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VEGAS, BABY!

Is Britney Spears ready to try her luck in Sin City again? The newly singled pop tart — whose quickie Las Vegas wedding to pal Jason Allen Alexander was officially annulled on Monday — is being wooed to play herself in an episode of NBC's new hit drama Las Vegas. "We're actively trying to get her to come on, because she loves the show," exec producer Gary Scott Thompson tells TV Guide Online. "But then her little weekend [wedding] happened and we kind of went, 'I don't know if she's gonna want to do Vegas anymore.'" Calls to Spears' reps were not returned, but they probably have their hands full these days. read more

Warning: The writer of this column...

Warning: The writer of this column is a lightweight who's unaccustomed to caffeine. Having slurped down a delicious Starbuck's caramel frappucino after work, he's very, very wired this evening. It was only a tall frap, but it feels like a venti. Do not be alarmed by his mad outbursts and sudden mood swings. Just sit back and enjoy 'em.

Navy NCIS
Mark Harmon, you so fine! You so fine, you blow my mind! Hey, Harmon! Yeah, yeah! Hey, Harmon!

Sorry, I said I was over-caffeinated. Still, the former Sexiest Man Alive makes gray hair look good. Harmon may have a few decades on costar Michael Weatherly, but that thirtysomething pup has nothin' on my silver fox. Now, as for tonight's episode, it's another convoluted NCIS plot I can't be bothered to follow. I'm too focused on baking up Ore Ida crinkly fries without burning them. (These are the problems of a bachelor with the munchies.) Anyway, Sherilyn Fenn fr read more

ON THE AIR

Whacked Sopranos alum Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy) has been reincarnated as a radio DJ. Beginning today, Pastore will take to the airwaves in Westchester, N.Y., as host of a weekly show on WVOX — that's 1460 on the AM dial. Turns out it was an offer the former mobster could have refused; Pastore reportedly took the job for free. read more

DIRECTOR KUDOS

The Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for its 56th annual DGA Awards, and the finalists for outstanding directorial achievement in a film are Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Clint Eastwood (Mystic River), Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) and Peter Weir (Master and Commander). The winner will be announced Feb. 7. read more

The Resolutions Will Be Televised


If we learned one thing in 2003, it's that we can't count on our televisions to keep our best interests in mind. How else to explain the unfortunate incident in which TiVo decided that, since we watched Bachelor kissing bandit Bob try out for the Olympic tonsil-hockey team, we must also want to see every single program on the Playboy Channel! So, as we brace for the year ahead, we have elected to make a few resolutions — for our constant companions, our TVs. (What? You didn't think we needed any improving, did ya?) What's more, we suggest that you do the same. After all, an indiscriminate viewer could wind up watching anything! Our solemn vows (and fondest wishes):

The O.C. will air daily. Maybe more often than that, because it is the coolest primetime soap in, like, ever. Way wittier than 90210 even aspired to be, Fox's smash read more

Celebs Flock to Las Vegas


Is NBC's Las Vegas turning into a modern-day Love Boat? It would seem so, judging by the growing list of B- and C-list celebs checking into the Montecito. In recent months, singer Wayne Newton, magicians Penn and Teller and actress Mimi Rogers have all made cameos. And next week, Vegas hits the jackpot when Alec Baldwin and Brooks and Dunn pay a visit.

"People are calling and approaching us," boasts exec producer Gary Scott Thompson. "It seems to be the fun show that everyone wants to be on or have something to do with."

Illusionists Siegfried and Roy were booked to appear in a November sweeps episode, but Roy Horn's tiger attack forced Thompson to come up with a Plan B. "It was so Las Vegas," he says of the plot, which was shelved until February. "We're trying to find another [quintes read more

JURY DUTY

Fox has ordered five episodes of The Jury, a drama series that examines the legal process through the eyes of jurors. There's no verdict on when the show will air, but a mid-season debut is possible. read more

BOWLED OVER

College football fans clearly didn't view Sunday's Sugar Bowl as a national championship game. The showdown between Louisiana State and Oklahoma averaged a preliminary 14.4 rating/22 share — off 23 percent from last year's Ohio State-Miami matchup. ABC fared better with Thursday's Rose Bowl. Nearly 24 million people watched USC crush Michigan, making it the most-watched Rose Bowl in six years. According to my calculations, that makes USC the clear No. 1. Fight on!!!! (In the spirit of full disclosure, yes, I am a USC alum.) read more

DISBANDED

B2K is so yesterday. The platinum-selling band — whose hits include "Bump, Bump, Bump" and "Uh Huh" — is breaking up. It seems personal disagreements among Omarion, Lil Fizz, J-Boog and Raz B have led the so-called "Boys of the Millennium" to pursue solo careers. For their last gig together, B2K's music will be heard in the movie You Got Served (due out Jan. 30), in which Omarion has the starring role. read more

RUSH KEEPS IT HUSHED

Rush Limbaugh's lawyers have persuaded a Florida judge to keep his medical records sealed for yet another 15 days. As previously reported, prosecutors are hoping to probe the paperwork for criminal evidence of Limbaugh's prescription drug abuse. The radio talker's attorneys argue that's a violation of his right to privacy and want the records to be permanently sealed. read more

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