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First Ever Reality Awards
MTV's handing out awards only for its own reality shows? Wow. And it's not actually a real awards show with a red carpet, an audience full of celebs, etc. It's just two young emcees I've never seen before, offering up canned banter as they introduce clips of MTV personalities accepting their awards on tape. Bummer. Oh well, at least the clips were silly fun and the categories even sillier. Winners included Carmen Electra for Most Pause Worthy Female, and Katie and Veronica from Real World/Road Rules Inferno for Best Knuckle Up. (They fought topless, then "made up" in their acceptance clip with the now obligatory girl-on-girl kiss. Yawn. That scary Veronica girl oughta be voted most likely to be incarcerated 'cause she's clearly got anger-management issues.) Oh yeah, and Inferno's cussin' Coral was rewarded for her trashy mouth as Best M*F*. But how could Nick Lachey from Newlyweds win read more

RATINGS ROUNDUP

Fox's alleged reality rip-off Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy ranked as last week's No. 2 show among adults 18-49 and posted a 32 percent increase over the previous week. Not to be outdone, UPN and WB saw two of their new series — Amish in the City and Blue Collar TV — get off to strong starts with 5.4 million viewers apiece. Additionally, Blue Collar proved a big draw among adults 18-49 who are too lazy to take their icicle lights down after the holidays are over. read more

LOOK OUT, DUBYA

Al Franken is moving in on Bill O'Reilly's turf. The left-leaning satirist's radio show will begin airing on the Sundance Channel next month. read more

HEATING UP

Michael Moore's polarizing doc, Fahrenheit 9/11, may be disqualified from this year's Oscar race for best documentary because the flick apparently aired on Cuba's state-run television. Academy rules say a feature film can't air on the small screen within nine months of its release. Or star Jennifer Lopez. read more

WHAT TOOK SO LONG?

NBC is turning the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue into a reality show. Contestants in the six-episode Sports Illustrated Fresh Faces Competition will compete for a chance to appear in the magazine and win a modeling contract. (Insert your own Western International University joke here.) read more

JOIN THE CLUB

Spike TV has announced plans for a new reality show set at the Las Vegas dance club ICE. The 10-episode series — which debuts Oct. 12 — will start at 10 pm and go until Tara Reid starts hitting on you. read more

FINALLY...

Just a quick thank you to everyone who wrote in to give me the lowdown on the phenomenon that apparently is Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye. Like Jane, who described the PAX drama as a "really awful show about a hearing-impaired FBI agent who reads lips. It's on PAX, which says it all! Awful, awful, awful!" But Jane, honey: Is it any good? read more

BB5's Non-Jolly Holly

Blonds don't always have more fun. Take Big Brother 5's latest evictee, Holly King, whose platinum hairdo and painfully high-pitched voice inspired loathing in her female housemates (especially Diane). Many of the guys seemed enthralled with her, but Holly's budding romance with cuddle-buddy Jase caused friction among his testosterone-fueled allies. (They suspected she was manipulating his decisions using her feminine wiles.) Here, the bubbly Holly defends the Jase thing and discusses her "blondness" and her future plans.

TV Guide Online: When Julie showed you the twin twist with Adria, you looked stunned. Had you any clue?
Holly:
I was really in shock. But when I watched the show on TV, I remembered things... I should have caught on! Like when they had that whole mole twin conversation and they accused me of being a twin. If I had been part of that [conversation] — and not just gone to bed — I probably could have p read more

SHORT CUTS

Former Daily Show reporter Steve Carell has been tapped to headline Warner Bros.' big-screen version of the classic sitcom Get Smart, Variety reports... ABC has picked up Westside, a prime-time soap set in the cutthroat world of real estate... TNT has landed basic-cable rights to HBO's Emmy-winning From the Earth to the Moon miniseries for $6 million. The entire 12-hour epic will air over one weekend in early October... With $432 million in its coffers, Shrek 2 has passed Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace as the fourth-highest grossing film of all time. read more

BIG DEAL

TV Guide coverboy Dave Chappelle has inked a new deal with Comedy Central to continue hosting Chappelle's Show for two more seasons. According to reports, the pact — which also gives the "Funniest Man on TV" a hefty chunk of the show's booming DVD sales — is said to be worth $50 million. Chappelle's Show is Comedy Central's biggest hit since South Park, averaging 3.1 million viewers an episode. read more

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