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GROUNDED FOR GOOD

Grounded for Life has been sentenced to death. The WB has pulled the plug on the five-year-old comedy, which debuted on Fox in 2001 before leaping over to the Frog in 2002. The show's series finale is slated to air early next year. read more

THAT'S HOT

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the new issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale tomorrow): Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's lives are over. In other words, they're becoming interns. For The Simple Life's third season, the spoiled little rich girls will go northeast via a Greyhound bus to work as gofers everywhere from Wall Street to Washington, D.C. Production begins this week in New York and wraps in the nation's capital in late November, just in time for humble pie to be added to the brats' Thanksgiving menu. read more

BIG DEALS

Scrubs mastermind Bill Lawrence, currently basking in his show's first People's Choice nod, is developing a comedy series for WB that follows two guys as they try to create TV's next great sitcom, per Variety... Day After Tomorrow survivor Jake Gyllenhaal has nabbed the lead role in Jarhead, the big-screen adaptation of Anthony Swofford's Gulf War memoir. American Beauty's Sam Mendes will direct. read more

Gilmore Girls Author Norman Mailer...

Gilmore Girls
Author Norman Mailer stopped by Stars Hollow, apparently just to get berated by Sookie, the crazy, pregnant chef. He's not my favorite writer, but you know why I like him? Because he's the only person in this episode who didn't yammer at 100 miles per hour! Seriously, I always enjoy the cute banter. This week, however, it felt especially fast, like everyone in town had too many cups of Luke's famous coffee. Speaking of our fave unshaven diner owner, he and Lorelai have been waaaay too cutesy and happy for the past few episodes. Something's gotta happen to break 'em up anytime now. Tick-tock... Meanwhile, at Yale, Rory's flirtation with Logan, the cocky, arrogant rich boy, continues to intrigue, and her Lois Lane act is adorable. Maybe I just like Alexis Bledel better now that her hair's growing out long again.

The Biggest Loser
I like Maurice, so I was sad he lost zero weight — and after he read more

END QUOTE

"Of course I talk a lot — that's what makes me me and that's what makes me an excellent lawyer. I'm able to get my point across through the use of the English language." — The Apprentice's Stacy Rotner, responding to charges that she's annoying, in an interview with yours truly. Click here to read the rest of my Q&A with the little havoc-wreaker. And hey, don't forget to check out the latest edition of "Ask Ausiello" for the scoop on Miss Piggy, Clockwork Smurf and more! read more

BACK TO SCHOOL

Mary-Kate Olsen has returned to New York University after spending a week in Los Angeles on "personal business." read more

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN

And they sound a lot like me! On Tuesday they nominated my favorite comedy, Scrubs, for a People's Choice Award. What's more, series star Zach Braff was given nods for Favorite Male TV Star and Favorite Leading Man (for his film Garden State). In addition to other, more predictable kudos — runaway hits Desperate Housewives and Lost are up for Favorite New TV Drama — there were a couple of shocks: Not only will Eminem and Josh Groban go head-to-head for Favorite Male Singer, but among the Favorite New TV Comedy nominees are Father of the Pride and Quintuplets. (Can it be true? People read more

PRETTY PREGNANT WOMAN

Julia Roberts, who is due to give birth to twins in January, has reportedly been hospitalized in Los Angeles after experiencing early contractions. According to People, the Oscar-winning actress was admitted Saturday and hooked up to a fetal monitor. Although the contractions eventually stopped, doctors are keeping her in the hospital and under observation until she gives birth. read more

A NEW DAY

Pamela Day, the chilly investment whiz who got booted from The Apprentice earlier this month, is getting divorced. But Day is denying tabloid reports that her five-year marriage to David Vernon crumbled under the weight of The Apprentice. "The show did not break us up," she tells the New York Post. "It takes more than a couple of weeks to break up such a long relationship." But just one unsightly Dumb and Dumber haircut. read more

Apprentice Loser Still Talking

Say what you want about Donald Trump, but the dude can spot a weak link when he sees it. Case in point: On last Thursday's The Apprentice, the perpetual pink-slipper muzzled 26-year-old talkaholic Stacy Rotner after she proved herself doggone useless on the pet task. But as TV Guide Online's Michael Ausiello found out late Friday afternoon, it's going to take a lot more than a demoralizing defeat in the boardroom to silence this little havoc-wreaker.

TV Guide Online: Your suitcase was humongous. Were you hiding a body in there?
Stacy Rotner:
(Laughs) I come prepared; I brought a lot of clothes and shoes. I'm a big shoe person.

TVGO: Why do you think you elicit such a negative reaction from people?
Stacy:
I think people aren't used to someone who so steadily and readily voices their opinion. And coming from a woman, it's probably more shocking. And coming from someone who's little is probably even more sh read more

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