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Turns out the Oakland Raiders haven't hired first-season Apprentice star Nick Warnock after all. A rep for the team now says reports that Amy's ex was tapped to sell a block of luxury suites at the Oakland Coliseum were "premature." Warnock has yet to reply to my e-mail about this whole matter, which means he A) Thinks I'm a stalker, B) Has something to hide or C) Is jealous that TV Guide isn't giving away one of his balls for free. Speaking of which, today is the last day to enter our contest to win one of Kwame Jackson's autographed balls. Oh, stop your snickering. What, are we in first grade, people? read more

LOUSY DAY

Citing irreconcilable differences, 24 star Kiefer Sutherland has filed for divorce from wife Kelly Winn, Entertainment Tonight reports. The couple, who tied the knot in 1996, have been separated since 1999. read more

THE ONE WHERE NBC WINS

NBC easily won the ratings race last week on the strength of the final episode of Friends, which ended up with 52.5 million viewers. CBS finished a strong second thanks to the Survivor All-Stars finale, which attracted 24.8 million viewers for fourth place. In other ratings news, the WB's Everwood ended its second year Monday with a season-high 6.4 million viewers. CSI: Miami also had its most-watched episode of the season with 21 million viewers. read more

MOUNTAIN HIGH

The WB has announced its second new series pickup for the fall, ordering 13 episodes of The Mountain. The hourlong drama centers on a free spirit (Oliver Hudson) who takes over his family's idyllic mountain resort. Last week, the WB greenlit Jack & Bobby, a family drama that is not based on the Kennedys. The network will unveil the rest of its 2004-05 lineup to advertisers (and yours truly) next week at the annual Upfronts. read more

Gilmore Girls A Renaissance...

Gilmore Girls
A Renaissance festival-style wedding is very Stars Hollow. Cute, quirky and quaint. Of course, you know GG only did this so Lauren Graham (Lorelai) could look adorable in one of those flowery, ribbony hair wreaths. The nuptials of Luke's sister, Liz — and all TV weddings, for that matter — serve as a great umbrella for all the show's romantic issues. Liz's brother, Luke, got to bring Lorelai as his date. Yes, they're dating! It's about time 'cause the "will-they-won't-they" stuff was bordering on tired. Plus, Liz's son, Jess, came back to town for another shot at Rory. And to annoy me with more of Milo Ventimiglia's broody, James Dean-wannabe thing, of course. So glad Rory blew him off, so we can finally fuggedabout him. On the brighter side, I'm glad Lorelai's softening up Mrs. Kim so she can give Lane a break. I have a good gal pal with very strict, traditional Korean parents, so we know Lane's pain.

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THE SIMPLE LIFE

Fox is reportedly launching a new syndicated reality series next month that will give people the chance to Live like a Star. Participants will enjoy such celeb perks as a private room at the Betty Ford Center, a brief stay at the L.A. County Jail and, finally, drinks at Skybar. read more

Survivor's Rupert Wins Fans' Hearts

Technically speaking, Rupert Boneham came in fourth on Survivor: All-Stars. TV Guide Online sat in the audience at Sunday's finale, though, and judging by the cheers, applause and tie-dyed tees, Rupe's clearly the fan fave. That's good news for him, since this season's "big twist" allows viewers to award a second $1-million prize by voting American Idol-style. The popularity contest will be settled live on CBS Thursday night. While we think the bearded hero's got this prize in the bag, he's cautiously optimistic about his chances...

TV Guide Online: Thursday could be a big night for you!
Rupert Boneham:
I'm thrilled for Thursday. I cannot wait. I've got three hours of free time [today], and you know I'm going to go on the website and vote for myself constantly.

TVGO: Based on the audience reaction, you look like a shoo-in to win.
Rupert:
I sure hope so. But I thought that I was going to win Pearl Islands read more

PLEA COPPER

Country singer Glen Campbell pleaded guilty Monday to extreme DUI and leaving the scene of an accident last November. Under the plea agreement, he'll likely be sentenced to 10 days in jail. read more

CHRIST RESURRECTED

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ will be released on DVD Aug. 31. But in a surprising move, the disc will not carry any extra features. (So much for those rumored alternate endings.) To date, Christ has brought in $368 million in North America alone, making it one of the top 10 highest grossing films of all time. read more

SVU Looker's Legal Tussle


As Law and Order: SVU's ADA Casey Novak, Diane Neal has spent nearly a year throwing the book at bad guys. Sometimes this TV legal eagle's so carried away with herself, she feels like she is an attorney. A real judge recently had to give her a reality check.

"I was in court testifying about a woman who lives in my building," she chuckles. "At one point, the judge actually yelled, 'Ms. Neal, just because you play a lawyer on TV does not mean you have license to speak whenever you feel like it in my courtroom!' It was a humbling experience."

In tonight's episode (10 pm/ET), the pretend prosecutor goes up against one tough adversary — a corrupt judge who threatens to sabotage her. "I'm asking him to recuse himself," explains the actress, who often runs plot lines by her father, a real-life federal attorney. "When I told my dad, he's like, 'Oh, you're screwed. You never ask the judge to leave a case unless it's unbelievably clear he's never read more

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