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DELAY OF GAME

CBS has pushed back the premiere of Amazing Race 6 from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2. No reason was given for the one-week delay, so what do you say we just blame it on Colin? read more

EXTRA! EXTRA!

All around the world statues are crumbling at the news that Sugar Ray front man Mark McGrath is joining the showbiz newsmagazine Extra as its new co-host. Yeah, you read that correctly. The 36-year-old "Fly" boy will make his debut alongside current talking head Dayna Devon when the syndicated series kicks off its 11th season on Sept. 13. Now, let's all observe a moment of silence in memory of Mark McGrath's music career. read more

HART ATTACK

Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart has been named the new host of American Airlines' in-flight program, CBS Eye on American. Throughout the month of September, Hart will introduce passengers to CBS's new fall programming, including the network's trilogy of terror, dr. vegas, Listen Up! and Center of the Universe. Passengers will then introduce themselves to the little blue bag in the seat flap in front of them. read more

SHOW STOPPERS

VH1 staple Michael Ian Black, comic D.L. Hughley and actress Amy Sedaris will be among the guest hosts filling Craig Kilborn's vacant Late Late Show seat, beginning Sept. 20. I'm happy for them — in a jealous, bitter kinda way. read more

IVANA MY OWN SHOW, TOO

Fox has tapped Donald Trump's ex, Ivana Trump, to host a two-hour reality special titled Ivana Man. According to Variety, the show will feature eight twentysomething bachelors competing for the attention of a successful but lonely fortysomething. They should have just called it Ivana Kill Myself. read more

GOOD GOD

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ sold 4.1 million DVDs during its first full day in stores Tuesday. While the haul is impressive, it's no record breaker. Finding Nemo remains the all-time best-seller with 8 million. read more

LIVIN' LARGE

Tim McGraw's new CD, Live like You Were Dying, sold a staggering 766,000 copies to grab the top spot on Billboard's album chart. It was McGraw's biggest opener to date. read more

ROUND 764

Fox's embattled boxing show The Next Great Champ has another rival to contend with. Independent-film producer Leigh Ann Burton has filed a civil complaint against Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions, claiming they got the idea for Champ from her. The suit comes just days after a judge rejected an attempt by producers of NBC's The Contender to block Champ from airing. Long story short: Fox needs to put this show out of its misery. read more

SHORT CUTS

A judge has refused to reduce Michael Jackson's $3 million bail on child-molestation charges.... NBC's much-hyped CGI comedy Father of the Pride averaged a modest 11 million viewers in its debut Tuesday.... Monica Potter (Along Came a Spider, Patch Adams) has joined the cast of ABC's upcoming Practice spin-off, Boston Legal. She'll play Lori Colson, a junior partner at Crane, Poole & Schmidt. read more

RATINGS PARADISE

Despite North Shore-type reviews, NBC's Hawaii got off to a decent start Wednesday. The much-maligned cop drama won its time slot with 10.4 million viewers. Fox's Renovate My Family also enjoyed a solid debut, attracting 9.5 million viewers and ranking as the night's top draw among adults 18 to 49. Now, let's all observe a moment of silence in memory of quality television. read more

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