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MOURNED

Terry Melcher, a producer, composer and songwriter who co-wrote the Beach Boys hit "Kokomo," died Friday at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with cancer. He was 62. Melcher also worked with his mother, Doris Day, as a producer of The Doris Day Show and Doris Day's Best Friends. read more

HAD YOUR PHIL YET?

Dr. Phil McGraw will be tellin' it like it is for another three years. Per The Hollywood Reporter, King World has picked up Dr. Phil through the 2008-09 season. read more

SUNDAY Extreme Makeover: Home...

SUNDAY

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Pass the tissues. It's another heart-tugging episode filled with amazing people who truly deserve to have their crumbling homes made over. I only needed one Kleenex this week instead of the half a box I used during the last episode with the deaf parents and the blind, autistic son. Regardless, this home-makeover show can pretty much be counted on to bring on the waterworks in my own work-in-progress home on a weekly basis.

Tonight's show featured a recent widow, Jennifer, raising her two children on her own while trying to keep the family farm, which had been handed down for more than a hundred years, afloat. I was composed until Paul started tearing up after meeting Jen's parents. Then Randy Travis came to town and performed a benefit concert that brought in about $60,000 for a scholarship fund for the kids. That's when it was all over for me. Thankfully, about that time read more

SUNDAY Extreme Makeover: Home...

SUNDAY

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Pass the tissues. It's another heart-tugging episode filled with amazing people who truly deserve to have their crumbling homes made over. I only needed one Kleenex this week instead of the half a box I used during the last episode with the deaf parents and the blind, autistic son. Regardless, this home-makeover show can pretty much be counted on to bring on the waterworks in my own work-in-progress home on a weekly basis.

Tonight's show featured a recent widow, Jennifer, raising her two children on her own while trying to keep the family farm, which had been handed down for more than a hundred years, afloat. I was composed until Paul started tearing up after meeting Jen's parents. Then Randy Travis came to town and performed a benefit concert that brought in about $60,000 for a scholarship fund for the kids. That's when it was all over for me. Thankfully, about that time read more

BEING RICH IS TIRING

Law & Order: CI star Vincent D'Onofrio was released from a New York hospital Friday after doctors determined that he was suffering from exhaustion. The actor was admitted last week after experiencing several fainting spells while balancing his checkbook. read more

GROUNDED

In one of the most highly anticipated cancellations since, well, Hawaii bit the dust last month, NBC has rerouted LAX to the scrap heap. It's not clear when the show's final three episodes will air, but all signs point to Never. An ABC rep, meanwhile, denies rumors that LAX star Heather Locklear is in talks to join the cast of Desperate Housewives. "It's not happening," insists the spokesperson. "I don't know where that rumor got started." Hey, don't look at me! OK, look at me, but don't accuse me of spreading that rumor. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Robin Williams is in early talks to reprise his role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the 1993 gender-bending comedy, per The Hollywood Reporter. Life with Bonnie alum Bonnie Hunt is negotiating to write the script. read more

Gay Loser Fires Back!


The Red Team botched this week's weight-loss challenge on The Biggest Loser (Tuesdays, 8 pm/ET on NBC) and they were bitter. Thus, Matt Kamont was declared excess baggage and sent packing. While the spirited, openly gay 25-year-old seemed like the life of the party, his teammates claimed he was self-centered and working on their nerves. Here, the Pennsylvania boy tells TV Guide Online his side of the story — especially what he thinks of his teammates' nasty comments.

TV Guide Online: First off, I loved the Elton John-inspired look donned for the oversize pop-star competition.
Matt Kamont:
It wasn't supposed to be Elton John. I threw together an outfit and then Caroline Rhea said, "You look like Elton John reincarnated." They actually had to stop production for 20 minutes because she was laughing so hard.

TVGO: You seemed fun, but your team said you're annoying. What's up with that?
Matt:
I don't know. I read more

SpongeBob's Unseen Hero


If you haven't heard of SpongeBob SquarePants, you've likely been living under a rock. However, most folks don't know Tom Kenny, the voice behind the cartoon pop-culture phenom. While Kenny's completely absorbed in his character — a walking, talking yellow sea sponge — he's grateful that his normal voice helps keep him anonymous, even as he hits the big screen today in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

"It would be a drag to really be Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock," Kenny says. "I think that would probably make your life fairly irritating. The fact that I don't look like [my] character, hopefully, is a nice level of separation. Because I'm not famous, the character is. It is a comfortable level of fame. I can be Clark Kent when I want to be or I can play the Superman card when I want to be the big man at the kids' birthday party.

"Being SpongeBob seems to be a little more pleasant than being Pauly Shore or Carrot Top read more

STERN SUPPORT

Surrounded by thousands of fans and lipstick-lesbian strippers, Howard Stern held a rally Thursday in Manhattan to promote his switch to Sirius satellite radio and condemn the FCC. The shock jock handed out 20,000 certificates for free Sirius-friendly radios, but there was a catch: Redeemers must sign up for a year of Sirius, which runs about $150. Siriusly. read more

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