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GO RICKI, GO RICKI...

Ricki Lake is all talked out. The actress-turned-yakker's long-running gabfest will not be returning for a 12th season, the New York Post reports. New episodes of Ricki will continue to air through May. read more

BIG WHOOP

Just in case this whole sitcom thing doesn't work out, Whoopi Goldberg is readying a Plan B — author. The Oscar winner has inked a deal with Hyperion to pen a series of children's books, the first of which is due out next year. read more

ODD MATCH

Filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen is teaming up with reality guru Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor) on a remake of 1972 disaster film The Poseidon Adventure. read more

STORMY WEATHER

More Boobygate fallout, folks: Janet Jackson has backed out of her starring role in ABC's upcoming biopic about Lena Horne after she says Horne effectively disinvited her from the project. According to Variety, Horne — incensed by Jackson's Super Bowl peep show — asked ABC to drop the "Nasty" girl. Although the network refused, Jackson decided to pull out anyway. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago) also quit in solidarity with the singer-actress-stripper — leaving the movie in limbo. And there's apparently no truth to the rumor that Janet's brother Michael may step into the title role. read more

The Littlest GroomI was ready...

The Littlest Groom I was ready to hate this reality show (see My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance below) but I have to say that this was the best one of the bunch so far (which ain't saying much, kids). After I got over my initial shock and dismay at the show's premise — women of short and average heights vie for the affections of 4-foot-5 Glen, who has the option of proposing to the woman of his choice at the end of the two-episode run — I found myself oddly compelled to find out whom he chose. It might have something to do with the fact that the little people on this show have been the most interesting reality-show subjects yet, probably because overcoming the social and physical difficulties their short stature has caused in their lives has taught them the value of a good heart over good looks. Glen is the most personable TV bachelor I've seen, not only sharing a hot tub and swapping smooches with his female admirers but also revealing his softer sid read more

BIG FAT FINALE

On last night's anticlimactic conclusion of My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, Randi was successful in getting her family to turn out for her faux wedding to faux fiance Steve. For her troubles, Fox doubled her grand prize to $1 million — $500,000 for her and $500,000 for her humiliated and disgraced clan. Nielsen, meanwhile, estimates that roughly 21 million people tuned in for the finale — besting CBS' typically dominant combo of Raymond and Two and a Half Men. read more

ANOTHER ODD MATCH

Jessica Simpson and Patti LaBelle have signed on to headline the seventh annual VH1 Divas special, airing live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel on April 18. read more

EVEL TURN

CSI hottie George Eads has been tapped to play the title role in TNT's upcoming Evel Knievel telepic. The project, which is being produced by Mel Gibson, is based on Steve Mandich's book, Evel Incarnate: The Life and Legend of Evel Knievel. Production gets under way in April. read more

THINK OF IRELAND

The custody trial between Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger over their 8-year-old daughter kicked off Monday in Los Angeles — but not without incident. The judge tossed reporters out of the courtroom in order to protect the couple's daughter, Ireland, from the potentially harmful news coverage. read more

Question: At the end of the ...

Question: At the end of the series finale of Ed, someone was singing "My Little Corner of the World." Can you tell me who the artist was? — L.B., Springfield, Mass.

Televisionary: That I can. It was Yo La Tengo and you can find it on their CD I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (Matador).

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