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Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay had his driving privileges revoked for six months after cops clocked him going 105 mph in Scotland.... Roseanne will kick off the inaugural New York Comedy Festival on Nov. 9.... 'N Syncer Joey Fatone will reportedly marry girlfriend Kelly Baldwin on Thursday. read more


The upcoming DVD of 24's third season will include an exclusive mini-prequel that sets the stage for the serial thriller's fourth-season premiere in January, Variety reports. The 10-minute episode — which will not be shown on TV — will introduce many of Season 4's new characters, including Kiefer Sutherland's latest love interest, played by Third Watch's Kim Raver. The seven-disc set arrives Dec. 7. read more

The Next Great Champ Somewhere,...

The Next Great Champ
Somewhere, Sylvester Stallone is punching holes in a wall. Not only did Fox survive the lawsuit from Mark Burnett and Stallone to get their boxing reality show on the air first, but they stole that inverted sit-up routine from Rocky IV and used it as a $10,000 challenge. But I'll wager what really sent Stallone over the edge was Fox snagging "Eye of the Tiger" as their theme song — what the hell was Stallone thinking? Rocky III made that song the definitive boxing anthem, and the moment he inked the deal with NBC to produce The Contender (debuts in November on NBC), he should've been on the phone with composer and Survivor front man Jim Peterik to secure the rights.

Now I'm biased because I love boxing as a sport, but I have to say that this show has gotten just about everything right — everything, that is, except the boxing, and I'll get to that in a minute. There is enough tes read more


In an effort to avoid a repeat of Boobygate, ABC plans to institute a 10-second delay for Thursday's hourlong NFL Opening Kickoff show, which will feature performances by Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz and Toby Keith. Of course, wardrobe malfunctions will be the least of ABC's problems. The show (and game) will go head-to-head with NBC's debut of Joey and the return of The Apprentice. read more


Is Fahrenheit 9/11 headed to a small screen near you? If Michael Moore has it his way, yes. According to USA Today, Moore plans to televise his incendiary Bush-bashing flick prior to the November election. Look for Fahrenheit to air on public television or pay-per-view. After CBS chickens out and drops it, of course. read more


The FCC is expected to fine 20 CBS-owned stations a record $550,000 for violating broadcast decency standards when it aired Janet Jackson's nipple last January. In a statement, CBS said, "While we regret that the incident occurred and have apologized to our viewers, we continue to believe that nothing in the Super Bowl broadcast violated indecency laws." Of course, they also think Center of the Universe is funny, so clearly their judgment is a little off. read more

This Soap Star Is Desperate!

This fall on ABC's Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria plays Gabrielle, an unhappy young trophy wife who's steaming up the sheets with her teenaged pool boy. But the 29-year-old actress — best known as jealous schemer Isabella on The Young and the Restless — feels anything but desperate these days. As part of an ensemble that includes Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross, Longoria says, "I love going to work. I pinch myself every day." Here, the ex-soap starlet talks about taking her shot at the big leagues.

TV Guide Online: Were you intimidated to suddenly find yourself working with those famous prime-time actresses?
Eva Longoria:
I was terrified coming in! These women have been in prime time for a long time. Everybody knows Marcia's [Melrose Place] character, everybody knows Teri's [Lois & Clark] character. Everybody knows Felicity is a talented, talented actress [from Sports Night read more

Smallville Scoop! Clark Meets Lois

Things were pretty bleak on Smallville last season. And we're not just talking about the WB drama's 25-percent drop in ratings. What with all those dank caves and secret labs and depressing story lines, life for Tom Welling's Clark Kent was, frankly, more sad than super. But the Frog isn't bringing out the killer kryptonite quite yet. Executive producer Al Gough promises TV Guide Online he's giving the show's dreary, complicated mythology a rest. This season, look for football, fun and romance! After all, it's Clark's senior year in high school. Spoiler alert: If you don't want to know anything, ya better not read this dishy, in-depth Q&A....

TVGO: That's big news!
No tights. One flight.

TVGO: What's Lois Lane doing in Smallville?
She's coming to town to investigate her cousin Chloe's death.

TVGO: Sure, her house blew up, but is Chloe really dead?
Maybe, maybe not.

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PO5 Hottie Gets Lost

He battled Hodgkin's disease on Party of Five and death itself on UPN's short-lived supernatural drama Haunted. But Matthew Fox may face his biggest challenge yet on Lost, the new ABC thriller from Alias creator J.J. Abrams. He plays Jack, a surgeon who survives a plane crash, only to be stranded on a remote island that is also home to a mysteriously lethal (and unseen) creature.
TV Guide Online: How did you get involved in Lost?
Matthew Fox:
I came in and [auditioned]. At that point, the script was very confidential. Nobody was really getting a chance to read it. I don't usually go into auditions or meetings until I've read the material, but my agents and managers said, "This is really gonna be a big one. It's J.J. Abrams." So I went in, and J.J. took me to an office and gave me the script. I sat down to read it, but he kept running into the room every 20 minutes going, "What do you think?" I was like, "You gotta give me a read more


Organizers of this weekend's annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon are blaming Hurricane Frances for this year's non-record-breaking haul. Donations totaled $59.4 million — down nearly 2 percent from 2003's $60.5 million. Disruptions and outages prevented many Florida stations from airing the telethon. It was only the second time in the telethon's 39-year history that Jerry and Co. failed to surpass the previous year's total. read more

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