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Billy Joel broke his wrist last week after falling at his home in Long Island... A musical version of Alice Walker's The Color Purple will make its Broadway debut in early 2005... Felicity grad Tangi Miller has joined CBS's The District in a recurring role as a district attorney. read more

Tarzan So those clever apes apparently...

Tarzan
So those clever apes apparently taught Tarzan (Travis Fimmel) how to crash through a thick pane of glass without getting all cut up. (And, I guess,how to get a nice, close shave in the jungle, too.) Isn't he supposed to be just a really agile, regular guy? That's it. No powers, and not from Krypton. And there was so much quick-cut editing during the acrobatic fight scenes that it could have been a shirtless Dennis Franz in a dirty-blond wig and I wouldn't have been able to tell.

Trading Spaces: 100 Grand
A hundred-thousand bucks and perky Paige Davis can't get two outfits for two days? I mean, even Marge Simpson gets to change her green dress and red necklace if she and Homer go out for the evening.

Two Plymouth, Mass., couples got 50 times the normal $1,000 budget each for this two-hour extravaganza. But that goes fast when you spend, say, $1,800 on an ugly, 19th century starburst mirror. At read more

WEDNESDAY RATINGS

King of Queens fans clearly had no trouble finding the CBS sitcom on its new night. In its first Wednesday telecast, King averaged 13.6 million viewers and ranked a strong second behind NBC's The West Wing. Elsewhere, nearly 11 million viewers sampled ABC's new gay farce It's All Relative, but only 9 million of them stuck around for the premiere of Karen Sisco at 10 pm. read more

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Showtime is developing a film about the life of director Roman Polanski... Ice Cube has replaced Vin Diesel in the upcoming XXX sequel. There go the film's Oscar chances. Peace out. read more

DOGG GETS A BONE

Here's some "TV News" scoop from next week's issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale Monday): Snoop Dogg has been cast as Omar Gooding's older, wiser, less doped-up sib Big E on ESPN's pigskin soap Playmakers. Snoop appears in the Oct. 28 episode, and should the sports channel renew the serial for a second season, bet on the Doggy Fizzle Televizzle emcee to reprizzle da role. (That's for critics who say this column's not ghetto enough. Word.) read more

CONGRATS!

Where in the world was Matt Lauer this morning, you ask? Home with his new baby, silly! The Today show host's wife, Annette, gave birth to the couple's second child Thursday, a daughter named Romy. read more

EASY CELL?

Comedy Central has given the green light to TV's first animated "reality" show. The cable network has ordered eight episodes of Drawn Together, which puts famous cartoon characters like Captain America, Betty Boop and SpongeBob SquarePants in a Real World/Big Brother-type situation. "Anything adults can do on a reality show, we want our characters to do," exec producer Dave Jeser (The Man Show) tells Variety. "You haven't seen cartoons having sex or bulimia." Um, hello? What about Paradise Hotel? How quickly we forget. read more

LOVE TROUBLE

Singer-actress-train-wreck Courtney Love had a packed calendar Thursday night. First, the Hole frontwoman was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of a narcotic after police found her outside a Los Angeles home she allegedly attempted to break into. She was booked and released after posting $2,500 bail. Hours later, Love was rushed to the hospital for an apparent overdose, according to the Los Angeles Times. There's no word on her condition. So, I guess this means she forgot to tape Scrubs for me? That's just great. read more

Gilmore Girls Becomes a Work of Art


Art imitates art this November on Gilmore Girls when the kooky residents of Stars Hollow decide to host their own version of the popular California-based Pageant of the Masters, in which living, breathing people re-create classic and contemporary paintings.

"It's going to be our big town thing this season," says exec producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, who jokes that she's prepared to make up for any budget overruns by holding "a big Gilmore Girls car wash. Me and the staff are going to go out and wash [&#252berproducer] John Wells's car to raise money for Episode 7."

Details of the special installment are still being finalized, but this much we know: Lorelai will bring to life a Renoir painting, while Kirk (Sean Gunn) takes on the daunting task of playing God. "He's going to be Jesus in the 'Last Supper,'" laughs Sherman-Palladino, "and he takes it very much to heart, to the point where maybe he and Judas aren' read more

OH, NO YOU DID'N

With the California recall election just days away, the skeletons are flying out of Arnold Schwarzenegger's closet left and right. The latest scandal to rock his campaign: According to reports, the sometime-cyborg expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler in a previous interview with documentary filmmaker George Butler. "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power," Schwarzenegger is quoted as saying. "I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for what he did with it." Once again: Oh, no you did'n! read more

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