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Alan Jackson racked up a record 10 nominations for the Country Music Association awards — the most ever for one performer. The previous record of nine was set in 1970 by Merle Haggard. Other top nominees this year: Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, George Strait and Brooks & Dunn. The awards will be handed out Nov. 6 at the Grand Ole Opry House. read more


Couch potatoes are sending Anna Nicole Smith a strong message: "You're boring, sweetheart!" The latest episode of E!'s The Anna Nicole Show attracted a paltry 1.86 million viewers — a drop of 55 percent from the show's premiere four weeks ago. On the bright side: Maybe the world isn't coming to an end after all. read more


We can now forgive Joss Whedon for last season's subpar Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Whedon has made good on his pledge to bring back Eliza Dushku as Buffy's chief rival, Faith. Dushku will return for the final five episodes of Buffy this season and three episodes of spinoff Angel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more


The curtain won't be going down on The Eminem Show anytime soon. In its 14th week of release, Eminem's latest CD reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the album chart with sales of 172,000 copies. To date, the disc has sold 5.2 million units. Nellyville slipped to No. 2 (162,000 copies), followed by teen rocker Avril Lavigne's Let Go (No. 3 with 129,000) and the debut of Lord Willin' from rap duo Clipse (No. 4 with 122,000). read more


Last Tuesday's American Idol was the week's most-watched program — only the second time a Fox series ranked No. 1 among total viewers. (The Simpsons did so in 1990.) Wednesday's half-hour episode ranked No. 2 for the week. read more


As expected, singer Johnny Cash, 70, checked out of a Nashville hospital Tuesday after suffering an allergic reaction to either medicine or food... Sappy crooner Michael Bolton, 49, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday... Actress-singer Jennifer Love Hewitt will host Lifetime's third annual Women Rock! Girls & Guitars concert on Oct. 25. read more

Drew Carey Takes on the Bachelor

When The Drew Carey Show kicks off its eighth season on Sept. 9, the notoriously silly sitcom is promising some grownup storylines — and that means no improvised musicals! Perhaps most surprising will be Drew's determined search for "an actual wife, life partner, somebody he can spend the rest of his life with," as Carey puts it.

"Once Kate [Christa Miller] gets married and moves on," Carey reveals, "I'm going to go, 'Well, screw her. I can get married, too.' Whenever [next] season's finale is, I'm going to say, 'That's the day I'm going to get married.' And I'm going to spend the whole season looking for somebody to get married to."

Drew's dating strategy sounds to us like an homage to ABC's other foray into matchmaking, The Bachelor. Sadly, Carey flubbed his chance read more


A judge on Tuesday granted Robert Blake's request to have his preliminary hearing delayed. Blake — who's charged with the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley — will face the music on Nov. 13. read more

Buffy Casualties: Dead and Loving It!

Most TV stars get scared to death when the Grim Reaper makes a guest appearance — with good reason. Anybody hear from NYPD Blue fatality Rick Schroder lately? ER flatliner Kellie Martin? Didn't think so. However, Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast members know that being killed off isn't necessarily a grave matter. In fact, a little tomb raiding among the recent arrivals at Sunnydale Cemetery reveals that at least a few actors' careers actually blossom after their characters start pushing up daisies. And the others? Well, may they rest in peace.

The dearly departed: Kristine Sutherland, a five-season Buffy vetera read more

Seven Silly Questions for Chris Kirkpatrick

Since there are no strings attached to 'N Sync, the boy band members are free to go all out in their pursuit of side projects ranging from solo records to space travel. One of the guys is even ditching his homeys to join pop tart Willa Ford as co-host of tonight's Miss Teen USA Pageant (airing live at 9 pm/ET on CBS). "It's gonna be me!" declares the group's elder statesman, Chris Kirkpatrick, 30. Naturally, TV Guide Online couldn't resist lobbing in the teen idol's direction a few questions — and this we promise you, they're gonna be so silly that he might not wait until we're through to tell us bye, bye, bye.

TV Guide Online: Aren't you a little old to be flirting with teenage girls?
Chris Kirkpatrick:
If I were judging that would be different, because I would be looking at the teenagers in a weird way. But I'm just hosting, so I think we'll be safe.

TVGO: Lance wants to blast off into outer space. What other sing read more

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