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Speaking of Diane Sawyer, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne will discuss their latest crisis with Sawyer on ABC's Primetime Thursday Feb. 19. Just to recap: Ozzy was seriously injured when his all-terrain vehicle flipped over on top of him at their estate in Southern England. The couple is also expected to lament the axing of Shar's low-rated chat show. They'll probably also vow to quit The Osbournes... again. read more


Robert Blake's defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, has quit — citing undisclosed "irreconcilable differences" with the Baretta star. This comes as a blow to Blake, whose case was just two weeks away from jury selection. His trial for the murder of wife Bonny Lee Bakley could now be delayed up to six months while Blake's new defense gets up to speed. Just to refresh your memory, Mesereau inherited the Blake case from lawyer Harland Braun, who quit after the actor granted a jailhouse interview to Diane Sawyer. Mesereau's co-counsel, Jennifer Keller, also quit a while back. To sum up, Bobby has a headache THIS BIG and it's got Excedrin written all over it. read more


UPN is developing a spin-off of One on One that will revolve around Flex's barber-brother returning to Baltimore in hopes of taking over their father's barbershop. That reminds me, I need a haircut. read more


'N Sync's JC Chasez is furious at the NFL for pulling him from this weekend's Pro Bowl halftime show in the wake of Boobygate. "I have had a great relationship with the NFL in the past and feel that I have been mistreated," says the 27-year-old, who turned down the league's offer to sing the national anthem instead. "While I agree the mishap at the Super Bowl was a huge mistake, the NFL's shallow effort to portray my music as sexually indecent brings to mind another era when innocent artists were smeared with a broad brush by insecure but powerful people," Chasez added. "That's not the America I love. Nor is this the NFL I love. I'll sing the national anthem anytime, anywhere, but not for this NFL." Nothing against JC, but homey had some help writing that statement. read more


A snowboard champion performing a stunt on Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman was injured when she veered off a ramp and fell 25 feet to the ground. Tara Dakides, nicknamed the Terrorizer, was hospitalized and remains in stable condition. Because of the mishap, the Late Show stopped taping Thursday and was slated to air a repeat last night instead. read more


More Boobygate backlash: According to, a Tennessee woman has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit, claiming Janet Jackson's Super Bowl striptease caused TV viewers to "suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury." Terri Carlin, 47 — a Knoxville bank employee — named Miss Jackson, Justin Timberlake, CBS, MTV, Viacom and pretty much anyone her lawyer could think of as defendants in the case. Meanwhile, Laguna Beach High has cited Janet's scandal as the reason for nixing MTV's plans to film students' lives at the California school. To sum up, the whole world's gone mad. read more

Access Hollywood I know that this...

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I know that this program is on right before prime-time programming, but I had to share this. A segment on Oprah Winfrey's 50th-birthday bash showed her getting help blowing out the candles on her cake — from Stevie Wonder. Huh?

Friends NBC makes up for torturing us with an abbreviated (although seemingly endless) final season with a supersized episode in which Danny DeVito guest-stars as Phoebe's bachelorette-party stripper. Only Pheebs would end up with a gyrating Louie DePalma shakin' his groove thing for the funky bride-to-be. And he's actually got some moves! That Rhea Perlman's one lucky woman. Also hilarious was Joey's appearance on the Donny Osmond-hosted Pyramid. His desperate attempts to figure out white things he'd find in his refrigerator (cream: "Paper! Snow! A ghost!"; mayonnaise: "Paper! Snow! A ghost!") were inspired. Too bad read more

Extreme Wedding: "I Redo"

Picture, if you will, your wedding day: You find yourself face to face with your beloved and... Jeepers! The name is familiar, but you can't place the face! Scary, right? But that's exactly the scenario for which Extreme Makeover recipients Michael and Susan set themselves up in tonight's episode (airing at 9 pm/ET on ABC). They agreed to separate for two months before their nuptials while going under knife after knife. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Jeepers!

"There was a bit of nervous tension at the altar as Mike was lifting up my veil and we saw each other for the first time," the bride admits to TV Guide Online. "But I had a lot of confidence [in the doctors, so I believed] that we'd still recognize each other. And once I saw that it was the same Michael that I'd fallen in love with, just with a slightly smaller nose, everything was very relaxed."

Some — including us, if we're feeling both hopeful and read more

Ed Star's Wedding Day

It's the last day of filming for Ed's fourth season and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell is needed on lane 11 at Stuckeybowl. He wheels over to be at costar Tom Cavanagh's side as his eponymous character, Ed Stevens, exchanges vows with the now-attainable Carol Vessey (Julie Bowen). While the show's deliriously happy couple are starting a new life together, Mitchell, who joined the offbeat NBC drama just a year and a half ago, realizes that this is probably a series — not season — finale. (For more on that, click here.)

Mitchell has been at this juncture before with The John Larroquette Show and Veronica's Closet, but this time it's different. His role a read more


It's official: Nicole Kidman has signed on to star opposite Will Ferrell in Columbia Pictures' big-screen adaptation of Bewitched. But before you get too excited about this magical pairing, keep in mind that Nora Ephron — who hasn't made a decent film since Sleepless in Seattle in 1993 — is on board to direct. read more

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