Today's News: Our Take


HER NEW VIEW

Fans of ABC's coffee klatch The View got a major jolt this morning when co-host Lisa Ling announced that she's quitting the show after three years. Ling is leaving to take a job as an international reporter for National Geographic Television. "If I don't do it now, I may never do it," the 29-year-old told viewers. Her last day is Dec. 5. Producers are holding off on naming a replacement. Instead, celeb guests will fill the slot during the coming months. read more

Scoop! Sports Night Alum Joins Ed


Former Sports Night star Sabrina Lloyd is joining the cast of NBC's Ed in a multi-episode arc, TV Guide Online has learned. The 31-year-old actress will represent the latest obstacle to come between Stuckyville's unrequited romantics Ed (Tom Cavanagh) and Carol (Julie Bowen).

"She plays a young, eager attorney who wants to get a job working for Ed," explains executive producer Rob Burnett. "And their relationship sparkles with chemistry.

"She's really terrific," Burnett adds of Lloyd, who also appeared on ABC's short-lived Gabriel Byrne sitcom read more

Eddie Furlong Trashes T3 at South Park Bash!


Kenny McCormick's "kinda sorta" return from the grave was the buzz at South Park's fifth anniversary bash in Los Angeles. Ice sculptures of Cartman, Kyle and Stan melted atop the bar, while junior pop star Aaron Carter, 14, and his pals got hot temporary tattoos of SP characters. Actually, they all chose Cartman tats. But Carter — who did a dead-on impression of Kenny's mumbling — cheered the dead fourth grader's comeback: "You can't get rid of Kenny!"

Meanwhile, the rest of young Hollywood was busy misbehavin'. Terminator boy Edward Furlong — who goes by "Eddie" off-screen — sipped Cosmos with girlfriend Liz Levy. Was the 25-year-old actor miffed about getting passed over for T3? "Other than the fact that I left a couple of burnt dolls in their doorway read more

X-Men's Evil Senator Returns!


The upcoming sequel to X-Men promises to answer an age-old question: How does one get brought back to life after getting reduced to a pile of goo. Specifically, we're referring to Sen. Kelly, the dastardly villain (played by Bruce Davison) who exploded into a ball of jelly in the 2000 mutant thriller — and who miraculously resurfaces in X-Men 2 (opening May 2, 2003).

"There's always a drain available for him to run down," laughs Davison of his alter ego's resurrection. "I make a cameo appearance. Let's just say I'm feeling a bit blue." Not wanting to give too much else away, the 56-year-old actor adds that his return "is more of a mystery than a shock."

That's also how one might describe Davison's role on Friday's Law & Order: Spe read more

SO HE'S THE ONE WHO WAS WATCHING

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

Gilmore Hottie Gets the Girl!


Sweet guy Dean or dark knight Jess? The question of which boy Rory (Alexis Bledel) should choose on Gilmore Girls has plagued the show's young fans for more than a year. Well, on last night's episode, Dean (Jared Padalecki) finally gave Rory the go-ahead to pursue her simmering attraction to Stars Hollow's resident brooding rebel. But while Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) may have won the latest battle, he's hardly won the war.

"I think it's gonna be a rough ride for the rest of the year," Ventimiglia tells TV Guide Online. "Dean is probably going to get in the way of Jess and Rory's [relationship]. He's still around." In fact, the 25-year-old actor predicts that the rivals will once again come to blows over their favorite Gilmore girl. "I think it might get to that. Give it a cou read more

TENSE TIMES

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

Ed Bride's Wedding Daze


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

SHE CAN GO HOME AGAIN

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

FILLING IN THE BLANKS

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

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