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Correspondents John Roberts and Scott Pelley are pegged the early front-runners to replace Dan Rather behind the CBS Evening News anchor desk. On Tuesday, Rather announced that he was stepping down after 24 years on the job. Check out today's The Biz for more on this story. read more

SHORT CUTS

Viacom has agreed to shell out $3.5 million in fines to the FCC to resolve indecency probes related to shock-jocks Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony... Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy will be a guest on Tuesday's Judge Hatchett... The MPAA has slapped Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education with a dreaded NC-17 rating due to "a scene of explicit sexual content" involving two men... read more

CLEAN SWEEP

CBS continued to roll over the competition during the third week of November sweeps. Led by best-ever ratings for CSI and NCIS, the Eye net averaged 14.1 million viewers for the week ending Nov. 21. NBC ranked a distant No. 2 with 10.8 million, followed by a resurgent ABC (10.5 million) and Fox (6.8 million). The top five shows of the week were CSI, Desperate Housewives, CSI: Miami, Survivor: Vanuatu and Without a Trace. read more

IT'S OVER

Taking some of the focus off his embattled bro, Jermaine Jackson has filed for divorce from his wife, Alejandra, after nine years together. The couple have two young sons, Jaafar and Jermajesty. It's unclear what led to the split, but I'm betting it had something to do with the kids' names. read more

HE NEEDS THAT ANGEL

It was inevitable: Plus-size American Idol champ Ruben Studdard was hospitalized Monday in Alabama. A rep for his record label said Studdard — who was in the midst of a publicity tour for his new album, I Need an Angel — was suffering from exhaustion, although more tests are being performed. He'll likely remain in the hospital through the end of the week. Studdard recently embarked on a highly publicized low-carb, low-cal diet that was being chronicled by Extra. He allegedly shed 12 of his 449 lbs. when reports surfaced that he had given up. Things have gotten so bad that doctors are recommending he borrow Anna Nicole's intravenous TrimSpa drip. read more

Survivor's Chad Hanged


Heading into Survivor: Vanuatu, Chad Crittenden already knew he had one disability: The 35-year-old teacher from Oakland, Calif., had a portion of his leg removed and wears a prosthesis. Despite that, this cute, athletic husband and father faced all the physical challenges, proving himself stronger than some of his fellow castaways. However, when the tribes merged into Alinta, Chad clearly had another disadvantage — he was male. Alinta's seemingly unbreakable female alliance cut Chad this week, leaving Chris as the lone male tribe member. Here, Chad tells TV Guide Online all about Chris' desperate attempts to stick around, that nasty kava juice, and also answers an important question: Just how annoying is Eliza?

TV Guide Online: Did you go on Survivor hoping to become a role model for people with disabilities?
Chad Crittenden:
There were a variety of reasons that had equal weight in my decision to do it. One par read more

EVEN THOUGH THEY KILLED OUR SOAP AD...

Sexy billboards featuring Sarah Jessica Parker have been pulled down throughout Israel after ultra-Orthodox Jews took offense at the sight of her back, shoulders and thighs, oh my! The ads, promoting Lux soap, showed the Sex and the City star wearing a skin-revealing, spaghetti-strap gown. They were quickly replaced with a tamer version. read more

SLOTS A LUCK!

It's official: After months of negotiations with bondholders over a $1.8 billion debt, Donald Trump's casino empire has sought bankruptcy protection. But ever the optimist, Trump told he Associated Press that, "I don't think it's a failure; it's a success." read more

AILING

Red-carpet fashionista Steven Cojocaru announced on Monday's Entertainment Tonight that a genetic condition will require him to undergo a kidney transplant. Cojocaru, who suffers from polycystic kidney disease, told Mary Hart that he feels "great" and "the prognosis is excellent." read more

CURSES!

Ozzy Osbourne's English country home was burglarized Monday by two thieves who made off with a large amount of jewelry. According to reports, Ozzy grabbed one of the intruders, but he struggled free and jumped out of a first-floor window. read more

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