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VIEWERS CHOOSE LIFE

Turns out Paris Hilton doesn't have to be engaged in a sex act to draw a crowd. Roughly 13 million curiosity seekers watched the celebutante slum it in the heartland with pal Nicole Richie on last night's premiere of Fox's The Simple Life. The show handily beat the debut of NBC's The Tracy Morgan Show. read more

AMERICA'S MOST UNWANTED

It's back to full-time crime fighting for John Walsh. The America's Most Wanted host's daytime talk show has been axed after a little over a year on the air. Although production will cease next week, The John Walsh Show will continue to air through February sweeps. read more

SHAKESPEARE IN LABOR

Gwyneth Paltrow and boyfriend, Coldplay's Chris Martin, are expecting their first child next summer, her publicist confirms. The couple have been dating for about a year. read more

The Tracy Morgan Show And the...

The Tracy Morgan Show
And the award for Most Inappropriate Use of "Brick House" goes to... The Tracy Morgan Show! Seriously, what were the producers thinking playing that tune — which runs a close second to "Sexy M.F." as the Least Subtle Song Ever — while Tracy and his two sons ogle a 13-year-old girl? Have we learned nothing from the Michael Jackson saga? I do have to say that watching this sitcom made me appreciate the child actors on The Bernie Mac Show all the more. At least when they act annoying, it's on purpose. As for Tracy Morgan himself, he seems to be channeling George Jefferson by way of George Lopez. Yeah, I don't think that's a good combination either.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Linus may be a twerp sometimes, but he's a perceptive twerp (must be the dope he keeps stashed away in that "security blanket"). His speech about the true meaning of Christmas always warms the heart, and read more

SOUR GRAPES

Justin Guarini is setting the record straight about why he missed last month's American Idol holiday special. Apparently, the happy-go-lucky crooner — who RCA reportedly just booted from its ranks — bailed on An American Idol Christmas due to "unresolved" contract issues with the show's producers. "I am grateful for all that American Idol has done for me," he said in a statement, "and look forward to resolving my differences with 19 Management and again being part of the [AI] family." Would someone please put a fork in his career, because I'm pretty sure it's done. read more

CHARGED

Country crooner Glen Campbell — who was arrested Nov. 24 in Phoenix after he struck a car and then left the scene — was formally charged Tuesday with assault and drunken driving. The 67-year-old singer is currently free on $2,000 bail. read more

CHANGE IS GOOD

Rapper 50 Cent scored a field-best six nominations for the 2003 Billboard Music Awards, which Fox will air live Dec. 10. R. Kelly and Beyonce Knowles finished a close second with five nods apiece. read more

INNOCENCE LOST

Someone at CBS's Providence, R.I., affiliate, WPRI, is getting coal for Christmas. During Friday's telecast of Frosty the Snowman, a flashy pop-up ad appeared in the corner of the screen blaring, "Bizarre Murder Suicide — News at 11!" A station spokeswoman conceded to TV Guide Online that the local news teaser was "poorly placed." Tell that to the thousands of kiddies who now think Frosty is a killer. read more

Bridget Jones Returns!


The tabloids have been making a big deal about all those extra pounds Ren&#233e Zellweger packed on for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the forthcoming sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary (2001). But Colin Firth, reprising his role as Bridget's dashing beau Mark Darcy, doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

"I've always preferred Ren&#233e, physically, in Bridget mode," he says. "I think that it's very pleasing. She's a very beautiful girl whatever she does, but I think that [as] Bridget [she] looks gorgeous and I wouldn't see any great need to get on the treadmill afterward."

The 43-year-old Love Actually star is still a bit befuddled by all of the attention the followup is generating. "About a month ago, I was told, 'Don't say anything read more

Why Keira Loves Pirates

At 12, she played Queen Amidala's lookalike handmaiden in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. A few years later, she learned how to Bend It Like Beckham. But it was the parley-demanding Elizabeth Swann in this summer's blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean, that really swung 18-year-old Keira Knightley into the Hollywood spotlight. With the Pirates DVD hitting stores today, Knightley gave TV Guide Online a behind-the-scenes look at her experience making the swashbuckling hit. The British beauty shares her thoughts on Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and that darn corset.


TV Guide Online: Elizabeth Swann holds her own among a fearsome crew of pirates. How did you prepare for that part? read more

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