Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has launched Citizen Change, his personal campaign to get young and minority voters involved in the Nov. 2 presidential election. P. Diddy's effort will include "Vote or Die" T-shirts, political ads on MTV and BET, and a nationwide voter-registration drive. "The forgotten ones will ultimately decide who the next president is," he declared in a statement. "According to the latest polls, Bush and Kerry are neck-and-neck. We will make the difference. We will be the deciding factor." While P. Diddy claims that Citizen Change is nonpartisan, it's telling that ex-Clinton strategist James Carville is among his mostly Democratic advisers.
Britney Spears' fiancé, dancer Kevin Federline, is a daddy again, and it ain't with the headline-stealing pop star. Federline's former girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson, delivered their second child yesterday at an Orange County hospital. The sex of the baby has yet to be revealed, but it's pretty certain that he or she will be able to bust a move with the best of them. In other Britney news...
There is a groundbreaking new reality show about two very different families who trade mothers for a short period of time but Trading Spouses isn't it.
It's called Wife Swap and it premieres on ABC in another month or so.
The premise for both shows is great (even if it is identical), but it all boils down to the execution. Had I not seen the ABC pilot, I would probably like Trading Spouses more. But you know how it is when you get one of those off-brand peanut-butter cups in your Easter basket and it kind of tastes like a Reese's, but not quite, and it makes you really wish you had the real thing...? If you're remotely interested in the Fox version, just wait till you see what ABC has in store.
But let's talk about Trading Spouses, or should we call it The Tammy Show, because it's very evident that our Botoxed Southern Belle lives at the center of her own pampered universe.
Emmy winner Rob Morrow has been cast in the CBS pilot Numbers. The drama features an MIT mathematician who is recruited by an FBI agent, played by the Northern Exposure alum. Morrow takes over the role from The Recruit's Gabriel Macht.
If you were sorry to see Last Comic Standing finalist Jay London get the hook in the reality contest's most recent episode, you weren't alone. Despite his off-putting appearance — he'd be the first to admit his style could've been swiped from a Neanderthal — London's warm demeanor and quirky delivery made him a real contender. Heck, head-to-head competitor Gary Gulman even got all misty-eyed over his ouster! So while the shaggy, self-deprecating funnyman looks for a way back into the spotlight — and before another of his housemates is banished in tonight's episode (airing at 9 pm/ET on NBC) — TV Guide Online sought him out to give him a great, big hug. Um... we mean, to conduct a serious and completely unbiased interview.
TV Guide Online: I've gotta tell you, in all sincerity, I think your act is really unique and funny. I hope being eliminated didn't discourage you.
Jay London: I am not discouraged. The more torture I go th
Reiko Aylesworth, who was pink-slipped from Fox's 24 in May, has signed on to a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The actress will play a lab-based detective in the series' fifth season this fall. Reportedly, the move is unrelated to CBS's highly publicized firings of CSI cast members George Eads and Jorja Fox. We're just glad to see a One Life to Live alum making it in prime time. You go girl.
With only two days to go, I can finally see the light at the end of the press-tour tunnel. CBS concluded its TCA stint Monday with a panel for Jason Alexander's new sitcom, Listen Up, and a Q&A with four of the original writers from the soon-to-depart Everybody Loves Raymond. There was also a session with Dr. Phil for his upcoming prime-time special, but, well, let's just say I had to miss that due to a "dental emergency."
BREAKFAST WITH PAT O'BRIEN
9:03 am Dang it. The gift shop at the St. Regis is out of Balance bars and I'm really hungry. I bet the Century Plaza next door will have some.
9:06 As I approach the hotel's front entrance, I spot former Access Hollywood anchor Pat O'Brien sitting all alone behind a fold-up table. Is he registering people to vote? Is he selling lemonade? What in God's name is he doing!?!?
9:06:30 Oh, wait: He's here to promote his upcomin
Add Linda Ronstadt's name to the list of Bush-bashin' stars who've been punished for publicly dissin' Dubya. During her Saturday-night concert at the Aladdin in Las Vegas, the 58-year-old singer encouraged her audience to see Michael Moore's
Fahrenheit 9/11, calling the documentarian a "great American patriot" and "someone who is spreading the truth." She was booed by some angry patrons, whose riotous reaction prompted Aladdin's head honcho, Bill Timmins, to fire Ronstadt on the spot. She was even escorted from the hotel without being allowed back into her luxury suite to gather her belongings! Ouch. "It was a very ugly scene," Timmins told The Associated Press. "She praised [Moore] and, all of a sudden, all bedlam broke loose. [Ronstadt] spoiled a wonderful evening for our guests, and we had to do something about it." In other Moore news....
Melrose Place alum Doug Savant — who played Matt, the saintly gay guy — just turned 40 last month. Isn't he still a little young for plastic surgery? Tonight on Nip/Tuck (10 pm/ET on FX), he has no choice.
"I play a guy who climbed Mount Everest and has disfiguring frostbite on my face," he tells TV Guide Online. "I sort of look like Ron Perlman at the beach. And I'm the catalyst for Dylan Walsh's character, Sean, to make some changes in his life. Can't it just be about me? I wanted the whole show to be about me, but they passed on that idea!"
But seriously, folks. "I was so honored to be there," Savant says. "It's so smart and funny. They have a brilliant cast of actors and great guest stars like Vanessa Redgrave and Jill Clayburgh."
In other news, keep an eye out for Savant in this fall's Desperate Housewives. The ABC nighttime soap boasts an all-diva cast, including his ol
Ex-Baywatch star Michael Bergin was arrested Friday night and charged with felony DUI, TheSmokingGun.com reports. Cops picked up the 35-year-old after he allegedly plowed his SUV into a female roller skater, then refused to take a sobriety test. Bergin made headlines last spring by publishing The Other Man, a trashy tell-all best-seller about his supposed affair with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Coincidentally, his July 16 arrest fell on the fifth anniversary of the plane crash that killed Bessette Kennedy and husband JFK Jr. This weekend, Bergin spent about 11 hours in police custody before posting $50,000 bail. The skater, meanwhile, went to L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she's expected to undergo knee surgery.