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Liza Minnelli officially filed for divorce from David Gest on Wednesday, a day after her estranged hubby slapped her with a $10 million lawsuit. In a statement, Minnelli called Gest's allegations that she beat him in alcohol-fueled rages "hurtful and without merit," adding that she had "hoped very much that the end of my marriage would be handled with mutual respect and dignity." (I'm tempted to poke fun at Liza's na&#239vet&#233, but I really don't want to get smacked.) read more


ABC will debut its new mob drama Line of Fire on Dec. 2 in NYPD Blue's Tuesday/10 pm timeslot. Blue is expected to return in February with new episodes... Nip/Tuck's first-season finale attracted 3 million viewers Tuesday night. That's slightly below the FX drama's season average of 3.3 million viewers. The season finale of MTV's Newlyweds, meanwhile, led all cable shows among viewers 18-34. read more

My Wife and Kids I'm sorry, but...

My Wife and Kids
I'm sorry, but whenever a TV kid gets a lesson in adulthood from their dad, I always have to chuckle. Be it Theo Huxtable, Greg Brady or tonight's Jr., the teens always turn out to be better than pops expected. Of course, if this were real life, I'm not so sure a water balloon is the best tool to teach a high-schooler how to raise a child. Perhaps how to avoid having one in the first place, maybe.

It's All Relative
God bless Lenny Clarke. His loudmouth Mace is this season's homophobic George Costanza with a Boston accent and a gut that screams "EKG." And he's as rabid about the Red Sox as my friend Neil is about the Philadelphia Phillies. Though I am sure Neil would be more gracious about free superbox seats at a Sox-Yankees game with two gay guys — even if one of them was wearing a sweater over their shoulders. Which makes me think that whoever is costuming Simon should check their c read more

Antwone Fisher Star's Reality Check

It has been a tremendous couple of years for 29-year-old actor Derek Luke. He's gone from working in Sony's gift shop and waiting tables at awards ceremonies to winning an Independent Spirit Award for his starring role in Antwone Fisher. But it hasn't all been smooth sailing for the handsome thesp, who currently co-stars with Katie Holmes in Pieces of April. Despite the heady joys of newfound fame, he's learned the star trip has its drawbacks.

"Sometimes [acting] is a challenge, because you get a lot of attention," Luke concedes. "[Especially] if I just got off a movie, and I had catering people coming up to me. But then, at home, I sit there and watch TV and the garbage piles up. And my wife goes, 'Derek, you've got to take the garbage out.' And I give her a look. Then, I think, 'Oh my God, read more


Rumor has it Friends star Courteney Cox and hubby David Arquette are expecting their first child. David's actor-brother Alexis let the cat out of the bag during a taping of Sharon Osbourne's talk show Monday. (It airs next month.) "We're not commenting," the couple's rep tells USA Today. "When they're pregnant and ready to announce it, they will." read more


Will Smith is heading back to the small screen. The erstwhile Fresh Prince will guest star on the Nov. 18 episode of UPN's freshman laffer All of Us. As previously reported, the actor — who produces the sitcom with wife Jada Pinkett — will play a college buddy of Robert (Duane Martin) and Neesee's (LisaRaye), who returns to L.A. and ends up crushing on Neesee. read more


Tennis great Billie Jean King will play a judge in an upcoming episode of Law & Order, her favorite TV show... UPN has cut The Mullets from its schedule. read more


Clay Aiken is proving to be the most successful loser in history. The American Idol runner-up's debut CD, Measure of a Man, entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with sales of 613,000 copies. By comparison, Idol's inaugural champ, Kelly Clarkson, moved 297,000 units during her album's first week in stores last April. Now, the pressure's on Aiken's Idol sidekick Ruben Studdard, whose Soulful CD drops Nov. 25. read more


Pamela Anderson fears that hepatitis C, which she was diagnosed with in 2001, will most likely kill her in a decade. "I think I've got a good 10 years left in me, which is sad, too," she tells US Weekly. "Maybe 15, if I'm lucky. It's scary, but lately I've been feeling great." read more

Meet TLC's Newest Sex Symbol

If a good man is hard to find, then a good-looking man who's as quick with a quip as he is handy with a hacksaw must be darn near impossible to locate. So it makes sense that the newest sex symbol to emerge from The Learning Channel stud farm is Andrew Dan-Jumbo, the hunky carpenter on While You Were Out (Fridays at 9 pm/ET). But would the Nigerian-born, English-bred hottie who could, well, nail anything he likes, collapse when hammered with TV Guide Online's unrelentingly probing questions? Read on and find out.

TV Guide Online: Um, Jumbo?
Andrew Dan-Jumbo:
It's a Nigerian name. There's a long story behind it, but it would probably take three pages to explain.

TVGO: No time for that, then. Would you agree that it gives you a lot to live up to, running around with a name like Jumbo?
(Laughs) It does, yes. But as awkward as that name was to go through school with, because of the ridicule, it was a name that peo read more

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