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SOUNDS A LITTLE SHADY

Ashton Kutcher announced Friday that he's pulling the plug on his MTV prank-a-thon Punk'd after just two seasons because he wants to leave viewers "wanting more." Sunday's episode will be the show's last. Of course, the news is being met with a great deal of skepticism, especially since MTV.com is still urging fans not to "worry, the [third] season starts in March." read more

IT'S IN THE CARDS

As predicted last month by yours truly (that's me!), HBO has officially greenlit a second season of TV's most underrated drama, Carnivale. Production is expected to get underway in the spring. read more

'TIS THE SEASON

Teeny popper Aaron Carter has pink-slipped his manager-mom, claiming she mishandled his finances. According to The Business Journal of Tampa Bay, the 16-year-old singer cut all professional and personal ties with mother Jane after discovering significant funds missing from his piggy bank, er, savings account. Carter — whose parents are in the midst of a divorce — recently moved in with his dad Robert, who will keep a close eye on his piggy bank, er, savings account. read more

MINISERIES

NBC is developing an Osbournesesque reality show centered around Austin Powers's pint-sized sidekick Verne Troyer and his surrogate family, which includes fellow little people Elena Fondacaro and character actor Phil Fondacaro. The series will follow the trio as they live and work in Los Angeles. read more

Who's That New Girl on 24?


When Mary Lynn Rajskub was cast on 24 as high-strung techie Chloe O'Brian, she scored more than just a cool TV gig — she landed a swift kick in the bootay. The comic genius — probably best known as Janeane Garofalo's successor on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show or Josh's girlfriend on Veronica's Closet — says the show's frenetic pacing has spilled over into her real life.

"I try to act like my life is 24," she tells TV Guide Online. "I'm like, 'What's going on?!' And in my head I separate things into little boxes. It's been good for my life because I was very lethargic before. I'm really getting s--t done right now."

The serial thriller has given her career a shot of adrenaline, too. Despite steady employment, Rajskub (pronounced RAY-skub) has skirted mainstream success with bit read more

American Dreams Come True


There's good news and better news for fans of NBC's superlative period piece, American Dreams. First, although last season, resident heartthrob Will Estes joked that executive producer Jonathan Prince "has ways to kill all of us off!" G.I. JJ Pryor will not become a casualty of the war.

"JJ's is the story of survival," the boss explains to TV Guide Online. "Just as the Pryors are a family that will survive the '60s and a marriage that will make it through difficult times, so the story of Vietnam is told through the eyes of a boy who will come home to his family. And not only will he have changed, but so will they."

"Expect to see [ex-Bandstand dancer] Jimmy Riley, who joined the Marines last season," he adds. "Expect to meet a new cast of good-looking Marines in JJ's unit, 'the Untouchables.' And expect to see Vietnam accurately portrayed as read more

American Dreams Come True


There's good news and better news for fans of NBC's superlative period piece, American Dreams. First, although last season, resident heartthrob Will Estes joked that executive producer Jonathan Prince "has ways to kill all of us off!" G.I. JJ Pryor will not become a casualty of the war.

"JJ's is the story of survival," the boss explains to TV Guide Online. "Just as the Pryors are a family that will survive the '60s and a marriage that will make it through difficult times, so the story of Vietnam is told through the eyes of a boy who will come home to his family. And not only will he have changed, but so will they."

"Expect to see [ex-Bandstand dancer] Jimmy Riley, who joined the Marines last season," he adds. "Expect to meet a new cast of good-looking Marines in JJ's unit, 'the Untouchables.' And expect to see Vietnam accurately portrayed as a place in which men and boys fought hard to stay alive, to fight for their country an read more

ILL WILL AND GRACE

The creators of Will & Grace are suing NBC, claiming the network failed to negotiate a fair license fee for the show, thus cheating them out of their fair share of the show's earnings. David Kohan and Jason "Max" Mutchnick — who also helm NBC's Good Morning Miami — argue that the sitcom's value was deliberately undervalued because Will & Grace is produced by the network's sister company, NBC Studios. "NBC in fact effectively sat on and controlled both sides of the 'bargaining' table," the duo said. The Peacock isn't commenting, but Jack McFarland had this to say: "Ohmygawd am I on TV Guide Online?!" read more

EXCUSE ME, SIR...

Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger was knighted today at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles stood in for his mum, Queen Elizabeth, who was getting her teeth bleached. Or was she having knee surgery? I can't keep track. read more

OZZY UPDATE

Ozzy Osbourne stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating for more than a minute following Monday's all-terrain vehicle mishap, according to wife Sharon. "He had stopped breathing for a minute and a half and there was no pulse," she told London's Daily Mirror. "But thank God, the security guard was there to revive him... and [get] him breathing and his pulse going again." Ozzy — who fractured his left collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra in the accident — is expected to make a "steady" recovery. read more

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