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DISSING PRIVATE RYAN

The FCC claims it received a number of viewer complaints about ABC's uncensored broadcast of Saving Private Ryan last Thursday. In the end, 30 percent of ABC's stations — fearing reprisals from the FCC — boycotted Ryan. It was unclear how many complaints were logged, but sources confirm that anything in excess of three would be deeply disturbing. read more

WORKING GIRL

Yes, Virginia, America's Next Top Model rejects actually do work after exiting the mannequin contest. TV Guide Online has learned that Avenue, a full-figured women's fashion-retailer with 500 stores nationwide, wants plus-sized castoff Toccara Jones as their new spokesmodel. "There's certainly room on the runway for the likes of Toccara," says Avenue CEO Raphael Benaroya. "She should give us a call!" To read Daniel Coleridge's interview with the zaftig catwalker, click here. read more

LISTEN UP, FOLKS

After seven years and three failed sitcoms, the Seinfeld curse officially came to an end Friday when CBS picked up Jason Alexander's new family comedy Listen Up for the entire season. Speaking of evil curses, the network also ordered two more episodes of Center of the Universe, which has managed to retain much of its King of Queens lead-in despite my relentless campaign to kill it. read more

PAGING DONALD TRUMP...

CBS News has reportedly fired the "overly aggressive" producer who interrupted the final minutes of CSI: NY last Wednesday with a special report on Yasser Arafat's death. Standard procedure requires that a senior CBS executive be consulted before interrupting regular programming. read more

HOLY GRAIL!

Tom Hanks is the front-runner to headline Ron Howard's big-screen adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling phenom The Da Vinci Code, Newsweek reports. Shooting on the Columbia Pictures project is expected to get underway next year. read more

IT'S FINALLY OVER

After months of hype and countless on-air plugs, View cohost Star Jones married banker Al Reynolds Saturday in a star-studded, heavily-comped ceremony in Manhattan. Among the VIP guests: Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole, Vivica A. Fox, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jones' four View cohosts. The bride wore a Reem Acra-designed strapless gown that featured a 27-foot train underwritten by Amtrak. read more

SPLITSVILLE

Lindsay Lohan's six-month romance with That '70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama has come to an end. "They have broken up, but are still friends," Valderrama's rep told the Associated Press. The split was first reported Friday during the last five minutes of CBS's Joan of Arcadia. read more

I KNEW IT!

Well, not really. Model/actress Rachel Hunter has been unmasked as the new Ginger on TBS' upcoming reality update of The Real Gilligan's Island. "I always wanted to do a reality show, and this was just the perfect adventure," she tells USA Today, apparently forgetting her stint as a judge on ABC's Are You Hot? (not to mention as Rod Stewart's wife). Hunter will join a real-life skipper, first mate, millionaire couple, farm girl and professor in the Survivor-esque series, which premieres Nov. 30. read more

SUNDAYAmerican Music Awards Red...

SUNDAY

American Music Awards Red Carpet Coverage
My colleagues at the TV Guide Channel are paid to be nice to the celebs, but I ain't. Bon Jovi are "musical geniuses"? Merriam-Webster defines genius in this context as "extraordinary intellectual power especially as manifested in creative activity." Well, let's take a look: "Tommy used to work on the dock. Union's been on strike. He's down on his luck. It's tough."

Uh... no.

But I gotta hand it to Gwen Stefani. She handled the old are-your-band-mates-freaking-now-that-you're-doing-solo-work? question with aplomb, assuring us (and them) they have nothing to worry about, which oughta make them feel a little better. Unless, of course, she's lying.

Jimmy Kimmel says his goal for the night is to not get punched. Hey, welcome to the world of a Watercooler writer, pal.

And Duff tells us he's wearing Armani? Whoa. Rock 'n' roll, dude.

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Biggest Loser's Aaron Ousted


The Biggest Loser's Aaron Semmel could be fairly dubbed the incredible shrinking man. The 29-year-old writer lost 36 lbs. — that's more than anyone else on the Blue Team. Still, although Aaron was shedding the pounds, Kelly Mac and Andrea decided he was dead weight. Here, Aaron tells TV Guide Online about his weighty woes on Loser (Tuesdays, 8 pm/ET on NBC) and his ongoing battle of the bulge.

TV Guide Online: Have you lost more weight since exiting Loser?
Aaron Semmel:
I've lost just over 60 lbs. now.

TVGO: Do you stick to the guidelines set by Bob, the Blue Team trainer?
Aaron:
Bob snapped me back into shape, and now it is up to me to maintain.

TVGO: Some Red Team players lost around the same weight. Your weight loss seemed the most noticeably dramatic, though.
Aaron:
I was worried about that. I thought America might become prejudiced against me; they might think I was too s read more

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