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Another Bridges of Madison County landmark has been damaged by arson. A suspicious fire tore through the farmhouse featured in the Clint Eastwood-Meryl Streep movie Monday morning. Last year, the wooden bridge at the center of the film (and the book) was destroyed by fire. The latest inferno comes just days before the annual Madison County Covered Bridge Festival. read more


Terminator-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger was voted governor-elect of California Tuesday, ending Gray Davis's controversial run in office and killing any chance for a Junior 2. read more


Not to toot our own horn, but MTV is confirming what we at TV Guide told you last week: Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica is coming back for a second season. The first season finale airs Oct. 21 (at 10:30 pm/ET), five days before the couple's first (and likely final) anniversary. MTV also has renewed Snoop Dogg's variety show Doggy Fizzle Televizzle for a second season — something we first reported, um, right this second. Look, we can't get every scoop. Geez. read more


Hercules and Andromeda hunk Kevin Sorbo is preparing to become a daddy again. "My wife [Sam] is four months pregnant," he tells TV Guide Online. "We have a 2-year-old boy [Braedon Cooper], and we have another one on the way. We don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet. We'll find out in about a week!" Keep us posted, Sorbs! (He lets me call him that.) read more

Question: I am one of the few ...

Question: I am one of the few who love Dawson's Creek, not just up until when they go to college but all six seasons. In the fourth season, when Gale Leery becomes pregnant, there is a really pretty song playing in the background when Dawson tells Joey. I know its called "Fields of Gold" but I don't know who sings it. Do you know? I can't seem to find it anywhere. — Leah

Televisionary: The song playing when Dawson told Joey of his mom's pregnancy in the "Great Xpectations" episode was Eva Cassidy's version of Sting's "Fields of Gold." (It was also heard earlier in the episode, in a scene in Andie's hospital room.) You'll find it on her album Songbird (Blix Street), and Sting's original take is on Ten Summoner's Tales and Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994.

And just because I'm a stickler for detail, I'll point out that the Cassidy version was also used in the 2001 graduation episode, called, of all things, "The read more


It seems Shannen Doherty is ready to laugh about her bad-girl persona. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former 90210/Charmed hellraiser has inked a deal with NBC to star in a sitcom about a "young woman who is stuck with a rep of being headstrong and nasty but is nice and fragile at heart." Okay, so it's loosely based on Doherty's life. read more


Rumor has it Ed O'Neill may reunite with former Married... with Children wife Katey Sagal on her ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules. According to today's New York Post, O'Neill — who currently stars in ABC's L.A. Dragnet — may play the brother of Sagal's soon-to-be-widowed character. read more

Dave Punked Out in Paradise

The nail-biting season finale of Fox's Paradise Hotel was full of surprises, but none more eye-popping than Charla's final decision: Faced with $250,000 in prize money, she opted not to split it with her kindly roommate, Dave. Nope, she kept it all for her greedy self. Huh? That Barbie girl would never have made it to the final four without him! Alas, the 26-year-old may've flown back to Boston sans the cash — or the girl — but he does get props for loyalty.

As Dave tells TV Guide Online: "I would have split the money with Toni if she was my final partner, if she had, in any way, helped me get to the end. I think almost everyone there would have split the money."

That's doubtful, considering Paradise's pit of vipers. Don't forget, Toni mercilessly teased and taunted Dave about his appearance. (Hey, so what if the dude has large ears!) Anyway, it had to sting when Dave's crush refused to sh read more


ABC is developing a horse racing drama loosely based on the relationship between legendary Churchill Downs trainer Jerry Romans and his sons... NBC is following up its successful Three's Company tell-all film with a behind-the-scenes look at Charlie's Angels. Be afraid, Farrah Fawcett. Be very afraid. read more

Fear Factor Life is truly not...

Fear Factor
Life is truly not fair. Proof: Krisandra ate live African cave-dwelling spiders for nothing. She didn't win the car. Or the game. Cliffhanger solved.

The New McDonald's Commercials
Why don't they show an actual, oh, I don't know, McDonald's restaurant in these things? Last week, they had Justin Timberlake singing over scenes of people laughing, dancing and living the skinny high life. This week they've got a Latino group doing the same thing. Well, guess what? I'm not lovin' it. Translation: No me encanta.

Dinner for Five
I'll admit it. I was surprised to see that this show is A.) still on and B.) still able to book guests. And pretty decent ones too! Joining Jon "Mr. Swingers" Favreau for dinner tonight at a hotel in Vancouver: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel and Mary Steenburgen. Not bad, right? Yeah... That's 30 minutes I'll never get back. Shoot. read more

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