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The View's New Co-Host Speaks!


Survivor grad Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck outlasted 20 competitors to earn the coveted fifth co-host slot on ABC's gabfest The View. But the chatty 26-year-old swears she didn't employ a strategy or form any secret alliances to land the gig.

"The show was going to be stuck with [whoever won] for a while, so if they didn't get to know the real me, I'd being doing them a disservice," she says. "My goal was just to come have some conversation and get to know the women."

Though she was the unanimous choice among the existing hosts — not to mention the clear audience favorite — Hasselbeck had no clue she was the frontrunner when Barbara Walters made the congratulatory call. "As soon as Barbara started talking, I thought, 'You better get a grip now, girlfriend, because you're going to hear something you don't want to hear,'" she recalls. "[But] then she stuck it in there read more

Carnivale's Future Foretold


It looks like HBO wants to get on Management's good side: The cabler is thisclose to renewing its deliriously addictive — yet modestly rated — Depression-era freak show Carnivale for a second season. "Barring disaster, which means the ratings falling off a cliff, we should be getting a pick-up [any day now]," exec producer Daniel Knauf tells TV Guide Online. "We have every expectation that we will be back."

Not bad for a series many in the media were quick to dub a disappointment. After a strong start, Carnivale's ratings tapered off, a development insiders blamed on the drama's slow pacing and increasingly complex mythology. But in terms of Internet traffic, Carnivale is nothing short of a phenomenon. Viewers have been jamming the show's official site at HBO.com in record numbers, picking apart everything from Ben's creepy dreams to whether Management is a He or a She. And the millions of fans who stuck by Samson and his ban read more

BIG FAT NEW GIG

Fresh off that Lucky setback, John Corbett has been tapped to star in an untitled ABC drama pilot set at a luxury hotel in the Bahamas. Corbett will play the hotel's manager. read more

Ask Harriet Sansom Harris


TV stars don't come much gay-friendlier than Harriet Sansom Harris, who — when not camping out on Frasier as Bebe, the radio shrink's agent — sings show tunes in Broadway hits like Thoroughly Modern Millie. So it's beyond ironic that she's now headlining the freshman laffer It's All Relative as homophobic matriarch Audrey.

"One of my friends said, 'That's why you were hired — because gay people know you don't actually feel that way!'" she tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "But I don't think there was that much thought that went into it; I just lucked out and got this job."

Yeah, right — we suspect the actress's hiring had at least a little something to do with her great big talent. "Oh, now no one would ever say that," she scoffs. "Least of all one of my friends!" However she landed the gig, the humble scene stealer hopes that the ABC sitcom (airing tonight at 8:30 pm/E read more

A REAL FIASCO

San Diego police are investigating claims that a 22-year-old visitor to MTV's latest Real World house was date raped in one of its camera-free bathrooms. The alleged victim told authorities that an acquaintance of Real World cast member Randy drugged her, took her to the house and raped her on Nov. 15. Cops searched the house, seizing tapes from the house cameras, a stash of porn mags and seven whiny brats. read more

The View's New Co-Host Speaks!


Survivor grad Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck outlasted 20 competitors to earn the coveted fifth co-host slot on ABC's gabfest The View. But the chatty 26-year-old swears she didn't employ a strategy or form any secret alliances to land the gig.

"The show was going to be stuck with [whoever won] for a while, so if they didn't get to know the real me, I'd being doing them a disservice," she says. "My goal was just to come have some conversation and get to know the women."

Though she was the unanimous choice among the existing hosts — not to mention the clear audience favorite — Hasselbeck had no clue she was the frontrunner when Barbara Walters made the congratulatory call. "As soon as Barbara started talking, I thought, 'You better get a grip now, girlfriend, because you're going to hear something you don't want to hear,'" she recalls. "[But] then she stuck it in there read more

IN DEFENSE OF MICHAEL

One more Jacko item: Celeb choreographer Wade Robson, 21, told Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper that he visited Neverland Ranch when he was a kid and also slept in the same bed as the embattled singer. "But," he added, "nothing strange happened." read more

PROJECT REDLIGHT?

HBO has nixed a third season of Project Greenlight, but producers are thisclose to signing a deal to bring the acclaimed series to NBC-owned Bravo. Phew, that was a close one. read more

MIDSEASON SHUFFLE

Donald Trump's NBC reality gamble The Apprentice will air Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET beginning Jan. 14. Ed moves to Fridays at 9 pm/ET during January and February, where it will replace a hiatus-bound Miss Match. NBC, however, insists the Alicia Silverstone dramedy will return to the schedule in March. We'll believe it when we see it. read more

BLUE GRAD REASSIGNED

NYPD Blue alum Nick Turturro is joining the cast of NBC's Third Watch for a four-episode run, Variety reports. He'll play Alie Nardo, the son of a mob boss. read more

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