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TIMES ARE TOUGH

Skyscraper building apparently doesn't pay what it used to. Despite a six-figure salary from Donald Trump, Apprentice champ Bill Rancic was spotted working a Wendy's drive-thru in northern Virginia Tuesday. To be fair, it was all part of a promotion for recruiting service SnagAJob.com, but let's face it: It's more fun to take things out of context. read more

ON AUTO PILOT

Here's the latest report from the pilot front: UPN has ordered a drama pilot produced by Jennifer Lopez revolving around three young adults who live in Miami's South Beach; Matthew Modine will play the professor of a controversial human sexuality class in an untitled WB drama; former ER star Eriq La Salle has joined the CBS legal drama Conviction; and David Schwimmer will direct Fox's Brooke Shields comedy vehicle New Car Smell. read more

IN A LATHER

Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and would you believe that eight women were singled out in the best-actress slot? That's right, eight. Strangely, the category didn't include any actresses from All My Children, despite the fact that the show earned 18 nods, the most of any soap. On the talk-show side, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The View led with 11 nominations each. For backstage scoop from the Emmy nomination ceremony, click here. read more

SEVENTH TIME'S THE CHARM

Jerry O'Connell's less famous bro, Charlie, has been tapped to star in the next edition of ABC's The Bachelor (premiering March 28). Although it's not clear what exactly the 29-year-old does for a living, ABC's press release describes him as a "jack of all trades who enjoys a fantastic lifestyle and a love for life that is contagious." Of course, said press release also describes the struggling Bachelor franchise as a "hit," so proceed with caution. Speaking of which, Monday's two-hour Bachelorette climax — in which Jen Schefft shot down two marriage proposals — averaged an anemic 8.4 million viewers. read more

IT'S OVER

The marriage between John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn is officially kaput. The union was formally terminated Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple split last April. read more

FELLOWSHIP OF THE BLING

The Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson is suing New Line Cinema, claiming the studio shortchanged him on profits from the first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring. Jackson says he is owed potentially millions of dollars from home video, merchandising and video-game sales. read more

Project Runway's Winner Tells All

Jay McCarroll's fashionable array of color-coordinated outfits — complete with matching headphones — helped him defeat Project Runway's designing women last week. Here, the newly-minted couturier shares some behind-the-scenes dish with TVGuide.com, including his take on Wendy Pepper's brazen backstabbing and why he feels his nasty comment about Kara Saun's shoe snafu was taken way out of context.
TVGuide.com: Unlike the other two finalists, you never won a challenge. Yet you took home first prize. How's that for irony?
Jay McCarroll: It still hasn't really sunk in. I'm just waiting for that moment where it's like, "What just happened?" I'm trying to keep levelheaded about the whole thing and not get too wrapped up in the celebrity of it.

TVG: You're just the next big thing in fashion, no big deal.
Jay: I don't really look it at that way. I just feel read more

END QUOTE

"As long as I could do it within, say, the next four or five years; past that, I'm too old. Spike's a vampire, man, and I've got high standards — you have to believe that the guy has not aged since we met him." — Buffy/Angel alum James Marsters on what it would take to get him to do a Spike TV-movie. For more on this, read today's Ask Ausiello. And for you non-Spike fans, this week's AA also features scoop on CSI: Miami, Gilmore Girls, The Apprentice and American Idol. You'll also get the real story behind Rochell Thomas' Watercooler exit. Who gets all the big exclusives? Me. read more

FINALLY!

Variety is confirming that Roseanne will make its highly anticipated debut on DVD later this year. One more time: "Finally!" read more

ARRESTING RATINGS

Roughly 16 million viewers caught Andy Sipowicz' moving swan song on Tuesday's NYPD Blue series finale. It was the cop drama's largest audience in more than three years. read more

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