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A GOOD MATCH?

Undeterred by her Miss Match misfire, Alicia Silverstone has signed a one-year talent deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop a new comedy or drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

THE LADY IS WILLING

Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow (that's Apple's mama!) will channel screen legend Marlene Dietrich in an upcoming big-screen biopic produced by DreamWorks, Variety reports. The film will be based on Maria Riva's memoir, Marlene Dietrich by Her Daughter. read more

NEW BLOOD

Can a shot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer bring Fox's deadly-dull Tru Calling to life next season? Well, it certainly couldn't hurt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, longtime Slayer scribe Jane Espenson is joining the show as a co-executive producer. read more

CATWOMAN FIGHTS BACK

Halle Berry has filed a restraining order against a 35-year-old Louisiana man who is allegedly stalking her, Celebrity Justice reports. In court papers, Berry claims Greg Broussard "has imagined a relationship with me wherein he and I are engaged to be married." While she's at it, she may wanna file a restraining order against my brother David, too. And my older brother, Pete. And three of my co-workers... read more

ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD

An estimated 31.4 million people watched gospel-tinged soul diva Fantasia "Bo-Bo" Barrino edge out perpetually perky Diana DeGarmo on American Idol's grand finale Wednesday night. That's down slighly from last year's Clay-Ruben matchup. The 19-year-old single mom from High Point, N.C., collapsed in DeGarmo's arms the moment Ryan Seacrest called out her name. "I always said I've been through some things, but I've worked hard to get where I'm at," she sobbed to the "star-studded" audience that included Fonzie, Nicole Richie and Paula Abdul's breasts. Fantasia follows in the footsteps of previous Idol title-holders read more

I know. It's all a big hype thing,...

I know. It's all a big hype thing, but the Idol finale is just too big to handle alone. I mean, come on, it's Fantasia vs. Diana and the sisters are totally doing it for themselves. Thankfully, my devoted and adorable young intern Lauren Trucksess has happily agreed to help out with the pre-show, so I can pop into some of tonight's other options. Take it away, LT!

American Idol
Unless you've been living under a soundproof rock for the last few months, you know that tonight is all about the Idol finale. Hour 1 of the self-proclaimed "TV event of the season" was packed with unnecessary but nevertheless entertaining interviews with Ray Romano, Nicole Richie and Sharon Osbourne, as well as performances by eliminated wannabes Jasmine Trias, George Huff and La Toya London. These just served to show us why Jas and Georgie are doing the pre-show, rather than the showdown, and why La Toya contin read more

HE STUCK AROUND THIS YEAR

Toby Keith scored a leading four trophies at Wednesday's Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, Best Album for Shock 'n Y'All and Best Video for "Beer for My Horses." Last year, a disgruntled Keith stormed out of the ACMs after he didn't get all the trophies he wanted. This guy must be fun to shop for at Christmas. read more

Spaces ''Villain'' Gets Ugly


It has been said (to us, even) that Trading Spaces' Doug Wilson hates being branded a bad guy. "I told him one time that he was the villain of the show, and he was [horrified], like, 'Oh my God! Do you really think so?!'" hunky handyman Ty Pennington once told TV Guide Online. Yet the demanding designer will risk tarnishing his reputation once again as the host of America's Ugliest..., a new series of quarterly Learning Channel specials with an insult built right into the title.

"It's okay," the genial almost-40-year-old insists now. "I knew I was playing the villain. Throughout my life, I have worked not only in design but as an actor as well, so I knew what made good theater. I actually created some of those [tense] situations. I would see an opportunity and say, 'Okay, this could be some good TV!' After all, that's what this is about: entertainment. Design has always been secondary for me on Trading Spaces."

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ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD

With a record 65 million votes cast, gospel-tinged soul diva Fantasia "Bobo" Barrino edged out the perpetually perky Diana DeGarmo to win American Idol Wednesday night. The 19-year-old single mom from High Point, N.C., collapsed in DeGarmo's arms the moment Ryan Seacrest called out her name. "I always said I've been through some things, but I've worked hard to get where I'm at," she sobbed to the "star-studded" audience that included Fonzie, Nicole Richie and Paula Abdul's breasts. Fantasia follows in the footsteps of previous Idol title-holders Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aik..., er, I mean Ruben Studdard. Her first single, the Tamyra Gray-penned track "I Believe," will hit stores next week and, if all goes according to plan, will become the new leading cause of suicide in the United States by year's end. read more

OFF THE MARKET

West Wing star Allison Janney and her boyfriend of two years, actor Richard Jenik, are altar-bound. Jenik popped the question during a romantic getaway in San Francisco on May 17. read more

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