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The Real World is homeless. Three weeks before the show's 15th season was was set to begin taping in Philadelphia, producers are pulling out of the City of Brotherly Love after they angered local labor unions by hiring non-union labor to renovate the cast's crib. There's no word on The Real World's new locale, so Delaware, this could be your big break! read more

Survivor: All-Stars Lex, there...

Survivor: All-Stars
Lex, there is a special place in hell for you. That is all I have to say, you tattooed, pierced Iago-wannabe freak. Selling out Ethan just so you can prey on Jerri at a later date? And you have the nerve to tell him that it shouldn't affect your friendship! This guy deserves to stay on the island... forever. Oh, and Jerri, don't go gloating too much about outlasting Colby, hon. All that means is that we get to hate you just a little longer. And don't get me started on the awful irony of Mr. Zohn getting the boot after Jerri's botched bow-and-arrow immunity challenge. He's had a bull's eye on his back for weeks. Which is a position I am sure that Playboy-spread hussy Miss Manthey knows something about.

American Idol
An hourlong results episode. Hmmm. Stretching it much, Fox? Seriously, after last night's way-too-long performances, you could have done us a favor, aired this like a lotte read more

R. KELLY BEATS RAP

Florida prosecutors have dropped all child-pornography charges against R. Kelly. The singer's legal victory comes after a judge's ruling last week that digital photos were taken from his Miami home by illegal seizure and were inadmissible as trial evidence. The photos in question reportedly depicted R. Kelly engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. He's still fighting similar charges in Illinois. read more

JACK'S BIG DEBUT

You've seen the sitcom, now get ready for the album. This fall, NBC will release Will & Grace: Who's Your Daddy? — a CD featuring songs from (and inspired by) the show. Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes will lend their voices to the disc, which will also include musical cameos by W&G guests Elton John, Cher, Barry Manilow and Kevin Bacon. read more

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"She's disappointed over feeling like her life was wasted. Everything she did is ignored... over something trivial, that maybe didn't happen." — Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis, discussing her mom's reaction to being convicted in an exclusive interview on tonight's Larry King Live. read more

JACK'S BIG DEBUT

You've seen the sitcom, now get ready for the album. This fall, NBC will release Will & Grace: Who's Your Daddy? — a CD featuring songs from (and inspired by) the show. Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes will lend their voices to the disc, which will also include musical cameos by W&G guests Elton John, Cher, Barry Manilow and Kevin Bacon. read more

MORALE CRASHER

As if our troops in Iraq didn't have enough to contend with, Paramount is sending a big bomb their way: Ashley Judd's new thriller, Twisted. A theater previously owned by Saddam Hussein is about to reopen for the military stationed there and the studio says that the Army Air Force Exchange Service chose Twisted as their opening-night feature. In related news, rumor has it the Bush administration is about to announce that it has found a WMD inside Saddam's old film projector. read more

Liv and Ben Reunited!


Off-screen, Lord of the Rings' elfin enchantress, Liv Tyler, is deliriously happy with her hubby of nearly a year, Spacehog front man Royston Langdon. But in her reel life, her heart belongs to Armageddon leading man Ben Affleck, whom she reunites with in Kevin Smith's romantic comedy Jersey Girl (opening March 26).

"Out of all the actors I've ever worked with, I feel particularly comfortable with Ben," Tyler tells TV Guide Online. "We have some sort of special chemistry. I don't even know what chemistry means or where it comes from, but it feels very natural for us to be back together."

Affleck sums up their professional relationship in a slightly different way: "I was talking to Liv and she was like, 'It's weird, but I think we do have good chemistry together'," he recalls. "I think what she wanted to say was that it's weird to have good chemistry with someone that you are not read more

Survivor's Colby Crushed

Colby Donaldson thought his leadership ability and winning smile could score him victory on Survivor: All-Stars. He also thought he'd persuaded the Mogo Mogo tribe to eject his Australian Outback nemesis, Jerri. The 29-year-old Texan thought wrong. The conniving witch from The Surreal Life successfully schemed with Lex to eject Colby instead! Oh, well. At least he's got that ad campaign for Schick razors to console him. Here, Donaldson talks to TV Guide Online about his ouster, that inflated ego and his efforts to break into acting.

TVGO: Were you surprised that Lex turned on you?
Colby Donaldson:
I knew I was going to be a target. I just didn't realize that I was going to be executed so quickly. I didn't see it coming — the logic didn't make sense to me to start eliminating the strength of a tribe so soon. A lot of people think that Lex made a great move by getting rid of me, and indeed, he did dupe me.

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BEWITCHED

Here's further proof that Boston Public has been expelled: The drama's hottest teach, Jeri Ryan, is in final talks to star opposite Kim Delaney in the pilot for Sudbury, a CBS drama that revolves around two sisters who also happen to be witches. In other casting news, Carmine Giovinazzo — whose previous claim to shame was a starring role in UPN's short-lived stinker Shasta McNasty — has joined the cast of CSI: New York. read more

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