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Will Jennings Lose Jeopardy! Crown?


Here's one all-star team that won't be showing up before a congressional committee anytime soon.

This week Jeopardy! brings back nine of its biggest winners for the Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Their mission: to take down Ken Jennings.

The Murray, Utah, software engineer became a national sensation last year — well, at least among America's quiz-show enthusiasts — by winning more than $2.5 million on Jeopardy! Hardly a trivial amount of money. But will the Kenster remain the show's all-time champion?

Not if this group — which includes Chuck Forrest, Frank Spangenberg, Brian Weikle, Robin Carroll, Brad Rutter, Eric Newhouse, Bob Verini, Sean Ryan and Tom Walsh — gets its way. They will spend close to six weeks competing against 45 winners from previous episodes. Out of this competition, two read more

SOUNDS LIKE...

Cabler AMC has greenlit six episodes of Celebrity Charades, a new game show produced by Hilary Swank and hubby Chad Lowe. Each episode will feature two teams of celebrities facing off in a game of movie-themed charades. Stars signed on to participate so far include Bebe Neuwirth, Hank Azaria, Ana Gasteyer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosie Perez and, if the deal closes, Swank's best friend and publicist Troy Nankin! read more

SIZE MATTERS

Donald Trump has learned that bigger isn't better when it comes to reality finales. The Donald announced Tuesday that next month's Apprentice finale will be just one hour long, down from Season 2's painfully bloated three-hour climax. "At my insistence, I wanted it to be a one-hour finale," he said. "We ended up with a reunion and all of this nonsense [last time]. Nobody wants that. What they want is a finale where somebody gets fired." And humiliated. Don't forget that. read more

PAR FOR THE COURSE

Ratings for Sunday's Masters on CBS — featuring Tiger Woods' sudden-death victory over Chris DiMarco — shot up 41 percent over last year's tourney. Viewership peaked in the final half hour, when Woods shot that 15-foot birdie putt, a spectacular finish that netted him his fourth green jacket and nearly sent my 86-year-old grandmother into cardiac arrest. read more

Bros Find Love (and Hate) on Race

Never let it be said that Brian and Greg Smith didn't leave The Amazing Race (Tuesdays, 9pm/ET on CBS) in style. Before crossing the finish mat in Africa, the California brothers decided to doff all their clothes except for swimming trunks and winter hats, just in case this was a nonelimination leg. "It would have been great if we'd had to wear those for the rest of the race," Brian laughs. Sadly, the unlucky duo joined the rest of the season's Philiminated contestants. Here, they discuss why they weren't able to catch up with the pack — and what's going on in their post-Race lives.

TVGuide.com: Exactly how far behind were you guys? It was surprising that you weren't able to catch up, considering all the problems the other teams were having.
Greg Smith:
We started off about 10 minutes behind and thought we had a good chance of catching up. Driving away from the place where we slept, there read more

DENIED

Martha Stewart's request to shed that unsightly ankle bracelet and end her home confinement early has been denied. A federal judge ruled Monday that Stewart must keep wearing her electronic anklet and abide by home confinement rules despite complaints they were hindering her efforts to revive her empire and wear her new Jimmy Choo boots. read more

HE'S FREE

Billy Joel has checked out of rehab following a month-long stint for treatment of alcohol abuse. The 55-year-old Piano Man left the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., early Sunday morning and is now home on Long Island with Kate Lee, aka wife No. 3. But who's counting? read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Extra is reporting that Oprah Winfrey is courting Martha (and her anklet) to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show sometime during May sweeps. This would mark the domestic diva's first interview since getting sprung from Camp Cupcake. read more

WINGING IT

Shannen Doherty is in final talks to play a matchmaker in the UPN comedy pilot Wingwoman, per The Hollywood Reporter. The premise centers on a single woman (Doherty) who helps her male clients find their soul mates. Insiders are billing it as "Miss Match without the appealing lead." read more

COUNTRY KUDOS

Keith Urban grabbed the video of the year award Monday night at the Country Music Television Music Awards for his hit "Days Go By." Gretchen Wilson won best breakthrough and female video for "Redneck Woman" and "When I Think About Cheatin'" respectively, while Kenny Chesney won best male video for "I Go Back." read more

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