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Survivor: All-Stars A clip show,...

Survivor: All-Stars
A clip show, already? Criminy, it seems like these sadists just showed up on the island to become TV's biggest bug-bitten and backstabbing messes since... well, the last Survivor, I guess. And you know, I gotta say, revisiting the last few weeks was not a blessed event. Not only did we have to see Lex and Jerri pull their Boris and Natasha of Panama act to bring down Colby and Ethan again, but there was all that mumble-mouth posing from Boston Rob. Seriously, a guy who sounds like he should be wearing a helmet in the backseat of the short bus has no room to be mocking Big Tom's accent. I don't care if the guy got himself a TV Guide cover. You don't hear Star Jones picking on Joy Behar, do ya?

American Idol
Now this is how you do a results show! In, out, 30 minutes, a few recaps from last night's country-themed show, a killer number by last sea read more


Speaking of obscene gestures, Matthew Rogers' horrendous performance of "Amazed" prompted American Idol voters to sack the 25-year-old linebacker last night. He became the second of 12 Idol finalists to get eliminated. Next Tuesday, the remaining 10 crooners will face off in a Motown-themed show. That noise you hear is Jon Peter Lewis fudging a doctor's note. read more

24 Babe Reborn on CSI

Although Claudia's sudden death on 24 this season ultimately freed up actress Vanessa Ferlito to take a plum gig opposite Gary Sinise on CSI: New York, the Italian beauty is still haunted by what coulda been between her and Kiefer Sutherland's Jack. "It depresses me because we were so in love," she laments. "We were supposed to end up together. It's really messed up." So, why did producers kill off Jack's Mexican mistress? And what's the scoop on Ferlito's new CSI gig? Read on...

TV Guide Online: How did you find out that you got the CSI: New York job?
Vanessa Ferlito:
[Exec producer] Anthony Zuiker called me.

TVGO: Did you have to audition?
No. It's amazing. I read for him once, but not even for the role I got. It was for a different role, an older CSI named Stella.

TVGO: What role did you get?
Her name is Abigail Martin, but I don't know if read more


Amid laughter, tears and lots of highbrow banter, Frasier's storied 11-year run came to an end late Tuesday when cast and crew taped the sitcom's final episode in Hollywood. The hour-long finale airs May 13 on NBC. In related news, Lifetime has acquired exclusive cable rights to Frasier for $600,000 an episode. The Markie Post network can begin airing reruns of the sitcom in March 2006. read more


Writer-director Frank Darabont (The Green Mile) will pen the script for Mission: Impossible 3. He replaces Robert Towne, who wrote the first two installments of Tom Cruise's spy franchise but who now has opted to focus on his upcoming adaptation of Jan Fante's Depression-era novel Ask the Dust. read more

Colin's Costar Goes Dowdy

In the past two years, moviegoers have seen Scottish actress Shirley Henderson play Moaning Myrtle — the restroom-haunting ghost in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — and Jude, one of Bridget's girlfriends in Bridget Jones's Diary. Now, she portrays a depressed Irish gal who's let herself go — to the extent of sporting noticeable facial hair — in Colin Farrell's new film, Intermission (in limited release). Did she mind frumping herself up for this role?

"I thought I looked alright," the 37-year-old says, mock-defensively. "To me, there was an attractiveness to [the mustache]. It didn't offend me in any way."

Well, we still think her character could've stood a good waxing. But movin' on... How did the Intermission cast like working with Mr. Farrell? "Colin was great," Henderson says enthusiastically. "He was just chatty and took us all for drinks and we all got drunk together. read more


Stop reading if you don't want a major Alias plot development spoiled... Alias has tapped actress Mia Maestro (Frida) to play Sydney's kid sis — yes, she has a sister — in at least three episodes beginning April 25. read more


As expected, Tyra Banks named 23-year-old baby-sitter Yoanna House America's Next Top Model on last night's finale. The former plus-sized beauty beat out Mercedes and Randy, er, I mean Shandi. House wins a contract with IMG Models, a spread in Jane magazine and a Sephora catalogue cover. read more


The secret is out about Aretha Franklin's mystery illness, which landed her in a Detroit hospital over the weekend. The Queen of Soul reportedly suffered an allergic reaction to antibiotics. "I am resting comfortably and responding very well," Franklin said in a statement. read more


The artist formerly known as Record Label-Hater is shacking up with the so-called enemy again. After several years as an indie artist, Prince has signed a worldwide deal with Columbia Records that covers the release of his forthcoming CD Musicology. read more

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