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JOEY'S NEW FRIEND

Lucy Liu is reuniting with her Charlie's Angels squeeze Matt LeBlanc on Joey. According to Variety, Liu will guest-star in at least two episodes as the tough-talking exec producer of the nighttime soap where Joey recently scored a role. She'll first turn up on screen in late December. read more

Downer Dave Exits Biggest Loser


The Biggest Loser's Red Team used Dave Fioravanti's construction expertise to build the biggest pile of food and win an electronics prize package. Last week, however, they decided he was tearing down their morale. Due to his bad ankle, the 39-year-old Boston real-estate developer opted out of a hiking excursion, which Ryan, Lisa and Kelly viewed as a sign of weakness. Here, Fioravanti tells TV Guide Online how he really feels about his teammates, his drastic weight loss, and how he's keeping the pounds off.

TV Guide Online: Why did you butt heads with Ryan so much?
Dave Fioravanti:
He had lied in situations and so had I, and for him to get on a holier-than-thou podium and call me out for a being a liar was kind of a contradiction. It was the pot-calling-the-kettle-black scenario. I have a problem with that.

TVGO: So are you mad at him or at the girls for voting you off?
Dave:
When you put people in a house read more

Hotel's Toni Sings? Unreal!


She's mud-wrestled a dork, cried enough crocodile tears to fill up the Great Lakes and swapped more spit than a kissing-booth attendant during Fleet Week. Yet hot-tempered Toni Ferrari tells TV Guide Online that none of her experiences on Love Cruise or Paradise Hotel could have prepared her for what she heard at the recording sessions for thefishbowl.com's Christmas album, Holiday in the Fishbowl: Performed by the Reality TV Singers.

What gave her such a shock? Her own voice! "Madonna's career is safe," she says with a laugh. "When [American Idol runner-up] Nikki McKibbin started to sing, I felt like a dying cat in the recording booth. I sound like ["Goldfinger" belter] Shirley Bassey on a really bad day!"

So, if the buxom bruiser isn't itching to make an appearance on TRL, why subject unsuspecting music lovers to her renditions of "Deck the Halls" and "Let's Make Christmas Real This Year" — esp read more

THE STREAK IS OVER!

Tonight's episode of Jeopardy! marked the end of brainiac Ken Jennings's 74-game reign as the champ. Realtor Nancy Zerg finally beat him in Final Jeopardy when the competitors were faced with a real head-scratcher: "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year." He replied, "What is TV Guide?" when, in fact, the correct response was "What is H&R Block, and how do I get a job there?" (Actually, he guessed FedEx.) The biggest winner in game-show history, Jennings walked away with $2,520,700. read more

BIG CHANGES

Rumors are flying that Law & Order star Chris Noth is poised to replace troubled Vincent D'Onofrio on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable magazine, L&O creator Dick Wolf is considering Noth as a possible successor to D'Onofrio, who, in addition to his recent health problems, has long had a reputation for being a handful to work with. And kinda scary to boot. read more

AILING

Elizabeth Taylor is suffering from congestive heart failure. In an interview with W magazine, the 72-year-old acting icon said the condition has resulted in fatigue, shortness of breath and fluid buildup. Making matters worse, she's also got a nasty case of scoliosis that has twisted her spine. "My body's a real mess," she said. "If you look at it in the mirror, it's just completely convex and concave." Please don't make me look. I beg you. read more

BOOB TUBE

It looks like Pamela Anderson is coming out of retirement. The onetime V.I.P., who announced last year that she was quitting acting to, um, hang out, has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to star in a sitcom, Variety reports. Produced by Just Shoot Me's Steven Levitan, the comedy finds Anderson playing a less famous version of herself. The working title: Pamela Anderson's Worst Nightmare. read more

MOURNED

I hate to end today's column on a down note, but actor John Drew Barrymore, son of Hollywood legend John Barrymore and father of Drew Barrymore, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 72. read more

HOT HOUSEWIVES

The phenomenon that is Desperate Housewives is showing no signs of slowing down. Sunday's episode, featuring the death of Mrs. Huber and some of the most inconsistent plotting since the last days of Melrose Place, averaged 27 million viewers. If the momentum continues, the show will likely overtake CSI as TV's No. 1 program. Meanwhile, ABC's gain was NBC's loss, as the Peacock's Christmas Carol remake starring Kelsey Grammer crashed and burned Sunday, pulling in only 9.7 million viewers. read more

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS...

Martha Stewart's post-Camp Cupcake comeback is gaining momentum. NBC is said to be thisclose to picking up Mark Burnett's in-the-works reality series starring the imprisoned domestic diva. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show — set to debut next year following Stewart's prison stay — would have an elimination-style competition element along the lines of Survivor and The Apprentice. Additionally, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is in talks with top syndicators to revive Stewart's daily show, which was effectively canceled in May after she was convicted of bitching about her broker's hold music. read more

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