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Jude Law has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive... Apprentice runner-up Kwame Jackson has reportedly been offered a gig hosting a new financial show at CNN... ABC is bringing Jennifer Love Hewitt's sports-themed comedy series back to life, ordering six episodes for midseason. The show, which failed to land on the network's fall lineup, stars Hewitt as an on-air sports reporter. read more

AAAAAAH, BUNDY!

As reported in today's "Ask Ausiello," former Married...With Children Bickersons Katey Sagal and Ed O'Neill will reunite on an upcoming episode of ABC's 8 Simple Rules. The latest "AA" also features scoop on The West Wing, The X-Files, Charmed, Tru Calling and Kings Island's legendary Smurf Ride. Talk about an action-packed lineup! read more

THE MYSTERY DEEPENS

Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Vincent D'Onofrio was back in a New York hospital Tuesday after fainting for the second time in a week. Tests did not reveal any health problems, and a rep for the show says "producers are optimistic he'll be released soon." I'm sorry, but this has "Medical Investigation crossover" written all over it. read more

Gilmore Girls Could someone please...

Gilmore Girls
Could someone please give Kelly Bishop an Emmy? The fact that she and the show itself consistently get shafted every year at Emmy time is unbelievable. Her portrayal of Emily Gilmore at least deserves a Best Supporting Actress nomination, if not a win. Kelly gave us her usual brilliance as Emily went on her first date since separating from her hubby. Her final scene — where she went from being adorably happy and then suddenly crying — was poignant. I only wish they'd given us a closer shot of her at the end. Meanwhile, it was nice to see David Sutcliffe back to stir things up.

My proudest achievement when it comes to this show is that I got my mother (Joan) hooked on it a few seasons ago. I told her I just knew she'd love it because of the Kelly Bishop character. She didn't even know the WB existed. Now she refers to the show as "my Gilmore Girls," as in "I'm so excited to see my Gilmore Girls tonight."

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Will Hughley Get Kilborn's Late Job?


D.L. Hughley, one of the Original Kings of Comedy, is looking for a new type of throne. Craig Kilborn's old desk chair at CBS's The Late Late Show is still up for grabs. This week, Hughley has returned for his national callback, following his well-received guest-hosting stint in September. But the comic — who's best known for his ABC-turned-UPN sitcom The Hughleys — isn't sticking to just lighthearted material these days. Hughley recently shot his first dramatic role in an intense, as-yet-untitled prison drama to be released next year. It appears that any way you look at it, it's good to be a king.

TV Guide Online: How badly would you like to make this guest-host gig a permanent position?
D.L. Hughley:
Well, I've always wanted to do late-night, and I'm confident I'll do late-night whether this is the gig or not. No matter what happens, the powers that be are going to decide what they decide for any number of reasons, but read more

TOY TRILOGY

A third Toy Story film is on the drawing board at Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio's decision to revive Woody, Buzz and the gang could further strain relations between Disney and Pixar, which partnered on the first two Toy flicks but are on the verge of a nasty divorce. Disney holds the rights to do Toy sequels. read more

MONDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

A fight broke out at a taping of the Vibe awards Monday in Los Angeles just as Dr. Dre was about to be honored with a lifetime achievement award. One person was stabbed during the melee, which interrupted the ceremony for about five minutes. The fisticuff-free portions of the show are slated to air tonight on UPN. read more

The Amazing Race Preview


Laughter. Route markers. Noisy fights in airports. A snowmobile race across the world's largest glacier. That's right, TV's best reality show is back for another action-packed season! Tonight's premiere of The Amazing Race (9 pm/ET on CBS) finds 11 new daring duos racing from downtown Chicago to Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon, with lots of difficult — but hugely entertaining — challenges along the way. Here, TAR host and published author Phil Keoghan (whose book No Opportunity Wasted is out now) shares his thoughts about the show's eagerly anticipated sixth season.

TV Guide Online: This is the first time Amazing Race has gone to Iceland, right? It's a great location for the premiere.
Phil Keoghan:
Yeah, we always try to do something that captures people's imaginations, and it's a challenge because you've got to outdo yourself every time. But this season has a great start to it.

TVGO: Any other big "firsts" read more

WELL, R U?

The surviving members of TLC are staging a comeback the old fashioned way — they're starring in a reality show. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are teaming with UPN on R U the Girl With T-Boz & Chilli, an eight-episode series in which the duo will try and find a singer to fill the void left by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died two years ago in a car crash. read more

I SPY A GREAT LINEUP

It's official: J.J. Abrams owns Wednesday night. ABC has announced that Abrams' spy-thriller Alias is relocating to Wednesday at 9 pm following his other baby, Lost. The move takes effect Jan. 5 when Alias kicks off its fourth season with a two-hour premiere. Meanwhile, the latest edition of The Bachelorette (starring Jen Schefft) will air Mondays at 9 pm beginning Jan. 10. It'll be sandwiched between Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That? and the new reality series Supernanny. read more

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