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GOOD FORTUNE

Wheel of Fortune letter-turner Vanna White, 47, is engaged. The lucky groom-to-be is Michael Kaye, a businessman from Orange County, Calif. This will be the second marriage for Pat Sajak's sexy sidekick, who has two kids from her previous union. No wedding date has been set yet, but guests are strongly cautioned not to buy her a vowel. She's got enough of 'em! read more

Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Great...

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The Great Drew Carey Burn-Off of 2004 continues as ABC airs another new Whose Line, slowly getting rid of the 300 unaired episodes they've got locked away in their vault underneath Disneyland. You know, this show has its moments (I liked the sitcom parody about the model and the sumo wrestler — look for that next year on ABC), but it doesn't hold a candle to the original British series, which you can still catch in reruns on Comedy Central. Drew is a nice enough guy and that's actually part of the problem. The host of the British version was the unflappable Clive Anderson, who never met a hilarious put-down he didn't like. When he chided a player for a bad sketch, you could tell he really meant it. Half of the performers looked like they wanted to punch him out, while the other half worked their butts off to avoid giving him any ammunition. Remember this lesson kids: A scared improver is frequently a hilarious impr read more

SPIDEY SINGS!

Marvel Comics is looking to turn Spider-Man into a Broadway musical. According to Variety, the project — which is still in the discussion stage — would be helmed by theater vet Julie Taymor (The Lion King) with music by Bono and U2. In other theater news, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Hank Azaria have been cast in the Broadway-bound production of Monty Python's Spamalot. Previews begin Feb. 7. read more

FYI, FOLKS

For the next two weeks, I'll be handing the "Entertainment News" reins over to several of my very capable TV Guide Online colleagues (ready Missy?) as I head to Los Angeles to cover the Television Critics Assoc. press tour. The good news is you can still get your daily Michael Ausiello fix courtesy of my Press Tour Diary, which debuts this Sunday in the Insider section (Up first: NBC). The bad news is I can never find a fresh bottle of Diet Raspberry Snapple in L.A. so I'm probably going to be even crankier than usual. (I can't be sure, but I think there will be a case of fresh Diet Raspberry Snapple waiting for me in my hotel room when I arrive tonight.) read more

IT'S GARRY SHANDLING!

Garry Shandling has signed on to host the 56th annual Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 19 on ABC. The last time Shandling emceed the kudocast — back in 2000 — the show nabbed its best ratings in 14 years. (No pressure, though.) Nominations will be announced July 15 and the word Scrubs better be mentioned. A lot. read more

Smallville Seeks Super Star


Next season on Smallville, the Boy of Steel will encounter a force more powerful than even the Kryptonite that brings him to his knees: true love. Producers have begun scouring Superman's adopted planet for an actress to play his eventual sweetheart, Lois Lane. And, while we may lack Clark Kent's X-ray vision, even we can see that any of these rising starlets could turn Lana Lang green with envy.

Michelle Williams: The thinking fan's Katie Holmes has proven in one independent movie after another that she was wasted among the loquacious posers of Dawson's Creek. But, while the brainier writing of Smallville would better serve her intellect, even Lex Luthor probably couldn't squeeze a few episodes into her busy film schedule. (Would it help if we begged?)

Shelly Cole: We have long looked forward to the pseudo goth chick's every fleeting appearance on Gilmore Girls as Rory's droll Chilton classmate, Madeline, and here' read more

ANGEL'S SINFUL PAST

Move over, Paris Hilton. Actress Cameron Diaz is facing her very own Internet-porn scandal. The Caribbean-based Scandal-Inc.com is offering a pay-per-view peek at a racy S&M video Diaz shot as a 19-year-old model. It depicts the Charlie's Angels star topless, wearing fishnets and walking a leashed man like a dog. The video was shot by shutterbug John Rutter, who's been in a legal tussle with Diaz since she pressed extortion charges against him last year. Diaz's lawyers have reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to the website. Not that it'll be much help at this point... read more

CULTURE CLASH

UPN has quietly wrapped production on its controversial reality series Amish in the City, Variety reports. Debuting July 28 at 8 pm/ET, this is the true story of five Amish youths picked to live in an ultramodern Hollywood Hills home with six "urban" kids to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start using electricity. read more

Shatner and Nimoy Reunited

In the '60s, these intergalactic travelers were sent where no man had gone before. This year, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have re-teamed for a series of Priceline.com commercials that have proved an earthly delight to many Star Trek fans. Here, TV Guide Online opens hailing frequencies to question Kirk and Spock about their small-screen reunion.

TV Guide Online: Any reservations about getting together again as pitchmen?
Nimoy:
I didn't. When they sent me the copy of that first commercial, I thought it was hilarious. Bill and I have a relationship that works well for this kind of humor. So it's been an easy decision to do the spots.
Shatner: You know, the first time I did a Priceline commercial — the one where I was singing — it was extremely risky. The ad was a success, but it could have gone the other way, where people are saying, "Isn't he a fool?" Well, they did say that [Laughs], but in addition, they a read more

BACK IN TRAINING

Hey, Steve Guttenberg — call your agent. Warner Bros. is looking to jumpstart its Police Academy franchise by ordering an eighth installment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

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