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CHARLES IN CHARGE

ABC's upstart General Hospital spinoff Port Charles scored the equivalent of a medical miracle this morning: a Daytime Emmy nomination for outstanding drama series! The half-hour sudser — which nabbed a total of seven nominations — will compete for best soap with CBS's As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. Ironically, ABC's All My Children and CBS's Guiding Light — which were shut out of the top category — led the field with a combined 31 nominations. Elsewhere, new yakkers Dr. Phil and The Wayne Brady Show were singled out in the best talk show slot. They'll face off against Live with Regis and Kelly, Soap Talk (huh?) and The View. I have two major gripes with this year's nominees: Two of my favorite performers — General Hospital's Tamara Braun (Carly) and One Life to Live's Melissa Archer (Natalie) — wer read more

BLAST OFF

Space Cowboys star Clint Eastwood is heading back into orbit. The legendary thesp has acquired feature film rights to James R. Hansen's authorized biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Eastwood will produce and direct the film, but not star. read more

DOWN BUT NOT OUT

Sheryl Crow tells the new Ladies' Home Journal that she has battled chronic depression for years. "It is a shadow for me," she says. "It's part of who I am. I just know how, at this point, to sort of manage it." They're called happy pills — not that I would know anything about those. read more

SHUT UP!

Kelly Osbourne is running away from home! According to the New York Post, the 18-year-old wannabe rocker is thisclose to purchasing a multi-million dollar crib right down the street from her parents' Beverly Hills mansion. Throw in a handful of C-listers, some camera equipment and you've got the makings of Surreal Life 2. read more

O, BEHAVE

A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the publisher of fetish magazine O that claimed Oprah Winfrey's similarly titled magazine is tarnishing his trademark. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl said there's no way readers could confuse a publication featuring "whip-bearing naked women" with Winfrey's mag. Am I the only one getting a disturbing mental picture? read more

IN HIGH GERE

Despite being snubbed for his role in Chicago, Richard Gere has agreed to be a presenter at the March 23 Academy Awards. In related news, Gere will take on ballroom dancing for his next project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is set to star in Miramax's Shall We Dance? — a remake of the 1996 Japanese comedy about a man who takes dancing lessons to impress a beautiful young teacher. read more

SPEAKING OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS...

Oscar producers are threatening to give winners the hook if they start thanking everyone from their pharmacist to their shrink. According to reports, winners will be limited to thanking just five people — unless you're a big star, in which case you can do anything you darn well please. read more

IDOL CHATTER

Here's my two cents on last night's American Idol: Julia DeMato's attitude problem is out of control; Joshua Gracin does something funny with his bottom lip when he sings; Ryan Seacrest needs to stop showing such blatant favoritism toward Ruben Studdard; and how cool is it that Vanessa Olivarez has a pet pig named Bacon Bits? Cool enough for me to vote for her. read more

THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

The Clash, the Police, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, AC/DC and the Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night in New York. The ceremony airs Saturday on VH1. read more

Bachelorette Hottie: Addicted to Reality?


Fans of reality TV did a double-take last month when Charlie Maher from The Bachelorette materialized just days after the show's Feb. 19 finale on an episode of Blind Date on TNN! No, his Trista Rehn-induced broken heart did not mend in record time. Turns out, that particular installment was taped three years ago.

"There's a skeleton that got out of the closet," laughs the 28-year-old financial analyst from Hermosa Beach, Calif. "I knew as soon they found out I was on Bachelorette they would start [re-running] the hell out of that thing again.

"It was right after I turned 26," he adds of the Date. "I did it because [a scout] approached me down at the beach. I figured, 'Hey, what the hell. This would be fun... Kind of a gas.' But as you saw, the girl was not very quality. Of course, they decided to set me up with somebody they thought I would have massive friction with... [so] it would be good television."

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