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RULES RATES WELL

If you don't count baseball playoffs, John Ritter's final episode of 8 Simple Rules... was Tuesday night's most-watched TV show. The sitcom scored nearly 18 million viewers. After this week, Rules goes into reruns while the show's being retooled to include the death of Ritter's character, newspaper columnist Paul Hennessy. read more

LOVE CHARGED

Troubled singer-actress Courtney Love was charged Tuesday with a misdemeanor drug count stemming from her arrest last Thursday outside an L.A. home she allegedly tried to break into. (She was later rushed to the hospital after suffering an apparent overdose, but that's neither here nor there.) Love's scheduled to be arraigned Friday, which may jeopardize our lunch plans. (Hey Court, if you're reading this, let me know if we're still on. And don't worry about taping Scrubs tonight. I saw an advance copy of the episode and it was brilliant. Anyway, call me.) read more

Smallville Oh my god, I think...

Smallville
Oh my god, I think I owe an apology to the comic-book crowd. Seriously, I had written this off as the WB's geeky patch for their leaky Dawson's Creek last season. But after finding out that even my internist is addicted to the teen superhero drama, I just had to drop in. Turns out Tom Welling's more than just delts and dimples, but the hunk of steel better get that x-ray vision checked. He's gotta be blind, dumping doe-eyed li'l Lana.

It's All Relative
Love how Paige Moss's bottle-garish pixie cut turned into a wavy brown mop in a single week. Sure, time had to pass between the filming of the pilot and the second episode, but please, a little continuity, folks? And while you're at it, a few laughs, too? I get that you want to woo both straights and gays, but having a chick strip down to her bra in a boutique isn't so much funny or hot. It's really just against most store policies.

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MOVIE STUFF

Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is in talks to adapt Yann Martel's best-selling novel Life of Pi as a movie. read more

OUTKAST EMBRACED

Despite a 54 percent drop in sales from its debut last week, OutKast's Speakerboxx/The Love Below, is still the No. 1 album on Billboard's chart (234,900 copies sold). Other chart-topping notables include Sting's Sacred Love (No. 3 with 194,680 discs sold) and Dido's Life for Rent (No. 4 with 191,580). read more

SIEGFRIED AND ROY UPDATE

The "Siegfried & Roy" show may go on, but it most likely won't be at The Mirage hotel-casino. Siegfried Fischbacher told Larry King on CNN last night that if Roy Horn recovers from last Friday's tiger attack, the duo would "take a different path, I'm sure, but ... the show is our life." Meanwhile, in an interview with The Associated Press, Fischbacher confirmed that Horn suffered a stroke after the attack. read more

THIS DOESN'T BITE

The WB has given the green light to a full season of Angel, which has performed well on Wednesdays. According to Variety, the Frog network had an option to cut back to 13 episodes if the show tanked. In related news, ex-Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribe Doug Petrie is developing a contemporary take on Lost in Space for the WB. read more

Karen Black's Unhappy Halloween


Want to see something scary? Call Karen Black a scream queen; then run like hell. "I consider myself a tremendous talent," the snippish star of It's Alive! III, Children of the Corn IV and House of 1,000 Corpses tells TV Guide Online. "I do have quite the gift. I don't really like horror movies, nor do I want to do them. I just got on a path many years ago, and it got hard to avoid, because people kept offering me scary movies.

"I'd really be upset if you put in the [article] that that was the path I was on," she adds. "I've made 130 movies, and 14 of them were scary movies, so it's not that big of a deal."

Far be it from us to argue with a tremendous talent. However, we can't help but suspect that Black would have a tougher time making her case to anybody who's ever lost sleep after seeing her wear wooden teeth in Trilogy of Terror. Undaunted, she argues, "I'm interested in doing a very high aesthetic, and it's very hard for read more

Survivor's Girl Scout Axed


As a Boy Scout troop leader, Lillian "Lill" Morris knows a thing or two about wilderness survival. And she has the merit badges to prove it! But Survivor: Pearl Islands is no simple walk in the woods. This good-natured 51-year-old scout just wasn't "prepared" for the lying and backstabbing among the show's castaways. But how can that be? Hasn't she ever watched Survivor?

"Well, I have to confess that my scout meetings are on Thursdays," Morris laughs to TV Guide Online. "So I didn't delve into [the show]. In fact, I used Ryan Shoulders a lot just to pick his brain. He would tell me what was going on and what I should be doing. He gave me some very good advice. He said, 'Do not give up, Lill. Don't give up until your torch is snuffed out.'"

Too bad both she and Shoulders were voted off fairly early in the game. Morris blames the remaining Morgan tribemates for undervaluing her experience. "I don't think they were really interested in an read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

A judge ordered an alleged stalker to stay 300 yards away from Britney Spears for the next three years. Superior Court Judge Alan Haber called Japanese businessman Masahiko Shizawa "abnormally obsessed and fixated" with the pop tart. read more

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