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The Tracy Morgan Show And the...

The Tracy Morgan Show
And the award for Most Inappropriate Use of "Brick House" goes to... The Tracy Morgan Show! Seriously, what were the producers thinking playing that tune — which runs a close second to "Sexy M.F." as the Least Subtle Song Ever — while Tracy and his two sons ogle a 13-year-old girl? Have we learned nothing from the Michael Jackson saga? I do have to say that watching this sitcom made me appreciate the child actors on The Bernie Mac Show all the more. At least when they act annoying, it's on purpose. As for Tracy Morgan himself, he seems to be channeling George Jefferson by way of George Lopez. Yeah, I don't think that's a good combination either.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Linus may be a twerp sometimes, but he's a perceptive twerp (must be the dope he keeps stashed away in that "security blanket"). His speech about the true meaning of Christmas always warms the heart, and read more

INNOCENCE LOST

Someone at CBS's Providence, R.I., affiliate, WPRI, is getting coal for Christmas. During Friday's telecast of Frosty the Snowman, a flashy pop-up ad appeared in the corner of the screen blaring, "Bizarre Murder Suicide — News at 11!" A station spokeswoman conceded to TV Guide Online that the local news teaser was "poorly placed." Tell that to the thousands of kiddies who now think Frosty is a killer. read more

Why Keira Loves Pirates

At 12, she played Queen Amidala's lookalike handmaiden in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. A few years later, she learned how to Bend It Like Beckham. But it was the parley-demanding Elizabeth Swann in this summer's blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean, that really swung 18-year-old Keira Knightley into the Hollywood spotlight. With the Pirates DVD hitting stores today, Knightley gave TV Guide Online a behind-the-scenes look at her experience making the swashbuckling hit. The British beauty shares her thoughts on Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and that darn corset.


TV Guide Online: Elizabeth Swann holds her own among a fearsome crew of pirates. How did you prepare for that part? read more

CHANGE IS GOOD

Rapper 50 Cent scored a field-best six nominations for the 2003 Billboard Music Awards, which Fox will air live Dec. 10. R. Kelly and Beyonce Knowles finished a close second with five nods apiece. read more

HE'S WITHOUT A GIG

Comedy Central is no longer with Gary Busey. The cable net has axed the thesp's reality show I'm With Busey after one poorly rated season. read more

Bridget Jones Returns!


The tabloids have been making a big deal about all those extra pounds Ren&#233e Zellweger packed on for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the forthcoming sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary (2001). But Colin Firth, reprising his role as Bridget's dashing beau Mark Darcy, doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

"I've always preferred Ren&#233e, physically, in Bridget mode," he says. "I think that it's very pleasing. She's a very beautiful girl whatever she does, but I think that [as] Bridget [she] looks gorgeous and I wouldn't see any great need to get on the treadmill afterward."

The 43-year-old Love Actually star is still a bit befuddled by all of the attention the followup is generating. "About a month ago, I was told, 'Don't say anything read more

BIRD WATCHER

Ewan McGregor will voice the title character in Valiant, an upcoming computer-animated feature from Disney about a wood pigeon who gets a job with Great Britain's Royal Air Force Homing Pigeon Service during World War II. read more

NO SHOW

Celine Dion has canceled her Wednesday and Thursday shows in Las Vegas to attend her father's funeral in Montreal. Adhemar Dion died Sunday at the age of 80. read more

IT'S NOT PAT

Finally! After umpteen lame-o movies based on Saturday Night Live skits, Mad TV alum Alex Borstein is bringing her most popular character, loopy manicurist Mrs. Swan, to the multiplex. "I just finished the script," she tells TV Guide Online. "Now I'm deciding whether to get a studio or produce it independently." So long as we don't have to spend another night at the Roxbury, I love it. read more

MAC ATTACKS

Bernie Mac's delayed third-season premiere Sunday averaged a strong 10.4 million viewers and retained 92 percent of The Simpsons's adults 18-49 lead-in. Meanwhile, Arrested Development — which Fox just greenlit for the full season — is also showing signs of life. With 6.7 million viewers, the sublime farce was up over last week and retained 82 percent of Malcolm in the Middle's audience. read more

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