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David Spade has signed on to do a multiple-episode arc on ABC's 8 Simple Rules. He'll play a relative of the grieving Hennessys. read more


One of the miracle workers featured on Extreme Makeover is opening a chain of plastic surgery centers that will offer the same services as the ABC hit. Plastic surgeon Garth Fisher will lend his name to The Advanced Aesthetics Institute, which will offer everything from hair and wardrobe consultations to complete surgical overhauls, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ugly people should make tracks to Palm Beach, Fla., where the first center is set to open this week. read more


Word is out that actor Jonathan Brandis was discovered dead in his Los Angeles apartment on Nov. 12. The 27-year-old actor was beloved among Gen-Xers for his roles in Neverending Story 2 and NBC's mid-90s series, seaQuest DSV. Coroners pointed to suicide as the possible cause of death, although more testing will occur before a final ruling. Fans last saw Brandis — looking very handsome and grown up — in his recent indie film, The Year That Trembled. read more


Gene Anthony Ray, best known for playing street-smart teen Leroy in the 1980 movie Fame and the subsequent TV series, died Friday of complications from a recent stroke. He was 41. In related news, actress Kellie Waymire, who guest-starred on Six Feet Under and Friends, and had a recurring role as Elizabeth Cutler on Star Trek: Enterprise, died last week of natural causes. She was 36. read more


The head of the Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday that he believes the public could be watching newly-released movies on the Internet by 2005... The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna that crashed in the Bahamas in 2001, killing actress-singer Aaliyah and eight other people, had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body, an autopsy found... Jessica Lynch's authorized biography I Am a Soldier, Too has debuted atop the New York Times' nonfiction bestseller list. read more

Ed I think it's time to check...

I think it's time to check into the Betty Ford Clinic for TV fans addicted to cute. Because no matter how much I gripe about the down-home dorkiness of Stuckeyville, I have to admit it: I am powerless over Ed and Carol. Love 'em! Presenting Carol her 25 favorite things, then popping the question, I'm sorry. It just doesn't get any sweeter and more prime-time adorable than that. And while it was a hoot to see Burt Reynolds as Mike's strap of a dad, even better was the feuding twosome's barb-fueled reconciliation. Who knew "You're impotent" and "Sorry I burned down your house" could make for such a heartwarming Thanksgiving?

It's All Relative
Hmmm. A bit of a misfire here, with Liz and Bobby trying to trick their folks into throwing them an engagement party. Granted, it made for some great back-and-forth bickering between the O'Neils and Liz's dads, but there has to be a better way to ruffle their feathers than showing twentysomet read more

Heidi Klum Struts Her Bad Self

Übermodel Heidi Klum is living proof that, when it comes to clothing, less is sometimes more. With wholesome looks and traffic-stopping curves, this 30-year-old German native has quickly become one of Victoria's best-kept secrets. We sat down with Klum on the eve of tonight's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (10 pm/ET on CBS) to chat about working the catwalk in your underwear, and what happens when a sweet apple-strudel girl turns into an evil video-game Bond girl and locks lips with Pierce Brosnan.

TV Guide Online: It must be a little nerve-wracking, walking down the runway in your underwear with millions of people at home watching you. What happens if you trip? Do they yell "Cut!" and give you a do-over?
If you mess up, they're not going to stop the whole show, because everything is lined up with the music and there's 27 other girls beh read more

CSI Fan Plays Dead

You'd think Charlene Hubenthal would get enough of the grisly and gory in her real life as a firefighter, ambulance driver and former reserve cop in North Charleston, S.C. You'd be wrong. Hubenthal, the only female in her firehouse, just loves watching CSI. So much that the single mom wrote to CBS's Early Show for its "Week of Wishes" requesting the chance to play a corpse on her favorite crime drama. Her back-up faves were JAG and Without a Trace, but she got her first choice!

"I got a phone call from an Early Show producer," she says, "telling me they'd fulfill my wish." So Hubenthal and daughter Jessica were flown to Los Angeles, where they were given a whirlwind tour. Then, she got her 15 minutes of fame — literally. That's about how long she had to lie on a morgue slab, eyes closed and read more


In other Frog developments, the WB is fast-tracking production on a half-hour comedy starring rapper-turned-actor Bow Wow. Slated to debut at midseason, the show finds the artist formerly known as Lil Bow Wow playing a gifted music student who enrolls at an elite boarding school. Murder One's Daniel Benzali plays the headmaster. read more


The second edition of America's Top Model debuts Jan. 13, UPN confirmed today. Tyra Banks returns as mentor/judge. Scary Janice Dickinson is back too. read more

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