Today's News: Our Take


ROSARIO CHARGED

Will & Grace's wiseacre maid Shelley Morrison was charged with misdemeanor theft Tuesday in connection with her shoplifting arrest last week. The 66-year-old — who faces a maximum penalty of a year in the county jail — allegedly stole $446 worth of costume jewelry from a Robinsons-May department store in Los Angeles. Prosecutors declined to file a more serious felony charge due to Morrison's clean record and a rumored promise from Megan Mullally that she'll flash 'em her rack. read more

SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES

Katie Couric — who will swap jobs with Tonight Show host Jay Leno on May 12 — isn't the only Today staffer playing the trading places game. On May 14, Ann Curry will switch careers with soccer champion Mia Hamm. Curry will partake in a soccer scrimmage while Hamm — an aspiring broadcaster — will interview Today show guests. There's no word yet on who Matt Lauer and Al Roker will be swapping jobs with. read more

NBC SNAGS ABC'S NEWS GUY

Up-and-coming newsman Richard Engel, who made a name for himself covering the war in Iraq for ABC News, has been snatched by rival network NBC. The 27-year-old will work out of NBC News's Baghdad bureau starting in May. read more

MAXIMUM EXPOSURE

Maxim is coming to a small screen near you. The manly mag wants to turn its current "Hometown Hotties" contest — in which amateur female models compete online for a shot at a Maxim photo spread — into a reality TV series targeted for fall, Variety reports. read more

SHORT CUTS

My Big Fat Greek Wedding will make its broadcast premiere on ABC in early 2005... Rocker Tommy Lee and fiancée Mayte Garcia have split, reports E! News... Eight new episodes of the Brit comedy import Absolutely Fabulous will air on Oxygen network early next year. read more

BARING ALMOST ALL

Joe Millionaire runner-up Sarah Kozer will appear on the cover of Playboy's June issue. However, the 29-year-old former foot-fetish film star agreed to pose for the mag only if there was no full-frontal nudity. Now that takes class, folks. read more

RAW DEAL?

Former Taxi star Jeff Conaway, 52, is suing the owners of Las Vegas casino Mandalay Bay, claiming security guards broke his arm during a visit there last summer. The suit — which seeks unspecified damages — alleges assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress, negligence and loss of wages. read more

IDOL THOUGHTS

Things are looking bloody bad for angry American Idol finalist Joshua Gracin. On last night's Neil Sedaka-themed show, the marine's painful rendition of "Bad Blood" had Simon saying "Uncle!" And to make matters worse, the officer didn't exactly take the criticism like a gentleman — retaliating with a lame drag queen joke and some menacing, blood curdling stares. Dawg needs to lighten up! read more

THE EYE HAS IT

With the first full week of May sweeps in the bag, CBS took top honors among total viewers while Fox reigned among young adults. The most-watched show was CSI, followed by ER, Friends and American Idol. Least-watched show honors, meanwhile, went to UPN's new hip-hop drama Platinum. Somewhere, the cast of Greetings from Tucson is breathing a sigh of relief. read more

THE RICH GET RICHER

Seinfeld remains master of the sitcom domain. TBS has agreed to shell out another $200 million to continue airing reruns of the classic NBC comedy through 2011. read more

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