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COURTING MICKEY

Cable TV giant Comcast Corp. launched a proposal Tuesday to buy the Walt Disney Co. for $66 billion. If the deal goes through, it would make Comcast one of the world's largest media companies. read more

BIGGER OCEAN

Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined the cast of Ocean's Twelve, the in-the-works sequel to 2001's Ocean's Eleven starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon. Shooting is scheduled to begin April 12. read more

Gilmore Girls I know I've ranted...

Gilmore Girls
I know I've ranted about this before, but... Could this whole thing with Lorelai dating Digger be any more of a stretch? In my world, when a workaholic brings his cell phone on a date and talks to it more than me, it's not cute. It's over.

When Emily scoffs at the idea of these two as a couple, I think we're meant to see Lorelai's mother as a benighted old fussbudget. Like, "Oh, Emily, if only you knew..." Yet, once again, I gotta side with Emily here. They're all wrong for each other! It seems clear Gilmore Girls is just biding time, milking the unspoken longing between Lorelai and Luke. But in the meantime, could she please have a less-annoying romantic diversion to play with?

Speaking of annoying, Milo Ventimiglia comes back for a two-episode stint as bad boy Jess. But we had to wait until the second episode for him and Rory to actually interact? C'mon! Yes, it read more

ART IMITATES LIFE

Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave is nearing a deal to join the FX drama Nip/Tuck for three episodes playing the mother of real-life daughter Joely Richardson (Julia), TV Guide Online has learned. Redgrave would make her debut during the show's second season, which kicks off on June 22. read more

WARDROBE CHANGE

Diana Ross was convicted Monday of DUI and ordered to spend two days in jail before March 9. She was also sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation. Arizona police arrested the 59-year-old R&B diva back in 2002 after she was caught driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. She pleaded no contest to a charge of drunk driving. read more

BRITNEY, BEGONE

Still stinging from Boobygate, MTV — which produced Janet Jackson's Super Bowl snafu — is toning down its racy content. That means six spicy videos, including Britney's "Toxic," are moving from daytime rotation to the overnight period from 10 pm to 6 am. Is the network censoring itself? "Given the particular sensitivity in the culture right now," an MTV spokeswoman says, "we're erring on the side of caution for the immediate future." Other music acts bumped into night-owl rotation include Blink 182, Maroon 5 and Incubus. read more

Trump's First Lady Loser Speaks!

After four consecutive Versacorp losses cut the men's team in half, last week's episode of The Apprentice kicked off with a "corporate reshuffle" that mixed male and female contestants and ultimately resulted in the first pair of high heels to hit the bricks. TV Guide Online caught up with ousted restaurateur Kristi Frank to get the scoop on her big on-camera meltdown, that missing dough and Jessie's shocking boardroom betrayal.

TV Guide Online: During the corporate reshuffle, was there anyone you wanted on your team whom Nick picked first? Kristi Frank: Amy, definitely. Amy and I worked very well together. She comes up with great ideas and keeps the team motivated.

TVGO: Given the chance to lead your team again in the same task, what would you have done differently? Kristi: I might not have done so much research on the flea markets. We spent a lot of time finding out what products would sell. We should have just ju read more

BIG SHOES TO FILL

Laverne and Shirley alum Michael McKean will take over the role of full-figured mama Edna Turnblad in Broadway's Hairspray beginning May 4. He'll replace Harvey Fierstein, who'll take his final bow on May 2. read more

Trump's First Lady Loser Speaks!

After four consecutive Versacorp losses cut the men's team in half, last week's episode of The Apprentice kicked off with a "corporate reshuffle" that mixed male and female contestants and ultimately resulted in the first pair of high heels to hit the bricks. TV Guide Online caught up with ousted restaurateur Kristi Frank to get the scoop on her big on-camera meltdown, that missing dough and Jessie's shocking boardroom betrayal.

TV Guide Online: During the corporate reshuffle, was there anyone you wanted on your team whom Nick picked first? Kristi Frank: Amy, definitely. Amy and I worked very well together. She comes up with great ideas and keeps the team motivated.

TVGO: Given the chance to lead your team again in the same task, what would you have done differently? Kristi: I might not have done so much research on the flea markets. We spent a lot of time finding out what products would sell. We should have just ju read more

SMART MOVE

One last boobygate item: The Tennessee woman who last week filed a class-action lawsuit claiming Janet's striptease caused her "serious injury" has wisely dropped the suit. Terri Carlin said she wants to see if "remedial measures" announced by the FCC and Viacom succeed in preventing similar stunts. In the meantime, she'll try to get a freakin' life. read more

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