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BACK ON THE SCENE

Although there's no official confirmation from CBS, sources confirm that fired CSI actress Jorja Fox has been given her job back — but at her old $100,000-per-episode salary. (Poor thing.) "There will be no renegotiation," says a source close to the show. Ditto Fox's co-star George Eads, who apparently did just enough groveling at the TCA press tour on Wednesday. "Let me tell you, I've apologized nine ways to Sunday," he told reporters. "It's a big misunderstanding, straight up. I want all this to work out. CSI is a part of who I am." read more

CHILL IS HOT

Jimmy Buffett has scored his first No. 1 album in his 30-year career. The singer's new CD, License to Chill, debuted atop the Billboard charts with 239,000 copies sold. read more

SEE JANE GET RECAST

Tea Leoni has signed on to replace Cameron Diaz in Columbia's upcoming remake of the 1977 knee-slapper Fun with Dick and Jane. Diaz reportedly dropped out due to a scheduling conflict with Justin Timberlake's lips. read more

TROJAN MAN

Will Ferrell has agreed to host the 75th anniversary gala for the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television on Sept. 26. Ferrell is one of the school's famous alums. In related news, USC is still No. 1! Fight on! read more

THE ODD COUPLE

Tom and Jerry are making a comeback! No, not the cat and mouse — the crackpot and the meddler. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Green and Jerry Springer are pitching cable outlets a "week in review"-type program that would feature the duo weighing in on the week's biggest political and pop-culture moments. I can't be sure, but I think they're blatantly ripping off VH1's Best Week Ever. read more

YOU'RE HIGH-PRICED!

The Apprentice: The Complete First Season arrives on DVD Aug. 24 ($59.98) and features all 15 episodes, a first look at Season 2's new contestants and interviews with Trump sidekicks George and Carolyn. Among the extras not included in the five-disc set: never-before-seen footage of Omarosa's "18-hour" emergency-room ordeal. Bummer. read more

EXCLUSIVE

Matt LeBlanc has made a new friend. Sources tell TV Guide Online that newcomer Andrea Anders has landed the pivotal role of Joey's next-door neighbor (and possible love interest) on Joey. Anders replaces Ashley Scott, who was let go last month for creative reasons. Anders, who had a small role in this summer's Stepford Wives remake, beat out several actresses for the coveted gig — including one rather high-profile thesp. read more

Next Action Star Man, it's not...

Next Action Star
Man, it's not even right how this show owns me. It's sick. And yes, in the past, I have fed it to some of the budding Seagals and guys, but this week, they all shut me up big time. And not just during the screen tests. Though they did make dangling from a car look a lot more fun than say, sharing a house with wacko Viviana. And probably less dangerous. No matter. It's all about Jared and Melisande doing the first-date thing while the others hang at the mansion dishing them like a pack of high schoolers with better skin and bigger shoulders. Love it! What I'm hating is that next week is the finale and we lost Mae tonight. She was fab. Mark, not so much, but I may be biased... after all, John and Sean are just too much. They've got that rugged L.L. Bean hubba-hubba-ness. And Corinne? Forget about it. That new blow-out 'do is doing crazy things to me, girl. Even if you don't get a c read more

Overhaulin' Host No "Ride Pimp"


A scarcity of pimps is but one reason that TLC's Overhaulin' (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET) shouldn't be confused with MTV's Pimp My Ride.

"We're not just throwing some parts on a car," Overhaulin' grease monkey Chris Jacobs tells TV Guide Online. "We're really breaking the car down to its core and building it back up to a true work of art. I know they trick the cars out more on Pimp My Ride, but we really try to create a car that's as drivable as it is good-looking."

Despite his "in" with the series' vehicular makeover artists, Jacobs has yet to avail himself of their services. "I didn't think my car even needed to be overhauled before I started the show, but now I think both [my '68 Charger and my '68 Plymouth convertible] could use it. I'm sure if I wanted to, I could [get the job done], but I just ordered a new Dodge Magnum, and I'm going to use my string-pulling to customize that. You've got to use your favors read more

Press Tour Diary: Day Nine


In case you didn't notice, it's no longer cool to make fun of UPN. Not only did the sixth-place network break through last season with the proud strut of America's Next Top Model, but it's entering the fall with one of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the season: the Taye Diggs legal drama Kevin Hill. And for the first time ever, folks are buzzing about UPN's summer programming — specifically, the controversial reality show Amish in the City (debuting July 28). So, when UPN wrapped up the broadcast portion of the TCA press tour Tuesday, it displayed a level of confidence not seen since the summer of 2001 — when it stole Buffy the Vampire Slayer right out from under crosstown rival WB. Don't believe me? Well, read my minute-by-minute guide to all the day's big events and you may never take a potshot at the little network that couldn't again.

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