Today's News: Our Take


Country crooner Glen Campbell, who was arrested in Phoenix on Monday on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run, and aggravated assault, is asking for the public's forgiveness. In a statement, the 67-year-old entertainer said, "Yesterday I was arrested and put in jail. Even at my age, I learned a valuable lesson. I apologize to my wife, my family, my friends and my fans." read more


The death of 27-year-old actor Jonathan Brandis has been officially ruled a suicide. According to a coroner's report, the SeaQuest DSV star hung himself with a nylon rope in the hallway of his Los Angeles apartment complex on Nov. 11. He was found unconscious that night and rushed to a hospital, where he died the next day. Most recently, Brandis had a starring role in the ABC drama pilot 111 Gramercy Park. read more


Rocker Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery over the weekend after collapsing on a London stage last week. The 56-year-old "Bat Out Of Hell" crooner was reportedly suffering from Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a defect of the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat. read more


Britney Spears' mammoth publicity blitz in support of her latest CD seems to have paid off. When final numbers are released today, Spears' In the Zone is expected to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart with sales of more than 500,000 copies. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's hits collection Number Ones failed to crack the Top Ten, landing with a thud at No. 13. read more

Never Been Kissed Hey, it's Tuesday...

Never Been Kissed
Hey, it's Tuesday night at 8 here in L.A. Where the hell are my Gilmore Girls? Instead, WB ran this dopey old movie where Drew Barrymore is a reporter posing as a high school student. I was totally annoyed, until I spotted Alias star Michael Vartan — before he was famous! — playing Drew's handsome English teacher. Who knew?

All of Us
Another benefit to Gilmore Girls being off the air this week: I can check out more All of Us on UPN. See? I said I'd watch, even if Will Smith wasn't guest starring. Hey, it says Debbie Allen directed this episode. I'll wager that's partly why it's so funny and yet somehow still classy, even though it's all about sex. Newlyweds Robert and Tia are discretely trying to "get they freak on" with an inquisitive kindergartner in the house, which grown-ups know isn't easy. "Less yackin', more mackin'!" Miss Tia demands. And who read more


Speaking of Michael Jackson, a Superior Court judge Tuesday issued a temporary order barring Santa Monica-based XtraJet from releasing secret videotape of the self-proclaimed King of Pop conferring with attorney Mark Geragos as they flew from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara for his surrender. The video — which featured no audio — allegedly showed Jackson appearing relaxed and calm as he taught Geragos how to moonwalk. read more


Tori Spelling, 30, became engaged over the weekend to actor-writer Charlie Shanian, 34. The couple met two years ago when they were cast in a Los Angeles production of the play Maybe Baby, It's You. In a recent interview with TV Guide Online, the iconic 90210 virgin confessed that Shanian "is the one." And I repeat: What about David?!?!?! read more


Despite lackluster ratings and virtually no critical support, Tru Calling has been picked up by Fox for a full season. I'm baffled read more


Nielsen says it has figured out why hordes of young male viewers stopped watching TV this fall. (An alarming 8 percent decline in men ages 18 to 34 had the networks freaking out.) The company insists that the advertiser-friendly demo is still watching the same number of programs, but just on fewer days and with more channel surfing. read more

Ethan Embry Makes Time

In the new film Timeline (opening Wednesday), Can't Hardly Wait cutie Ethan Embry gets a chance to play a physicist who watches as his colleagues get sucked back into the medieval era. Was he bummed that he was stuck in the present day while his costars got to don period garb and engage in swordplay?

"I was jealous until I saw the movie," Embry tells TV Guide Online. "Then [I saw that] they were running around and jumping in cold rivers and being shot at with burning arrows."

Despite his modern wardrobe, the Sweet Home Alabama scene-stealer is almost unrecognizable thanks to a goatee, bleached blonde hair and a very skinny figure. Speaking of which, why does a scientist need to be so thin? "At the time, I was going to play Nightcrawler [in X2: X-Men United]," the 25-year-old notes. "So I was working out at night, and read more

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