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WHO'S HE VOTING FOR?

Sundance Channel will air a special election-night edition of The Al Franken Show on Nov. 2 at 11:30 pm/ET. Franken will be broadcasting live from Kerry's campaign headquarters in Boston. read more

Joey NBC obviously thought Fox...

Joey
NBC obviously thought Fox would still be airing the World Series, so they scheduled a repeat of the pilot. Not a smart move. The O.C. returns to Fox next week, so airing a new Joey tonight would've been more useful, don't you think?

Will & Grace
Speaking of repeats, NBC aired a repeat of one of last season's best episodes — the one with Mira Sorvino, perhaps Debra Messing's funniest episode ever. I would've watched the entire thing again if I didn't have so many other things to watch. Thank God for TiVo! Looking forward to Kristin Davis on next week's (new) episode.

Survivor: Vanuatu
What is with this edition? They just keep voting off the best-looking dudes early. Mechanical-bull operator John K., the very last of the "pretty boys," was voted off. Whatever. I was hoping one of the multiple "white chicks with brown hair" would go. Am I the only one who read more

MONEY TROUBLE

CNN is shuttering its struggling financial offshoot CNNfn in December after nine years of minuscule ratings. It's also planning to revamp its Headline News spin-off to include more original programming in prime time. read more

NIELSEN HOME RUN

Fox's cursed fall season is over! Boston's historic four-game sweep of the Cards averaged 25.4 million viewers, making it the most watched World Series since 1995. Even better: Now The O.C. can finally start! read more

BANNED

Wal-Mart is refusing to sell George Carlin's best-selling new book, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, in its stores because the company feels it "would not appeal to a majority of our customers." OK, I'll bite: When will Jesus bring the pork chops? read more

MEA CULPA

Elton John says he's sorry for saying Madonna should be shot for "lip-syncing" on stage — an accusation Madge's rep vehemently denied. "I don't want to escalate it because I like Madonna," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "She's been to my house for dinner. It was something that was said in the heat of the moment, and probably should not have been said... It was my fault. I instigated the whole thing. But it applies to all those bloody teenage singers." In other words, Ashlee Simpson should be shot. read more

Jerry Maguire Star's Ray of Light


From Jerry Maguire to Daddy Day Care, Regina King has played the eternally patient wife/mother role a heck of a lot. But in her latest film, Ray, the 33-year-old actress finally gets the chance to take a walk on the wild side.

King plays Margie Hendricks, a backup singer for Ray Charles (played by Jamie Foxx) who also happened to be Charles' longtime mistress. Jealous, catty and conniving, Margie is light-years away from the parts King normally plays. "When I auditioned, they thought I was reading for Della [Charles' wife]. And I'm like, 'Do I have to read for Della?' They said, 'No, who do you want to read?' and I told them, 'Margie, of course!'"

"Don't get me wrong," King says. "I would not change my r&#233sum&#233 for anything. But to have the opportunity not to play the wife was terrific. Every day I was looking forward to going to work just to be the bad girl."

King will cont read more

PRECIOUS MINUTES

60 Minutes is about to make up for its botched report on Dubya's military record. Turns out Lesley Stahl was on the set of Saturday Night Live last weekend when Ashlee Simpson's "acid reflux" kicked in. Not only did she catch the lip-syncin' teenybopper's embarrassing exit on tape, but she also recorded reaction from exec producer Lorne Michaels and other shocked staffers. All the juicy footage airs this Sunday. Can't wait! read more

NIELSEN HOME RUN

Fox's cursed fall season is over! Boston's historic four-game sweep of the Cards averaged 25.4 million viewers, making it the most watched World Series since 1995. Even better: Now The O.C. can finally start! read more

Lost Girl Found Out!


Maggie Grace may be the officially designated hot chick on ABC's Lost (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET), but her character, Shannon, is also the scripted-Survivor series' most obnoxious. So if we were her, we'd be worried about hungry plane-crash near-casualties starting to look at the vain vixen as a piece of meat in the literal sense.

"Like the Donner Party? Let's hope it doesn't come to that!" the actress says, laughing nervously at TV Guide Online's suggestion. "The producers are definitely pushing some limits, but between you and me, I don't think ABC's standards and practices department would allow cannibalism."

Assuming that Shannon doesn't end up being turned into bratwurst, she still seems likely to become a, ahem, tasty morsel for the island's menfolk. In particular, she has caught the eye of rocker Charlie. Despite the fact that this legend in his own mind is played by Lord of the Rings hobbit Dominic Monaghan, Grace predicts th read more

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