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HBO has renewed Deadwood for a second season after just two episodes on the air. The Western drama drew a record 5.8 million viewers for its premiere. In its second outing on Sunday, it dropped off to a still-solid 4.9 million viewers. For more on Deadwood, click here! read more

START THE MADNESS

Once and Again's Sela Ward has signed on to star in the CBS telepic Suburban Madness, which chronicles the true story of a Texas woman convicted last year of murdering her philandering husband when she ran over him with her Benz. Ward will play the private eye hired to investigate the cheating hubby. read more

BABY BOOM

Clint Eastwood has chosen Million Dollar Baby as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning drama Mystic River. Eastwood will direct, produce and star in the project, which revolves around a woman (Hilary Swank) in her early 30s who is determined to begin a boxing career. read more

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This show reminds me of the '72 Chevy Impala two-door coupe that I drove in high school. That beast of a car had an engine that could push four tons of All-American steel past 60 mph in less time than it takes to buckle your seatbelt. And just when you thought she was giving you everything, BAM! She'd pop into a phantom gear at about 80 mph and send your stomach into your spine with a hearty growl from her big block V-8. That's 24 in a lugnut. The drama has accelerated smoothly this season and maintained a pretty healthy speed of let's say 75 mph, but this episode put the proverbial pedal to the metal.

The virus is out and Michelle, trapped inside the hotel, lays it on the line with Tony: "I've been exposed; there's nothing anyone can do." Seventy-six...

Back at CTU, Chappelle gives the order, "Shoot to kill. Anyone who attempts to leave. No exceptions" Seventy-seven...

Jack plays cat and mouse with the bad guy hoping to get clo read more

MORE KONG CASTING

Oscar winner Adrien Brody is in talks to play Naomi Watts' love interest in Peter Jackson's King Kong remake. As reported here yesterday, Jack Black has joined the cast as the filmmaker who brings the big ape to New York City from Skull Island. Bad move, buddy. read more

OFFICE PARTY!

The winners of the 63rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today and BBC's acclaimed comedy The Office, HBO's cop drama The Wire, Showtime's gender-bending movie Soldier's Girl and the multilingual kiddie program Dora the Explorer were among the honorees. The awards — which recognize excellence in media — will be presented May 17 in New York. read more

DINNER AND A SHOW

Patrons at Moody's Bistro and Lounge in Truckee, Calif., nearly choked on their ahi tuna when Paul McCartney took to the stage last night for an impromptu performance. Backed by a jazz trio, the former Beatle — who was vacationing in the Lake Tahoe area with wife Heather Mills — sang "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Going to Kansas City." McCartney apparently dined and performed at the bistro last year, too. read more

HOWDY, PARTNER

Fox has ordered 10 episodes of The Partner, an Apprentice-esque reality series in which young lawyers battle it out for a job at a major law firm. Producers are currently on the lookout for a well-known lawyer to play the Donald Trump role of judge. Somewhere, Star Jones is calling her agent. read more

STRAIGHT DOPE

Fox is playing it safe with its new Friday lineup, which is tanking in the ratings. The network is moving Wonderfalls to Thursday nights beginning this week and benching Playing It Straight until summer, when it will likely be relaunched. Translation: It's back to the closet for all those cowboys! read more

RATINGS, SHMATINGS

With 27 million viewers, last Tuesday's performance edition of American Idol ranked as the most-watched show of the week and helped Fox edge out NBC among adults 18-49. CBS came out on top among total viewers, thanks to its strong Monday lineup and a decent performance from its NCAA basketball tourney. Meanwhile, first-year shows Las Vegas, The O.C., The Apprentice and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition posted their best ratings of the season last week. read more

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