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Carol Burnett's Reunion Fever


Funnylady Carol Burnett loves to relive memories of her classic 1967-78 variety show in charming (and highly rated) CBS specials. Tonight at 10 pm/ET, she's doing Let's Bump Up the Lights, a different kind of salute to her sketchcom, which also serves as a reunion special for former castmates Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman and Lyle Waggoner.

OK, they've done the 25th anniversary show. In 2001, they did an outtakes special called Showstoppers. What's left? Bump winds up what Burnett sees as her Carol Burnett Show reunion trilogy. "A very big section of our show was questions and answers, where I came out at the top of the show," she recalls. "We never had a plant in the audience. I never knew what anybody was going to ask and I didn't know what I was going to answer. So what we did with [Bump] was try to find the funniest clips of the Q&As, but also get the whole gang together and tak read more

DIVAS LIVE

Jessica Simpson — who apparently has too much free time on her hands — has announced plans for a summer tour! The Jessica Simpson Reality Tour will kick off June 4 in New Orleans and end Aug. 1 in Paso Robles, Calif. Gloria Estefan, meanwhile, will also hit the road this summer to promote her new album, Unwrapped. Her 27-city tour — her first in eight years — starts July 30 in McAllen, Texas, and includes stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston. read more

BEWARE OF FALLING CEMENT

The streets of New York were crawling with wannabe Maxim models Wednesday as filming on the second season of The Apprentice reportedly got underway. According to the New York Post, which ran pics of two of the female contestants in today's edition, the next round will feature 18 mini-moguls instead of 16 — thus allowing NBC to stretch the show two extra weeks. (An Apprentice rep declined to comment.) Meanwhile, word has it the group will include four Harvard alums, three Wharton School of Finance grads, two self-made millionaires and one really crazy black woman. read more

SINGER KILLED

R&B singer John Whitehead, best known for the 1979 hit "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," was shot to death Tuesday. Whitehead, 55, and another man were reportedly working on a car in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane neighborhood when two gunmen opened fire. Police have no suspects or motive. 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

Boreanaz Bids Angel Adieu

Angel may be a tortured 245-year-old vampire with a soul, but his portrayer, David Boreanaz, is about as angst-free as actors come. As series creator Joss Whedon once told TV Guide, "David takes things in stride, and those of us who don't know how to stride are confused." During a break in shooting Angel's series finale (airing May 19 at 9 pm/ET), the ever-cool 33-year-old actor discussed why he's relieved to see his 5-year-old WB drama bite it, how he feels about star-crossed love Buffy's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) absence, and the chance he'll resurrect Angel for those rumored TV or DVD movies.

TV Guide Online: How did you get the cancellation news?
David Boreanaz:
Joss came to set and told me. I said, "OK, fine." There were no tears. There was just a moment of congratulating him on a successful run of five seasons.

TVGO: You weren't at all upset?
Boreanaz:
I don't wanna sound like I was cheering, but when Joss 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

Amber: "Rob Deserves the $1 Million!"

Amber Brkich won really big at Sunday's Survivor: All-Stars finale. Not only did she beat Boston Rob for the $1-million prize, but her Beantown beau also proposed on national TV. While many fans think the grumpy jury chose wrongly, this giddy 25-year-old is clearly delighted with the verdict. Here, she tells TV Guide Online about tasting victory, the surprise engagement (and that huge rock!) as well as what her family really thinks of her new fianc&#233.

TV Guide Online: Has it sunk in yet that you've won $1 million?
Amber Brkich:
It started sinking in on [Monday] night, and then I actually got some rest. So now, I'm actually getting excited about it because I'm much more awake. It is weird because I really have no clue how much a million dollars is. That is a huge sum of money, so it is hard to really fathom. But I'm really excited!

TVGO: Have you had chance to decide when and where you'll marry Rob?
Amber:
No, read more

SHORT CUTS

Growing Pains alum Tracey Gold gave birth to a baby boy, Aiden Michael, on Sunday. This is the third child for Gold and hubby Roby Marshall... AMC has renewed Sunday Morning Shootout for a second season, Variety reports. read more

BUSTED

Less than Perfect C-lister Andy Dick (tee-hee) was arrested on May 2 for marijuana possession, thesmokinggun.com reports. Dick was busted while attending the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif. He's due in court on June 16. read more

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