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HIGH FIVE

CBS has extended full-season, 22-episode orders to five of its new fall series: Joan of Arcadia, Two and a Half Men, Navy NCIS, Cold Case and The Handler. As previously reported the Eye network has put The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire on "hiatus." Fox, meanwhile, has pulled the plug on its new Friday night laffer Luis. Reruns of Wanda at Large will air in its place. read more

THE HEAT IS ON

Southern California's devastating wildfires partially destroyed an outdoor set for Martin Scorsese's upcoming Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator over the weekend. A Warner Bros. rep called the complication "a minor inconvenience as compared to those who are currently suffering through the devastating effects of the fire." read more

Survivor's Trish Dishes Rupert


Raising 10-year-old twins is tough, but battling her tribemates on Survivor: Pearl Islands was even tougher for Maryland mom Trish Dunn. The 42-year-old was voted off after she tried to form an alliance against the Drake tribe's resident fisherman, Rupert.

"I think that Rupert absolutely should have gone," Dunn tells TV Guide Online. "It was a very good time for him to leave the game, because it was before we went into the merge. He was just so dominant in both tribes, and he was just so vocal about how much the other tribe liked him and how he could manipulate anybody on the other tribe."

A few telling moments made Dunn feel threatened by the self-proclaimed pirate. "Rupert once said to me, 'When I came back from Morgan, if Burton wasn't gone, I would have opted to stay with them,'" she reveals. "Which sent up a big red flag. If you are supposed to 'Mr. Drake,' and we didn't pick the read more

JINX NIXED

MGM has put the kibosh on its planned James Bond spinoff featuring Halle Berry's Die Another Day character Jinx due to creative differences between the studio and the film's producers. read more

CROSSING THE POND

Britney Spears may follow in Madonna's footsteps and high-tail it to the U.K. "I went to London last week, and it's so cool there," she told England's ITV television. "I'm thinking of moving there. It's really beautiful." Next up: Adopting Madge's faux British accent. read more

GUILTY PLEA

Donnell Langham, the portly star of MTV's latest Road Rules installment, pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting his former girlfriend and was sentenced to a year's probation, TheSmokingGun.com reports. He was also directed to enter a batterer's program and ordered to stay away from his ex. read more

SHE AIN'T GIVING UP

Pamela Anderson has requested a meeting with KFC execs to discuss what she calls "reasonable, positive changes for KFC's chickens." Earlier this month, the Scary Movie 3 star called for a boycott of the fast-food chain. read more

POSTPONED

The court battle between Rosie O'Donnell and Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing over the demise of Rosie magazine has been delayed due to a scheduling conflict. The proceedings — slated to commence today in Manhattan — will now get underway later this week. read more

SPLIT IN THE CITY

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has split from her longtime companion, photographer Danny Monzes, the New York Daily News reports. The couple has two children. read more

SENTENCED

Actor Tom Sizemore was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and three years probation for abusing his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. The judge said he would consider reducing the sentence to 90 days if the star of Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan responds well to his court-ordered counseling for drugs, anger and domestic violence. In a letter, Sizemore apologized, claiming "personal demons" had taken over his life. read more

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