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Survivor's Osten Speaks!


Last Thursday's Survivor: Pearl Islands had twists to spare! In addition to the return of the fallen Outcasts, Osten Taylor made history by becoming the first player ever to quit. The 27-year-old Boston resident claims he threw in the towel because he felt betrayed that his ousted tribemates were given a second chance.

"After we lost the challenge to the Outcasts, I was like, 'The end does not justify the means,'" Taylor tells TV Guide Online. "That was the last straw. I had enough. People say, 'Hey, you quit.' But [Executive producer] Mark Burnett quit on us by letting the Outcasts in. So I [thought], 'You know what? I'll quit on him.'"

Taylor even managed to unnerve the usually mellow Jeff Probst, who after conducting an unconventional vote, told Taylor to simply "Go home." But Taylor wasn't bothered by read more

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Six years after Madonna won a Golden Globe, someone is finally taking a look at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's books. Next month, cable network Trio will air The Golden Globes: Hollywood's Dirty Little Secret, a documentary offering a critical examination of showbiz's most unpredictable awards show. read more

O.C. Hunk Plays Fame Game


Don't call The O.C.'s Benjamin McKenzie an overnight sensation: The heartthrob at the heart of Fox's unexpectedly witty new primetime soap opera was in Hollywood for a whole year before being anointed an It boy. As a result, he graciously accepts the "burden" of his newfound popularity. After all, being asked for an autograph beats the heck out of being asked for a menu!

Being recognizable "can be tricky," the 27-year-old tells TV Guide Online, then adds sarcastically, "I'm not going to say, 'Oh, [my castmates and I] are so huge, we can't go anywhere and my life is terrible.' [The loss of anonymity] is slightly unfortunate, but also pretty flattering. I mean, no one ever comes up to me and, like, slaps me or, you know, calls me an a--hole."

On the contrary, face to face with Ryan's handsome portrayer, many an admirer can't make any remark at all, read more

IT'S A BOY

David Letterman and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko celebrated the birth of their first child, son Harry, just before midnight on Monday. Letterman broke the news on Tuesday's Late Show. "First thing I took him home and dangled him over the balcony," joked the 57-year-old funnyman, who named his first-born after his late father. Naturally, Letterman used the birth as fodder for his top ten list. Among the reasons the late-night vet was excited to be a dad: "There is now tangible evidence I have sex." read more

JACKO'S BACK

Just when you thought you could get through a sweeps period without a Michael Jackson special, CBS comes along and ruins everything. The spooky baby dangler is reportedly in talks with the Eye network to headline a music special that would air on Nov. 26, a week after his hits collection, Number Ones, arrives in stores. read more

RUNWAY OR ANOTHER

Bravo has ordered 10 episodes of Project Runway, a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry from the producers of HBO's Project Greenlight, Variety reports. Supermodel Heidi Klum has already signed on as a producer/judge for the reality contest, which will pit aspiring designers against one another. It's slated to debut this summer. read more

GRACE BABY UPDATE

It's not Will & Grace & Child for a reason, folks. An NBC spokesperson tells TV Guide Online that Debra Messing's recently-announced pregnancy will not be written into the show. (Good, because that would have been a disaster.) read more

SUNDAY RATINGS

A whole lot of people turned out Sunday to wish CBS a happy anniversary. CBS at 75 attracted 18.5 million viewers from 8-11 pm/ET, helping the Eye network win the night by a huge margin. Nostalgia also ruled for Fox as 15.7 million viewers watched the 15th season premiere of The Simpsons. The rest of Fox's Sunday lineup didn't fare so well: Malcolm in the Middle (9.7 million viewers) was off 20 percent from its premiere last year, and the debut of the network's critically acclaimed new comedy Arrested Development disappointed with just 7.7 million viewers. read more

TRAVELERS ADVISORY!

If you're planning to travel to the U.K. in early 2004, please be advised: Mariah Carey is threatening to make her London stage debut next year in The Sleeping Prince, the vintage comedy that served as the inspiration for the 1957 film starring Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. "Mariah wants to get rid of the glitz and tassels," the show's producer, Bill Kenwright, tells Variety. "She wants to be an actress." read more

FULL MONTY

Note to NYPD Blue butt barer Dennis Franz: You're off the hook. Danny DeVito will guest star on Friends this February as "an over-the-hill stripper" who performs at Phoebe's bachelorette party. In the same episode, Donny Osmond will play himself when Joey appears as a celebrity contestant on Pyramid. read more

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