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Major League Baseball: Yankees vs. Red Sox
Boston beat the Yankees 6-4 in 12 innings on a two-run homer by David Ortiz. The Red Sox are down 3-1 in the series, it's true, and no team has ever rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to win a postseason series. Well, I don't care. I feel for the Sox. The myth says the team suffers from the Curse of the Bambino (the Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1918 and haven't won a championship since). I wonder if the Yankees could handle a curse — and I'm not talking about a Bronx cheer or Steinbrenner's ego. Great "God Bless America" from Jo Dee Messina, though.

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U2, the Emerald Isle's version of the Over the Hill Gang, sell out with a mugging performance of "Vertigo," a softheaded rocker that rips off chunks from "You Keep Me Hanging On." Apart from the questionable ethics of an established act doing commercials, we also had to put up wit read more

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Christina Chang, best known for her role as ADA Sandy Chang on ABC's recent Dragnet update, is joining the cast of CSI: Miami as a love interest for Horatio (David Caruso). Chang will first air in tonight's episode. read more

WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

Those randy marionettes from Team America: World Police got eaten alive by a bunch of animated sharks over the weekend. Trey Parker and Matt Stone's raunchy puppet spoof debuted at No. 3 with $12.3 million — roughly $6 million less than insiders predicted. Shark Tale nabbed the top spot for the third straight weekend, pulling in $22.1 million for a 17-day total of $118.8 million. Friday Night Lights held steady at No. 2 with $13.1 million, while the new Richard Gere-Jennifer Lopez-Susan Sarandon romantic comedy Shall We Dance? waltzed into fourth place with $11.6 mill read more

OSCAR ROCKS ON

Chris Rock has been tapped to host the 77th annual Academy Awards telecast, airing Feb. 27 on ABC. This is the Emmy-winning comic's inaugural stint as Oscar emcee and the first time someone other than Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg or Steve Martin has hosted since 1996. Interesting side note: The last time Rock presided over an awards show, it featured a tonsil-hockey duel between Britney and Madonna. How can he possibly top that? I've got five words for ya: Lauren Bacall and Nicole Kidman. read more

VEGAS, BABY

E! Entertainment Television is teaming up with Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton on a new reality show that aims to find Sin City's next has-been, er, superstar. Titled The Entertainer, the 10-episode elimination-style series will feature singers, illusionists and comedians competing in weekly performance challenges. The winner will perform alongside Newton in the series finale and also get the chance to become a featured performer in his Vegas show. read more

BOWLED OVER

Fresh off his big balloon malfunction at last July's Democratic National Convention, producer Don Mischer has been tapped by the NFL to helm this year's Super Bowl halftime show — the first since the fiasco that was Boobygate. Super Bowl XXXIX takes place Feb. 6 and will air with a 98-hour delay on Fox. read more

HIGH TIDE

LAX is high-tailing it out of Monday night just in the nick of time. On Nov. 8, CBS will air a special 90-minute CSI: Miami (9:30-11 pm/ET) that will revolve around a killer tidal wave hitting South Beach, TV Guide Online has learned. To make room for the super-sized stunt, the network is benching Everybody Loves Raymond for the night and moving Two and a Half Men up to 9 pm/ET. read more

South Park Men vs. Sean Penn


South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone just love raising tempers by spoofing controversial subjects. They riff on the Middle East conflict in their latest big-screen venture, Team America: World Police, filmed entirely with puppets. Their in-your-face antics include a puppet sex scene (yeah, you read that right), which was drastically reduced to obtain an R rating instead of an NC-17 for the comedy.

"It was probably twice as long as it is," Parker says. "A lot of the shots were longer, and it had a few extra special positions of lovemaking that just showed they really loved each other. The MPAA decided that you all weren't adult enough to see that."

"It was the only thing that the MPAA had a problem with in the whole movie," adds Stone. And Parker chimes in: "Which is pretty funny, because it was one of the easier things to shoot. We've all had experience doing that as childr read more

At Last! Farscape's Far-Out Reunion

Finally! Farscape fans who mourned Sci Fi Channel's canceled cult hit will see their fave space-opera stars reunited this weekend. John Crichton and fiancée Aeryn Sun have a baby on the way and intergalactic turmoil on their hands in Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, a four-hour miniseries starting Sunday at 9 pm/ET. Here, Ben Browder — who plays the astronaut-turned-action hero — tells TV Guide Online all about his visit from the space stork!

TV Guide Online: Once again, your real-life wife, Francesca Buller, plays someone who wants to kill you.
Ben Browder:
[Cracking up] It was just the show's writing reflecting my natural existence. She wants to kill [me]. It didn't require any acting.

TVGO: Crichton, of course, does his requisite suffering in the miniseries.
Browder:
Poor John Crichton. He's the most hunted man in the universe. read more

HE'S REALLY SIRIUS

Eminem will launch his Sirius satellite-radio channel, Shade 45, on Oct. 28 with a live broadcast of a concert from New York. The new channel will feature a full lineup of hip-hop music, stars and severely outdated Michael Jackson spoofs. read more

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