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SNL STAR POWER

Perhaps doing damage control post-Boobygate — or more likely, getting the word out about her new CD — Janet Jackson will host Saturday Night Live on April 10. Actually, she'll be both host and musical guest. Just to be safe, rumor has it NBC may air the show with a 67-week delay. In related news, Ben Affleck hosts SNL for the second time on March 13. read more

HOME ALONE AT TOP

Norah Jones' Feels Like Home sold another 281,000 copies to hold on to the top spot on Billboard's album chart for the third consecutive week. To date, Home has moved 1.7 million units. read more

NOT SO GAY 'OL TIME

The war between NBC and the creators of Will & Grace is getting nastier. Three months after David Kohan and Max Mutchnick sued NBC claiming it short-changed them on the sitcom's license-fee deal, the Peacock filed a counterclaim against the pair Wednesday, accusing them of being "uncooperative, duplicitous and guilty of shameless self-dealing" during negotiations. Interestingly, the suit makes no mention of the pain and suffering the duo caused when they created Good Morning Miami. read more

My Wife and Kids Hmmm. An hour-long...

My Wife and Kids
Hmmm. An hour-long clip show, built around the kids being out of the house. OK, I'll buy that. It's a good enough gimmick to send Michael and Jay down memory lane... which apparently only stretches as far back as the show's been on. But what's even weirder is that some of their recollections involved scenes neither of them were in! So, if these two are so psychic that they can remember moments in their kids' lives that they actually missed, how come they couldn't foresee that an additional 30 minutes would only serve to remind us that, sadly, the episode-ending bloopers are usually the funniest thing about this show.

60 Minutes II
I tuned in for the Isaac Mizrahi interview and ended up hooked on a report about the steroid-induced suicide of a 17-year-old. This is not new, really. We've heard of these things for years. Still, that ceased being an excuse as his heartbroken parents wept over their lost so read more

SMART GUY

Steven Spielberg sidestepped the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's box office smash The Passion of the Christ, declaring himself "too smart to answer a question like that." At a press conference Wednesday to promote the DVD release of Schindler's List, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said he had yet to see the film, which has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism. "When I do see [it]," he added, "the first person who will hear from me will be Mel Gibson and no one else." read more

1-800-RECAST

Vivica A. Fox has replaced Gloria Reuben as the star of Lifetime's crime series 1-800-MISSING, which has just been renewed for a second season. Reuben opted to leave the show to pursue other projects. Let me guess: She wants to be a backup singer for Scooter Girl this time. read more

SACKED

Johnny Sack is the Sopranos character most likely to get whacked this season, according to online bookmaker BetWWTS.com. The company issued 3-to-1 odds that Tony's rival mob boss would be the first to make an untimely exit. Sack's associate, Little Carmine, is listed at 7-to-2 and Christopher's blabbermouth wife, Adriana, is at 4-to-1. Last season, BetWWTS.com correctly predicted that Ralphie would meet his maker. read more

M-I-C, K-E-Y, F-I-R-E-D

Michael Eisner was stripped of his title as chairman of Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday after 43 percent of the company's shareholders voted against him. Eisner will, however, retain his post as CEO. read more

EMMY WHICH WAY

Yep, she's back: Ellen DeGeneres' self-titled gabfest received a leading 12 Daytime Emmy nominations, including best talk show and talk show host. The comedian's competition includes Dr. Phil, Live with Regis and Kelly, The View and The Wayne Brady Show. On the soap front, The Young and the Restless led all sudsers with 16 nods, followed by All My Children and As the World Turns with 14 each and General Hospital and Guiding Light with 12. Also of note: GH's Tamara Braun received a long-overdue first lead actress nod. The 31st annual Daytime Emmy Awards airs live from Radio City Music Hall on May 21. read more

MAC Stars Take Manhattan


New York's Fashion Week is the perfect time to ditch everyday wear and break out the couture — especially if you can snag invites to those glitzy after-parties that cap off the runway shows. Debutantes, divas and drag queens alike were at the West Village's Ace Gallery to sample the fifth incarnation of Viva Glam. That's MAC's high-shine cosmetic offering, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the MAC AIDS Fund.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's social butterfly, Jai Rodriguez, practiced what he preaches as he worked the room. TV Guide Online spotted him trading hugs and quips with another NBC reality boy, The Apprentice's Kwame Jackson. FYI, the Fab Five has just put out the Queer Eye soundtrack, but Rodriguez plans to do a solo act on his in-the-works debut CD. "It's pop-rock, kind of Anastacia meets Justin Timberlake," h read more

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