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BIG DEAL

Two-faced New York investment banker (is that redundant?) Jun was crowned the winner on Big Brother 4 last night. She wins $500,000 and the grudging admiration of her former cellmates. Meanwhile, Nathan wins the title of Chump of the Year for handing runner-up Alison her sole vote. What a lame-o. read more

SHORT CUTS

Lakeshore Entertainment is developing a sequel and a prequel to last weekend's top flick Underworld... DMX's new CD Grand Champ entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with 312,000 copies sold. read more

ROYAL WEDDING

King of Queens star Kevin James announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Steffiana De La Cruz on Wednesday's Live with Regis and Kelly. The couple have yet to set a wedding date. read more

PLAN B

Turns out, folks in South Bend, Ind., and Salt Lake City will get to see tonight's premiere of NBC's racy new comedy Coupling after all. Last week, the two Peacock affiliates announced their decision not to air the show on the grounds that it pushes the "boundaries of our community's standards." Apparently, viewers there have a no-tolerance policy for sitcoms that suck real bad.) However, NBC has since found alternate stations to air the show until its inevitable cancellation. read more

BAD MARTHA!

PETA is digging its claws into crabby domestic diva Martha Stewart. The animal-rights group is blasting the alleged insider trader for removing live soft-shell crabs from their shells and frying them while they writhed around in the pan on a recent episode of her show Martha Stewart Living. PETA's lawyers are considering legal action, as Connecticut law protects all animals from mutilation and cruel killing. read more

WHASSOUP?

Friends is hosting a Talk Soup reunion this November. Former Soup stirrer Greg Kinnear will play a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who also happens to be the ex-lover of Ross's gal-pal Charlie (fellow Soup survivor Aisha Tyler). What's next? A cameo by VH1 fixture Hal Sparks? (That was a joke, not a suggestion.) read more

TUESDAY RATINGS

Buoyed by the return of late John Ritter's sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (17 million viewers), ABC won the first Tuesday of the new season among adults 18-49. Rules also gave a boost to the premiere of new comedy I'm with Her, which attracted 13.1 million viewers. Elsewhere, CBS's JAG spinoff Navy NCIS averaged a respectable 12.4 million viewers, and NBC's relocated Law & Order: SVU easily beat ABC's NYPD Blue and CBS's Judging Amy at 10 pm. The WB's new teen drama One Tree Hill, meanwhile, fouled out with a lousy 2.8 million viewers. read more

THE NAME GAME

UPN has officially changed the title of Enterprise to Star Trek: Enterprise "to further capitalize on and form a stronger connection to the famous and highly successful" franchise. Trekkers need not worry: A network insider assures me that viewers will continue to get the same subpar show they've come to expect. read more

MYSTERY QUOTE SOLVED

On Tuesday, I asked readers to try and name the D-lister who was overheard on the Emmy red carpet saying, "I just took the Mensa IQ test, and I was down seven points from last year. I think I've been [in this business] too long." Among the guesses that poured in: Geena Davis, Kathy Griffin, Melissa Rivers, Evan Marriott and (ouch!) Sharon Stone. However, not a single person correctly ID'd the genius in question: Access Hollywood correspondent Tony Potts. Of course, in hindsight, that D-list clue was a bit generous. My bad. read more

EXTREME MAKEOVER

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): That '70s Show has found its new Laurie. Mad TV funny gal Christina Moore will step into the platform shoes of Fez's bride, originally played by Lisa Robin Kelly. In other casting news, Beverly D'Angelo is joining the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a legal aid attorney who clashes with the new ADA (Diane Neal). read more

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