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BLOODY HELL

Britain's Big Brother was taken off the air Thursday after a riot broke out in the flat. The housemates reportedly threatened to kill each other and had to be dragged apart by security guards. This would have never happened on Julie Chen's watch. read more

SHE HAD IT COMING

A Beverly Hills woman pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking T-Mobile pitchwoman Catherine Zeta-Jones. Dawnette Knight, who was arrested June 3, was arraigned last week on one count of stalking and 25 counts of making "terrorist threats." She's being held on $1 million bail. Zeta-Jones' rep says that the actress and her family are "greatly relieved that the suspect is in custody." read more

YOU GO GIRL'S

UPN has picked up the Jenny McCarthy comedy The Bad Girl's Guide for midseason. The show, based on Cameron Tuttle's book The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want, revolves around McCarthy and two female pals who live life to the fullest with no excuses. read more

REVOLVER SHOOTS, SCORES

Contraband, the debut CD from rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart with sales of 256,000 copies. Usher fell to second with 171,000 copies sold. read more

LIGHTS, CAMERA, OUSTED!

There's been a major on-camera shake-up at Access Hollywood. The good news? Grating co-anchor Pat O'Brien is out. The bad news? He's being replaced by the equally grating Billy Bush. O'Brien, whose last day is Friday, apparently couldn't come to terms on a new contract. The former CBS sportscaster won't be off the airwaves for long though: He's reportedly in talks with Paramount to host the upcoming Entertainment Tonight spin-off, The Insider. Meanwhile, Bush will be paired with current co-anchor Nancy O'Dell, who's more scary than grating. read more

STORK REPORT

King of Queens star Leah Remini gave birth to a little princess, Sofia Bella, on Wednesday, Entertainment Tonight reports. This is the first child for Remini and hubby Angelo Pagan. read more

The Simple Life 2: Road Trip OK,...

The Simple Life 2: Road Trip
OK, I have been jonesing for Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie since last winter, so I am thrilled the tabloid twins are back. And even though we all heard about Paris's horseback mishap back when they were filming the new season, it was still a shock to see her thrown around like that. Without it being online, that is. What I didn't expect was for Nicole to be so much funnier than her size-0 sidekick. Her reaction to the pink pick-up was bleep-ably priceless, as was the tollbooth begging routine. Which is sort of ironic, seeing how Lionel's little girl has probably never had to ask for money. Except for bail. But Paris, honey, could you keep your eyes on the road? I understand that the rearview mirror can be intoxicating, but Louis Vuitton doesn't do airbags, OK?

60 Minutes II
I just got chills watching Tony Hawk pull off his first-ever 900-degree midair spin at the '99 X-Treme read more

HUSH MONEY

Michael Jackson shelled out more than $23 million to settle child-molestation charges brought against him in the mid-90s. According to Court TV, Jackson — who is currently battling similar allegations — set up a $15-million trust fund for the young boy and agreed to pay his parents $1.5 million apiece. He also paid $5 million to cover the family's legal fees. Jackson's camp says the confidential agreement was deliberately released to influence jurors in the current case. read more

Joel Silver's Reality Stunt


Unless you've been living under The Rock — er, a rock — you've seen the flashy ads for NBC's Next Action Star (Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET). In the Peacock's latest reality-TV offering, 14 aspiring Jean-Claude Van Dammes and Linda Hamiltons vie to star in an upcoming made-for-TV movie. Over the course of the series, these masochistic hopefuls are schooled in the basics of stunt work. That means daily acting and combat lessons, as well as race-car driving and wire work. Each week's episode will culminate in a "screen test," eliminating one male and one female until only one competitor of each sex remains.

If you're picturing American Idol, Commando-style, you're not entirely off base. The show's backed by prolific producer Joel Silver, the man behind such action smashes as Predator, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and The Matrix. Reality TV and this movie mogul may seem an unlikely mix, but Silver ha read more

Survivor's Jerri Speaks Out!

Survivor villainess Jerri Manthey has taken lots of heat for her witchy behavior on TV. Most recently, the live audience booed her off the stage at the All-Stars reunion. Tired of her self-styled bad-girl image, she's showing her softer side as co-host of Extreme Dodgeball (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET). The series airs on GSN (formerly known as Game Show Network), where many ex-reality contestants — including Evan Marriott — have found gigs. Before Manthey gets too comfy watching from the sidelines, though, TV Guide Online tosses a few hardballs her way!

TVGO: Have you spoken to Jeff Probst since the All-Stars finale?
Jerri Manthey:
No, I haven't. Since the whole fiasco, I haven't spoken to anybody from the production side of Survivor. Jeff came up and gave me a hug at the end of "The Let's Give Rupert $1 Million Show." He said, "Jerri, don't hate me. I'm just doing my job." I said, "So am I."

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