Today's News: Our Take


PARISGATE UPDATE

The guy who sold the Paris Hilton sex tape is telling Celebrity Justice that Rick Solomon, the hotel heiress's X-rated leading man, was involved in the duplication and sale of the video. Don Thrasher claims he received a $50,000 check for the tape, then gave Solomon $25,000 in cash. Solomon's attorney denies the charges, insisting Thrasher stole the tape. Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that Hilton and Solomon may have made as many as 10 videos together. Hopefully, the lighting is better on those, because the one that's out there now is really dark. So I've heard. read more

MATERIAL THINGS

Madonna has inked a licensing deal with Signature Network Inc. to create a line of products based on her children's book The English Roses. Among the items headed to stores: dolls, apparel, cosmetics, stationery, room decor, whips, chains and flavored condoms. read more

OOPS!

Carol Burnett received a public apology Wednesday after a Carol Burnett Show tribute was left out of CBS's recent 75th anniversary special. In an open letter published Wednesday in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, producer Gil Cates expressed his regret that "during the excitement of a 'live 3 hour television event' the wonderful film piece we prepared... was not aired. Sometimes goofs happen." A skipped cue reportedly led to the glitch. Now that that's over with, who's gonna apologize to Ana Alicia and Co. for giving Falcon Crest such short shrift? Talk about rude. read more

SALES SHOCK

Toby Keith's latest CD, Shock'n Y'all, entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with 585,000 copies sold — a career best for the singer. Sarah McLachlan's Afterglow debuted at No. 2 with sales of 361,000 units. read more

WELL, GOLLY

CBS's Andy Griffith Show Reunion attracted 21.6 million viewers Tuesday, making it the night's top program. Diane Sawyer's 90-minute chat with Jessica Lynch on ABC also fared well with 15.7 million viewers — which is more than the 15 million people who checked out NBC's Saving Jessica Lynch telepic on Sunday. read more

TO THE EXTREME

ABC has ordered six episodes of Extreme Makeover: The Home Edition, in which a group of designers and workmen renovate an entire home in seven days. In related news, the network has ordered an additional 12 episodes of Extreme Makeover, in which a group of doctors make butt-ugly people appear average looking. read more

JOINING AMY

Cheech Marin is joining the cast of CBS's Judging Amy beginning Jan. 6 as a potential love interest for Tyne Daly's Maxine. In other casting news, Danny Strong (aka Jonathan from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will appear in at least two episodes of the WB's Gilmore Girls as the editor of Rory's (Alexis Bledel) college newspaper. read more

CAR TROUBLE

Country crooner Wynonna Judd has got a right to sing the blues. A Nashville cop stopped the 39-year-old star on Thursday for driving 47 in a 30 miles per hour zone. That's when Judd, whom the cop described to Reuters as "cooperative and pleasant," failed a field sobriety test. She was then arrested, charged with DUI and released on $500 bail. She probably needed a ride home, though, since her Land Rover was impounded. Dang it! read more

LOOK WHO'S TALKING

Rush Limbaugh returns to his radio show Monday after completing a five-week program to treat his drug addiction. Limbaugh signed off on Oct. 10 after announcing that he had been abusing prescription painkillers. read more

FAR AND AWAY!

That Farscape press conference we told you about yesterday, during which producers were going to "announce an exciting new development in the campaign to continue" the franchise, has been postponed, a rep for the Jim Henson Company confirms. But never fear, 'Scapers. Sources tell me the media event will be rescheduled for sometime next week. (And trust me, it'll be well worth the wait.) read more

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