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Bon Jovi's new album Bounce will hit stores on schedule Tuesday after a federal judge refused to delay the CD's release at the request of an Internet company. According to The Associated Press, DownloadCard Inc. claimed a promotional program accompanying Bounce was "precisely the program" it created and offered to Universal Music Group. read more


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


Married... With Children alum Ed O'Neill has been tapped to play Joe Friday on ABC's upcoming remake of Dragnet. He replaces Danny Huston, who exited last week. The Dick Wolf-produced series bows in January. read more


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


David Letterman is making Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson an offer he apparently can't refuse. On Thursday's Late Show, Letterman said he would pay for new road signs on the highway that circles Indianapolis if Peterson renamed the interstate "Dave Letterman Expressway." "You know, Dave, I will tell you, I like that idea," the mayor said. In case you're wondering, Letterman hails from Indianapolis. read more


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


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


A new album featuring original songs by late R&B singer Aaliyah will be released in November, reports. The tracks were recorded just prior to her 2001 death in a plane crash. 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

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

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