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Just days after he was pelted with a lollipop during a performance in Norway, David Bowie was forced to cut short a concert in Prague Wednesday after complaining of nerve problems in his shoulder. read more

Doug Wilson Trades Up

Although interior designer Doug Wilson is the bad guy of Trading Spaces, he'll don a white hat for his role as host (and de facto grief counselor) of Movin' Up, an in-the-works TLC series in which families revisit their old homes after new owners have redecorated. Is the notoriously touchy character really prepared to get touchy-feely? "I've been in the industry for years, so I've been holding [clients'] hands forever!" he tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "Trading Spaces was really the only forum where I didn't have to hold hands!

"I'm looking forward to being a host," he adds. "I worked hard for four years [on TLC's flagship program], so it's nice to get the pat on the back and the chance to move on, move up and do other things."

That said, when pressed, Wilson admits that not everything he'll be doing in his new capacity will be all that... well, new. "I'm not going to try and stir the pot too m read more


Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond will perform together for the first time in 23 years at a gala fund-raiser tonight in Los Angeles for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. They'll sing their 1978 hit duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." Isn't that what assistants are for? read more


Fahrenheit 9/11 is off to a record-breaking start. Michael Moore's anti-Dubya doc sold nearly $80,000 worth of tickets at two New York theaters Wednesday, setting house records at both. The film goes into wide release Friday. read more


Jessica Simpson scrapped a second concert Wednesday in New Hampshire due to a kidney infection. She's expected to resume her tour Friday in Detroit. Meanwhile, Simpson has now sworn off kidney pie, too. read more


FX's plastic-surgery soap Nip/Tuck kicked off its second season Tuesday with 3.8 million viewers, its most-watched episode ever. TBS's Outback Jack, meanwhile, got off to a decent start with 2.1 million viewers. read more


Brooke Shields is developing her own talk show, Television Week reports... SoapNet — which for some unknown reason still hasn't acquired Santa Barbara — has snagged the rights to the short-lived '80s sudser Paper Dolls, starring Morgan Fairchild. All 13 episodes will begin airing July 17. read more


Mark Burnett's rock riff on American Idol has found a home at CBS. The Eye network has won a bidding war for Rock Star, a reality show in which aspiring rockers compete to become the new lead singer of INXS. The show debuts in summer 2005. read more


It looks like NBC was as dismayed by last season's subpar Will & Grace as any fan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Peacock has tapped veteran comedy writers Alex Herschlag and David Flebotte to serve as the sitcom's new showrunners. Friends grad Greg Malins is also coming on board as a co-executive producer. read more


Access Hollywood exec producer Rob Silverstein is reportedly heading to New York next week in search of a suitable replacement for correspondent Billy Bush, who is headed to L.A. to share hosting duties with Nancy O'Dell. Rumor has it yours truly was a top contender until I called O'Dell scary in my Pat O'Brien item last week. I meant scary in a good way. Like, "She's so damn good it's scary." Wasn't that obvious? read more

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