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BILLY IS BACK

This morning in Beverly Hills, Oscar breathed a huge sigh of relief. Why? Funnyman Billy Crystal has been asked back to host the 76th Annual Academy Awards. If you're keeping track, this will be his eighth time at bat. "When [producer Joe Roth] called, I didn't hesitate," Crystal said. "He has such a passion for the show, I felt I could have a great time doing it again. It was either this or run for governor." ABC airs the Oscars on Feb. 28, 2004. read more

SENATOR FRASIER

Is Arnold Schwarzenegger's political fervor rubbing off on fellow celeb Kelsey Grammer? The 48-year-old Frasier star is hinting that when he's done acting, he may run for the U.S. Senate in California. "If you have the good fortune to become wealthy doing what you love to do, what happens is, you now have an obligation to give back in some way," he said on Fox News Channel's Hannity &#038 Colmes. Not just yet, though. Grammer still plans to pursue other acting gigs after wrapping Frasier's final season. read more

SACRIFICE

After a life of glitz and glamour, Elton John is finally taking it down a notch. The singer is selling the contents of his London home in an effort to go minimalist. The possessions, ranging from Elizabethan paintings to art deco beds, will go up for auction on Sept. 30. read more

Gilmore Girls Finally! It was...

Gilmore Girls
Finally! It was rough to wait months for a fresh cup of Lorelai and Rory's super cute, over-caffeinated banter. But it's weird how co-dependent this mother-daughter duo is. I mean, they've supposedly just spent the entire summer backpacking in Europe together, right? So do they have to spend every moment together in the days before Rory heads off to Yale? Cut the cord! Stars Hollow and New Haven are both in Connecticut, which ain't that big a state. Hey, I grew up an only child of a single mom, too, and we are very chatty and close like the Gilmores, but we also need our space. Or else. Am I right, Mom?

Paradise Hotel
Okay, normally when I check into Paradise Hotel, I soon feel like running for the nearest exit. This show is like the Big Brother house on acid. Nothing anyone says makes sense! It's just a bunch of ignorant sleazes rubbing up against each other. Or else they just lay around drunk and read more

GRAMMY, GO WEST

On Feb. 8, CBS will broadcast the 46th Annual Grammy Awards from Grammy's former home: The Staples Center in Los Angeles. Last year, the music industry extravaganza was held at New York's Madison Square Garden. Nominees will be announced Dec. 8. read more

THE VERDICT IS IN

A judge will permit CBS to air the season premiere of The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire tonight at 10 pm/ET. This despite two N.H. filmmakers who are suing the David E. Kelley drama, claiming that its title, theme and settings were swiped from their indie film Brotherhood. read more

SHORT CUTS

Melissa Gilbert has won a second term as the president of the Screen Actors Guild... Adam Sandler's WB sitcom about a 19-year-old man who finds himself elected mayor of a small town was axed as a midseason replacement, according to The Hollywood Reporter... Variety reports the producers behind Lethal Weapon are teaming up with The West Wing's Tommy Schlamme to create Nice Guys, a buddy detective drama for CBS. read more

THIS IS GONNA BE A MESS

At last! Fox says The Simple Life will debut Dec. 2. In case you've already forgotten, the new reality show will follow ditzy heiresses Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie as they adjust to life as rural laborers. read more

BUSH'S MONDAY BLUES

On the heels of its Raymond lead-in, CBS's sitcom Two and a Half Men — co-starring Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer — kicked off strong on Monday night with 18.1 million viewers. Meanwhile, NBC's drama Las Vegas got off to a so-so start with 12.6 million. But Nielsen's biggest casualty was Dubya. Monday Night Football and all those new TV shows crushed Brit Hume's A Conversation with the President, which scored Fox a paltry 4.3 million. That's worse than UPN's The Parkers! Of course, Mo'Nique is much cuter than Bush. read more

ET TU, DAVE?

On last night's deliriously overheated Paradise Hotel, our man Dave turned traitor, vowing to save bickering bubbleheads Scott and Holly over fellow Team Barbie contestants Keith and Tara. "Dude, what are you thinking?!" we wanted to shout at the TV (and kind of did). At least Keith finally got the pleasure of eliminating psycho pug Amy, and we got the pleasure of watching. read more

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