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SIMON SAYS... GET DRAMATIC

American Idol judge Simon Cowell is developing an hourlong music-themed drama series for Fox, set at a Los Angeles version of Juilliard, Variety reports. Word is viewers may get a chance to script the show's ending. — Additional reporting by Ben Katner (aka Paradise Hotel addict) read more

BY GEORGE, HE'S BACK!

That whole Bob Patterson debacle isn't stopping Jason Alexander from attempting another sitcom comeback. The Seinfeld alum has struck a deal with CBS to headline a comedy pilot about a sports columnist who juggles career and family. (Hmm... that sounds vaguely familiar.) read more

REGRETS, HE HAS SOME

Arnold Schwarzenegger responded Thursday to a potentially-damaging Los Angeles Times story that quotes six women as saying the actor-turned-gubernatorial candidate groped them on movie sets and other places over the last three decades. "Yes, it is true that I was on rowdy movie sets and I have done things that were not right, which I thought then was playful but now I recognize that I offended people," he said during a campaign stop in San Diego. "Those people that I have offended, I want to say to them I am deeply sorry about that and I apologize because that's not what I'm trying to do." He also referred to the Times piece as "trash politics." read more

FOR THE RECORD

The latest album from hip-hop duo OutKast entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with sales of more than 500,000 copies. Dave Matthews's solo debut, Some Devil, opened at No. 2 with 469,000 units sold. Limp Bizkit's Results May Vary debuted at No. 3 with 325,000 copies. read more

HOLLYWOOD P.I.

Former NYPD Blue cop Jimmy Smits has signed on to play a private eye to the stars in an untitled NBC drama pilot. Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Without a Trace, Cold Case, etc... ) is producing, so odds are it'll be a big hit. read more

THE "ULTIMATE" FINALE

In last night's Paradise Hotel finale, a last-minute switcheroo found the helter-skelter reality "contest" naming Keith and Charla the winners. But even more shocking was that, while our new hero Keith split his jackpot with bed buddy Tara, Charla opted not to share with her besotted sidekick, Dave, who, despite his penchant for lying, never once wavered in his support of her. (Ouch!) Even more shocking was the fact that the big "ultimate prize" host Amanda Byram was always going on about turned out to be a paltry $250,000 each. (Yawn.) But most shocking of all, good guy Keith and Tara invited their tormentors on an all-expenses-paid vacation in Vegas. (What are they, nuts?!) Not shocking at all was the fact that Toni and Co. held onto their titles as the most hypocritical creatures on Earth. read more

SPLITSVILLE

Halle Berry announced Wednesday that she and hubby Eric Benet have separated after less than three years of marriage. "Eric and I have had marital problems for some time now and have tried to work things out together," the Oscar winner said in a statement. "However, at this point, I feel we need time apart to reevaluate our union. We ask that you respect our privacy as we are going through this emotional time." (Back in 2000, I said this marriage would only last two years. It lasted three. I was wrong — I admit it.) read more

Paradise Hotel OK, I still have...

Paradise Hotel
OK, I still have no idea what "the game" was, but now that the whole thing is over, I must say that this two-hour nightmare was more addictive than a crack-filled Krispy Kreme. Codependent Dave got nada, Keith and Tara got a quarter mil each and hopefully, everyone else got a prescription to cure whatever they caught from one another. Oh, and I have seen the face of Satan: Man-woman Toni talking Charla out of sharing her winnings with anyone. The power of Christ compels you!!

It's All Relative
Wow, ABC has a sitcom I might actually watch again. Lenny Clarke yells too much and needs to watch his salt intake, but we love Maggie Lawson ever since she did that Nancy Drew TV-movie. And who can't appreciate Frasier's Bebe, Harriet Sansom Harris as a dowdy housewife you just know is bound for a makeover from her future Queer Eye in-laws? Looked like a sti read more

END ZONE

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh quit his job at ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown Wednesday night after his crack about black Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb sparked widespread outrage. "My comments this past Sunday were directed at the media and were not racially motivated," Limbaugh said in a statement. "I offered an opinion. This opinion has caused discomfort to the crew, which I regret." During Sunday's pregame show, Limbaugh said McNabb was overrated because the media "has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well." Democratic presidential candidates Wesley Clark and Howard Dean condemned Limbaugh's remarks, as did the NAACP. (FYI: Back in July, I said Limbaugh would only last "a week" at his new job. He lasted a month. I was wrong — I admit it.) read more

O.J. LAWYER DIES

Robert Kardashian, who served as part of O.J. Simpson's "dream team," died Tuesday night at his home in Los Angeles eight weeks after being diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. He was 59. read more

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