Joe Millionaire 2's disappointing Nielsens have led Fox to tinker with its Tuesday night lineup. Instead of offering a second helping of Joe, the network will mix repeats of 24, That '70s Show and The Simpsons from 8-9 pm/ET throughout November sweeps. Original episodes of Joe will continue to go unwatched on Mondays at 8 pm/ET. Meanwhile, Fox has delayed the return of The Bernie Mac Show until Nov. 30.
Katie Couric has scored an exclusive interview with disgraced New York Times plagiarist Jayson Blair. The chat will air in March and coincide with the publication of Blair's memoir, Burning Down My Master's House.
CBS at 75
CBS's self-congratulatory special had a ton of clips; but what it had the most of was
uncomfortably long and strangely timed reaction shots of the celebrity audience.
(Hey, there's Loni Anderson saying something we can't hear to Howard
Hessman! Look, the guy next to Dennis Weaver just took a sip of water!) Still, it
was a treat to see footage of shows that I've only heard about, but have never seen
before, like Our Miss Brooks and The Jack Benny Show. And John
Schneider and Tom Wopat each deserve a new car with doors that actually
open for singing all those theme songs.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIV Bart (in a Charlie Brown costume): "Good grief, this candy's terrible. Circus
peanuts, raisins, nicoti
It's become more of a Halloween tradition than throwing eggs at passing cars
(although that's still popular too).
News flash: Les Moonves can be intimidated. According to reports, CBS's fearless leader is considering dropping The Reagans, the network's upcoming four-hour miniseries about the former president. Scheduled to air on Nov. 16 and 18, the controversial project has come under fire from conservative groups who claim the movie casts Ronald and Nancy in an unflattering and inaccurate light. One scenario has Moonves dumping the telepic on sister pay-cabler Showtime. A decision is expected in the next couple of days.
Despite a bum knee, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs finished the New York City Marathon Sunday in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 54 seconds. The rap mogul plans to donate the $2 million in pledges he raised to children's charities. Rumor has it a portion of the proceeds will also be used to install a soda machine in a certain Honduran sweatshop.
As expected, my grandmother's scathing review of Scary Movie 3 put a significant dent in the film's box office. In its second weekend of release, the horror spoof grossed $21.1 million off a staggering 56 percent from its record-breaking opening. Still, the flick managed to hold on to the No. 1 position although it was nearly beaten by Disney's Brother Bear, which expanded to wide release and climbed to No. 2 with a solid $18.5 million. Rounding out the top five: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (No. 3 with $10.9 million), Radio (No. 4 with $10.2 million) and Runaway Jury (No. 5 with $6.9 million).
The season finale of Survivor: Pearl Islands will air live from Panama City on Dec. 14... Filmmaker Ed Burns and supermodel Christy Turlington became the proud parents of their first child, a baby girl, late last month... Nickelodeon has tapped Julia Roberts's 12-year-old niece Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric) to play a musically inclined pre-teen in the comedy pilot Unfabulous.
Cher's farewell tour which finally ended Friday night in Toronto grossed $145 million from more than 200 concerts. It ranks as the biggest tour in history for a female artist.
The original Jeepers Creepers freaked out a whole lotta people (us included), and none more so than Ed's Justin Long. But it wasn't what he saw while playing the creature feature's embattled protagonist that gave him nightmares, it was what we didn't see.
"The hardest scene for me to do in that movie," he tells TV Guide Online,
"was the one right after I saw all that scary scary stuff [in the Creeper's
stiffs-stuffed lair]. We all really wanted to make it authentic... to make that fear as real as possible. I didn't know how I was going to do it. It was the kind of experience that leaves a [gray] streak in your hair" à la JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist.
Nonetheless, the junior achiever was determined to give himself
Four years ago, three actors went into the woods and came out with The Blair Witch Project, the most crudely shot and, arguably, most lavishly admired independent film in, like, ever. And, according to leading lady Heather Donahue, even if the godawful sequel hadn't killed the franchise, there could never have been another Project anyway.
"On a regular set, you've got all these [crew members], and you have to be
working on their schedule, because they've all got their jobs to do," she
explains to TV Guide Online. (Well, duh.) "On Blair Witch, it was just the three of us out there. So we pretty much made that movie however we damn well pleased!
"If we wanted a break, we took a break," she continues with a laugh. "When we were ready to shoot a scene, we shot a scene. We didn't have to do a million
takes or take anybody's direction; we just