NBC will fetch roughly $2 million per 30 seconds of commercial time for Friends' May 6 finale, a record for a sitcom. The previous benchmark $1.7 million was set by Seinfeld's 1998 swan song, which attracted nearly 80 million viewers. Meanwhile, as previously reported right here, Friends' one-hour capper will be available on DVD on May 11. Well, now we've got some scoop about the extras! In addition to the broadcast version of the episode, the special disc will also feature a DVD-only version with extra unaired footage, in addition to the hitcom's 1994 pilot episode.
Mary Richards' Minneapolis crib from The Mary Tyler Moore Show has been put on the market for $1.7 million. Exterior shots of the 112-year-old Victorian house were regularly featured on the classic sitcom, although Mary Tyler Moore herself never actually stepped foot in it. The owners didn't say why they are selling, but we can only assume it has something to do with that annoying landlady Phyllis.
I'm still not sure which Ryan Seacrest moment of the day was more disturbing: Seeing the On-Air host shave off Angel star James Marsters' platinum locks during his daytime chatfest, or hearing him talk about an Idol viewer's desire to have him put a microphone where the sun don't shine.
While John Stevens is clearly out of his league, there is something good to say about his rendition of guest host Gloria Estefan's hit "Music of My Heart." For the first time, I really appreciated the 'N Sync version of this tune. Perhaps Sir Elton has a point about the voting process being racist. How else can you explain the fact that the nearly translucent 16-year-old is still lingering among the finalists? America, stop the madness. Drop your phones and seek help if you even thought about text-messaging in your support for him last night.
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MTV, MTV2, BET, VH1 and VH1 Classic will simultaneously broadcast a 30-minute Prince concert Wednesday at 9 pm/ET. The performance was taped last week at New York's Webster Hall and features material from his new CD, Musicology, as well as some classics.
Spoiler alert! Viewers who don't wish for advance dish on Frasier's series finale (airing May 13 on NBC) should read no further. For everyone else, TV Guide Online is about to reveal — courtesy of series star Kelsey Grammer — what becomes of Dr. Crane and his quirky brood. Well, reveal might be too strong a word. Let's go with tease instead.
First off, Grammer confirms that Bebe Neuwirth won't return as Frasier's ex, Lilith, in the end. That may disappoint Frasier fans who've held out hope for an unholy reunion, but the Seattle shrink's much more likely to move forward romantically — not backward — with Laura Linney's Charlotte.
Furthermore, Frasier's swan-song episode, entitled "Goodbye Seattle," will "leave everybody in a place where they [are] hopeful," Grammer says with a chuckle. "And there is a wedding in it, one that's been talked about." Translation: There's a reason the
Given her fitness pedigree, it's hardly a surprise that Survivor: All-Stars' Alicia Calaway pulled no punches when TV Guide Online interviewed her shortly after her nationally televised ousting Thursday night. The sassy finger-pointin' 35-year-old — dubbed by her tribemates as the Survivor most likely to be under the false impression that she is a) smart and b) a true All-Star — vented about her doomed alliance with Boston Rob, her beef with Shii Ann and why Amber is the real baby of the show.
TV Guide Online: How upset were you about the whole "She's not really smart" thing?
Alicia: I wasn't really upset in a hurt way. The way I truly felt about it was frustrated. I had spent the whole entire game on my own without making any alliances. I didn't want to play the way everyone else was playing.
TVGO: That's not true. You made an alliance with Rob.
Alicia: He came to me with that allian
Jerry Springer The Opera is coming to Broadway in the fall of 2005. The $13.9-million musical, which has been a critical and commercial success since opening on London's West End last April, revolves around Springer's TV persona getting shot and going to hell. Which means it'll probably play across the street from Mamma Mia!
Halle Berry officially filed for divorce from singer Eric Benet on Monday, Celebrity Justice reports. The couple separated late last year. "So far the divorce is amicable," says Berry's attorney, Neal Hersh, "and I expect it to stay that way." Oh, Neal. My sweet, naive Neal...
Dave Foley may be best known for his five seasons on NBC's NewsRadio, but the comic's most groundbreaking work came prior to that on the surreal sketch-comedy series The Kids in the Hall (1989-95). Foley is thrilled that Kids are getting the gold-star treatment this week from A&E Home Video with a four-disc DVD set containing the first season of their hilariously absurd work. In honor of Kids' big revival, the Will & Grace guest star agreed to dish loads of backstage dirt with TV Guide Online.
TV Guide Online: What fond memories do you have about Kids in the Hall?
Dave Foley: Oh, I remember every fight — we tended to fight a lot.
TVGO: What do you mean by a lot?
Foley: Constantly. People outside the group would assume that we could never work together again after the things that we would say to each other. It was always personal, but thinly disguised as a creative difference. When you had a