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NBC will debut Average Joe: Hawaii, a follow-up to its current reality hit, on Jan. 5 at 10 pm/ET. The network says the second installment was taped before the first series ever aired, thus protecting the show's shocking twist. What, that ugly guys can be jerks too? read more


Actress Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy, Big Daddy) was arrested Friday in San Diego on suspicion of drunken driving. She was later released on her own recognizance. Rumor has it her lawyers plan to use the "Someone Spiked My Freakin' Thanksgiving Leftovers!" defense. read more


As if spending quality time with family wasn't enough punishment this Thanksgiving, millions of Americans decided to further torture themselves at the multiplex. The purrfectly awful stinkbomb Cat in the Hat somehow managed to hang on to the top spot at the box office this weekend with $25.6 million. It narrowly beat Disney's latest ride-turned-flick Haunted Mansion, which opened at No. 2 with $25.3 million. (Mansion did trump Cat over the five-day period, earning $35 million to Dr. Seuss' $34.1 million.) Elf held strong at No. 3 with $22.2 million, followed by Gothika (No. 4 with $12.71 million), Master and Commander (No. 5 with $12.7 million), Bad Santa (No. 6 with $12.5 million) and R read more


To commemorate World AIDS Day, MTV will air a 90-minute concert hosted by Nelson Mandela at 6 pm/ET today. The event, taped Saturday in Cape Towm, South Africa, features performances by Bono, Beyonce, Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox. read more


Game Show Network is rushing National Lampoon's Greek Games, a two-hour reality special in which fraternities and sororities face off against each other in a slew of absurd sports, to the tube. Among the contests: the pita bread discus toss, the Souvlaki high hurdles, Greek olive oil wrestling and, if the network's censors allow it, nude tonsil hockey. read more


Award-winning journalist Hal Walker, the first black to be a correspondent for CBS News, died Tuesday of prostate cancer. He was 70. read more


Bestselling spooker Stephen King spent the Thanksgiving weekend in a Maine hospital battling pneumonia. The author is expected to make a complete recovery. read more


Ozzy Osbourne told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper that he was sexually abused as a child. "Two boys used to wait for me to come home after school," he said. "They felt me and touched me. It became a regular thing on the way home from school — it seemed to go on forever." Osbourne said he didn't tell his parents because he was too scared. read more

The View's New Co-Host Speaks!

Survivor grad Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck outlasted 20 competitors to earn the coveted fifth co-host slot on ABC's gabfest The View. But the chatty 26-year-old swears she didn't employ a strategy or form any secret alliances to land the gig.

"The show was going to be stuck with [whoever won] for a while, so if they didn't get to know the real me, I'd being doing them a disservice," she says. "My goal was just to come have some conversation and get to know the women."

Though she was the unanimous choice among the existing hosts — not to mention the clear audience favorite — Hasselbeck had no clue she was the frontrunner when Barbara Walters made the congratulatory call. "As soon as Barbara started talking, I thought, 'You better get a grip now, girlfriend, because you're going to hear something you don't want to hear,'" she recalls. "[But] then she stuck it in there read more

Carnivale's Future Foretold

It looks like HBO wants to get on Management's good side: The cabler is thisclose to renewing its deliriously addictive — yet modestly rated — Depression-era freak show Carnivale for a second season. "Barring disaster, which means the ratings falling off a cliff, we should be getting a pick-up [any day now]," exec producer Daniel Knauf tells TV Guide Online. "We have every expectation that we will be back."

Not bad for a series many in the media were quick to dub a disappointment. After a strong start, Carnivale's ratings tapered off, a development insiders blamed on the drama's slow pacing and increasingly complex mythology. But in terms of Internet traffic, Carnivale is nothing short of a phenomenon. Viewers have been jamming the show's official site at in record numbers, picking apart everything from Ben's creepy dreams to whether Management is a He or a She. And the millions of fans who stuck by Samson and his ban read more

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