Today's News: Our Take


BIG DEAL

Two-faced New York investment banker (is that redundant?) Jun was crowned the winner on Big Brother 4 last night. She wins $500,000 and the grudging admiration of her former cellmates. Meanwhile, Nathan wins the title of Chump of the Year for handing runner-up Alison her sole vote. What a lame-o. read more

BAD MARTHA!

PETA is digging its claws into crabby domestic diva Martha Stewart. The animal-rights group is blasting the alleged insider trader for removing live soft-shell crabs from their shells and frying them while they writhed around in the pan on a recent episode of her show Martha Stewart Living. PETA's lawyers are considering legal action, as Connecticut law protects all animals from mutilation and cruel killing. read more

THE NAME GAME

UPN has officially changed the title of Enterprise to Star Trek: Enterprise "to further capitalize on and form a stronger connection to the famous and highly successful" franchise. Trekkers need not worry: A network insider assures me that viewers will continue to get the same subpar show they've come to expect. read more

MYSTERY QUOTE SOLVED

On Tuesday, I asked readers to try and name the D-lister who was overheard on the Emmy red carpet saying, "I just took the Mensa IQ test, and I was down seven points from last year. I think I've been [in this business] too long." Among the guesses that poured in: Geena Davis, Kathy Griffin, Melissa Rivers, Evan Marriott and (ouch!) Sharon Stone. However, not a single person correctly ID'd the genius in question: Access Hollywood correspondent Tony Potts. Of course, in hindsight, that D-list clue was a bit generous. My bad. read more

TUESDAY RATINGS

Buoyed by the return of late John Ritter's sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (17 million viewers), ABC won the first Tuesday of the new season among adults 18-49. Rules also gave a boost to the premiere of new comedy I'm with Her, which attracted 13.1 million viewers. Elsewhere, CBS's JAG spinoff Navy NCIS averaged a respectable 12.4 million viewers, and NBC's relocated Law & Order: SVU easily beat ABC's NYPD Blue and CBS's Judging Amy at 10 pm. The WB's new teen drama One Tree Hill, meanwhile, fouled out with a lousy 2.8 million viewers. read more

WHASSOUP?

Friends is hosting a Talk Soup reunion this November. Former Soup stirrer Greg Kinnear will play a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who also happens to be the ex-lover of Ross's gal-pal Charlie (fellow Soup survivor Aisha Tyler). What's next? A cameo by VH1 fixture Hal Sparks? (That was a joke, not a suggestion.) read more

EXTREME MAKEOVER

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): That '70s Show has found its new Laurie. Mad TV funny gal Christina Moore will step into the platform shoes of Fez's bride, originally played by Lisa Robin Kelly. In other casting news, Beverly D'Angelo is joining the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a legal aid attorney who clashes with the new ADA (Diane Neal). read more

SHORT CUTS

Lakeshore Entertainment is developing a sequel and a prequel to last weekend's top flick Underworld... DMX's new CD Grand Champ entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with 312,000 copies sold. read more

Ed You know, quirky's kind of...

Ed
You know, quirky's kind of old, but I gotta throw some love to our boy Ed. Finally, after three seasons of foreplay, the goofball bowling-alley lawyer stepped up and got his freaky-deaky on with Carol. And you know what? It works! This has got to be the best coupling NBC has going for it (you'll understand later tonight, trust me). Oh, and the guest spot by Mo Rocca as "the weird-ass breeder" who rooked Mike and Nancy was inspired. Get this man a contract!

Hilary Duff's Island Birthday
Wow, this like totally reminds me of my, like, 16th birthday party. Except instead of Hawaii, it was like, in my parents' backyard. And instead of surfing and greeting fans, I like, ate cake and stuff. Granted, I may be a few weeks over the pop moppet's demo group, but hearing Hil describe "singing as being totally different than acting" made me want to sit her down and explain who Jennifer Love Hewitt was. And why Carson Daly read more

Temptation Host's "Hardcore" Gig


Though Mark L. Walberg has hosted romance-centered reality series such as Temptation Island and Anything for Love, he also really likes home-improvement shows like While You Were Out. So what better gig for him could there be than presiding over House Rules, the new TBS offering (premiering Oct. 10 at 8 pm/ET) that combines the excitement of room makeovers with the intensity of competitive soon-to-be-weds.

"This show is so cool," he tells TV Guide Online, with so much enthusiasm that he almost makes us forget he's not the least bit impartial. "First of all, it's hardcore redecoration. They're knocking out walls! It's not like Trading Spaces, where you throw some paint and fabric up and buy an art piece.

"Plus, there are relationships [under pressure]," he continues, "in the sense of how stressful it is to be under the gun, timewise and moneywise. Even just picking out paint color... Boy oh boy, that's stressful for these read more

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