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J.J. Abrams is looking to play Catch with someone else. As revealed exclusively in today's Ask Ausiello, the überproducer says his much-buzzed-about pilot with Greg Grunberg — which failed to land a spot on ABC's fall sked — is far from dead. "I'm very, very optimistic that we're going to find a home for it," he told me at ABC's upfront party yesterday. "There are a couple of other possibilities." read more

American Idol See, I hate this...

American Idol
See, I hate this part. We're down to the final three and I wanna keep 'em all. Can I pleeeease? Come on. How come guest judge Clive Davis can't just sign all of them? I mean, it's his label. And that way, we'd be spared the eliminations. Not to mention more of my whining, 'cause I have a feeling that I'm going to be really pouty after the Wednesday show. Tonight I'm far from sour, since we got three songs each from our trio. One Clive picked, another the singers chose and the last was cooked up by the judges. So let's try to focus on the positive and leave the worrying to Ryan Seacrest's stylist. Who totally needs to fix that boy's highlights.
Vonzell: OK, deep breaths. Ugh. What was Clive thinking? "I'll Never Love This Way Again" is tough even for Dionne, you know? So I can forgive the wobbly notes at the beginning. Mostly because Baby V.'s pick of "C read more


It appears Joan of Arcadia has fallen out of favor with the man upstairs. CBS, which unveiled its fall schedule today, has canceled the struggling sophomore drama. The Eye network has also axed six-year-old Judging Amy, embattled newsmag 60 Minutes Wednesday and the Jason Alexander sitcom Listen Up. In fact, the only "bubble" show to win a stay of execution was perennial punch-line Yes, Dear. Among CBS' new shows are Ghost Whisperer, a drama starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a newlywed who talks to the dead (see Medium, minus the crime-solving); Flesh & Blood, a sitcom about a family of single doctors, starring Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler; the Jenna Elfman comedy Everything I Know About Men; and the military drama The Unit, starring 24's Dennis Haysbert. Wait — who's gonna help Jack Bauer save the freakin' world next season!?!?!? (For a closer look at C read more


As predicted last week, former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley married longtime girlfriend Naomi Lowde Saturday in the Bahamas. The bride reportedly wore white and the groom, sideburns. read more


Four months after the split heard 'round the world, Brad Pitt says he's still proud of his four-year marriage to Jennifer Aniston. "There's a beauty in our coming together, there's a beauty in our time together and there's a beauty in this, for us," he tells GQ. "I'm actually really proud of us.... We've done it our way, and I love her for that. We've kept the love we have for each other." Regarding his rumored romance with Angelina Jolie, Pitt doesn't confirm or deny it, believing there's a beauty in not stating the obvious. read more

Idol's Miracle Boy Says Goodbye

Both boosters and detractors of American Idol's Anthony Fedorov have called him this season's answer to Clay Aiken. But don't expect the formerly bespectacled 20-year-old to record anything like "Invisible." Although born in Ukraine and raised in suburban Pennsylvania, Fedorov — dubbed a "miracle boy" for singing in spite of his childhood tracheotomy — prefers music with a Latin flair. Should he land a recording contract, look for his debut album to be less Aiken, more Marc Anthony.

"I want to put out a bunch of really nice, beautiful ballads," Fedorov tells, "but I hope to incorporate some Latin aspect, because my whole influence comes from Latin music. I'm looking forward to maybe mixing [that] with a rockish thing — like Bryan Adams, Richard Marx and Michael Bolton — and see where that takes me."

Well, it certainly sounds dif read more


Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer, forcing the postponement of her Australian Showgirl Tour. The 36-year-old pop star will undergo immediate treatment. read more

House's Sela Ward: 48 and Fabulous!

Back when Teri Hatcher was making doe eyes at Howie Long in RadioShack spots, Sela Ward was TV's go-to sexy, mature woman: a fortysomething mom romancing a local hunk (Billy Campbell) in Once and Again. Now Ward, 48, makes a long-overdue return to TV on House, guest-starring in the final two episodes and the first episode of Season 2.
TV Guide: How did you feel when you were first offered a role on House?
Sela Ward:
The last thing I wanted to do was another hourlong show. I am so over that schedule. I'd never get to see my kids [ages 11 and 6].

TV Guide: But then you saw tapes of the show.
It scares the pants off you! I was watching in the bathtub with my husband and saying, "I can't look now." I thought it would be fun to be a part of.

TV Guide: You play a lawyer who used to date House (Hugh Laurie). What's she doing back in his life?
Her husband has some dubious medical read more

Amazing Race: Why Ron and Kelly Split

Breaking up is hard to do, especially on national television. Granted, Ron Young and Kelly McCorkle didn't actually split up on The Amazing Race, but it was pretty clear to viewers that their relationship was on shaky ground. After finishing third in the season finale, the former POW and the ex-Miss South Carolina ultimately went in different directions. Here, in separately conducted interviews, the ex-lovers answer's queries about their broken romance — and the night they spent in a Peruvian brothel! Your relationship became a major issue during the last half of the season. Do you feel you were represented fairly?
Ron Young:
First of all, I think that in order for them to put any [negative] stuff in there, you have to have said it. They never put things in there that you didn't say, but viewers don't get a chance to see how arguments are resolved. All read more


If Jennifer Garner's rumored pregnancy doesn't derail the fifth season of Alias, this certainly will: ABC is shifting the spy thriller to Thursdays at 8 pm. The resurgent network is also moving Lost back an hour, to Wednesdays at 9 pm. It's all part of an aggressive new fall schedule that features six new dramas and five new comedies. The new shows include alien-conspiracy thriller Invasion, comedies starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Fred Savage and Heather Graham, and Commander in Chief, featuring Geena Davis as the first female president. Gone are My Wife & Kids, 8 Simple Rules, Complete Savages, Blind Justice and Eyes. And in a head-scratcher of a decision, the net has opted not to euthanize The Bachelor; the ailing franchise will return at midseason after Monday Night Football wraps. So, let me get this straight: Eyes is dead, but The Bachelor is alive and ki read more

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