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CATCH OF THE DAY

Movie buffs had no trouble Finding Nemo in video stores. The acclaimed animated smash sold a record 8 million DVD and VHS copies in its first day of release on Tuesday. That easily beats the 7 million copies Spider-Man sold last year. read more

MOURNED

Bobby Hatfield, one half of the legendary soul duo the Righteous Brothers, was found dead in a Michigan hotel room Wednesday night — 30 minutes before a scheduled concert appearance. He was 63. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death. read more

TO TELL THE TRUTH

Isn't this ironic: Two days after CBS reneged on its promise to air a miniseries about Ronald Reagan, the network has ordered a pilot titled Liar. Based on the British game show, Liar requires a studio audience to figure out which one of six contestants is conveying a faux real-life experience. Comedian D.L. Hughley will host. read more

SIMPLE RULES

A record 20.5 million viewers tuned in Tuesday night to watch the Hennessy family grieve the loss of John Ritter's patriarch on ABC's 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. The special hour-long episode helped ABC win the night among total viewers and adults 18-49. read more

COUNTRY KUDOS

Late country icon Johnny Cash was the big winner at last night's Country Music Association Awards. Cash, who died in September at age 71, picked up three awards, including video and single of the year for "Hurt" and album of the year for American IV: The Man Comes Around. Alan Jackson was also honored with three trophies, including entertainer of the year, best male vocalist and vocal event of the year for his duet with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." Toby Keith, who came into the ceremony with a field-best seven nominations, was shut out. Meanwhile, the early reviews for CBS's three-hour CMA telecast are in — and they're good. "Can you get me a copy of the CMAs from last night," writes my brother David in an early-morning e-mail. "They were amazing!!!!!" Sure, Dave. I've got nothing better to do but sit around and make you dubs. read more

MUST BE SWEEPS

Madonna will visit Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday to promote her second children's book, Mr. Peabody's Apples. Mmmm... apples. read more

OVER THE HILL

The WB has picked up freshman drama One Tree Hill for the entire season. After a slow start, the teen soap has seen its audience grow by 1 million viewers. UPN, meanwhile, has ordered a full season of Jake. 2.0. read more

BUH-BYE

On last night's Bachelor, Bob gave the boot to 35-year-old Florida sales manager Mary. (As I suspected, all that baby talk wigged out our merry little smooch addict.) That leaves Estella and Kelly Jo as the remaining finalists. read more

SWINGIN' MISS

The TV jungle has proven uninhabitable for Tarzan. The WB pulled the plug on the much-hyped action-drama today after it failed to find an audience on Sunday nights. A network rep says original episodes of the show will continue to air during November sweeps, after which Travis Fimmel and his six-pack abs will go "on hiatus." read more

SHORT CUTS

The Chicago Film Critics Association has opted to suspend its annual awards in protest of the MPAA's crackdown on screeners. A similar stance was taken by the L.A. Film Critics Association... Comedy Central will fete Richard Pryor in an hour-long special airing Nov. 30. read more

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