Today's News: Our Take


CASE CLOSED

Fox News did the fair and balanced thing Monday and dropped its ridiculous lawsuit against Al Franken. The move comes three days after a federal judge refused Fox's request to stop the sale of Franken's new book, which parodies the network's trademark "fair and balanced" slogan on the cover. Says a Fox rep: "It's time to return Al Franken back to the normal obscurity he's accustomed to." Nobody likes a sore loser. read more

IT'S MILLER TIME

Comedian/actor Dennis Miller will appear in three episodes of Fox's Boston Public beginning Oct. 24. According to Fox, he'll play an "unabashedly materialist investment banker" who, convicted of securities fraud, avoids jail time by agreeing to teach math at an inner city school. read more

MONEY MATTERS

Love is in the air on the set of CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond, although Brad Garrett still isn't inhaling any of it. Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts — who all suspiciously missed at least one day of work since taping resumed on the new season — have each been granted small stakes in the sitcom's hefty syndication profits. According to trade reports, the coin — which could net them as much as $15 million apiece — came directly out of the pockets of the show's existing profit participants, including series creator Phil Rosenthal and star read more

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

Robin Leach is exposing the lifestyles of the rich and famous for ABC. Leach has inked a deal with the network to host Life of Luxury, a potential series that takes an inside look at the lavish lifestyles of the young and wealthy (and obnoxious). The pilot features rap mogul Master P, Virgin tycoon Richard Branson and the world's richest teens. read more

HOPKINS + PALTROW = OSCAR

Anthony Hopkins is in talks to star opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Miramax's upcoming feature adaptation of Proof, Variety reports. Hopkins would play the math-genius father of Paltrow's character. read more

NEW MATTRESS

Carol Burnett is developing a TV version of the classic Broadway musical Once Upon a Mattress for ABC's Wonderful World of Disney. According to Variety, Hairspray star Marissa Jaret Winokur is being eyed to star as Princess Winnifred, a part originally played by Burnett — who would co-star as the Queen. read more

Amazing Race's Gay Winners Speak Out

By now, the whole world knows that Chip and Reichen won the fourth Amazing Race. The openly gay duo crossed the finish line a full eight minutes ahead of runners-up Jon and Kelly and hours ahead of third-place team David and Jeff. But storm clouds threaten to dampen the couple's victory celebration: Rumors persist that while Chip and Reichen were able to go the distance on the show, the same can't be said for their relationship. In a revealing interview, the stereotype-shattering twosome clear the air about the state of their union, their real feelings about Jon and Kelly and the climactic kiss viewers didn't see.


TV Guide Online: First off, congratulations on your victory. When did you know that you had the race sewn up?
Reichen:
Honestly, I didn't know that we'd won until we ran up to the podium, and I didn't see David and Jeff anywhere. We figured the who read more

SHORT CUTS

ABC sitcom star George Lopez has been tapped to host CBS's telecast of the fourth-annual Latin Grammy Awards on Sept. 3... Rumor has it that plus-sized View co-host Star Jones is planning to undergo gastric bypass surgery. read more

WOODY RECAST

Robert Downey Jr.'s past drug problems are coming back to haunt him. The actor has dropped out of Woody Allen's next film after producers were unable to reach a workable solution to cover the collateral on his insurance premium, Variety reports. Jason Biggs is in talks to replace him. read more

BUSTED!

Current Real Worlder Adam King was arrested last week after he flagged down a Georgia policeman and took off running when the officer stopped his cruiser, TheSmokingGun.com reports. The 24-year-old was charged with "loitering/prowling" and being a pedestrian under the influence. read more

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