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60 Minutes II I gotta tell you,...

60 Minutes II
I gotta tell you, newsmagazines creep me out. Either they're all about terrorism or kids on drugs or, like tonight, serial killers. I swear, Dan Rather's piece on Seattle's Green River Killer had me double-checking my front door. Sure, there are evil people out there... I saw From Justin to Kelly. That doesn't mean I like watching them confess to killing because they "wanted to." I thought 8 pm was supposed to be the family hour. Then again, for a second, I also thought that Rather had morphed into John Forsythe from his Dynasty days. Blue hair, Dan? Really.

Star Trek: Enterprise
Yowsa. Looks like someone finally realized that a great-looking cast means nada unless you get 'em nekkid now and then. Tripp and T'pol's Vulcan neuro-pressure fondlings finally gave way to some serious down and dirty, but even better than that was her morning-after confession that she used him to see what hu read more

RAYMOND UPDATE

There's still no word whether Everybody Loves Raymond will return for a ninth and final season next fall, but there's reason to be hopeful. According to reports, series creator Phil Rosenthal and star Ray Romano are holding brainstorming meetings to determine at what price they can be bought, er, I mean whether's there's enough creative juice left in the show to go another year. read more

SPEAKING OF NIELSEN...

Thanks to a visit from Dr. Phil and injured snowboarder Tara Dakides, David Letterman's Late Show scored a rare victory over The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday. Leno is still expected to win the week, which just baffles me. Meanwhile, more than 14 million people helped Oprah Winfrey celebrate her 50th birthday on Jan. 29, making it the most-watched Oprah episode in more than a decade. By the way, if you missed Saturday Night Live's spoof of "Oprah's Favorite Things — the Birthday Edition" this weekend, find someone who has it on tape. I laughed so hard that Diet Raspberry Snapple shot out, well... you know the drill. read more

FOOD FIGHT

Intrusive flies are suddenly the least of Rocco DiSpirito's problems. The celeb chef and star of NBC's The Restaurant is being sued by a group of investors who financed his famous Italian eatery. They claim he mismanaged the joint and lost in excess of $600,000. Viewers can see for themselves when The Restaurant kicks off its second season this summer. read more

BLUE FLU

Is Reba McEntire pulling a Brad Garrett? That's the buzz on the set of her WB sitcom Reba, where the country star has gone AWOL on at least two occasions in recent weeks due to a suspicious "family emergency." Word is McEntire is unhappy with her current salary. read more

COWABUNGA, DUDE!

Bart, Lisa and Maggie are about to experience a long-overdue growth spurt. Yes, The Simpsons is finally heading to the big screen. Execs at 20th Century Fox confirm that series creator Matt Groening is in the "very early stages" of developing a feature film based on Fox's animated phenom. Simpsons scribe Mike Reiss spilled the beans in an interview with DVDFanatic.com. He said the studio "wanted to do this since Season 2. Finally Fox said, 'Let's just do it!' We never had the greatest idea that was compelling, but Fox said, 'Maybe if we start paying you, you'll get inspired.' And, sure enough, it worked!" read more

O.C. Exec Defends Oliver

On tonight's episode of The O.C., the clichéd plot device commonly known as Oliver Trask makes a dramatic exit from the hit soap — and not a moment too soon. Fox's first-year dramedy flirted with some serious jump-the-shark territory with its introduction of the cookie-cutter villain, whose only purpose in life was to throw a kink in Marissa and Ryan's blossoming romance. It was a glaring misstep for a show that seems to pride itself on being the thinking person's 90210. To commemorate Oliver's hotly anticipated swan song, we rang up series creator (and recent Writers Guild of America Award nominee) Josh Schwartz to find out what the heck he was thinking.

TV Guide Online: Dude, what were you thinking? Love the show. Hate Oliver. The guy's a cartoon.
Josh Schwartz:
That's fair. But I make the argument that his actions are coming from a place of lone read more

MAC'S BACK

Macaulay Culkin has been cast in NBC's Conan O'Brien-produced comedy pilot Foster Hall. The potential series revolves around a brother and sister reunited as adults after being shuffled to various foster homes during their youth. read more

GAY FOR PAY

That long-rumored gay cable channel is back on the drawing board at MTV Networks. The company is once again talking to top cable operators about launching Outlet, a 24-hour network geared toward gays, lesbians and at least one of last night's American Idol semifinalists. read more

Nick Scotti at Night


A glance at Nick Scotti's resumé quickly reveals that he's done it all: He's sung with Madonna (on his debut CD), he's messed around with Kim Cattrall (on Sex and the City), he's been a soap hunk (on The Young and the Restless) and a matinee idol (in the gay farce Kiss Me, Guido). So, really, what was left for him to do but share his accrued wisdom in his own Style Network series, New York Nick (Fridays at 10:30 pm/ET)?

"It's like a three-in-one show," he tells TV Guide Online, summing up the appeal of his goofily engaging half-hour show. "It's part how-to, part reality and part comedy. Originally, it was supposed to be just cooking. Then it kind of mutated — we said, 'You know what? Let's extend these tips to all aspects of life.'"

Why not? We're unlikely to try out any of read more

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