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Despite published reports that say Pierce Brosnan's 007 days are behind him, MGM is leaving the door open for the actor to die another day in a 21st Bond film. "We're going to address the casting issues," the studio's vice chairman, Chris McGurk, told reporters. "We're deep in development, and right now, we're still targeting November 2005 [as the release date]." Gee, I wonder if this is all just a negotiations ploy? Hmmm.... read more


Saturday Night Live is courting politician-turned-author Bill Clinton to host the skitcom this season, TV Guide Online has learned. According to sources, the former president has been offered the gig if he wants it; a decision is expected by next week. Of course, that depends on what Clinton's definition of "is" is. read more


In what's being hailed as a huge victory for dumb blonds everywhere, the Miss America pageant is eliminating its trademark talent competition. Instead, the Sept. 18 ceremony will feature a videotaped montage of the contestants twirling batons, singing opera and jumping rope while chewing gum. Organizers hope the move will perk up the pageant's sagging ratings and accelerate their descent into hell. read more


Here's some red-hot "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine: For the season premiere of My Wife and Kids, Damon Wayans scored a slam dunk by coaxing good friend Michael Jordan to guest-star. In his TV-series debut, His Airness will encounter Wayans' character at a hoops fantasy camp, where the two will face off on the court. "[Wayans] is in training," laughs creator Don Reo. "To play Michael Jordan one-on-one is a little intimidating." It can't be any worse than sparring about films opposite Antoine Merriwether. read more


Comic-actor Anthony Anderson, who has been accused of raping an extra on the set of his new film, appeared in a Tennessee courtroom Thursday to hear the charges against him. The Barbershop star has denied any wrongdoing and is free on $20,000 bail. read more

Blue Collar TV Just when I thought...

Blue Collar TV
Just when I thought WB couldn't come up with something worse than last season's abysmally unfunny and utterly insulting The Help, the Frog network serves up this embarrassing turd unsuccessfully disguised as a sketch-comedy show. Don't get me wrong, I think Jeff Foxworthy's stand-up routines are a hoot and I seem to recall that his earlier family sitcom was relatively amusing. But literally the only thing that made me even consider laughing during tonight's debut was an entry from his preestablished "Redneck Dictionary": Handsome — "Handsome of that sunscreen over here." The rest of the skits revolved around an all-gravy eatery, stuffing various personal effects into a corpse's casket, obese parents confronting their daughter about evidence of dieting and exercise in her room, and last and certainly least, three young brothers (played by Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and the repulsive Larry the Cable Guy) doing vile things read more


Fox has picked up eight episodes of a new reality show that combines elements of ABC's Extreme Makeover and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, MTV's Pimp My Ride, Fox's The Swan and Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. "The basic idea is to take every makeover show you've ever seen and roll it into one," Fox reality guru Mike Darnell tells Variety. Jay McGraw, son of Dr. Phil, will host. The basic idea is to take someone with a promising future and get him to sell out. read more

Stars Attack Sci-Fi Shindig

Once a year, the quiet California city of San Diego becomes a geek Mecca, as fanboys (and fangirls) from all over the world descend on the futuristic convention center for Comic-Con International. Now in its 35th year, the sci-fi-palooza has gotten bigger in every way: more attendees (upwards of 75,000 people this time), more celebrity special guests (Sarah Michelle! Keanu! Ben Browder!), more events, more sneak previews and, most importantly, more free goodies. In fact, there was so much to do and see last weekend that this TV Guide Online reporter often found himself wishing for a handy cloning device (or at least that Time-Turner gadget that Hermione had in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) so he could be in two places at once. Until reality catches up with science fiction, here are the highs and lows of a weekend in comic-book paradise.

Warmest Reception
The Firefly faithful were out in force to welcome Joss Whe read more


The final two Christmas-themed episodes of the Brit hit The Office are at last making their way across the pond, debuting on BBC America Oct. 21, USA Today reports... Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will arrive on DVD Nov. 23. read more


"I feel like this is my phase two, like it's a new beginning. Like everything I did before really doesn't matter." — Jennifer Lopez discussing her state of mind these days in the August issue of InStyle. read more

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