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REJECTED BY AMERICA

Viewers left Fox's new reality show Married by America at the altar Monday night. The show's debut attracted only 8.6 million viewers, less than half of the 18.6 million that caught the premiere of Joe Millionaire on Jan. 6. read more

COUNTRY KUDOS

Toby Keith received a field-best eight Academy of Country Music nominations Tuesday, including entertainer of the year and song of the year for his Sept. 11-inspired single "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." Alan Jackson was close behind with six nominations. The ACM awards will be broadcast May 21 live on CBS. read more

IN THIS CASE, LES MAY NOT BE MORE

Here's a casting stunt that may actually hurt The Practice. CBS' president and CEO Leslie Moonves has agreed to jump networks and play himself on an upcoming episode of David E. Kelley's struggling legal drama. The episode is slated to air next month. read more

DOES MICHAEL JACKSON HAVE AN ALIBI?

Cher is pulling out her hair trying to track down a $10,000 wig stolen from her private collection. Police report that someone made off with the fur ball during one of the singer's recent concert stops. It doesn't look like the Oscar winner plans to post a reward for the wig's safe return, so if you happen to find it, feel free to put it on eBay. read more

SHORT CUTS

Carl Reiner is pitching Comedy Central a Dick Van Dyke Show reunion that would feature the show's original cast, USA Today reports... Jerry Seinfeld's a dad again. His wife Jessica gave birth a baby boy, Julian Kal, on Saturday. The couple also have a 2-year-old daughter, Sascha... Magnificent Seven actor Horst Buchholz, who was known as Germany's James Dean, died Monday of pneumonia in Berlin. He was 69. read more

Neve Campbell: Ballerina Baby


Picture Neve Campbell. Cute! Now, picture the Party of Five grad doing pirouettes in a frilly pink tutu. Even cuter! "I just finished the movie I've created over the past five years called The Company," she tells TV Guide Online. "Robert Altman (Gosford Park) directed it. It's a movie about the world of ballet."

Campbell conceived Company out of her longtime desire to do a dance flick. "Ballet was my first career," she says. "I danced since I was 6 [in Canada's National Ballet]. It was my dream.

"Company is about what it is to be part of a ballet company, and what that really involves," she continues. "There's never been a movie where you see that world. There's been fairy tale read more

Heaven Star Channels Elvis... Again!


Last fall on 7th Heaven, Rev. Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) had an Elvis Presley-inspired dream sequence, where he dressed up and sang Vegas style. And it looks like Collins still hasn't gotten The King out of his system.

This month, the actor comes out with a self-titled cover album, Stephen Collins, which has "one Elvis song. We decided to do 'Rock-a-hula Baby' because it's only been covered once before. His other songs are so familiar, and so many people have done 'em — what more can you do to 'Don't Be Cruel' that hasn't been done before? But 'Rock-a-hula' is such an insane, demented, and utterly silly but wonderful song that it makes people want to dance."

Still, it's weird enoug read more

PETER PAN WOULD NEVER DO THIS...

Michael Jackson may want to sleep in today. An upcoming Vanity Fair exposé on the singer-turned-baby dangler reveals that he wears a prosthetic nose, is $240 million in debt and once paid $150,000 for a "voodoo curse" to kill Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and 23 other people on the entertainer's list of enemies. (Note to Martin Bashir: Be very afraid.) Among the article's other bombshells: Jackson bleaches his skin white (shocker!) and sometimes refers to black people as "spabooks." I have no idea what that means, but it sounds bad. read more

MORE TV MATCHMAKING

NBC is developing new prime-time versions of The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game to debut next fall. According to Variety, the network has ordered eight half-hour episodes of both shows. read more

Cody Banks Returns Mummy to Multiplex


Arnold Vosloo has high hopes for the spy-kid comedy Agent Cody Banks (hitting theaters March 21), in which he plays a Mohawked villain opposite Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire). But the down-to-earth South African actor — best known to Stateside audiences as the title monster in The Mummy and its sequel — has no delusions of Oscar.

"It's not aspiring to be The Hours or Gangs of New York," he says. "It's the kind of movie where you get a big ol' vat read more

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