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THE DOC IS OUT?

It looks like Noah Wyle is getting ready to make his final rounds on ER. Variety reports that the actor will likely move on this spring after 11 years and, oh, probably around $65 billion!!! Must be nice. read more

I'LL TAKE SPOILER ALERTS FOR $500, ALEX

Warning: Skip to the next story if you don't want to read about a major development involving Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings. This is your last chance, folks.... Don't say I didn't warn you.... Here it comes.... According to a report in TV Week, the 30-year-old software engineer's record-breaking winning streak came to an end in a show taped Tuesday. When all was said and done, Jennings reportedly walked away with a total of $2.5 million after 75 straight victories. His big swan song will air later this fall. In the meantime, Jennings clocked his 41st victory in the episode that aired Wednesday. read more

NBC's RAY OF LIGHT

NBC has ordered a pilot for a new cop drama starring upcoming ER guest Ray Liotta. In Criminal Behavior, Liotta will play a detective who stops dangerous fugitives before they strike again. read more

A DORK HITS A HORSE — OF COURSE, OF COURSE...

The new season of MTV's Philly-based Real World has barely begun and already my pals at TheSmokingGun.com are publicly humiliating one of the cast members. According to TSG, 25-year-old Landon Lueck was arrested and charged with harassment of a police horse following a drunken outing last year at a college football game in Wisconsin. Lueck pleaded guilty and was placed in a "deferred prosecution/first-offender program." Also known as a reality show. read more

In the spirit of "ask and ye shall...

In the spirit of "ask and ye shall receive," I hereby declare this evening a Reality-Free Zone. That means real comics, not the last ones standing. Actors instead of wannabes. And not a damn Amish in sight. So enjoy it, folks! I did.

That '70s Show
Mmmm-mm-mm! I am all over that hair, Laura Prepon! And even if you blonds do have more fun, this chestnutty fan had a blast with tonight's seventh-season opener, which spared us the ugly fallout from Eric and Donna's aborted wedding by making the pair actually happier having dodged the marital bullet. Too bad Eric couldn't escape Jackie's wrath for committing the ultimate crime: a sweater vest. I'm with you, girl. Unless you're 60, or screaming "Extra! Extra!" in the town square, it's not a good look. In fact, other than Foreman's fashion don't, the only other misstep here was the "peed on Cheetos" jokes. Not only are they a bitch-slap to the healing powers of crunchy cheesy goodness, but the term "Peetos read more

NOW HARE THIS!

Fox's ill-fated comedy series Greg the Bunny is hopping back to cable channel IFC for a half-hour special next year. Before heading to Fox in 2002, the fabricated American got his start hosting a movie showcase on IFC. Greg costar Seth Green will appear in the special, which may turn into a weekly series if Green's movie career keeps heading up a creek Without a Paddle. read more

That '70s Show Fall Scoop


During its six years on the air, not much seems to have changed about That '70s Show. The actors all still pretty much look the same. The characters — from prissy Jackie (Mila Kunis) to playboy Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) to conspiracy freak Hyde (Danny Masterson) — have many of the same quirks and looks. And it's certainly as popular as it's ever been. Still, there's at least one big difference between now and then.

"There are a lot nicer cars in our parking lot now," jokes Jackie Filgo, the sitcom's executive producer. "And better parking spaces."

Once this fall season gets rolling, there'll be more than just automotive changes going on. For instance, Filgo says Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon) decide to back off their marriage plans — since he just wants to hang around his house being, in his words, "a bum."

Meanwhile, Hyde meets his real father, who turns out to be African-America read more

Gene Simmons' Sharp Tongues

To hear Gene Simmons tell it, he's the sexiest, richest and hardest-working man in show business (sorry, James Brown). And on his current DVD release, Speaking in Tongues, the demon-faced bassist of KISS documents his id-gone-wild lecture tour of Australia. Simmons is also keeping a high TV profile with a guest shot on the new season of Third Watch and a (still-in-discussion) makeover on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Seems like a good time to play a little kiss and tell.

TV Guide Online: On your new DVD, you are honest about your unconventional views about relationships.
Gene Simmons:
I pretty much tell the truth: I love women. Gene Simmons the public person and Gene Simmons the private person are exactly the same guy. The reason the rags [tabloids] are in existence is because people have Jekyll-and-Hyde lives. I don't.

TVGO: How many women have you been with?
Simmons:
I'm getting close to 4700. I know that b read more

Dean Cain Hits a Homer

Dean Cain is trading in his red cape for a blue cap in CBS's new diamond-set drama, Clubhouse (debuting Sept. 26). The 38-year-old former Superman plays a local baseball star who befriends the team's impressionable batboy (played by Peter Pan's Jeremy Sumpter). But Cain, a former football pro, admits that playing an athlete isn't much of a stretch. "I don't have to do anything special but draw on my own experiences," he says. "I know these guys. I know the lifestyle."

TV Guide Online: Are you basing your character on anyone specific?
Dean Cain:
I'm taking a little bit from everybody — from people I knew in the NFL and NBA. But some of these guys' lives are just not that interesting. But there are situations that they can find themselves in that are interesting.

TVGO: Is the team on the show supposed to be the Yankees?
Cain:
The team is similar to the Yankees. But the field is set in Brooklyn, so it really isn't read more

DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Fox's copycat boxing show barely survived its first round in the ratings ring. Only 5.2 million spectators turned out for last night's debut of The Next Great Champ, placing it well behind time-slot rivals Big Brother and Father of the Pride. Heck, Champ's macho men failed to muster enough strength to beat an According to Jim repeat on ABC! (Talk about emasculating.) Over at CBS, Amazing Race continues to pick up steam as it heads toward the finish line. Nearly 11 million viewers watched host Phil Keoghan deactivate blunder twins Kami and Karli. Clearly, the Lord no longer wanted these two in the game. read more

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