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SOUNDS A LITTLE SHADY

Ashton Kutcher announced Friday that he's pulling the plug on his MTV prank-a-thon Punk'd after just two seasons because he wants to leave viewers "wanting more." Sunday's episode will be the show's last. Of course, the news is being met with a great deal of skepticism, especially since MTV.com is still urging fans not to "worry, the [third] season starts in March." read more

'TIS THE SEASON

Teeny popper Aaron Carter has pink-slipped his manager-mom, claiming she mishandled his finances. According to The Business Journal of Tampa Bay, the 16-year-old singer cut all professional and personal ties with mother Jane after discovering significant funds missing from his piggy bank, er, savings account. Carter — whose parents are in the midst of a divorce — recently moved in with his dad Robert, who will keep a close eye on his piggy bank, er, savings account. read more

HONORED

Filmmaker Blake Edwards, the director behind The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany's, will be honored with an honorary Oscar at the Feb. 29 Academy Awards. read more

MINISERIES

NBC is developing an Osbournesesque reality show centered around Austin Powers's pint-sized sidekick Verne Troyer and his surrogate family, which includes fellow little people Elena Fondacaro and character actor Phil Fondacaro. The series will follow the trio as they live and work in Los Angeles. read more

EXCUSE ME, SIR...

Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger was knighted today at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles stood in for his mum, Queen Elizabeth, who was getting her teeth bleached. Or was she having knee surgery? I can't keep track. read more

ILL WILL AND GRACE

The creators of Will & Grace are suing NBC, claiming the network failed to negotiate a fair license fee for the show, thus cheating them out of their fair share of the show's earnings. David Kohan and Jason "Max" Mutchnick — who also helm NBC's Good Morning Miami — argue that the sitcom's value was deliberately undervalued because Will & Grace is produced by the network's sister company, NBC Studios. "NBC in fact effectively sat on and controlled both sides of the 'bargaining' table," the duo said. The Peacock isn't commenting, but Jack McFarland had this to say: "Ohmygawd am I on TV Guide Online?!" read more

OZZY UPDATE

Ozzy Osbourne stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating for more than a minute following Monday's all-terrain vehicle mishap, according to wife Sharon. "He had stopped breathing for a minute and a half and there was no pulse," she told London's Daily Mirror. "But thank God, the security guard was there to revive him... and [get] him breathing and his pulse going again." Ozzy — who fractured his left collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra in the accident — is expected to make a "steady" recovery. read more

DREAM GIG

Ejected American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis has nabbed the lead role in the road-show revival of Dreamgirls. The musical is slated to play in San Jose from Jan. 9-25, Sacramento from Jan. 27-Feb. 8 and Seattle from Feb. 11-29. "There are a lot of people who were on American Idol," Davis told The Associated Press. "But not all of them are getting lead roles." Did girlfriend just take a swipe at Paula Abdul? I think she did. read more

IT'S IN THE CARDS

As predicted last month by yours truly (that's me!), HBO has officially greenlit a second season of TV's most underrated drama, Carnivale. Production is expected to get underway in the spring. read more

MOURNED

Michael Norwood, the co-host of History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives, died last Saturday while on assignment in the Phillipines. He was 36. According to reports, Norwood ran out of oxygen during a diving expedition. read more

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