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Clear Channel Communications has agreed to shell out $1.75 million to settle indecency complaints against Howard Stern and other radio personalities. It's the largest settlement negotiated by the FCC and a broadcaster. read more


Mel Gibson's distribution company is suing Regal Entertainment Group for more than $40 million, claiming the nation's largest theater chain shortchanged him on revenues from The Passion of the Christ. Regal allegedly agreed to pay Gibson's Icon Distribution 55 percent of the film's receipts, but so far have offered only 34 percent, a box of Sno Caps and unlimited refills on Diet Coke. read more


ABC has ordered 13 episodes of an untitled comedy starring John Stamos, Variety reports. The project initially was to feature a 24-type component, in which the entire first season followed Stamos' character on a first date. That idea has been shuttered and the sitcom will now be, well, ordinary. read more


Despite boasting some serious star power (Renee! Sarah! Nicole! Wolverine!), Sunday's Tony Awards telecast was the least-watched ever. According to Nielsen, only 6.6 million viewers tuned in, down from 7.86 million last year. read more


Matt LeBlanc's upcoming Joey spinoff is down one friend. Ashley Scott (Birds of Prey) — who was set to play Joey's sexy (and married) next-door neighbor in Los Angeles — has been let go and the role will be tweaked and recast. Variety reports that the character will now be single and serve as a potential love interest for Joey. read more


Homer Simpson's signature expression "D'oh!" has topped a British poll of fave TV-comedy catchphrases. The rest of the poll's top 10 all come from UK shows that I've never heard of. read more


WB is moving its upcoming prime-time soap The Mountain out of its planned Thursday at 8 pm timeslot, where it would have gone head-to-head with Fox's newly relocated The O.C. Instead, the show — think One Tree Hill on a ski slope — will air Wednesdays at 9 pm following Smallville. What'll the Frog net air on Thursdays now? Jeff Foxworthy's Blue Collar TV and Drew Carey's Green Screen Show. In other words, absolutely nothing. read more

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy...

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
I haven't written about Queer Eye for a while, since it's been in reruns for ages. Now that it's back with fresh episodes, let's revisit the Fab Five, shall we? Honestly, I have mixed feelings about the series these days. So let the backlash begin!

Carson is still amusing when he makes with the quips. (See our Quote of the Night below.) At the same time, I still haven't forgiven him for ruining Pepperidge Farm Goldfish for me. Have you seen those repulsive commercials where he makes the fish lips, sticks a goldfish cracker on 'em and moves into the camera for his close up? Never has an otherwise tasty snack food appeared so unappetizing. And I've already complained about Thom Felicia stealing what was left of Kirstie Alley's career by replacing her in those irksomely perky Pier One ads, but it bears repeating. Guess you can't blame these guys for moonlighting to earn some easy money. Well, ma read more


A New York judge gave celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito permission to enter his self-titled eatery Tuesday to be photographed for an upcoming cookbook. In February, the restaurant's financial backers sued DiSpirito for mismanaging the joint; they have barred him from entering ever since. Per the judge's order, the embattled cook cannot return to Rocco's until the current legal fight is resolved. read more

Bravo Stud Comes Out... As Straight!

Move over, Rocco. There's a new reality stud on the scene and his name is Jonathan Antin, hubba-hubba hairstylist to the stars. The hottie at the center of Bravo's Blow Out (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET), Antin has only 28 days to open and staff his very own Beverly Hills beauty salon — and that's just in the series premiere! Suffice it to say that things get hairy for our hunky hero, who along with executive producer Ben Silverman, took a breather from hectic schedules to plug their project and dish on the beauty biz.
How did Blow Out come about? Ben Silverman: I wanted to do a show around a character like Jonathan even before The Restaurant [which Silverman also produces] went on the air. I had been having conversations about doing a show in a salon following a straight, single hairdresser as he went about pursuing his dream. And then it took 18 months to find that guy and it was Jonathan. It took probably around six weeks to read more

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