Today's News: Our Take


Ex-Baywatch star Michael Bergin was arrested Friday night and charged with felony DUI, reports. Cops picked up the 35-year-old after he allegedly plowed his SUV into a female roller skater, then refused to take a sobriety test. Bergin made headlines last spring by publishing The Other Man, a trashy tell-all best-seller about his supposed affair with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Coincidentally, his July 16 arrest fell on the fifth anniversary of the plane crash that killed Bessette Kennedy and husband JFK Jr. This weekend, Bergin spent about 11 hours in police custody before posting $50,000 bail. The skater, meanwhile, went to L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she's expected to undergo knee surgery. read more


Reiko Aylesworth, who was pink-slipped from Fox's 24 in May, has signed on to a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The actress will play a lab-based detective in the series' fifth season this fall. Reportedly, the move is unrelated to CBS's highly publicized firings of CSI cast members George Eads and Jorja Fox. We're just glad to see a One Life to Live alum making it in prime time. You go girl. read more


Discovery Health Network has purchased the cable rights to all 141 episodes of Chicago Hope, which ran on CBS from 1994-2000. Former cast member Hector Elizondo will kick off an eight-hour marathon of the soapy medical drama on Aug. 1. The series will then run on the channel three times a day — noon/ET, 7 pm/ET and 2 am/ET beginning Aug. 2. Hope previously ran in syndication on Lifetime. read more


Add Linda Ronstadt's name to the list of Bush-bashin' stars who've been punished for publicly dissin' Dubya. During her Saturday-night concert at the Aladdin in Las Vegas, the 58-year-old singer encouraged her audience to see Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, calling the documentarian a "great American patriot" and "someone who is spreading the truth." She was booed by some angry patrons, whose riotous reaction prompted Aladdin's head honcho, Bill Timmins, to fire Ronstadt on the spot. She was even escorted from the hotel without being allowed back into her luxury suite to gather her belongings! Ouch. "It was a very ugly scene," Timmins told The Associated Press. "She praised [Moore] and, all of a sudden, all bedlam broke loose. [Ronstadt] spoiled a wonderful evening for our guests, and we had to do something about it." In other Moore news.... read more


Fahrenheit 9/11 is finally coming to a town near Bush. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, the outspoken filmmaker has given the greenlight for Friends of Peace to screen his documentary as a fund-raiser for the Crawford Peace House, located a few miles from George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. The movie will also open this Friday at a theater in Waco, Texas, which is 20 miles west of the president's estate. read more


Leslie Moonves isn't going down like that. The CBS chairman has vowed to contest any fines levied against 20 CBS-owned TV stations that aired Janet Jackson's bared breast during this year's Super Bowl half-time performance. Moonves promised he'd "take it up to the courts" to fight the proposed charges totaling $550,000 against the affiliates. read more


We'll file this one under "Are You Kidding Me with This?": In the midst of his child-molestation controversy, Michael Jackson is expecting quadruplets, US Weekly reports. Citing unnamed sources close to Jacko, the mag says he recently spent quality time with the pregnant mom-to-be in Florida, where he stayed in a $4000-a-night Miami Beach hotel suite. A spokesman for Jackson — who already has three kids by two other women — wouldn't confirm or deny this insane (but probably true) story. read more


Emmy winner Rob Morrow has been cast in the CBS pilot Numbers. The drama features an MIT mathematician who is recruited by an FBI agent, played by the Northern Exposure alum. Morrow takes over the role from The Recruit's Gabriel Macht. read more

Press Tour Diary: Day Eight

With only two days to go, I can finally see the light at the end of the press-tour tunnel. CBS concluded its TCA stint Monday with a panel for Jason Alexander's new sitcom, Listen Up, and a Q&A with four of the original writers from the soon-to-depart Everybody Loves Raymond. There was also a session with Dr. Phil for his upcoming prime-time special, but, well, let's just say I had to miss that due to a "dental emergency."

9:03 am Dang it. The gift shop at the St. Regis is out of Balance bars and I'm really hungry. I bet the Century Plaza next door will have some.

9:06 As I approach the hotel's front entrance, I spot former Access Hollywood anchor Pat O'Brien sitting all alone behind a fold-up table. Is he registering people to vote? Is he selling lemonade? What in God's name is he doing!?!?

9:06:30 Oh, wait: He's here to promote his upcomin read more

Comic Jay London Calling

If you were sorry to see Last Comic Standing finalist Jay London get the hook in the reality contest's most recent episode, you weren't alone. Despite his off-putting appearance — he'd be the first to admit his style could've been swiped from a Neanderthal — London's warm demeanor and quirky delivery made him a real contender. Heck, head-to-head competitor Gary Gulman even got all misty-eyed over his ouster! So while the shaggy, self-deprecating funnyman looks for a way back into the spotlight — and before another of his housemates is banished in tonight's episode (airing at 9 pm/ET on NBC) — TV Guide Online sought him out to give him a great, big hug. Um... we mean, to conduct a serious and completely unbiased interview.

TV Guide Online: I've gotta tell you, in all sincerity, I think your act is really unique and funny. I hope being eliminated didn't discourage you.
Jay London
: I am not discouraged. The more torture I go th read more

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