Today's News: Our Take


BRANDON'S ENGAGED!

Former Beverly Hills, 90210 pinup Jason Priestley has gotten engaged to longtime girlfriend Kelly Taylor, er, Naomi Lowde. No wedding date has been set, but a Peach Pit After Dark insider confirms that the couple recently booked the happenin' joint for one evening next May. read more

MOM'S THE WORD

Cosby Show matriarch Clair Huxtable has been named TV's best mom in a new Mother's Day-themed poll sponsored by Splenda artificial sweetener. Mrs. Cunningham from Happy Days ranked second, followed by Marge Simpson. Somewhere, a hurt Roseanne Barr is acting out. read more

DIVORCE COURT

Citing irreconcilable differences, Keenan Ivory Wayans has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Daphne, Entertainment Tonight reports. The couple have five children ranging in age from 10 months to 11 years old. read more

DON'T MESS WITH PATRIC

Texas authorities have dropped charges against Jason Patric following his arrest in March. But the 37-year-old Alamo actor — who was charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication — still has a beef with the Lone Star state. According to his rep, "Mr. Patric is now consulting with legal counsel to consider his next step regarding his arrest, imprisonment and treatment at the hands of the Austin Police Department." read more

SACKED

ESPN's Michele Tafoya has been tapped to replace Lisa Guerrero as Monday Night Football's sideline reporter this fall. MNF producer Fred Gaudelli says Guerrero, who lasted just one season, was simply out of her league. "In the end, the talent and role weren't as compatible." But she sure is perty! read more

MORE MACKEY

FX has renewed The Shield for a fourth season. The third season — easily the show's best yet — concludes June 15. read more

SLIPPERY SLOPE

CBS News says it sat on the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal for two weeks at the request of Gen. Richard B. Myers, who personally phoned Dan Rather asking for more time. Myers cited the safety of American hostages and tensions in Fallujah. "News is a delicate thing," Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes II, tells The Associated Press. "It's hard to just make those kinds of decisions. It's not natural for us; the natural thing is to put it on the air. But the circumstances were quite unusual and I think you have to consider that." read more

AILING

CNBC financial anchor Louis Rukeyser, who has been out on medical leave since October, is battling cancer. Docs have advised the money guru not to go back to work for several more months. In a statement, Rukeyser thanked "all of you for your kind thoughts, and as Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously declared as he left the Philippine Islands during World War II, 'I shall return.'" read more

ROSIE TAKES THE BUS

Rosie O'Donnell is jump-starting her acting career with a lead role in the CBS original movie Riding the Bus with My Sister. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the activist-entertainer will play a mentally challenged woman who spends her days riding city buses. The story is based on the 2002 book by Rachel Simon. read more

EXEC SHUFFLE

NBC has tapped its development guru, Kevin Reilly, to succeed Jeff Zucker as the network's entertainment president. Reilly will continue to report to Zucker, who was recently promoted to oversee NBC news and entertainment. I hope that means we'll get more synergy between the two divisions, because by golly, there's just not enough of it. read more

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