Today's News: Our Take


BY GEORGE, HE'S BACK WITH SONY

George Michael is climbing back into bed with Sony, signing a new worldwide record deal with the very company he fought to free himself from in the early 1990s. The singer is currently putting the finishing touches on Patience, his first album of original material in seven years. read more

SITTING IDOL NO MORE

Fox has announced that the next edition of American Idol will kick off on Jan. 20. In other network scheduling news, the WB is moving its sophomore comedy What I Like About You back to Friday nights following Reba. read more

DOES SHE LIKE TUNA?

Congratulations are in order — MTV has given birth to its first Newlyweds clone! The music network has greenlit a reality show that will chronicle the behind-the-scenes preparations leading up to Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro's wedding, which took place Sunday in Las Vegas. (Sounds like a classy affair.) Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave debuts in January. read more

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"I feel embarrassed and humiliated, especially because my parents and the people who love me have been hurt. I was in an intimate relationship and never, ever thought that these things would become public." Paris Hilton discussing the sex-tape scandal in a statement to The Associated Press. read more

Question: What happened to ...

Question: What happened to The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.? I was enjoying that show and suddenly it was preempted by something else and it hasn't been back in several weeks. Was it cancelled? — Jackie B., Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

Televisionary: Yup, it's gone after only five episodes, Jackie. Sorry to be the one to break it to you.

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THIS CAN'T BE GOOD

Investigators dangling a search warrant swarmed Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch today as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. The purpose of the search was not disclosed, but Court TV reports that that a 13-year-old boy has brought allegations against the 45-year-old pop star. It was a decade ago that Jackson faced a child-molestation investigation; that case was eventually settled out of court. Ironically, the news comes on the same day Jackson's greatest hits collection, Number Ones, arrives in stores. What's more, CBS is scheduled to air a special on the Gloved One next Wednesday. A network rep says it's "premature to speculate" whether today's events will alter their plans. Worse case scenario, they can just foist the special on Showtime. read more

LIZA STRIKES BACK!

Liza Minnelli has hit her estranged hubby with the legal equivalent of a hotel lamp. The actress/singer/alleged husband beater is counter-suing David Gest for at least $2 million, claiming that he stole from her and insulted her publicly during their short-lived union. The accusations follow the $10 million lawsuit Gest filed last month, in which he alleged that Minnelli physically abused him while drunk. read more

SO NEAR, SO FARSCAPE

Frellin' awesome!! As reported in next week's TV Guide magazine, the Jim Henson Company is producing a four-hour Farscape miniseries that will tie up the loose ends left dangling when the cult hit was prematurely axed last year by Sci Fi Channel. "It's an epic conclusion to the series," confides a source. The project — which will reunite leads Ben Browder and Claudia Black — will start shooting in December in Australia. Since the telefilm is unlikely to air on Sci Fi, word is it may be sold into syndication. So there! read more

Fear Factor What is wrong with...

Fear Factor
What is wrong with people? Seriously. Wannabe model Ryan Degrave changed the spelling of his first name from R-Y-A-N to R-Y-N-E — to be "original." When host Joe Rogan pointed out that R-Y-N-E isn't pronounced like "Ryan," Wisconsin's whitest boy ever played the race card and said "the way I pronounce it — ebonically — it works." Ebonically. Yeah, right. Thank God he was eliminated first.

Britney Spears: In the Zone
The girl said, "Let me see you dance." And, well, you can guess what I did... I bruised my shin trying to mimic the souped-up steps. (Shout out to the choreographers!) Yes, people, I enjoyed this glorified infomercial. I was even grateful that Britney seemed to lip-synch 90 percent of the time. I just don't understand why she insisted on singing ballads. Seriously. Why do pop stars do that? "...Baby One More Time" worked just fine as an uptempo dance number. But as a slo read more

HE'S A NEW MAN

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh returned to the airwaves Monday after what he described as "five intense weeks" of rehab for an addiction to painkillers. "There is a whole lot of stuff I can tell you that I can't tell you yet," he said. "There's even more honesty to come." Let me guess: Courtney Love is his sponsor. read more

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