Today's News: Our Take


MAKE UP YOUR MIND!

Marc Anthony and his wife, Dayanara Torres, have reportedly split up — again. The couple separated two years after tying the knot in 2000, only to get back together five months later. They celebrated their reunion with a lavish ceremony in Puerto Rico in Dec. 2002. Now, Torres has filed for divorce and is said to be seeking alimony and child support. They have two very confused children, Christian, 2, and Ryan, 5 months. At least I assume they're confused. read more

I FEEL BUSTED

The Godfather of Soul is back in trouble with the law. James Brown was arrested on Wednesday and charged with criminal domestic violence and suspicion of not owning any hair products. The 70-year-old singer allegedly pushed his wife, Tomi Rae Brown, to the floor during an argument in their South Carolina home. He was released from jail today after a brief hearing, during which he denied hurting his wife. Brown served more than two years in prison in the late '80s on drug and assault charges and was convicted of a drug-related offense in 1998. read more

J.LO SPEAKS

Jennifer Lopez tells Star magazine that her breakup with Ben Affleck has left her "extremely broken-hearted." In her first post-split interview, J.Lo says she "put enormous effort" into the relationship, but "in the end, I realized I needed to put my personal and professional life back together." Lopez's camp denies that the singer-actress-diva talked to Star, but the tabloid says it stands by its story. Of course, I'm pretty sure the mag also said Sharon Osbourne would never do a third season of The Osbournes, so I don't know what to believe anymore. read more

SHORT CUTS

Oprah Winfrey will celebrate her 50th birthday today with a star-studded bash on The Oprah Winfrey Show... A Cirque du Soleil production featuring the music of the Beatles will likely replace Siegfried & Roy's closed show at the Mirage casino in Las Vegas... Sci Fi Channel has greenlit Anonymous Rex, a two-hour movie based on Eric Garcia's series of books about dinosaurs who disguise themselves as humans. Rumor has it Joan Rivers is a shoo-in to star. read more

SPOT REMOVER

CBS is defending its decision to reject a Super Bowl ad that would have criticized President Bush's handling of the U.S. deficit after a group of congressmen called the move an affront to free speech. The network says it has a policy against "advocacy advertising," which is designed to prevent groups from exerting undue influence on controversial issues that have "a significant impact on society or its institutions." In other words, ads that are boring. read more

REALITY RATINGS

American Idol continued to steamroll the competition Tuesday night, attracting nearly 30 million viewers and hitting a new high among young adults. Even more impressive, Idol outdrew ABC, CBS and NBC combined at 8 pm. UPN also had cause to celebrate as the latest episode of America's Next Top Model pulled in more than 7 million viewers and ranked as the network's third-highest-rated telecast ever among bitchy anorexic women 18-34. read more

RESTRAINING ORDER

R. Kelly better steer clear of accused child molester Michael Jackson at the Grammy Awards. For some unknown reason, a judge has ordered the embattled R&B star, who is awaiting trial on child porn charges, to stay away from the embattled King of Pop at next month's kudosfest — where Kelly is nominated for two awards. Jacko, however, is not up for any awards and is not expected to attend. Huh? read more

American Idol Oh, thank god. The...

American Idol
Oh, thank god. The Hawaiian auditions bring the badness to an end. Seriously, I get that Fox trots out the really awful singers early on to keep us entertained, but enough is enough! Ukuleles, yodelers, a Winnie the Pooh costume! Come on. I thought I was watching the talent-show tryouts at the David Lynch High School for Tone-Deaf Medical Anomalies. Though I was grateful for another week without having to figure out how to text-message my votes in. I haven't had feeling in my thumbs since Kelly Clarkson.

Smallville
So Clark and Lana both try to off Chloe out of the blue? No big mystery there. They've obviously grown as annoyed with her as I have. All that flippy hair and meddling, it's enough to push even the Man of Steel past his limits. Granted, it can't be that easy, so instead of their homicidal urges making perfect sense, we get the super exes being brainwashed by e-mails. Just wait until they discov read more

IT'S [BLEEPIN'] OVER

Someone stick a fork in The Sharon Osbourne Show — because it's done, folks. Warner Bros. has reportedly pulled the plug on the syndicated gabfest, which has struggled in the ratings since its debut in September. In an interview with USA Today, Osbourne says she asked to be released from her contract in December following Ozzy's near-fatal ATV crash. She also said she'd never do a third season of The Osbournes, so I don't know what to believe anymore. read more

Ted Danson Ends Becker


Last summer, Becker was brought back from the dead with an eleventh-hour renewal for a sixth season. But don't expect it to happen again, even though CBS hasn't officially canned the series. "They never really cancel things," says star Ted Danson. "They just let them disappear. I think canceling is bad juju, so [series] just don't show up again."

The Becker finale airs tonight at 9:30 pm/ET, and the episode title is "DNR" — as in "Do Not Resuscitate." He admits it's a not-so-subtle message to the network that the Becker set is closed for good. In it, grumpy Dr. Becker finds happiness. "But," Danson says, "he's morose over the fact that he's happy. I love that."

Danson's grateful for the chance to end the show "with some degree of grace," even though the cast and crew knew, going into Season 6, that they "weren't the flavor of the week" and would be gone by mid-season. As for shooting the wrap-up, he says it was "very sweet. read more

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