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OUT OF TOWN

NBC is overhauling its struggling Friday night lineup, and that's bad news for fans of Boomtown. The network is pulling the critically acclaimed drama off the air and replacing it with reruns of Law & Order: SVU. Also, Miss Match is shifting to 9 pm, where it will follow a repeat of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy this week and Dateline next week. read more

BAD BREAK

Former Dharma & Greg star Jenna Elfman's Broadway debut in the musical Nine has been postponed. According to the New York Post, the actress was slated to replace Tony Award-winner Jane Krakowski last night in the role of sexpot Carla, but got the hook at the last minute because she needed more "rehearsal time." Elfman's understudy took her place on stage. read more

HASTA LA VISTA, BABY!

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. The 56-year-old Republican's decisive victory came despite 11th hour reports of serial groping and Hitler worship. "I've heard your voices loud and clear," he told his supporters last night. "The answer is clear: For the people to win, politics as usual must lose." First lady Maria Shriver, meanwhile, won't be putting her career on hold much longer. Ah-nold's better half intends to return to work at NBC News, where she has been on unpaid leave since her hubby announced his candidacy. read more

8 Simple Rules Poor Katey Sagal....

8 Simple Rules
Poor Katey Sagal. They make her do this "heartfelt introduction" to John Ritter's final episode, and the woman just looks, well, uncomfortable. She's clearly in a tough position. That said, Ritter's charmingly goofy, as always, in his last TV outing. Loved the part where he freaks out over "a noise downstairs," then pummels "prowler" Thad Luckenbill with a toilet-bowl brush! This guy's been such comfort food, ever since I started catching him in Three's Company reruns after school as a kid. I'm really going to miss him.

Gilmore Girls
Okay, someone just needs to call it out: The Gilmore girls are a pair of ungrateful churls! Don't get me wrong, I adore Lorelai and Rory. But their snarky reaction to Grandma Emily's gift was absurd. (In case you missed it, she surprised Rory by outfitting her Yale dorm room with posh furnishings, a home entertainment center — complete with plasma screen TV! — read more

SHORT CUTS

It's official: Universal Studios and NBC announced a deal Wednesday to merge their entertainment operations, creating a media conglom worth an estimated $43 billion... Jesse Ventura's new MSNBC talk show got off to a slow start Saturday, attracting just 194,000 viewers in its debut... Singer-actress Beyonc&#233 plans to launch her own clothing line next year for bootylicious women everywhere. read more

BACK IN BUSINESS

Steven Spielberg is reteaming with the Sci Fi Channel to produce a miniseries trilogy titled Nine Lives. Described as "an epic story of love, death and beyond," the three-part event will air in 2005. Spielberg's first project with the cable network, the alien saga Taken, just won an Emmy for best miniseries. read more

THE APOCALYPSE IS COMING

What would happen if you crossed Extreme Makeover with the Miss America pageant? (Read the above headline for a clue.) We're all about to find out now that Fox is developing a reality show in which women age 22-38 have plastic surgery and then compete in a live, two-hour beauty pageant. Rumor has it Joan Rivers is a shoo-in to host. read more

BUNNY HOP

Reese Witherspoon is poised to star in and produce a remake of Otto Preminger's 1965 film Bunny Lake Is Missing, Variety reports. The original pic starred Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier and revolved around a young girl who goes missing, but in reality, may not actually exist. read more

NYPD Blue Wedding Off?


Now that NYPD Blue gunshot victim Rodriguez is back on his feet, there's nothing keeping affianced detectives Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) and McDowell (Charlotte Ross) from walking down the aisle. Well, almost nothing. "Let me just put it this way," executive producer Mark Tinker tells TV Guide Online. "There's some dissention in the ranks as to what we should do with that story."

He can say that again. His colleague, co-producer Bill Clark, talks like he's already stocking up on rice. "We sure hope [the wedding will happen]," he insists. "We have it on hold probably at least through about half the season."

So what's the sticking point? Bennifer could put together a ceremony quicker than this! Heck, J. Lo could even get hitched and divorced faster! "It's a delicate situation," Clark explains, "because we don't want to get into marital bliss with [Sipowicz], and he's had so much tragedy in read more

Peter Gallagher Raises an Eyebrow

This week, The O.C.'s Peter Gallagher moonlights as the lead in Oxygen's A Tale of Two Wives, a made-for-cable comedy about a psychiatrist living life as a bigamist. "That, to me, is unfathomable," says Gallagher, who has been married to his college sweetheart, Paula, for 20 years. "It's a lot of work to be married to one person and have a family," he adds. "I can't imagine what it would be like doing double duty." He also can't imagine life without his infamous eyebrows. And don't laugh. We actually asked.


TV Guide Online: OK, so you've never tried to date two women at once?
Gallagher:
Two women? God, man. (Laughs) Well, I'm still living. So, clearly I must've gotten away with it, when I did do it. But I don't think it's time to blow my cover now.

TVGO: Ah, 'cause you're happily married.
Gallagher:
Right.

TVGO: And you've got two kids [Jamey, 13 and Kathryn, 10]. Are you the cool dad now that yo read more

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