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FIRST BOOMTOWN, AND NOW THIS

ABC has put Karen Sisco on hiatus, but the network promises the low-rated critical darling will return to the schedule in March. In its Wednesday/10 pm timeslot, ABC will debut the latest edition of Celebrity Mole beginning Jan. 14 — the same night The Bachelorette premieres. Meanwhile, Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital — ABC's 15-hour limited series — will bow March 3 with a special two-hour installment. read more

THEY'RE GAME

Speaking of Celebrity Mole, ABC has rounded up another treasure trove of D-listers for its latest installment. Among the has-beens hoping to revive their careers: Mark Curry, Tracey Gold, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Angie Everhart, Ananda Lewis, Stephen Baldwin and Dennis Rodman. read more

HILTONGATE UPDATE

A day after slapping Paris Hilton and her family with a $10 million slander suit, Richard Salomon filed suit Thursday against Marvad Corp., claiming the Internet porn company distributed footage from his X-rated home video without obtaining legal rights to it. Yeah, that sucks. read more

SHE'S TO DIE FOR

Nicole Kidman — who recently surpassed Keri Russell as my all-time favorite actress — was honored Friday night with the 18th annual American Cinematheque Award for career achievement. The ceremony will be broadcast Dec. 1 on AMC. read more

HE'S A NEW MAN

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh returned to the airwaves Monday after what he described as "five intense weeks" of rehab for an addiction to painkillers. "There is a whole lot of stuff I can tell you that I can't tell you yet," he said. "There's even more honesty to come." Let me guess: Courtney Love is his sponsor. read more

MOURNED

Former CBS CEO Laurence Tisch, who ran the network from 1986-95, died Saturday of complications from gastric cancer. He was 80. read more

ARNOLD'S BIG DAY

California Governator-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger will be inaugurated today in a quick, low-key ceremony. His first order of business once sworn in: reforming the state's workers' compensation system. After that, he'll hit the gym. read more

SUNDAY The American Music Awards...

SUNDAY

The American Music Awards
All right, who had Justin Timberlake and Fleetwood Mac in your annual American Music Awards office pool? Huh? Yeah, you're gloating proudly today, aren't ya? But whoever bet that Macy Gray would ramble on about how "p----d off" she was that she didn't get nominated is surely cleaning up right now. Anyway, here are some other noteworthy moments:

  • Host Jimmy Kimmel's ban on thanking God in acceptance speeches. "God does not watch television," Kimmel pronounced, "and if he did he certainly wouldn't be watching this show." (I may be alone in this, but I found Kimmel's biting introductions refreshing. Like this one for Monica and Heather Headley: "Our next two presenters have been performing since they were young enough to date Rod Stewart.")
  • Clay Aiken on winning the Fans' Choice award: "I'm kinda used to second place."
  • Luther Vandross' mot
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    SURVIVOR'S SUPER DEBUT

    The next installment of CBS's Survivor, featuring all-stars from the first seven editions, will premiere Feb. 1 following the Super Bowl, USA Today reports. The network won't confirm the list of participants, but TV Guide Online has learned that Deb Eaton will not be back. read more

    ELFIN MAGIC

    Will Ferrell's Elf edged out Russell Crowe's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World to claim top honors at the weekend box office. In its second week of release, Elf climbed to No. 1 with $27.2 million — off just 12 percent from its impressive debut. The well-reviewed Master and Commander came in a close second with $25.7 million, slightly above expectations. The same can't be said for The Matrix Revolutions (No. 3 with $16.3 million), which plummeted 66 percent from its disappointing opening. Also excreting flop sweat: Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which debuted at No. 5 with $9.5 million. Note to Brendan Fraser: Why? read more

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