Sopranos odd couple Drea de Matteo and Michael Imperioli have been tapped to host the inaugural VH1 Big in 2002 Awards on Dec. 15. The ceremony pays tribute to "those moments and people that captivated and inspired us in 2002." read more
Ex-talk show hostess Sally Jessy Raphael has slapped The National Enquirer with a $100 million libel suit. She denies the tabloid's Oct. 22 cover story, which alleged that Raphael was rushed to a psychiatric ward in distress after her show's cancellation. The suit says she merely went off on vacation with her husband, and that she's concerned the Enquirer's story may jeopardize her future employment prospects. read more
Despite its cancellation, ABC's mystery yarn Push, Nevada has awarded the $1,045,000 prize to 24-year-old Mark Nakamoto of West New York, N.J. After watching Push's "Final Clue" on Oct. 28's Monday Night Football, Nakamoto beat out 10,000 other callers to the show's hotline and solved the puzzle first. The last episode of the low-rated Push co-created by Ben Affleck aired Oct. 24. read more
The Big Four networks are threatening to boycott next year's Emmy Awards if the show moves to HBO. As reported here yesterday, HBO is prepared to pony up $10 million to snatch rights to the broadcast away from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. The major nets reportedly are offering just $5 million a year, up from the current $3.3 million fee. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences meets tonight to discuss the offers. read more
Singer Bobby Brown has been ordered to stand trial later this month in DeKalb County, Ga., for 1996 charges including DUI. Last week, Whitney Houston's hubby was arrested in Atlanta on drug and speeding charges. read more
On Dec. 6, NBC's Today will feature J.Lo singing songs from her new album, This is Me... Then. But instead of performing in Rockefeller Plaza, she'll do the concert at Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx, N.Y., where she danced as a child. Now, how's that for a Bronx cheer? read more
Veteran singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, 59, says that her upcoming double album, Travelogue, will be her last. "I'm quitting after this because the [music] business has made itself so repugnant to me," she tells December's W. Mitchell also had a few choice words for Madonna, saying, "She has knocked the importance of talent out of the arena. She's manufactured. She's made a lot of money and become the biggest star in the world by hiring the right people." Sounds like someone just came from a screening of Swept Away. read more
Trash-talkin' comic Mo'Nique is a happy lady. Her UPN sitcom The Parkers is in its fourth fun-filled season, with A-list guest stars like Shaquille O'Neal and Whoopi Goldberg dropping by. And yes, Nikki Parker is still getting mileage out of chasing Professor Oglevee (Dorien Wilson). What, she hasn't won her man yet?
"No, child," Mo'Nique tells TV Guide Online. "She got a little piece last season 'cause he was drunk. She got him his job at the college back by blackmailing his cross-dressing dean but he still don't want her. She has dated other men who find her attractive and sexy, but she just wants the Professor."
Just think, that's four years of mad infatuation. Isn' read more
If Carol Vessey looks somewhat bummed as she prepares to tie the knot with the wrong guy on tonight's Ed, it's no act. While shooting the episode, portrayer Julie Bowen came down with a bad case of wedding jitters herself. "It was slightly depressing, because [in real life], I'm a spinster," the 32-year-old single gal chuckles to TV Guide Online. "It was similar to having your first kiss be on-screen."
Although Bowen says she never harbored "dreams of having a big white dress [kind of wedding]," the actress nonetheless admits she had a hard time distinguishing fiction from reality while wearing the gown. "It's a little weird, because no matter what your personal goals are, you get into that white dress and you've got the fake dad on your arm and your best friends by your side wearing really horrible bridesmaid outfits, and it starts to feel rea read more
Miss an episode of Fox's serial thriller 24? Don't fret, the network is partnering with AOL to provide viewers with a story recap and exclusive clip prior to the show's Tuesday broadcasts. On Mondays and Tuesdays, fans can find updated recaps by going to AOL Keyword: 24. read more