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A FAMILIAR VOICE

Friends star Lisa Kudrow is lending her voice to an untitled animated pilot under consideration at Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kudrow would voice the mother of a family whose life is disrupted when their uncle moves in. read more

STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE

Average Joes apparently do finish last. How else to explain last night's utterly depressing finale of NBC's Average Joe, in which Melana chose a pretty boy (Jason) over an ordinary-looking one (Adam). Her loss. Nielsen, meanwhile, estimates that 17.4 million viewers tuned in for the two-hour climax. In related news, words cannot express how excited I am about Average Joe 2. read more

JACKO UPDATE

Finally, some good news for Michael Jackson. According to a "bombshell internal government memo" obtained by TheSmokingGun.com, a confidential investigation by Los Angeles police and child welfare officials concluded earlier this year that the allegations that Jacko sexually abused a cancer-stricken boy were "unfounded." According to the memo, the boy allegedly told investigators that Jacko had not sexually abused them. read more

JIMMY CLICKS

ABC has picked up Jimmy Kimmel Live through the 2004-05 season. The late-nighter turned in a respectable performance during November sweeps. And by respectable, I mean good but not great. read more

BEING SINGLE AGAIN

Indie filmmakers Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) are splitting up after four years of marriage. Coppola cited "irreconcilable differences" as the cause. read more

DID THEY OR DIDN'T THEY?

The New York Post is reporting that expectant parents Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin tied the knot last Friday in a small ceremony. The alleged newlyweds are currently honeymooning in Cabo San Lucas. read more

FIFTEEN FOR 10-8

ABC may have jumped the gun on 10-8. Risking the wrath of producer Aaron Spelling, the network has cut the cop drama's full season order from 22 to 15 episodes. read more

RECOVERING

Ozzy Osbourne was badly injured Monday in an all-terrain vehicle accident at his estate in England. The rocker — who suffered eight fractured ribs, a broken collarbone and a cracked vertebra in his neck — underwent emergency surgery to repair a damaged blood vessel. He's currently in stable condition. read more

IT'S RUBEN'S TURN

American Idol champ Ruben Studdard's debut album, Soulful, arrives in stores today, and let's hope the media doesn't rush to compare his CD's sales to that of runner-up Clay Aiken. Speaking of which, Soulful needs to move more than 613,000 copies in its first week to beat Aiken's Measure Of A Man. Studdard's fans better get shopping!! read more

OH, LORDY!

Proving that old hobbits are hard to break, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has expressed interest in securing film rights to The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to the Rings trilogy. "I'd be interested in doing it," he says, "because I think it would give continuity to the overall chapter." read more

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