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BILL OF SALE

Fox News braggart Bill O'Reilly charged Judging Amy producers a fair and balanced fee for his guest appearance on the May 18 season finale. "He worked for scale," says Amy executive producer Joe Stern in the current issue of TV Guide magazine. "He didn't try and stick us." In the episode, O'Reilly — playing himself — blasts Amy for setting free a would-be killer. Wait until he finds out she voted for Gore. read more

BIG GET

Injured Siegfried and Roy illusionist Roy Horn will give his first sit-down interview since October's tiger attack to California first lady Maria Shriver. The exclusive chat will air as part of a 90-minute NBC special this fall. read more

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Kelsey Grammer apparently isn't letting Frasier go without a fight. Last month, Paramount — with Grammer's blessing — allegedly pitched NBC a new series chronicling the next phase of Frasier's life, Variety reports. NBC opted against continuing the franchise, leaving producers free to A) shop the project elsewhere, B) quit while they're ahead or C) feel silly for even suggesting such a thing. Let's pray they went with B or C. read more

FIRST-CLASS THRILLER

Jodie Foster has signed on to headline Disney's high-concept thriller Flight Plan. The two-time Oscar winner will play a woman who freaks out when her young daughter mysteriously disappears during a flight to America. The annoying little brat was last seen kicking the seat in front of her and throwing peanuts at the bald man across the aisle. read more

Swan Lays a Fashion Plate

As The Swan's plastic surgeons sharpen their scalpels to transform yet another average Jane into a future Stuff covergirl in tonight's episode (airing at 9 ET on Fox), TV Guide Online catches up with the lipo-lovin' reality series' last overhaul recipient, Kathy R.. We couldn't believe the 27-year-old part-time vacuum-cleaner salesperson really wouldn't pursue her dream career in fashion because she didn't think she looked the part. (Seriously, had she seen Betsey Johnson?) Alas, the Illinois native wasn't kidding. Read on, and see for yourself.

TV Guide Online: Kathy, you do know that in order to be a designer, you don't have to be a model, right?
Kathy R.:
I know. But I always had this preconceived notion that only a certain type of person would be in that type of business. I never really felt like I fit in. I always kind of felt like I had to hold my personality back.

TVGO: But you had a cute boyfriend who a read more

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

NBC is mulling a new reality show that sounds a lot like CBS's stalled Real Beverly Hillbillies, Variety reports. High Life revolves around members of a "rural" family as they adjust to their new life in Beverly Hills. read more

REVISIONIST HISTORY

Comedy Central's new It Funnyman, Dave Chappelle, is in talks to headline his own comedy film for New Line. Dave Chappelle's Family History of the World would find the comic playing his family members at various points in history. read more

SHORT CUTS

The ninth and final season of The Drew Carey Show — yep, it ain't dead yet folks! — kicks off June 2 on ABC... Brad Cotter was named the winner of USA Network's Nashville Star Saturday night. The 33-year-old Alabaman snagged a Sony recording contract... Christopher Reeve will direct an original movie for A&E about a quadriplegic who becomes a Harvard University honors student. read more

GIRLS POWER

Tina Fey's cliquish teen satire Mean Girls opened at No. 1 over the weekend with $25 million — more than double expectations. Last week's top flick, Denzel Washington's thriller Man on Fire, slipped to No. 2 with $15.2 million, followed by the Jennifer Garner comedy 13 Going on 30 ($10 million). Elsewhere, three other newcomers — Laws of Attraction, Godsend and Envy — collected a mere $20 million combined. read more

IN THE NAVY

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine: Catherine Bell has quietly inked a new contract that will keep her on board CBS's JAG for two more seasons — one more than co-star David James Elliott is currently signed up for. "I don't know if [there will be] two more, but I'm committed to two more," says Bell, referring to the fact that CBS has yet to renew the long-running military drama for another year. But the actress is optimistic. "Our season finale is a 'To be continued... '," she points out, "so that tells you something." Yeah, it tells me Les Moonves is playing hardball! read more

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