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HOLLYWOOD MOURNS

Veteran entertainer Donald O'Connor, whose show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" production number in 1952's Singin' in the Rain deftly combined comedy and acrobatics, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 78. O'Connor was also known for starring in the wildly popular Francis the Talking Mule comedies of the 1950s. According to his family, among O'Connor's last words were: "I'd like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get." read more

Sunday Cold Case So, I figured,...

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Cold Case
So, I figured, here's another pretty face thrown into a bloody procedure series to give it some window dressing. (Hey, it works fine for CSI — and at least Cold Case isn't trying to pull an ex-stripper explanation over on us. Not in the pilot, anyway.) But Kathryn Morris carries off tough-minded Det. Lilly Rush quite capably. I just hope the writers don't keep heading to the ripped-from-the-headlines well (Michael Skakel, anyone?) that's... OK, earning bigtime ratings for shows like CSI and Law &#038 Order and making millions upon millions for producers like Jerry Bruckheimer and Dick Wolf. Yeah, right. I'll shut up now.

Alias
Y'know, these characters and plots rang truer when they were played out by Gerry Anderson's puppets. Let's see: Vaughn's a teacher, ma read more

IN RELATED NEWS

Kelly Ripa celebrated her show's promising Nielsens by reenacting Hope & Faith's climactic food fight on today's Live. Sadly, the All My Children grad proved too eager for her own good, shooting a wad of ketchup directly into poor Reege's left eye. read more

COMEBACK KID

Liza Minnelli has made her first big career move sans estranged husband/manager/all-around scary man David Gest. The actress-singer has signed on to play a rich widowed socialite in two episodes of Fox's sublime Royal Tenenbaums-esque satire Arrested Development, which premieres on Nov. 2. read more

STUNT CASTING

Will & Grace has cast Monty Python alum John Cleese to play the father of Karen's nemesis Lorraine (Minnie Driver) in six episodes. Driver will also be back for as many as six episodes this season. read more

WANING FRIENDS?

The 10th (and final) season premiere of Friends beat Survivor in the ratings on Thursday, but NBC's flagship comedy was down a whopping 29 percent year-to-year. (Hey, Jeff Zucker: That's what happens when you prematurely announce that Matt LeBlanc is getting his own spinoff.) read more

Alicia Silverstone: Miss Familiarity?


Does Alicia Silverstone have a hit on her hands with NBC's Miss Match? As if! The series bears too striking a resemblance to the movie starlet's 1995 comedy Clueless to fail. See for yourself.





MISS MATCH

Golden girl: Silverstone plays Kate, a singleton with a knack for striking matches between her law firm's odd clients out.

Father time: Kate's dad is a tough-as-nails divorce lawyer.

Best bud: Kate's sidekick, Victoria, has a steady stream of beaux.

Hit and run: Kate tells a boyfriend to take a hike by getting out of his car.

True love: Fair-haired Kate seems, um, clueless that cute pal Michael is destined to be hers.

CLUELESS

Golden girl: Silverstone plays Cher, a single teen with a flair for pairing up her high school's lonely hearts.

Father time: Cher's pop is a sharp-as read more

REMEMBERED

Celebrated author and society bon vivant George Plimpton died Thursday night in his Manhattan home of unknown causes. He was 76. Most famous for his football book Paper Lion, he was a friend in his lifetime to many athletes, political bigwigs and famous literati, such as Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth and John Updike. Plimpton was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters last year. read more

Seven Silly Questions for... Paradise Hotel's Smokey

If you ask us, only one of the guests of Fox's wanton wonderland, Paradise Hotel, has never made an ass of himself — and he's a monkey! Yes, even as odd bird Tom's stuffed traveling companion, Smokey, watched his pulchritudinous playmates hook up and strip down, he himself didn't go ape... or did he? Perhaps a little gorilla warfare — in the form of Seven Silly Questions — will flush out his inner party animal.


TV Guide Online: How aggravated were you that you got to visit a singles' mecca, but had to let Tom tag along? Didn't he get in the way of your game?
Smokey:
Somebody has to take one for the team sometimes. We're a pimp duo.

TVGO: In several episodes, we didn't see you at all. Were you under the covers while Charla was hiding out in bed?
Smokey:
No. Most of my time was taken up by Amanda, the host. She wouldn't leave me alone! I was complaining.

TVGO: Gee. You must have had read more

DOWNSIZING

Chris O'Donnell has apparently taken a liking to this TV thing. The upcoming Practice guest star has signed a seven-figure deal with CBS to star in either a comedy or a drama project for the network. read more

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