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SCHOOL'S OUT

Boston Public's school year has been cut short. Fox, which ordered only 15 episodes of the show this season, has opted not to pick up additional installments. The network has yet to decide whether the show will be back next season, but I'll go out on a limb and say it doesn't look good. read more

WHO WILL BE JESSE'S GIRL?

New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer will star in the next installment of ABC's The Bachelor, set to debut in April. But the odds of the 25-year-old jock finding true love on TV are not good. All of Palmer's Bachelor predecessors broke up with their reality soul mates shortly after their respective shows aired. And one of them even morphed into a man slut. (That's you, Bob!) read more

JACKPOT!

Red-hot Las Vegas star Josh Duhamel has landed the lead role in Disney's upcoming big-screen epic Antarctica. The project is based on the true story of a group of explorers fighting for their lives in the bitter cold. Duhamel's latest film, Win A Date with Tad Hamilton, opens Friday. read more

DON'T JUDGE A BOOK...

Paris Hilton is getting all literary on us. The Simple Life star is reportedly shopping around a proposal for Tongue in Chic: Confessions of an Heiress, a book that contains tips on how to be rich and useless. read more

The Apprentice's Sam Speaks!

It was a move that surprised absolutely no one — except Sam Solovey. On last night's Apprentice, Donald Trump finally canned Sam. From Day 1, the 27-year-old Internet entrepreneur from Chevy Chase, Md., created static with his teammates. But if you think the experience has humbled him, think again.

TV Guide Online: Why was it such a struggle for you to stay on the show?
Sam Solovey:
I have a strong personality. I have a lot of big ideas. I was thinking out of the box, which I do in business, and it's been successful for me. And it didn't work in this environment. I may have been a threat. A lot of people in the working world think one-dimensionally, and I don't, and that often throws people off.

TVGO: Do you think trying to sell a cup of lemonade for $1,000 hurt you?
Solovey:
I was actually very close to getting that sale. I'd be willing to go back to those people today and present them with the same offer, and I think they w read more

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED...

Britney Spears is gunning for her second Razzie. The newly single Crossroads star has signed on to headline Door to Door, an adaptation of Tobi Tobin's novel about an ambitious teenager who leaves Michigan to become an actress in Los Angeles. read more

SPRINGTIME FOR KIDMAN

Nicole Kidman has joined the cast of the upcoming movie version of Broadway's The Producers. According to Variety columnist Army Archerd, the Oscar winner will play the sexy secretary to Bialystock and Bloom (Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick). Meanwhile, Lane and Broderick's return engagement on Broadway has reportedly been extended until April 25. In other words, go buy as many tickets as you can and put them on eBay, quick! read more

SPRINGTIME FOR KIDMAN

Nicole Kidman has joined the cast of the upcoming movie version of Broadway's The Producers. According to Variety columnist Army Archerd, the Oscar winner will play the sexy secretary to Bialystock and Bloom (Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick). Meanwhile, Lane and Broderick's return engagement on Broadway has reportedly been extended until April 25. In other words, go buy as many tickets as you can and put them on eBay, quick! read more

WHO WILL BE JESSE'S GIRL?

New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer will star in the next installment of ABC's The Bachelor, set to debut in April. But the odds of the 25-year-old jock finding true love on TV are not good. All of Palmer's Bachelor predecessors broke up with their reality soul mates shortly after their respective shows aired. And one of them even morphed into a man slut. (That's you, Bob!) read more

KUDOS KING

The Chicago Film Critics Association has chosen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the best picture of 2003. Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) and Charlize Theron (Monster) won top acting honors. read more

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