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UPN's new computer-animated series Game Over looks destined to live up to its title. The show's Wednesday debut attracted just 2 million viewers. read more


Universal Pictures has delayed the release of Cinderella Man — its highly anticipated film reuniting director Ron Howard with his Beautiful Mind leading man, Russell Crowe — until March 18, 2005. The period boxing flick was originally set for release on Dec. 17. The studio says it wants more time to mount an effective marketing campaign and insists Crowe's recent shoulder injury was not a factor in the delay. read more


Good Morning America will institute a five-second delay when Boobygate star Janet Jackson performs on its March 31 show... Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital flatlined Wednesday, dropping 35 percent from its debut last week... A&E Network has cleared a second season of its runway reality hit Airline for takeoff... Buena Vista has renewed the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for a third season. Ratings for the Meredith Vieira-hosted quizzer are up 23 percent over last year. read more


Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander and Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin have joined the cast of NBC's upcoming musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge. Alexander will play Scrooge's dead business partner Marley, while Martin will play the Ghost of Christmas Present. read more


Joan of Arcadia star Amber Tamblyn has joined the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Warner Bros.' in-the-works film adaptation of Ann Brashares's best-selling coming-of-age novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story follows four close friends during their first summer apart from one another. read more


MGM Television is developing The Real Rocky, a reality series that gives an unknown boxer a shot at fighting an established champ, Variety reports. Hmmm... that sounds a lot like NBC's upcoming boxing star search The Contender, which is being produced by Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sylvester Stallone. Paramount is also said to be developing a boxing show, as is George Foreman. Anyone else? Bueller? read more


Two more TV contestants became reality roadkill Thursday night as Donald Trump dropped the F-bomb on potty-mouthed (yet lovable) saleswoman Heidi Bressler on The Apprentice, while Colby Donaldson got his torch (and sizeable ego) snuffed on Survivor: All Stars. read more

FriendsSo fans picked the Brad...

Friends So fans picked the Brad Pitt Thanksgiving episode as one of their favorite episodes of all time. And for the most part, I agree with the selection. Turkey Day installments have always been funny on this show, mostly because it's an easy excuse to get the gang together to reminisce about the past. And this show's basically a hoot, with Brad showing up as a formerly fat high-school pal of Ross's whom Rachel tortured way back in the day but now has the last — albeit cheap — laugh at her expense. But I'm probably going to ruffle a lot of feathers with my next pronouncement: Like a certain matinee idol named Tom whose appeal continues to baffle me, Brad Pitt can't act. Sure, he's drop-dead gorgeous and can exchange bons mots with the likes of George Clooney in cinematic confections like Ocean's Eleven, but have we all forgotten Cool World, The Devil's Own and Meet Joe Black? Some would beg to differ with me, ci read more


A Florida judge has ruled that digital photos were taken from R. Kelly's Miami home by illegal seizure, and cannot be admitted as evidence in his child-pornography trial. The photos in question reportedly depict the R&B singer engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. He's currently fighting similar charges in Illinois. read more


Here's some news even a grinch could love: Iconic children's author Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel was honored posthumously Thursday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The honor is part of a monthlong celebration commemorating what would have been Geisel's 100th birthday. read more

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