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Survivor: All-Stars
It's a shame that Outback winner Tina Wesson had to be voted off, or for that matter, any of those poor, nearly dehydrated bastards. The game is great and all, but the real kick of watching this all-star edition is seeing these already established personalities interact with each other. Ya got Rudy and Rupert forming an alliance; Lex working side-by-side with Colby (Schick's not-so-clean-shaven spokesman); Jerri hanging out with Jenna L.; and even Rob M. mildly flirting with Amber, later noting how "beautiful" she is. (Oh, and they won't milk this possible story line for all it's worth?)

It seems like each successive Survivor edition gets harder and harder. No shelter. No food. No drinkable water. What's next? Maybe they all get splashed with fresh blood and then Jeff Probst will say, "OK, we've just released a dozen ravenous l read more


ABC has laid Karen Sisco to rest. The network — which was set to relaunch the critically praised-yet-ratings challenged freshman drama in March — has axed the show altogether. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC brass were unhappy with the creative direction of the scripts and scrapped plans to give the show a second shot. Threat Matrix, meanwhile, remains on the air. Go figure. read more


Former Head of the Class pupil Robin Givens struck and critically injured an 89-year-old pedestrian with her SUV Wednesday in Miami. Maria Antonia Alcover was crossing a busy intersection during rush hour when Mike Tyson's ex plowed into her. Givens — who was issued a traffic summons — is not expected to face any criminal charges. Alcover, meanwhile, remains in critical but stable condition. read more


Producer Mary-Ellis Bunim, who along with Jonathan Murray pioneered the reality genre with the creation of MTV's The Real World, died Thursday of cancer. She was 57. Bunim's partnership with Murray also spawned such reality staples as Road Rules, Making the Band, The Real World/Road Rules Challenge and Fox's The Simple Life. "Mary-Ellis was a one-in-a-million partner and friend, and I will always treasure our incredible years of collaboration," said Murray. "Even as the family at Bunim-Murray Productions mourns her loss, we will honor her memory by remaining committed to her ideals of creativity, adventure, and excellence, both on the screen and in our lives." Bunim is survived by her daughter, Juliana. read more


UPN has ordered a third and fourth cycle of America's Next Top Model. The latest edition is scoring record ratings for the network. read more


Russell Crowe dislocated his shoulder while training for a boxing scene in his upcoming movie Cinderella Man — delaying the start of filming by a month. According to Universal, the Oscar winner — who injured the same shoulder while training for the Jodie Foster-directed drama Flora Plum — will immediately undergo arthroscopic surgery followed by physical therapy. read more


What do you get when you cross the WB's The Surreal Life with a good old-fashioned spelling bee? Fox's latest reality experiment. For three consecutive Fridays beginning Feb. 13, C-listers such as Corbin Bernsen, Brett Butler, Alice Cooper, Vincent Pastore, Eric Roberts, Meshach Taylor and George Wendt will face off in The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee. read more


NBC's decision to move The Apprentice back to Thursday paid off. Last night's episode — in which Bowie Hogg became the latest contestant fired by Donald Trump — attracted 18.7 million viewers. Last Wednesday opposite American Idol, The Apprentice sank to 12 million viewers. Speaking of The Donald, the king of self-promotion will spread his wealth of knowledge in a new book, How to Get Rich, due in April — coinciding with the show's live season finale. read more


Showtime gave The L Word the big "R" Thursday, renewing the sapphic soap for a second season. It was the fastest pickup in the network's history; L premiered just 11 days ago to decent reviews and solid ratings. read more

Amber Tamblyn Finds Religion

Whatever God is paying his agent, it ain't enough. The man upstairs hasn't had as hip a showcase as Joan of Arcadia since Moses parted the Red Sea. The CBS hit has even made, if not a believer, a questioner of its leading lady, Amber Tamblyn. Being on the series, she says, "hasn't changed [my spirituality] that much, but it's definitely helped me to be more interested in religion in general."

The daughter of Twin Peaks' kooky Russ Tamblyn, the General Hospital alumna wasn't taught to put her faith in "a specific religion," she admits. "But I was raised to believe in God. The [basics] of what my father taught me growing up was to find something that I truly believed in, not necessarily to follow his path. He likes to influence me, definitely, [by telling me to] read different things. But he never pushed anything on me."

Between her pop's open mind and the all-embracing subtext of Joan, Tamblyn was overdue for a metaphysical read more

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