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How does Emmy-winning NYPD Blue alum Kim Delaney feel about big, bushy eyebrows? Let's hope she likes 'em because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress is joining the cast of The O.C. as a former flame of Sandy's (aka eyebrow-man Peter Gallagher). She's slated to appear in five episodes. In other casting news, Teri Polo (I'm with Her, Meet the Parents) will guest-star in four episodes of The West Wing, playing Jimmy Smits' potential first lady. read more


CBS has performed an emergency schedulectomy on dr. vegas. Effective this Friday, Rob Lowe's troubled drama will be replaced by random repeats of CSI, Without a Trace and Cold Case. read more



My Election Night beat is Fox News Channel and CNN. I'm admittedly a little cranky about missing my Gilmore Girls, so I'm liable to say just about anything. Pundits on both sides of the aisle, beware!

7:30 pm/ET - CNN: CNN calls its first state — West Virginia for George W. Bush. No surprise here. "We're not there yet," Judy Woodruff (Inside Politics) insists with regard to CNN's projections for other states. Then we get to hear Wolf Blitzer tell us lots about how fabulous, precise and careful CNN is being about all this. It's gonna be a long night, folks. But, of course, I knew that, which is why I'll be holed up in my apartment with salad, chicken curry — and good, old-fashioned Moxie soda pop to keep me peppy!

8:53 pm - FOX News: Democratic "Miss Know It All" Susan Estrich is on Fox News Channel, suggesting that exit poll results mean D read more


ABC's Desperate Housewives scaled new heights Sunday, attracting a best-yet 22.3 million viewers... Comedy Central is developing a weekly sketch show starring SNL grad Norm Macdonald... Lions Gate Films is already planning a sequel to Saw, which grossed a strong $17 million over the weekend... Universal is sneaking Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason into theaters on Nov. 12, a week before its scheduled opening... Quentin Tarentino told Total Film magazine that he's planning to make a kung-fu flick with all the dialogue in Mandarin Chinese and dubbed over in out-of-sync English. I hear there's a part in it for Ashlee Simpson. read more

Marisa Tomei: Second Cousin?

It's been 12 years since Marisa Tomei charmed moviegoers as the sassy, gum-snapping Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny. While she'd played other roles before — including a memorable stint on As the World Turns — this comic turn earned her an Oscar and skyrocketed her onto Hollywood's A list. Any chance Tomei, who'll next appear in Alfie (opening Friday), would reunite with Vinny costar Joe Pesci for a sequel?

"We both want to do it," the 39-year-old Brooklyn native says, "but it is a matter of getting the script, and it is a whole studio thing. We enjoy each other so much and we have so much fun."

However, she doesn't think stepping back into Mona's heels would be a cakewalk. "It would be hard to revisit any character," she muses. "I remember what she feels like and the energy of it, but I don't remember specifics. It is a scary prospect, [but] I think it would be really good."

Of course, Tomei's reached read more


Republicans are accusing MTV of pushing a pro-Democratic agenda with its Rock the Vote campaign. Specifically, they cite a September e-mailing in which 660,000 young people received a mock draft card signed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that read, "You are hereby ordered for induction into the Armed Forces of the United States, and to report to a polling place near you." An MTV rep insists the network is "not biased... in any way, shape or form." read more


The R. Kelly-Jay-Z feud has spilled over into the courts. On Monday, Kelly sued his former tourmate for $75 million, claiming Jay-Z's "spite and jealousy" turned their 40-city "Best of Both Worlds" road show into a "nightmare." The suit alleges that Jay-Z was miffed because Kelly was the higher-paid performer, prompting deliberate lighting flubs, violence against Kelly and a no-hug policy backstage. read more


Cabler FX has ordered a pilot from überproducer Steven Bochco that is set on the front lines of the conflict in Iraq, per The Hollywood Reporter. The project, titled Over There, is described as an ensemble drama that explores the lives of Army soldiers in combat as well as the families they left behind. read more

Apprentice History Is Made!

It was almost criminal: On Thursday's The Apprentice, after overseeing an NYPD recruitment campaign that all but resulted in police-force walkouts, 31-year-old Elizabeth made history by becoming history without even the benefit of a final round in the boardroom! But she wears her infamous exit as a badge of honor, and TV Guide Online finds out why.
TV Guide Online: OK, just how stunned were you when Donald Trump fired you without the final boardroom finger-point-athon?
It was a shocker. But I made history, and that's how I like to do things! (Laughs) I gotta go big!

TVGO: My wife has been in the ad biz for 15 years, and she says the NYPD recruitment ad you came up with was frightening. Like, Stacie J. frightening.
Yes. It was bad. (Laughs) That's why I didn't want to put my name on it from the beginning. When I delegated the creative to Raj and Chris and Jen, I said, "Com read more


Stand-up comic Brian Regan, a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Late Show with David Letterman, is developing an untitled sitcom project at NBC, per The Hollywood Reporter. Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, who recently inked a sitcom deal with the WB, is producing. If both of these projects get picked up, it's safe to say Lawrence will have less time to focus on Scrubs. And that would make me very, very angry. read more

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