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It's not easy being Tom Green today. MTV has abruptly pulled the plug on The New Tom Green Show — just weeks after the music channel renewed the latenight talker for an additional 65 episodes. "Despite critical acclaim, [the show] was unfortunately unable to sustain the initial ratings success it enjoyed in its earlier weeks," an MTV spokeswoman tells TV Guide Online. "Tom remains a part of the MTV family, and we look forward to working with him in the future." MTV shouldn't hold its breath: Sources say Green is already shopping the show elsewhere. read more

MISSY INACTION

Melissa Rivers suffered a mini off-camera meltdown Sunday afternoon during E!'s annual Live from the Red Carpet arrivals special. Here's what you folks missed at home: Midway through the two-hour show, Academy officials told Missy that she wasn't allowed to conduct interviews on the actual red carpet — forcing her to relocate behind a bush. "I can't tell you how badly this pisses me off," Joan's daughter hissed to anyone that would listen. "Every other outlet is on the carpet except for me!" Sweetheart, take a hint. read more

SUNDAY The 55th Annual Primetime...

SUNDAY

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
More often than not, award show humor is pretty lame and cringe-inducing. But the 11 comedians who hosted this year's Emmys each had some solid, smart moments. Wanda Sykes certainly didn't sugarcoat her comments. The keeper was her complimenting Bill Cosby on the old Cosby Show's scripts, but then adding, "Although, with Cosby Mysteries, that did seem like y'all made that up as you went along." You take all that, mix it up with some sincerely touching moments, including Tony Shalhoub's speech and the tribute to John Ritter, and except for the mini-series/TV-movie categories which made me zone out and start flipping, it was a fast-paced, surprisingly entertaining show. But, West Wing? Really?

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As usual, the other networks graciously aired a lot of nothin read more

I SPY A HOMEOWNER

Alias studmuffin Michael Vartan has a new safehouse to hole up in. The 34-year-old actor is poised to become a first-time homeowner with the purchase of a $1.6 million crib in the Hollywood Hills. According to the Los Angeles Times, the contemporary-style home boasts three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and an attached guest house — perfect for when a certain superspy wants to spend the night. read more

REALITY BITES

Move over, Queer Eye. Good-lookin' goomba Nick Scotti (Kiss Me Guido, The Young and the Restless) has landed his own TV show on the Style channel. (Yeah, you read that right.) Debuting in early 2004, Scotti's as-yet-untitled series will feature him, sister Viv and aunt Irene offering "Italian-style" fashion, cooking and lifestyle tips from their hometown of Queens, N.Y. read more

Boomtown's Big Fall Changes


Despite its memorable characters, intriguing stories and terrific acting, NBC's cop show Boomtown looked headed for doomtown. Happily, the Peacock has given the critical fave a second season and a new time slot — Fridays at 10, starting Sept. 26. This spot was long home to Law &#038 Order: SVU, which dominated the night. "Moving to Fridays helps a lot," executive producer Graham Yost tells TV Guide Online. "It's a more crime-friendly spot."

Perhaps too friendly. CBS's crime show The Handler with Joe Pantoliano could prove tough competition. And what about Boomtown's occasionally perplexing multi-perspective storytelling? "Our feeling is that Fridays at 10, people are already a bit looped," Yost says, "so they'll be able to figure out the show fine. They're already seeing things non-linearly."

But it's not all in the timing. "Sometimes, shifting points of view can stop the action," he concedes. "If read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

There's buzz that estranged Three's Company co-stars Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt may reunite at Sunday's Emmy ceremony to pay tribute to their late leading man, John Ritter. read more

SHORT CUTS

The video for R.E.M.'s new song "Bad Day" will premiere tonight at 7 pm/ET on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360... The WB is developing a one-hour drama series that revolves around an experimental program in which high school students serve as police cadets to prevent and investigate school-based crimes, Variety reports... Friends star Lisa Kudrow is producing an ABC Family original film Picking Up and Dropping Off. It stars Scott Wolf and Amanda Detmer as single parents who fall in love. read more

Joe Namath Football Fun

Football great Joe Namath is also one of the sport's biggest fans. Here, the legendary Jets quarterback — who was recently named "ambassador" to his former team — weighs in on his favorite players, female commentators and his new clothing line.

TV Guide Online: Broadway Joe! You made the quarterback one of the most glamorous icons of pop culture. How does that make you feel?
Namath:
First of all, I'm a Gemini, so I have a serious football side and a mischievous side — but friends told me I'd have to stop using that excuse years ago. (Laughs) I'm from western Pennsylvania, and I have three older brothers, so I was never one to step forward and put on a fur coat. But I did. Those things happened because of where I was, the people I was around and because I was game. It was because of New York, not because of old Joe. If I couldn't play, it would have been a problem.


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MONEY PIT?

Bianca Jagger is suing the owners of her Manhattan apartment for $20 million, claiming her pad has been rendered uninhabitable due to toxic mold. Sounds like girlfriend just needs some Ajax and a good scrub brush. read more

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