more


Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has split from her longtime companion, photographer Danny Monzes, the New York Daily News reports. The couple has two children. read more


ABC News reporter Chris Wallace has defected to Fox News. The Primetime Live correspondent will replace Tony Snow as host of Fox News Sunday beginning in mid-November. read more

Is it just me or are networks...

Is it just me or are networks starting shows later in the season and turning to repeats sooner? I only ask because last night both Girlfriends and CSI: Miami were already hit by the "previously broadcast" bug. Not that that made me turn the TV off or anything. I'm just saying.

Fat Like Me
OK, people. Only in America does spending a few hours in a fat suit constitute "a life changing experience." Yeah, right. I'm sorry. I don't mean to knock a special that's got such good intentions, but you've got to be kidding me. Meredith "I-was-the-fat-girl-in-the-red-coat" Vieira telling me what it's like to live large? That has about as much credibility as Sharon Osbourne giving lessons on living within a budget. I mean, seriously. BTW: Is it wrong that I was eating dinner while watching this?

Joe Millionaire 2
Again I say "poor David." This short drink of water is not going to last for the run of t read more


Rod Roddy, the jovial announcer from CBS's The Price Is Right, died Monday at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles after a long battle with prostate, colon and breast cancer. He was 66. Roddy, who had been with TPIR for 17 years, taped his last show about two months ago. "He never complained," says host Bob Barker. "The courage he showed during those difficult times was an inspiration to us all." Before he started inviting contestants to "come on down," the onetime radio personality narrated the classic '70s sitcom Soap and served as an announcer on such game shows as Battlestars, Hit Man, Press Your Luck and Love Connection. He also played himself in a 1999 episode of Fox's That '70s Show. A memorial service is in the works. read more

Question: I read recently ...

Question: I read recently that Alyson Hannigan has signed on to star in a sitcom for, I think, NBC in the fall of 2004. Can you tell us anything about this yet? Thanks! — Amy, Ithaca, N.Y.

Televisionary: Not much to say yet, Amy. Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) signed a talent-holding and development deal earlier this month with NBC, which means the network has the exclusive right to match her with a starring role in a comedy project until the pact expires. They're trying to do that now, but if nothing clicks by next spring, she has the right to walk away and talk to other networks for the fall 2004 season.

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Question: There was a sci-fi ...

Question: There was a sci-fi show that appeared on afternoon television in either 1976 or 1977 (and this may have been repeats) that featured a young, Asian boy who could control a giant robot through a wrist-watch communicator. I was only 5 or 6 at the time I was watching it, but from the vague memories I have, it was a live-action production most likely set in Japan. I believe the robot was built by Japanese scientists, but I cannot recall why the boy would have the ability to control it as he does. Can you identify the show? — Scott B., Monroe, La.

Televisionary: You're thinking of the legendary (to me, anyway, 'cause I loved it) Giant Robo, the live-action Japanese kids' show from Toei Co., Ltd. that was broadcast in 1967-68 under that name in Japan and was syndicated here as Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot in the late '60s and early '70s.

The setup was that young Johnny Sokko was aboard a cruise ship destroyed by a giant monster. Turned out t read more

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