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FOR THE FANS

Janet Jackson thanked fans for being there "during the good times as well as the bad" at Saturday's Soul Train Music Awards, where the 37-year-old Boobygate star was honored with a career achievement award. "Your love and support has always been a great source of comfort," she added, "especially in these last few weeks." Jackson nearly stole the spotlight from the night's big winner, hip-hop duo OutKast, who won album of the year for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and best video for "Hey Ya!" read more

EXTREME SCANDAL!

The truth is out: Hottie carpenter Ty Pennington isn't really into fixer-uppers. The host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has purchased a newly renovated crib in Venice, Calif., for $1.1 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. Built in 1924, the two-story nest boasts a fireplace (nice), bamboo floors (sweet), vintage windows (impressive), a laundry room with a sink (get out!) and a master suite with treetop views (must be nice). read more

MEET THE PARENTS

Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine are in talks to join the cast of Columbia's big-screen Bewitched remake starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. According to Variety, MacLaine would play Samantha's meddling mother, Endora, while Caine would play her dad. read more

OOPS

Britney Spears can't sing — but she's got a good excuse this time. The pop tart was forced to cancel two concerts over the weekend after suffering a knee injury during a performance in Illinois. Her Onyx Hotel Tour will resume Tuesday in Atlanta and the two scrapped dates will be rescheduled in April. read more

LIZZIE QUITS

Hilary Duff's sitcom career is so yesterday. The singer-actress has backed out of plans to headline a comedy series this fall for CBS because, according to reports, the script was bad. That is so not a good excuse. read more

BY, GEORGE

George Foreman is the latest boxing vet to sign up for The Contender, NBC's in-the-works reality series from executive producers Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sylvester Stallone. The grillmeister will help cast the 16 would-be Rockys and do some coaching during the training episodes. Foreman joins Sugar Ray Leonard, who last week signed on to play the show's adviser/mentor. read more

SUNDAYInside the Actors Studio:...

SUNDAY

Inside the Actors Studio: Barbra Streisand
I make my living writing about TV, so I'm well aware of how hypocritical it is when I scream: She's just an entertainer, people. Talented, yes (though I can't watch or listen to her for more than a few seconds — and try to avoid even that), and her broad-spectrum arts achievements are undeniably impressive. But to watch Jim "The Bloviator" Lipton and this adoring crowd, you'd think she was about to lay hands on all of them before walking across the ocean to bring a working democracy to Iraq and rid the world of hunger and pestilence.

It's our shared duty to help Barbra. She'll never get over being so chronically enamored of herself if you don't stop first. At the end of two very long hours, I declare Streisand and Lipton's battle of affectation to be a draw. Ain't gonna be no rematch. Don't want one.

The Sopranos
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IT'S ALL SCHEDULING

ABC is moving It's All Relative out of its deadly Wednesday night time slot opposite American Idol. Beginning March 30, Relative shifts to Tuesdays at 9:30 following According to Jim. Now there's a one-two punch if ever there wasn't one. read more

Evan and Jaron Go Retro


Pop rockers Evan and Jaron had already won us over with their smarter-than-the-average-heartthrob lyrics and the sweetest harmonies we expect to hear outside of Heaven. But when the 30-year-old Lowenstein twins rang us up to discuss their resurrection of the Everly Brothers on this week's American Dreams (airing Sunday on NBC at 8 pm/ET), we discovered five more compelling reasons to cheer on the thinking listener's Nelson. To wit:

1. They're heroes. Well, Evan is, anyway. Although he ran late for the interview, he had the best excuse ever: The volunteer EMT had stopped to help out at the scene of a car crash. "He just had a baby," Jarod explained while we waited, "and he was like, 'After giving life, I don't ever want to be around an opportunity where I can't save one'." Of course, incorrigible Jaron was as quick to bust his sibling's chops as he is to give him props. "Saving lives... it's lik read more

Survivor's Ethan Ejected

Cute guys are dropping like flies on Survivor: All-Stars. Seems it's all thanks to one man, Lex. Mogo Mogo's tattooed tribesman schemed for Colby's ouster last week, then preyed on pal Ethan Zohn. Lex insisted his anti-Ethan vote was "only business," but Zohn sees it a bit differently. Here, the Survivor: Africa winner — who used his $1 million to start a soccer-oriented AIDS charity — tells TV Guide Online about Lex's betrayal, his lazy tribemates and Rob and Amber's reality TV romance.

TVGO: Are you mad at Lex?
Ethan Zohn:
[Sighs] Am I mad at Lex? While I was out there, I was a little mad at Lex, but now everything's fine. We are friends and buddies. Basically, we differed in opinion. Lex wanted me to go and I wanted to stay.

TVGO: He said not to take it personally — but how can you do that?
Etha
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