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WEDNESDAY RATINGS

King of Queens fans clearly had no trouble finding the CBS sitcom on its new night. In its first Wednesday telecast, King averaged 13.6 million viewers and ranked a strong second behind NBC's The West Wing. Elsewhere, nearly 11 million viewers sampled ABC's new gay farce It's All Relative, but only 9 million of them stuck around for the premiere of Karen Sisco at 10 pm. read more

OH, NO YOU DID'N

With the California recall election just days away, the skeletons are flying out of Arnold Schwarzenegger's closet left and right. The latest scandal to rock his campaign: According to reports, the sometime-cyborg expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler in a previous interview with documentary filmmaker George Butler. "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power," Schwarzenegger is quoted as saying. "I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for what he did with it." Once again: Oh, no you did'n! read more

LOVE TROUBLE

Singer-actress-train-wreck Courtney Love had a packed calendar Thursday night. First, the Hole frontwoman was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of a narcotic after police found her outside a Los Angeles home she allegedly attempted to break into. She was booked and released after posting $2,500 bail. Hours later, Love was rushed to the hospital for an apparent overdose, according to the Los Angeles Times. There's no word on her condition. So, I guess this means she forgot to tape Scrubs for me? That's just great. read more

SHORT CUTS

Showtime is developing a film about the life of director Roman Polanski... Ice Cube has replaced Vin Diesel in the upcoming XXX sequel. There go the film's Oscar chances. Peace out. read more

DOGG GETS A BONE

Here's some "TV News" scoop from next week's issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale Monday): Snoop Dogg has been cast as Omar Gooding's older, wiser, less doped-up sib Big E on ESPN's pigskin soap Playmakers. Snoop appears in the Oct. 28 episode, and should the sports channel renew the serial for a second season, bet on the Doggy Fizzle Televizzle emcee to reprizzle da role. (That's for critics who say this column's not ghetto enough. Word.) read more

FriendsAfter 10 years, I've finally...

Friends After 10 years, I've finally had enough of Ross and Rachel. Cars wear out in less time than these two have taken to figure out if they will or if they won't. Again. And a drunk Ross is not funny, just more obnoxious. But it was nice to be reunited with Giovanni Ribisi, who does a winning Gen-X Jim Ignatowski as Phoebe's oddball brother Frank.

Survivor: Pearl Islands In a virtual rerun of last week's events, Drake won both challenges and took Morgan's water pot. Speaking of challenges, was I the only one creeped out by that Cirque du Soleil immunity challenge? As predicted, Lil got the boot.

Scrubs Sarah Chalke, whom I've almost forgiven for her clueless stint on Roseanne, hires Heather Locklear's stylists and hooks up with Scott Foley. The show's clever and quirky, but the real reason to tune in is the riotously acerbic snarkmeister John C. McGinley. Anyone who's seen read more

CONGRATS!

Where in the world was Matt Lauer this morning, you ask? Home with his new baby, silly! The Today show host's wife, Annette, gave birth to the couple's second child Thursday, a daughter named Romy. read more

EASY CELL?

Comedy Central has given the green light to TV's first animated "reality" show. The cable network has ordered eight episodes of Drawn Together, which puts famous cartoon characters like Captain America, Betty Boop and SpongeBob SquarePants in a Real World/Big Brother-type situation. "Anything adults can do on a reality show, we want our characters to do," exec producer Dave Jeser (The Man Show) tells Variety. "You haven't seen cartoons having sex or bulimia." Um, hello? What about Paradise Hotel? How quickly we forget. read more

DON'T MESS WITH THESE TWO

Hercules and Xena are teaming up to battle a new enemy: Universal Studios. Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless are suing the company behind their syndicated shows for breach-of-contract. They claim Universal denied them their fair share of the profits. read more

Gilmore Girls Becomes a Work of Art


Art imitates art this November on Gilmore Girls when the kooky residents of Stars Hollow decide to host their own version of the popular California-based Pageant of the Masters, in which living, breathing people re-create classic and contemporary paintings.

"It's going to be our big town thing this season," says exec producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, who jokes that she's prepared to make up for any budget overruns by holding "a big Gilmore Girls car wash. Me and the staff are going to go out and wash [&#252berproducer] John Wells's car to raise money for Episode 7."

Details of the special installment are still being finalized, but this much we know: Lorelai will bring to life a Renoir painting, while Kirk (Sean Gunn) takes on the daunting task of playing God. "He's going to be Jesus in the 'Last Supper,'" laughs Sherman-Palladino, "and he takes it very much to heart, to the point where maybe he and Judas aren' read more

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