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Former TV toughie Robert Conrad was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on DUI charges stemming from a collision last March near his California home. The actor is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 8. read more


Survivor: Pearl Islands' live reunion show — airing Dec. 14 — will now be broadcast from Los Angeles, not Panama City as originally planned. The network says "the unexpected partial collapse of the Arco Chato, the venue in Panama City," led to the change. read more


Hotel heiress-turned-sex tape siren Paris Hilton will do damage control on Late Show with David Letterman next Wednesday. And by damage control, I mean she'll do lots of giggling. read more


The American Film Institute will count down the 100 greatest movie songs in a three-hour CBS special to air in June. Among the contenders: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Singin' in the Rain," "Moon River," "The Way We Were," and Eminem's 8 Mile track "Lose Yourself." Warning to producers: This list better include "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie. read more


Jamie Kennedy is conducting another experiment with the WB. According to Variety, the Frog network has greenlit six episodes of Wannabe, a reality series loosely based on Kennedy's recent autobiography Wannabe: A Hollywood Experiment. The show will revolve around a group of aspiring actresses who will live, work and ultimately backstab one another in a bid to get discovered. read more


Oscar-nominated composer, conductor and arranger Michael Kamen, best known for scoring action films such as Lethal Weapon and Die Hard, died Tuesday after suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years. He was 55. read more


PETA has delayed a new ad campaign mocking Clay Aiken while it waits to see if the American Idol runner-up will apologize for dissing cats in Rolling Stone. The ad features Triumph the Insult Comic dog alongside the slogan, "Get Neutered, It Didn't Hurt Clay Aiken." read more


Fox is considering a plan to resume production on Family Guy, the wildly popular animated comedy the network axed 18 months ago. According to USA Today, as many as 35 new episodes could return in early 2005. Since the show got the ax, millions of new fans have discovered Family on DVD and in reruns on the Cartoon Network. read more

All of Us I have a confession...

All of Us
I have a confession to make: I've never watched this UPN sitcom, feeling annoyed that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have their names emblazoned across its promotional billboards — they're the executive producers, but aren't really in the show. Also, I already watch The Parkers (Mo'Nique rules!) and, no disrespect, but this busy boy only has so much TV time to devote to UPN. That said, I broke down and tuned in to see Will guest star. And it was educational for me, as a Caucasian, to catch this All of Us episode. I learned that an Old School party is where you dress up all ghettolicious (circa 1986) and goof around, listening to pre-Fabolous rappers from back in the day. I also learned where the heck my girl Debi Mazar's been hidin' herself! Oh, and I learned this show's cast is actually pretty funny and likeable, even if the Smiths aren't series regulars. I'm likin' that sassy ex-wife, Nees read more

Survivor's Rhino Bears Rejection

Ryan "Rhino" Opray, the laid-back, but hard-working, electrician from Los Gatos, Calif., scrambled to save himself in last week's Survivor: Pearl Islands. After losing his best friend and closest ally, Andrew Savage, the 31-year-old got the snuff and became the first jury member. As a self-proclaimed "big-time fan" of Survivor, Opray says he was just thrilled to get a chance to compete in the game.

"For me, it was the challenge [and] the adventure," Opray tells TV Guide Online. "It wasn't even about the money, or being famous or anything. It was just something I wanted to do ever since I watched the first show."

Even the game's abrupt "On your marks, get set, disrobe!" start was exciting to Opray. "I thought that was fun," he says. "I was ready to go. Let's do it, let's go overboard. I hit the rail and jumped off the side of the boat."

But the show's biggest twist — giving the read more

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