West Wing fans are giving NBC's troubled political drama a second chance. Wednesday's season premiere attracted 18.1 million viewers and improved 32 percent over last May's finale among adults 18-49. ABC's latest Bachelor also got off to a strong start with 12.4 million viewers.
We waited all summer for this. The first episode of the final season, the beginning of the end in 45 glorious minutes. So why are Joey and Rachel wasting so much precious (Precious!) time trying to break their news to Ross? Phoebe dumped Mike's girlfriend for him in a nanosecond, probably because she comprehends that there are only 17 more episodes left. Hopefully the unraveling of Monica's cornrows will not extend into the holidays. Although it could make for a "very special episode..."
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Yo-ho-hum. Drake wins both challenges and takes Morgan's tarp as their reward. And all the while we're led to believe that cry-baby Osten is going to be the next ouster, and then, of course, they vote off Skinny Ryan. Don't get too comfortable, Lil. As a scout, I'm sure you're aware that trapped animals chew off their own limbs.
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Eighties rocker Robert Palmer, whose hits included "Addicted to Love" and "Simply Irresistible," died Friday in Paris of a heart attack. He was 54. Palmer is likely best remembered for his iconic "Addicted to Love" video, which featured a bevy of lookalike models strumming guitars in the background. It became one of MTV's most popular videos of all time. Palmer later teamed with members of Duran Duran to form the "super group" known as Power Station.
Saturday Night Live will kick off its 29th season Oct. 4 with two new cast members, a new opening sequence and a brand new set. According to Variety, actor Kenan Thompson (All That, Felicity) and comic Finesse Mitchell will be coming on board as featured players. Jack Black hosts the season premiere with musical guest John Mayer.
She's the first Survivor: Pearl Islands castoff, so it's unlikely folks will remember the name Nicole Delma a year from now. However, it's hard to forget the evening wear she was sportin' when forced to jump overboard. Not since the Monica Lewinsky scandal has a blue dress made such a splash! Especially since the 25-year-old Californian masseuse admitted to wearing absolutely nothing underneath it.
"I think the blue dress is a bit of a regret," Delma tells TV Guide Online. "Although it is going up on eBay, so maybe not."
It was a surprise to everyone that the Survivors were forced to walk the plank with only the clothes on their backs. But why did Delma opt to go braless that day? "I couldn't get the dress zipped," she admits. "I had gorged myself a couple of days before, because I knew I wasn't going to be eating. So when it came time to put on that size two dress, it just wouldn't zip up [with a bra on].
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Remember that NBC show called Will & Grace? Last season, it was more like Leo & Grace... and Oh Yeah, Will. The show needed a bit of shake up last year, executive producers Jeff Greenstein and Jhoni Marchenko tell TV Guide Online. (We agree. It was getting sort of shrill.) "Getting Grace (Debra Messing) married was a big risk," admits Marchenko, while defending the "conflict and good stories" it generated. And "fans like the effect it's had on Grace," adds Greenstein. "She's more together, less neurotic, more of a woman."
While that heterosexual marriage will survive at least until November sweeps the producers know the show's fans (including us) miss the love that used to scream its name between Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace. "One of the things we'll be doing over the initial dozen episodes is that Will and Grace will find themselves enmeshed in each other's lives a lot more," Greenstein promises
David Schwimmer's company Dark Harbors Prods. is developing a fall 2004 sitcom based on Bruce Cameron's upcoming book How to Remodel a Man. According to Variety, Man will focus on a divorced young man who relies on the women in his life to help him re-examine his relationships.
Turns out, folks in South Bend, Ind., and Salt Lake City will get to see tonight's premiere of NBC's racy new comedy Coupling after all. Last week, the two Peacock affiliates announced their decision not to air the show on the grounds that it pushes the "boundaries of our community's standards." Apparently, viewers there have a no-tolerance policy for sitcoms that suck real bad.) However, NBC has since found alternate stations to air the show until its inevitable cancellation.
September has been a big month for Hollywood parties. Sure, we've had the Emmys, but there's also lotsa glitz and glam accompanying TV's new fall season. And then there's the everyday soirees, where celebs come out at night for photo ops, free booze, gossip and ah, yeah! goodie bags. Just like the stars, Party Boy's a goodie bag glutton, so now, I'll be scoring all the free loot to see which was tastiest. Now, let's go out and get these parties started!
IT'S CRIMINAL: The cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation gathered at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills, Calif., for a screening of Season Four's premiere episode. (It airs tonight at 9 pm/ET on CBS.) "We sped all the way here from our set in Valencia but I probably shouldn't tell that to a room full of criminalists," William Petersen laughed. Indeed, the audience was mostly composed of real-life forensics experts from the California Forensic Science Instit
King of Queens star Kevin James announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Steffiana De La Cruz on Wednesday's Live with Regis and Kelly. The couple have yet to set a wedding date.