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Crazed Fan Loves Chasing Farrah

Tonight on Chasing Farrah (10 pm/ET on TV Land), the reality show dives off the deep end into Farrah Fawcett's freaky pool of fans. In the midst of the melee is founder Mike Pingel, who was among last week's applicants for employment as Farrah's personal assistant. Sadly, he didn't get the job after revealing that his fave Charlie's Angel was Cheryl Ladd — not smart. This week, Pingel will be seen chasing Farrah in pursuit of a snapshot (far left) to complete his collection of personal photos with the '70s show's stars. Here, he shares with some exclusive entries from his very own Angels diary.

Sept 3, 2004: Today in New York City, Farrah Fawcett was scheduled to be on Good Morning America! So I ran over to the studio, but I couldn't get a ticket for the show. Of course, with all my pitiful tact, I tried begging for a ticket — no luck. [Sigh] I missed Farrah baking a read more


Chinese-born actress Gong Li (Farewell My Concubine) has joined the cast of Michael Mann's big-screen Miami Vice update. She'll play Isabella, the latest tramp to be drawn to Colin Farrell's Crocket. (There, I said it.) read more


"We joke that it would be funny if the first guy Catherine really kisses on the show is her husband." — That's CSI exec producer Carol Mendelsohn on casting Marg Helgenberger's real-life spouse, Alan Rosenberg, as a new love interest for her character. For more on this, plus the latest scoop/spoilers/dirt from Lost, Alias, Rescue Me, Numbers, Enterprise and more, read today's fresh Ask Ausiello! Do it now! (Please) read more


Buoyed by the most-watched NCAA hoops tourney in more than a decade, CBS scored a Nielsen slam dunk last week. The Eye network averaged 13.9 million viewers, easily topping second-place Fox, which had the advantage of an extra hour of American Idol. Third-place ABC, meanwhile, was paced by the return of Desperate Housewives (24.1 million viewers) and a strong bow for Grey's Anatomy (16.2 million viewers), while fourth-place NBC was paced by, um... er... um... I could use some help here, people! read more


It was the split heard 'round the showbiz world — and now it's final. No, not Brad and Jen — Mickey Mouse and the Weinsteins. On Monday, Disney formally announced that Miramax cofounders Bob and Harvey Weinstein will step down in September to launch their own film company. Disney will hold onto the Miramax name and library, while the Weinsteins will retain the Dimension label, Gwyneth Paltrow and 15 of the next 20 best picture Oscars. read more


In what's being billed as the sweeps showdown to end all sweeps showdowns by, well, me, ABC has scheduled the two-hour season finale of Lost directly opposite the two-hour season finale of Fox's American Idol on Wednesday, May 25. The Lost climax, originally slated to be 90 minutes long, was expanded to two hours for creative reasons, Variety reports. OK, everyone just relax. Here's what you do: The moment Lost ends at 10:02 pm, hit "List" on your "fauxVo" DVR, scroll down to American Idol, push "Select" and fast-forward to the very end when Ryan Seacrest proclaims Bo Bice the winner. Any questions? read more


It's the revival that just won't die. The Broadway-bound update of Sweet Charity, which was scrapped last week after Christina Applegate broke her foot, will make it to the Great White Way after all. Charity will open in New York on May 4 , two weeks later than originally planned and with a well-healed Applegate back as its star. I think this calls for a "Whoooooaaaa Bundy!" read more


Hilary Swank has been fined $163 for smuggling forbidden fruit into New Zealand earlier this year. The two-time Oscar-winner apparently forgot to declare an apple and an orange while arriving at the airport on Jan. 15 on a flight from Los Angeles. Oddly enough, Swank did remember to declare Troy Nankin "my best friend and publicist" to customs officials. Go figure. read more


Just a day after he got sacked by Stacked, Tom Everett Scott has landed a new gig, per Variety. The actor has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot love life. In other pilot news, former Cheers barmaid Rhea Perlman has boarded CBS's Stroller Wars and Dabney Coleman has signed on to play Jenna Elfman's dad in the CBS comedy Everything I Know About Men. read more


Attorney-to-the-stars Johnnie Cochran Jr., best known for helping acquit O.J. Simpson of murder, died Monday of an inoperable brain tumor. He was 67. Cochran had been quietly battling the disease since 2004. read more

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