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Jessica Simpson and Patti LaBelle have signed on to headline the seventh annual VH1 Divas special, airing live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel on April 18. read more


On last night's anticlimactic conclusion of My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, Randi was successful in getting her family to turn out for her faux wedding to faux fiance Steve. For her troubles, Fox doubled her grand prize to $1 million — $500,000 for her and $500,000 for her humiliated and disgraced clan. Nielsen, meanwhile, estimates that roughly 21 million people tuned in for the finale — besting CBS' typically dominant combo of Raymond and Two and a Half Men. read more


More Boobygate fallout, folks: Janet Jackson has backed out of her starring role in ABC's upcoming biopic about Lena Horne after she says Horne effectively disinvited her from the project. According to Variety, Horne — incensed by Jackson's Super Bowl peep show — asked ABC to drop the "Nasty" girl. Although the network refused, Jackson decided to pull out anyway. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago) also quit in solidarity with the singer-actress-stripper — leaving the movie in limbo. And there's apparently no truth to the rumor that Janet's brother Michael may step into the title role. read more


The custody trial between Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger over their 8-year-old daughter kicked off Monday in Los Angeles — but not without incident. The judge tossed reporters out of the courtroom in order to protect the couple's daughter, Ireland, from the potentially harmful news coverage. read more

The Littlest GroomI was ready...

The Littlest Groom I was ready to hate this reality show (see My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance below) but I have to say that this was the best one of the bunch so far (which ain't saying much, kids). After I got over my initial shock and dismay at the show's premise — women of short and average heights vie for the affections of 4-foot-5 Glen, who has the option of proposing to the woman of his choice at the end of the two-episode run — I found myself oddly compelled to find out whom he chose. It might have something to do with the fact that the little people on this show have been the most interesting reality-show subjects yet, probably because overcoming the social and physical difficulties their short stature has caused in their lives has taught them the value of a good heart over good looks. Glen is the most personable TV bachelor I've seen, not only sharing a hot tub and swapping smooches with his female admirers but also revealing his softer sid read more


Filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen is teaming up with reality guru Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor) on a remake of 1972 disaster film The Poseidon Adventure. read more

Question: I love Adrian ...

Question: I love Adrian Pasdar on Judging Amy. I am surprised there has not been more publicity touting the fact that he is on there since he is married to Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. I remember him having is own series that I liked a lot, but can't remember the name of it. Can you help? It's one of those things that is driving me crazy!

Televisionary: I sure hope so. You must be thinking of either Mysterious Ways or the short-lived but well-regarded Profit, which I wrote about a few years back.

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Just in case this whole sitcom thing doesn't work out, Whoopi Goldberg is readying a Plan B — author. The Oscar winner has inked a deal with Hyperion to pen a series of children's books, the first of which is due out next year. read more

Question: At the end of the ...

Question: At the end of the series finale of Ed, someone was singing "My Little Corner of the World." Can you tell me who the artist was? — L.B., Springfield, Mass.

Televisionary: That I can. It was Yo La Tengo and you can find it on their CD I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (Matador).

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Question: Is it true that Tom ...

Question: Is it true that Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are going to make a second Band of Brothers series? Thanks. — Ryan S., Ijamsville, Md.

Televisionary: That they are, Ryan. However, the 10-part miniseries, which will also be on HBO, won't share the Band title and will not be based on a book.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone is teaming with Spielberg's DreamWorks for the original creation, which will focus on the fight against Japan during World War II. It will be headed up by writer Bruce McKenna, who won a Writers Guild Award for the Band episode he penned.

Also keep your eyes peeled for another Playtone-HBO project, the 13-part John Adams, which will be based on David McCullough's best-selling book.

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