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One on One Oh, my goodness. Am...

One on One
Oh, my goodness. Am I watching a father-daughter comedy on UPN or Skinemax? McKinley High must be the sluttiest school since Fast Times at Ridgemont High! Just look at all those teenagers makin' out and undoin' each other's shirt buttons in the hallways. They need to be spanked! Um, wait, maybe that wouldn't help... Anyway, I liked how Breanna and Spirit read those steamy romance novels so they could seem "experienced" to their trashy schoolmates. Then, the gal pals tried for real sex with their favorite guys, but couldn't go through with it. Aww... how sweet! It's great how this episode shows the clumsiness of losing your virginity — and why it's best to resist peer pressure — without sounding "uncool" to the young peeps. (Okay, speaking of uncool, let me not start talking like Carson Daly.) Bravo, Breanna, for resisting the shirtless Arnaz! If she said no to that kind of temptation, you know God blessed the child with wil read more

ANOTHER CLOSING, ANOTHER SHOW

Planning on heading to the Big Apple to watch Farrah Fawcett make her Broadway debut in the comedy Bobbi Boland? Not a chance? Good, because the $2 million stage play closed Sunday after only seven preview performances. Producer Joyce Johnson says she came to the conclusion that the show "simply does not work in a Broadway house." read more

OH NO SHE DIDN'T

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times? Shame on... um, er — just plain shame! Fox entertainment president Gail Berman has once again broken her promise to 24 fans to refrain from airing promos that give away pivotal plot twists. Her latest act of defiance came at the end of last Tuesday's episode, when (warning: spoiler alert!) the commercial teasing tonight's installment showed the contaminated cocaine getting flushed down the toilet, prompting Jack ( Kiefer Sutherland) to announce, "The virus is out!" A network rep insists that it's not Fox's goal to "reveal key plot points," but adds that "determining how to tease the next episode is always a challenge." Naturally, viewers are fuming. "What is the matter with Fox?" asks Kerry via e-mail. "Apparently, you need to harass [Gail Berman] about this some more!" I read more

THEY HAD IT COMING

Catherine Zeta-Jones — who just won a $24,000 judgement against a British tab that published her wedding pics — has moved on to her next legal battle. According to TheSmokingGun.com, the Oscar winner is fuming over reports that she lost weight via the Atkins diet. In a warning letter sent last week to various media outlets, a lawyer for Zeta-Jones maintained that press reports are "falsely representing to the average reader, including many young women who look up to my client and admire her beautiful appearance, that Ms. Zeta-Jones would recommend this diet to any person looking to lose weight." read more

SOUND FAMILIAR?

Just a day after Bravo announced plans to produce the hourlong Queer Eye spinoff Straight Eye for the Queer Guy, Comedy Central has greenlit the similarly-themed Straight Plan for the Gay Man. Described as a parody of Queer Eye, the show will feature a team of straight comedians (the Flab 4) teaching gay men how to pass as heterosexual. The series premieres in February, but look for the lawsuit to debut much sooner. read more

Nat'l Geo's Spin on Survivor

TV Guide Online assembled a virtual roundtable to discuss next Monday's episode of Worlds Apart (8 pm/ET), National Geographic Channel's globe-spanning new series in which American families spend 10 days immersed in a culture far different from their own. Our conversation brings together the executive producers of the series, Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, and participants Daryle Noble and Debbie Johnson of St. Louis, who ventured off with their children, Joshua, 10, and Jasmine, 8, to a remote Outer Mongolian village last August. There was no electricity, no running water and just tall weeds to hide behind when nature called. After more than a week in the wild, the family discovered as much about themselves as they did about a vastly different way of life.


TV Guide Online assembled a virtual roundtable to discuss next Monday's episode of Worlds Apart (8 pm/ET), National Geographic Channel's globe-spanning new se read more

Survivor's Savage Beast Talks!


One of the Morgan tribe's first official acts on Survivor: Pearl Islands was to elect Andrew Savage as its fearless captain. Little did the 40-year-old attorney know he was helming a sinking ship! But while Savage remained upbeat through most of the turmoil — the limited supplies, Osten's exit, the botched challenges — he lost his cool when ex-tribemate Lill was given a second chance in the game.

"Any twist, any curveball, [the producers] want to throw at us, I say, 'Bring it on,' because that is the game that we signed up for," Savage explains to TV Guide Online. "Having said that, the reason I was so angry is that for nine days, Lill was in 'Loser's Lodge' on vacation.

"During that nine-day period, all five Morgan tribemates practically killed ourselves to do the impossible," he continues. "And that's to go from five Morgans and eight Drakes, to five Morgans and five Drakes. We read more

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Brian Williams has moved another step closer to succeeding Tom Brokaw as NBC's top newsman. The network announced Monday that Williams will leave CNBC in January to work full time as a reporter/substitute anchor for NBC News. Williams will officially take over for Brokaw after the 2004 presidential election. read more

COMING UP NECKS

That creepy Barnabas Collins is getting a new lease on undead life. The WB is resurrecting the classic ABC vampire sudser Dark Shadows for fall 2004, Variety reports. The franchise has been collecting dust since 1991, when NBC attempted its own Dark Shadows remake starring Ben Cross. read more

AND THE WINNER IS...

Sunday night's much-hyped TV movie showdown between CBS's The Elizabeth Smart Story and NBC's Saving Jessica Lynch ended in a virtual dead heat. While the Smart pic prevailed among total viewers (15.5 million vs. 15 million), Lynch tied Smart in key demographics, including adults 18-49. read more

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