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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Hottie alert: Colby Donaldson from Survivor: The Australian Outback has landed another acting gig. Look for the Texan hunk on the Oct. 29 episode of NBC's Just Shoot Me — he plays Tad, a guest at the Blush Halloween party. Brooke Burns (Dog Eat Dog) also attends the bash as Kelly, a model with a crush on David Spade's Finch. (Now that's spooky.) Donaldson recently was cast in Time and Again, a PAX movie about ageism in the TV news biz. read more

I SPY AN EXIT

The Mole's best kept secret is history: Sexy snarkster Anderson Cooper will not be returning as host of ABC's little reality show that could. According to Variety, CNN — where Cooper is currently employed as an anchor — asked him to choose between his news gig and his reality duties. The Mole is planning two new editions, one featuring celebs and one with civilians. No word on Anderson's replacement, but let's pray it won't be Brian Dunkleman. read more

EVER GOOD

The WB has given its new Monday night family drama Everwood a full-season pickup of 22 episodes. After three weeks, Everwood has averaged 6.4 million viewers — the WB's best post-7th Heaven performance ever. read more

PUSH RECORD

According to the folks at TiVo, the five most popular new TV shows — based on the number of users who have configured their recorder to automatically record every episode — are CBS's CSI: Miami and Without A Trace, Fox's Firefly and John Doe and ABC's Push, Nevada. read more

WIDENING GAP

David Letterman can't pin this one on Les Moonves. CBS's Late Show with David Letterman has fallen farther behind NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the ratings so far this season — despite the arrival of stronger lead-ins such as CSI: Miami and Without A Trace. For the week of Sept. 23-27, Tonight Show averaged 5.9 million viewers compared to Late Show's 4.1 million. read more

KIRSTEN'S MIND GAMES

Spider-Man babe Kirsten Dunst is negotiating to join Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in the mind-bending drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The pic — penned by Being John Malkovich scribe Charlie Kaufman — finds Carrey playing a man who attempts to erase his memory of a previous relationship. Dunst would star as his co-worker. read more

Why Oh Why Did Steve Kmetko Go MIA from E!?


Loyal watchers of E! Entertainment Television's countless award show extravaganzas noticed something missing from last month's marathon Emmy bonanza. No, we're not talking about Joan Rivers's rib cage. We're referring to venerable talking head Steve Kmetko. The popular celeb schmoozer was MIA from his traditional pre- and post-show perch alongside fellow E! News Live anchor Jules Asner — and he hasn't been seen or heard from since!

E! isn't commenting, beyond releasing the following statement: "Steve Kmetko is no longer with the company. He is moving on to pursue other career endeavors. He was a great part of the team at E! and we certainly wish him the best personally and professionally."

Apparently, the feeling read more

HE'S OUTTA THERE

Brian Dunkleman won't be back for the second edition of American Idol next year. The oft-ridiculed co-host tells the New York Post that he plans to "pursue other opportunities in the world of TV and feature films." So, we're supposed to believe it was his decision? read more

American Dreams Star Lives JFK Nightmare


When our nation mourned the loss of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, actress Gail O'Grady was but a babe. While the NYPD Blue alumna obviously has no personal recollection of the tragedy, she feels like she's lived through it, thanks to her role as housewife Helen Pryor on NBC's American Dreams.

For the drama's second episode — airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET — the cast strove to recreate the emotions Americans felt after learning of JFK's assassination in Dallas, Tex. "The set was sad that day," O'Grady tells TV Guide Online. "There was a feeling of what was going on because the producers played those tapes all day. As we did take after take and watched the news footage and everything, it was draining."

Still, O'Grady came prepared to deal with such weighty subject m read more

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

ABC has extended full season orders to its two new Tuesday sitcoms, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Life With Bonnie. Both shows have pulled in solid ratings in their first few weeks on the air, improving the network's Tuesday night performance compared to last year. read more

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