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LEGENDARY HONOR

The Library of Congress will honor Dolly Parton with the Living Legend Award tonight in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will air in May on cable's Great American Country channel. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Steven Spielberg and Bob Hope. read more

LIL' KIM TAKES THE RAP

Risqué rapper Lil' Kim has been indicted on eight felony counts of perjury, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. She's accused of lying — during three grand-jury appearances she made last year — about the February 2001 shootout she witnessed outside Manhattan radio station WQHT. At the time, Lil' Kim and her posse were reportedly involved in a dispute with her rival rapper, Foxy Brown. read more

CUSHY VIEW

Don't shed any tears for exiting 20/20 co-host Barbara Walters. Miramax Books reportedly has agreed to pay the 72-year-old TV icon $6 million for her memoirs. read more

Programming Note: Thanks to President...

Programming Note: Thanks to President Bush's last-minute decision to hold a live news conference in prime time, Fox's Must-See Tuesday schedule was all screwed up. That meant I missed out on writing about two of my faves, American Idol and 24, both of which had to be rescheduled. And if that's not a good enough reason to vote for John Kerry in November, I just don't know what is.

Gilmore Girls
During tonight's shows, the WB had the words "Fresh Episode" in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Hmm... Is that just fresh as in new or fresh as in "funky fresh"? Anyway, this was the first new GG episode since March 2, so it's about time. Uptight good girls Rory and Paris trying too hard to "go wild" on spring break was adorable. Paris was so desperate to be cool, she even went for a lesbian chic moment! But I was definitely read more

HEAD-TURNING DEVELOPMENT

Warner Bros. is redoing its upcoming Exorcist prequel with a new cast, a tweaked script and a new director in Renny Harlin, Variety reports. The initial prequel — directed by Paul Schrader and starring Gabriel Mann — apparently came up short on scares. Harlin's spookier flick will hit theaters on August 20, but in an unprecedented move, the studio may release both versions simultaneously on DVD. read more

PLUM PART

Emmy-winning thesp Christopher Plummer has been cast as Boston's controversial Cardinal Bernard Law in Our Fathers, Showtime's upcoming TV movie about the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal. The telepic, which will begin production in June, is based on Newsweek writer David France's book. read more

SHORT CUTS

Embattled celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito, currently gearing up for Season 2 of NBC's The Restaurant, has signed a deal to host a daily syndicated cooking show for fall 2005... Guardian star Simon Baker has been cast opposite fellow Aussie Naomi Watts in DreamWorks' upcoming Ring sequel. read more

Survivor's Lex a Hypocrite?

Last week on Survivor: All-Stars, love was definitely not in the air when 40-year-old Lex van de Berghe got his torch snuffed out. After sacrificing tribemate Jerri two weeks ago — so his pal Boston Rob could keep girlfriend Amber around — it was Lex's turn to get burned. Mere moments after helping the lovebirds reunite, Lex was backstabbed by his Beantown bud at tribal council. Here, the first member of the All-Stars jury tells TV Guide Online about his intense strategy, why he voted out Ethan and his feelings toward Rob.

TV Guide Online: Are you happy with the way you played the game?
Lex van de Berghe:
I'm absolutely, 100-percent thrilled with the way that I played the game. It is the one thing that I can walk away [from] feeling totally good and at peace with. What you see is what you get with me. I only know how to play the game the way I am, which is straight and hard.

TVGO: Out of all read more

Apprentice Loser Disses Amy

Before firing them, Donald Trump declared Nick Warnock and Amy Henry's Apprentice "marriage" over on Thursday's penultimate episode. And for once, the Master of Hyperbole — "The Apprentice is the No. 1 TV show ever!!!" — wasn't overstating things. Sure, the canoodling contestants dated briefly after the show ended, but Amy's "cold-hearted" recommendation that Trump fire her honey over Bill and Kwame marked the beginning of the end for the reality lovebirds. Luckily, the failed romance left in its wake just enough resentment to make our Q&A with the 27-year-old Xerox salesman chock full of passive-aggressive digs, and therefore, a must-read.

TV Guide Online: I spoke to Katrina last week and she said your romance with Amy was just a strategy to win the game. True?
Nick:
That's partially true. I aligned with a very strong player who I thought would help me in the long run, and it did. If you look at the Taj read more

IDOL IDLED

President Bush's last-minute decision to hold a live news conference in prime time tonight is wreaking havoc on Fox's Must-See Tuesday schedule. The network is moving tonight's performance edition of American Idol to Wednesday at 8 pm/ET. As a result, Idol's results show shifts to Thursday at 8 pm/ET (opposite Survivor!), leading into Tru Calling (8:30-9:30) and a repeat Simpsons (9:30-10). Tonight's regularly scheduled 24, meanwhile, will air Sunday at 9 pm/ET against The Sopranos on HBO and Alias on ABC. Elsewhere, NBC is bumping tonight's scheduled season finale of Happy Family to read more

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