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Question: What ever happened to the younger Pinciotti daughter, Tina, on That '70s Show? In one episode Donna had to baby-sit her, and then we never heard about her again. — Nicole, Hartford, Conn.

Televisionary: Ah, but we did, Nicole. After appearing in the 1998 episode "Eric's Burger Job" (her only appearance), she was mentioned by the announcer during the credits sequence of the 1999 episode "Vanstock." Not that it told us anything; it was more of a joke. Basically, Tina went the way of Chuck Cunningham and other disappeared characters. The writers didn't want to deal with them, so they were wished into the cornfield.

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Survivor's Rupert: "My Money's Spent!"


In May, Rupert Boneham won America's Tribal Council on Survivor: All-Stars, proving once and for all he's the game show's most popular alum. Since then, the tie-dyed pirate has used his $1 million windfall to fund his charity, Rupert's Kids, which he works on when he's not busy hunting for acting gigs. Here, the jolliest bearded man since Santa Claus sits down with TV Guide Online to catch up.

TV Guide Online: So how'd you spend your summer vacation?
Rupert:
My summer — ever since the show I like to call Who Wants to Make Rupert a Millionaire? — was insanely whirlwindy and wonderful. At 40 years old, it is hard to learn new skills, but I love running around the country being me. I couldn't ask for a better career.

TVGO: We've seen tie-dyed T-shirts with your face on them.
Rupert:
I have my own line of clothing on Rupertb.com. Right now, I have tank tops and T-shirts. We're talking about getting different stuff & read more

Late Late Show Hires Temp


The years have been good to Michael Ian Black. By just happily existing during the '70s, '80s and '90s, the actor/comedian did enough research to provide VH1's popular I Love The... specials with some of its funniest observations and spot-on comments. But since VH1 has momentarily run out of decades, the former bowling-alley manager on NBC's Ed is keeping busy with a pilot for Comedy Central (with two of his comic cohorts from The State). Tonight and tomorrow night, he'll also be sitting in The Late Late Show's guest-host chair.

TV Guide Online: Have you ever done any interviewing or guest-hosting stuff?
Michael Ian Black:
I did. When Stuck on You came out, I interviewed Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Cher and the Farrelly brothers for a special on Comedy Central. And I learned that, in person, Matt Damon is actually gorgeous. Incidentally, so is Cher. The woman is stunning, to the point where, I read more

YOU DO THE MATH

CBS News, still under fire for Rathergate, has decided to scrap a 60 Minutes report on the Iraq war because execs felt it would be "inappropriate" to air so close to the presidential election. [Enter your own Showtime joke here.] read more

Big Brother 5's Drew Wins


In last week's Big Brother 5 finale, Drew Daniel's prospects looked iffy. The four-time Head of Household winner evicted his own girlfriend, Diane, and went to the final two with his original alliance mate, Michael (aka Cowboy). But somehow, the recent college grad survived 82 days of isolation from the outside world and beat out 13 other players for the $500,000 prize. In a tight 4-3 vote, the jury (made up of seven ex-housemates) tapped Drew to take home the cash. Here, the 22-year-old cutie tells TV Guide Online about his big win, the Diane debacle and his very own twin twist.

TV Guide Online: Were you confident of victory?
Drew:
To be honest, I thought for sure that Cowboy had it. I told Cowboy, "Hey man, congratulations. You won this thing and I'm so happy for you." When there were two votes for Cowboy, I was thinking, "It's going to be a 7-0 vote and I'm not going to get a single vote." Then I started getting some votes! But b read more

LATE-NIGHT BOMBSHELL

There's been a major shake-up in late-night, folks. Conan O'Brien, who's been hosting NBC's Late Night since '93, has inked a new deal with the network that calls for him to replace Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show in five years. "In 2009, I'll be 59 years old and will have had this dream job for 17 years," says Leno. "When I signed my new contract, I felt that the timing was right to plan for my successor and there is no one more qualified than Conan." Appropriately enough, the bombshell comes the same day the Tonight Show celebrates its 50th anniversary on the air. In other succession news, NBC is expected to announce that Kate Couric's 13-year-old daughter, Ellie, will replace her mama on the Today show in 2031. read more

DANCES WITH DOMESTICITY

Kevin Costner married girlfriend Christine Baumgartner Saturday at his ranch in Aspen, Colo. This is the second marriage for Costner, 49, and the first for Baumgartner, 30. read more

RATINGS HIKE

Will the sight of Anakin Skywalker morphing into Darth Vader be too intense for the kiddies? According to George Lucas, yes. The Star Wars mastermind is predicting that Revenge of the Sith, due out May 19, will get slapped with a PG-13 rating. All of the previous Star Wars films have been rated PG. "This is the darkest of them all," Lucas tells USA Today. "I don't think it's going to be rated like the other ones. It's just more emotionally intense." But will it be any good? Please, let this one be good. read more

UNFORGETTABLE OPENING

Moviegoers had no trouble remembering The Forgotten over the weekend. Thanks to a kick-ass trailer, the Julianne Moore missing-persons thriller topped the box office with $22 million. Among other newcomers, the Katie Holmes-Marc Blucas romantic comedy First Daughter inherited a measly $4 million, tying for fourth place with Resident Evil: Apocalypse. And the low-budget zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead came alive with $3.3 million on only 607 screens. Finally, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow encountered rough air in its second week, plummeting to second place with $6.7 million. read more

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Martha Stewart, who begins her five-month prison term on Oct. 8, has been designated federal inmate No. 55170-054. Interestingly, if you add up all those numbers, multiply it by 3 and then subtract 18, you get Stewart's age — 63. Talk about spooky. read more

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