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AMAZING NUMBERS

The return of Big Brother and The Amazing Race helped CBS win Tuesday night in total viewers and key demos. And with more than 10 million viewers, the Emmy-winning Race earned its best ratings since its third-season finale in 2002. read more

Next Action Star Seriously, this...

Next Action Star
Seriously, this one gives my inner casting agent the vapors. We've got screen tests, screaming matches, egos the size of a Joel Silver budget. And for what? A two-hour TV movie deal. Big whoop. Like any of the mansion-dweller dramaramas need to worry about doing The Revenge of 10.5. I say, give the winners a series. Law & Order: Process Servers Unbound. Or maybe a comedy-action hybrid. Third Watch from the Sun. It could work. As for the hopefuls, well, some of them probably won't work. Herewith, my take on our vexed Action Stars:

Sean — The soaps called. They want their broad shoulders and narrow emotional range back, OK?

Melisande — Like Victoria Burroughs said, it's like turning a model into an actress. Or a human. It ain't gonna happen.

Jeanne — Just lovely. But lovely isn't tough.

MaeThis is tough. And s read more

GRIM DISCOVERY

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a triple homicide that took place at ABC newsman Sam Donaldson's New Mexico ranch over the weekend. Cody Posey was charged with killing his father, stepmother and stepsister — all of whom worked at Donaldson's ranch. He discovered the bodies Tuesday night. read more

FROM JUSTIN TO COLLEGE

Justin Guarini has found work — and it's not on The Surreal Life! The American Idol also-ran will star in Vassar College's Beach Boys-themed musical Good Vibrations, which runs from July 29 to Aug. 1, USA Today reports. Guarini had been up for the role of Che in the national touring company of Evita, but rumor has it JoJo from Superstar USA came in and nailed his audition. read more

LEGAL MANEUVER

David E. Kelley has added Mark Valley (Keen Eddie) to the cast of his upcoming Practice spin-off Boston Legal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Valley will star opposite fellow legal eagles James Spader and William Shatner. read more

FAHRENHEIT UPDATE

Sony is near a deal to acquire home-video rights to Michael Moore's hit anti-Dubya doc Fahrenheit 9/11, Variety reports. The film is scheduled for late September, just weeks before the Nov. 2 presidential election. But that's probably just a coincidence. read more

Will Ferrell Bares All


Will Ferrell will do anything for a laugh — and that includes posing nude on the cover of TV Guide magazine (on sale tomorrow). But in his latest film, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the former Saturday Night Live cut-up says he attempted to peel back the emotional layers to reveal the heartache hidden beneath his title character's pompous exterior. Seriously.

"Ron enjoys the mantle of being San Diego's No. 1 news guy," Ferrell says. "But he's a little sad when he gets home, opens that refrigerator door and there are just two beers and an empty Chinese-food carton — and [only] his dog waiting for him. He's slightly pathetic but he doesn't want anyone to know."

If it sounds like Ferrell has a good handle on Burgundy, it's probably because he co-wrote Anchorman with director Adam McKay. "This whole idea kind of came about when I was watching a documentary about news people in the '70s," the read more

GOT A BACKUP?

The Milk Processor Education Program has nixed an upcoming "Got Milk?" campaign featuring the Olsen twins in light of Mary-Kate's highly publicized eating disorder. The New York Post reports that the council scrapped the ads "out of sensitivity for her situation." read more

BRANDO REMEMBERED

Acting legend Marlon Brando, who died last Tuesday of lung failure, was reportedly cremated in a private funeral Monday in Los Angeles. There are no plans for a public memorial service. read more

DENIED!

Steppenwolf front man John Kay turned down Paris Hilton's request to use the rock group's 1968 anthem "Born to Be Wild" on her Fox road romp, The Simple Life. "There are certain things even a rock and roller will not stoop to," Kay told the Toronto Star, "and this is one of them." read more

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