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Big Brother 5 Natalie got the...

Big Brother 5
Natalie got the boot and now has to face Will, who's living in seclusion, as all of the jury members will, until the season finale. I don't feel too bad for either of them though after seeing their palatial beachfront pad. However, I am curious as to what's going to transpire when Natalie shows up at Will's door. He's already picked out sleeping quarters for her twin, Adria, that are "cold, dirty, dark and hard." Yikes. Meanwhile, how adorable was Marvin the mortician during his soap-opera walk-on? The gruff guy turned positively giddy upon meeting Y&R stars Melody Thomas Scott (or is she Melody Scott Thomas?), Christian LeBlanc, Michelle Stafford, Victoria Rowell and Kristoff St. John. His turn as a gym attendant was brief but hilarious as he injected his own personality into his two or three lines. And his winning streak continued as he beat Cowboy in a putt-off to win read more

Matt LeBlanc Dishes Joey

Did America love Joey Tribbiani for who he was or just for the company he kept over the past decade? Matt LeBlanc, the star of Joey, will get the answer to that question this fall, when his Friends spin-off attempts to become NBC's next Frasier by staying as popular as the hit that spawned it. Here, the 37-year-old LeBlanc mulls over his future prospects.


TV Guide Online: Is it asking too much for an intellectually challenged fellow like Joey to anchor an entire show?
Matt LeBlanc:
Everybody says something stupid at least once a day. With me, it's probably more than that. So I think people will still be able to identify with him.

TVGO: Does it bother you if fans assume your SAT scores are pretty close to Joey's?
LeBlanc:
When somebody comes up and says, "Hey, Joey!" that's great. That person I've fooled. I know I know how to add and subtract. I do have people come up to me and speak verrrry slowwwwwwly read more

HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE

Serial guest star Aisha Tyler (Friends, Nip/Tuck) has landed multi-episode gigs on CSI and 24 this season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former Talk Soup hostess will play a quirky scientist on CSI and a CTU data analyst on 24. read more

ROSEANNE RETURNS

After failed stints as a talk-show host and a reality-TV star, Roseanne is heading back to the genre that launched her career and turned her into an insufferable egomaniac. The Emmy-winner will appear in a November sweeps episode of CBS's Two and a Half Men as the sister of Charlie Sheen's maid, played by Conchata Ferrell. The sitcom gig, only her second since Roseanne went kaput in 1997 (she also did an episode of The Nanny), reunites the onetime Domestic Goddess with Men creator and ex-Roseanne scribe Chuck Lorre. "I haven't worked with her since 1992, so it's exciting," Lorre tells TV Guide Online. "I learned a lot [on Roseanne]. It was tough, but I learned a lot." Like, for example, it can get rea read more

HATE TAKES A HOLIDAY

MTV is treating Miami to a Saturday-night concert before Sunday's Video Music Awards, but Beenie Man is no longer invited. The Jamaican singer — whose reggae-style songs include homophobic lyrics — was pulled from the concert's talent lineup after gay activists planned to protest. They apparently don't enjoy classic Beenie lines like "Queers must be killed" and "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays." Go figure. read more

SCHOOL OF ROCK

Rocker Tommy Lee is going back to school — and NBC's gonna be by his side every step of the way. According to Variety, the Peacock network has ordered a reality series that will follow the former M&#246tley Cr&#252e drummer as he heads to college. The show promises to capture Lee's entire university experience, including sleeping around, skipping class and, ultimately, getting expelled. read more

BUSTED

Actor Danny Glover was arrested Wednesday in Washington, D.C., during a protest against the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur region. He was charged with disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly and failing to turn down Lethal Weapon 4. read more

Heather Locklear's New Flight Plan

Behold the healing power of Locklear. Dynasty. T.J. Hooker. Melrose Place. Spin City. The woman who puts the heat in Heather has been lending her lucky charms to struggling shows since the days of shoulder pads and shoot-'em-up weddings. Now, the deliciously dishy bombshell is back with a brand-spankin'-new drama, NBC's airport-based LAX, and she's packing a seriously sexy supporting cast. So get ready to assume the upright position.


TV Guide Online: Do you ever work with ugly people?
Heather Locklear:
I know! It's a little crazy. [Laughs]

TVGO: Between you, Blair Underwood, Paul Leyden (ex-Simon, As the World Turns)....
Locklear:
You can get me out of there. But the rest....

TVGO: Are you kidding? Woman, don't you realize you are still hot?!
Locklear:
Well, thank you!

TVGO: Then, of course, there's Blair.
Locklear:
I thought that was such a read more

SHORT CUTS

ABC is developing a sitcom for ex-Hercules star Kevin Sorbo.... John Kerry's appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart drew 1.5 million viewers, a record for a Tuesday. read more

WELCOME TO THE O.C. FILLER

In an attempt to build excitement for The O.C.'s return on Nov. 4, Fox will air two hour-long specials about the show on Sept. 16 and 23, Variety reports. The first special will chronicle the sudser's impact on pop culture and the second one will offer a "day in the life" of the show, including cast interviews and acting tips from you-know-who. read more

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