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One on One How can UPN possibly...

One on One
How can UPN possibly compete with Fox during American Idol? Can't hurt to bring on Ruben Studdard to guest-star on One on One. They gave him some silly story line with Flex Washington as an excuse to sing his new song, "I'm Sorry 2004." Cute! But why you gotta diss my man Clay, dawg?

Gilmore Girls
This show is always making with the witty pop-culture references. At the mall, Lorelai sees a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels and channels Gollum from The Lord of the Rings: "Me wants the preciousssss!" I feel the same way about Juicy Couture velvet sweatsuits and chocolate ganache torte. Mmm...

During GG, the WB ran a commercial boasting "a full hour of Reba" this Friday. And this is a good thing?!

American Idol
Southern girl Charly Lowry needed to wear a bra under that Barbie prom dress. Was she cold on that stage or what? A mo read more

PURPLE REIGN

Prince is launching a 38-city arena tour — his first in six years — on March 29 in Los Angeles. The 45-year-old artist formerly known as Symbol says he'll perform classics such as "When Doves Cry" and "Little Red Corvette," but warns that they're "going to be played in a newer way." That's code for, "I'm old, folks." read more

Apprentice Reject Mouths Off!

She dissed Carson Daly. Mangled Regis Philbin's moniker. And stabbed her fellow Versacorpers in the back by siding with the enemy. So, it came as no surprise when, on last Thursday's The Apprentice, 36-year-old stockbroker Tammy Lee found herself on the receiving end of a Donald Trump pink slip. Now, in an interview with TV Guide Online, the plucky Asian-American defends her controversial negotiation style, responds to The Donald's boardroom tongue-lashing and answers the question on everyone's mind: What the heck is Omarosa's damage?

TV Guide Online: Why do you think you didn't gel with your teammates?
Tammy Lee:
I'm not afraid to be different and think outside the box. I take huge risks. And I don't think they were comfortable with the fact that I was a fun, zany business person. I'm al read more

BAT SIGNAL

Ken Watanabe, who's currently basking in his first Oscar nomination for The Last Samurai, has joined the cast of Warner Bros.' upcoming Batman film. He'll play villain Ra's Al Ghul to Christian Bale's Dark Knight. read more

SEX SELLS

Nearly 13 million viewers watched Carrie pick Big over that slap-happy Russian on Sex and the City's 45-minute finale Sunday night, roughly double the show's usual audience. Meanwhile, the secret about those so-called alternate endings is out. (Producers shot three different conclusions in order to keep the Big climax under wraps.) Sarah Jessica Parker tells USA Today that all three endings brought Carrie home to the Big Apple. "The second one was that Petrovsky was coming home after me," she says. "And the third one was me coming home to New York alone." A rumored fourth ending revealed Big's name to be Hermie. read more

REMEMBERED

Pug-faced character actor Joe Viterelli, best known for his role as likable henchman Jelly in Analyze This and its sequel, died of complications from heart surgery on Jan. 29. He was 66. read more

EVEL TURN

CSI hottie George Eads has been tapped to play the title role in TNT's upcoming Evel Knievel telepic. The project, which is being produced by Mel Gibson, is based on Steve Mandich's book, Evel Incarnate: The Life and Legend of Evel Knievel. Production gets under way in April. read more

GO RICKI, GO RICKI...

Ricki Lake is all talked out. The actress-turned-yakker's long-running gabfest will not be returning for a 12th season, the New York Post reports. New episodes of Ricki will continue to air through May. read more

THINK OF IRELAND

The custody trial between Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger over their 8-year-old daughter kicked off Monday in Los Angeles — but not without incident. The judge tossed reporters out of the courtroom in order to protect the couple's daughter, Ireland, from the potentially harmful news coverage. read more

BIG FAT FINALE

On last night's anticlimactic conclusion of My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, Randi was successful in getting her family to turn out for her faux wedding to faux fiance Steve. For her troubles, Fox doubled her grand prize to $1 million — $500,000 for her and $500,000 for her humiliated and disgraced clan. Nielsen, meanwhile, estimates that roughly 21 million people tuned in for the finale — besting CBS' typically dominant combo of Raymond and Two and a Half Men. read more

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