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EXTREME SURGERY

Just call it Extreme Makeover: Appendix Edition. Ty Pennington underwent surgery Saturday in his hometown of Atlanta for acute appendicitis. Mr. Fix-It, who was in the middle of shooting an episode of Home Edition when he became ill, will continue to call the shots from his hospital bed. "Thanks to phones and e-mails," he says, "I will be able to maintain my part by giving input to the other designers and discussing our plans for the house." Get the tissues ready! read more

American Idol Oh, Sugar Honey...

American Idol
Oh, Sugar Honey Iced Tea. Since this is my Watercooler night, I'm blessed and cursed with a fourth season of AI. Blessed because it's my job to watch TV. Cursed because it's my job to watch TV — specifically, this festival of really bad singing and mental illness. Oh, who am I kidding? Like y'all, I get a guilty high watching Simon, Paula, Randy — and Sugar Ray frontman turned Extra host Mark McGrath — preside over this train wreck. My fave highlights:

1. Oh, Jesse. He choked so tragically. Ya know that nightmare we've all had where you turn up at school for a big exam and suddenly can't remember anything you studied and you're gonna fail and be absolutely ruined? He actually lived it, poor bastard.
2. Was that poor, crazy queen Derek Braxton really Toni's cousin? If so, he's an even more embarrassing relation than her envi read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane confirms plans for a direct-to-DVD movie that "revolves around Stewie finding his real father." It could hit stores as early as this summer. In the meantime, original Family Guy episodes will begin airing on Fox on Sunday, May 1, at 9 pm/ET. read more

FINALLY...

Don't forget to check out this week's Ask Ausiello, featuring scoop on 24, Lost, The X-Files, Charmed and yes, Stuffed Ca-Ca. There's something for everyone! read more

STAR-CROSSED

Speed demons Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are reteaming for Il Mare, a bizarre romance about pen pals separated by two years' time and one really, really bad Jason Patric sequel.... In other casting news, joining everyone who's anyone in the line-up for the new live-action Charlotte's Web feature are Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey and John Cleese. The erstwhile Pretty Woman will voice the eight-legged heroine; the talk-show queen, Gussy the Goose; and Cleese, Samuel the Sheep. read more

Loser's Last Gal Standing


There's no denying that Kelly Minner looked red-hot in her sexy halter dress on last week's finale of The Biggest Loser. While the 28-year-old teacher lost the $250,000 prize to Ryan Benson, she still graduated with honors. Ms. Minner, who was the last remaining female player, lost an astonishing 79 lbs., acquiring a trimmer waistline over the show's run. Having slimmed down to 163 lbs., Minner now weighs in on her friendship with the most annoying player (Lisa Andreone), the agony of defeat and her personal picks for the $100,000 consolation prize that'll be awarded on tonight's Loser special (8 pm/ET on NBC).

TV Guide Online: Are you excited to be so close to your goal weight of 150 pounds?
Kelly Minner:
That's really exciting. That is a dream come true, but to do it in such a short period of time is amazing. I never thought it would happen. The fact that it did got me over that psychological hump that I was meant to read more

FEAR YE, FEAR YE

Starting in spring 2005, Universal Studios in Orlando and Hollywood will be serving cow testicles and creepy-crawlies along with hot dogs and popcorn. We're only half-kidding, too, unfortunately. The theme parks are opening a Fear Factor Live attraction that will invite guests to reenact stunts from the often revolting reality series. read more

NOT SO GOLDEN

Airing opposite an original Desperate Housewives, Sunday's Golden Globes fell to their lowest ratings in nearly a decade. The three-hour telecast drew an average 16.9 million viewers — that's down 40 percent compared to last year. On the bright side, Mariska Hargitay's still a winner! read more

Brady Bro's Surreal Comeback


It's been 20 years since Chris Knight — aka The Brady Bunch's Peter — has been active in showbiz (not including various Brady-related projects). But after a successful career in the computer industry, the man who made "pork chops and applesauce" part of the pop-culture lexicon is putting himself out there again. First, he got in shape on Discovery Health Channel's Body Challenge: Hollywood. Later, VH1's The Surreal Life (Sundays at 9 pm/ET) kindly provided him with a new — and much younger — girlfriend. (For more on his unexpected coupling with America's Next Top Model's Adrianne Curry, click here.) Here, the Brady boy dishes the Surreal dirt...

TV Guide Online: You're "the stable one" this Surreal season, much like Erik Estrada was last year. Coincidentally, you did Body Challenge together before this.
Chris Knight:
When we were doi read more

Loser's Gary Breathes Again


Once Mo got booted, most Biggest Loser fans were rooting for Gary Deckman to claim the $250,000 top prize. But it wasn't meant to be for the 40-year-old Brooklyn dad, who lost to Ryan Benson by one measly little point. (FYI, the winner's victory was determined by a combo of weight loss and body-fat loss percentages.) Here, Deckman — who lost 71 lbs., slimming himself down to 156 — tells TV Guide Online why, in his case, losing is everything.

TV Guide Online: Were you upset that you lost the game?
Gary Deckman:
I was disappointed. But I was happy with the weight that I lost, and winning would have been the icing on the cake.

TVGO: A photo from your youth revealed you were quite the skinny hottie! What happened?
Gary: I was 18 in that picture. I had been smoking cigarettes since I was a kid, and by the time I was 21, I quit smoking. Within a year or two af
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