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Arnold Schwarzenegger's Wednesday appearance on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno — during which he announced his plans to run for governor of California — helped the program score its second-best ratings of the year. In other ratings news, the Wednesday debut of Roseanne Barr's ABC reality show tanked, attracting a pitiful 5.5 million viewers. read more

AMAZING UPDATE

Endearing circus clowns Jon and Al became the ninth team eliminated from CBS's Amazing Race last night. That narrows the field to three teams: best friends David and Jeff; gay partners Reichen and Chip; and raging bigot Jon and his wife-to-be Kelly. Note to Kel: Win or lose, dump this loser. read more

NO KIDDING

Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman is the latest actor to enter the race for governor of California. The former child star paid $3,500 Wednesday and declared himself a candidate for the state's highest office. He then raced home and got ready for his latest Star Date. read more

HEADING WEST

Bring It On hunk Jesse Bradford is joining NBC's The West Wing as a spoiled twentysomething intern from a known political family. He's signed on for at least 10 episodes. read more

CROWDED STAGE

In a break from tradition, Fox has tapped a whopping nine celebs to preside over next month's 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony in lieu of a single emcee. They include previous hosts Garry Shandling, Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O'Brien, as well as Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Wanda Sykes, George Lopez, Martin Short, Jon Stewart and Saturday N read more

POLITICAL FALLOUT

Maria Shriver is taking a leave of absence from NBC News now that her hubby, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has officially entered the race for California governor. An NBC rep said Shriver saw her dual roles as a political wife and news correspondent as a potential conflict of interest. Speaking of Ah-nold, critics who say the actor is a political ignoramus obviously didn't see the Terminator star on the Today show this morning. During a satellite interview, Schwarzenegger conveniently lost contact with the morning show right after Matt Lauer asked him whether he would make his income tax statements from the past several years available to the public. Schwarzenegger claimed he couldn't hear Lauer's question and the intervie read more

Perfect Possibilities to Play Andy Dick's Moms


Now that word has hit the street that Less Than Perfect is casting the lesbian mothers of resident odd duck Owen (Andy Dick), every ambiguously gay duo in Hollywood ought to be beating a path to the ABC witcom's offices. But before producers hand over the plum parts, perhaps they should review our list of unusual suspects. Some of these tag teams, you have to admit, have always seemed queer as folk.

Joan Collins and Linda Evans: If the dueling divas of Dynasty actually had sublimated sapphic tendencies, we'd at last have a plausible explanation for their obsession with fisticuffs and shoulder pads.

Jane Curtin and read more

BEAUTIFUL BUNDLE

Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, 32, gave birth to a son Tuesday — her first child with husband (and Beautiful Mind co-star) Paul Bettany. The actress also has a 5-year-old son, Kai, from a previous relationship. read more

Spy Kids Star Succeeds J.Lo


The new ABC drama Karen Sisco (debuting Oct. 1 at 10 pm/ET) has been described over and over as a show based on the U.S. Marshal Jennifer Lopez played in the movie Out of Sight. (You know, the role that made us think she was a real actress?) And yes, there is a steady supply of sexy convicts (&#224 la George Clooney's character) flirting with Karen, played by Spy Kids mom Carla Gugino. But Sisco's creators also insist this is a whole 'nother story.

"You can't base a series on a woman who's always chasing the same bank robber," notes exec producer Michael Shamberg. "So we simply took the very good character who ha read more

Gilmore Girls Star's Weight Loss Secret


Gilmore Girls scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy shed nearly half her body weight over the summer, but viewers won't know what's missing when the show returns this fall; her alter ego, Sookie, will be six months preggers at the start of the new season. "I'll be wearing all these pads," laments the actress. "That's the irony."

But even after Sookie delivers, the show won't be making a big deal of the character's newly-svelte self. "We never made an issue of her weight on the show before," notes exec producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, "so I doubt we will start now."

McCarthy — who says the "final straw" came earlier this year when she stumbled upon a pair of her old size four jeans — slimmed down with the help of UCLA's Risk Factor Obesity (RFO) program. "It's been around for like 20 years, so it's pretty well known," she explains o read more

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