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SAVAGE REMARKS

Last month's Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay sex seems to have pushed conservative talk show host Michael Savage over the edge. MSNBC fired Savage on Monday after he referred to a caller as a "sodomite" and said he should "get AIDS and die." A rep for the struggling cable network told The Associated Press that Savage's "comments were extremely inappropriate and the decision was an easy one." read more

ISN'T IT ROMANTIC?

Here's further proof that it pays to sell out: According to documents obtained by TheSmokingGun.com, ABC will shell out $1 million to former bachelorette Trista Rehn and fianc&#233 Ryan Sutter for the rights to air their wedding this fall. In return, the couple agreed to give producers the final say on everything from the bride's dress to the flowers to... Ryan, get out while there's still time!!!! read more

I SMELL A COMEBACK

Winona Ryder has made off with major roles in two new films. The recovering shoplifter will star opposite Sean Connery and Klaus Maria Brandauer in director Milos Forman's upcoming love triangle drama Embers. Ryder is also attached to play the title role in Robert Altman's World War II saga The Widow Claire. read more

J.R. RETURNS!

SoapNet has acquired all 13 seasons of Dallas, to begin airing weekdays beginning Sept. 8. I'll ask again: What about Santa Barbara?!?! read more

ASHTON UPDATE

In yesterday's column, I asked you, my loyal readers, to help me come up with a third reason why Ashton Kutcher's decision to stick with That '70s Show should come as a surprise. Well, congrats to Cathy, who hit the nail on the head when she wrote, "It's highly unlikely Demi Moore would encourage re-upping on a TV show." Cath gets extra props for using the word "re-upping" in a sentence. read more

HOLY &*%#!

Ozzy Osbourne woke up snoozin' reporters on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Hollywood, where he announced MTV's The Osbournes will make 20 new episodes. The reality freakshow's third season kicks off in early 2004. In other Osbourne news, Aimee still refuses to do the show, but will make her acting debut in MTV's modern adaptation of Emily Brönte's Wuthering Heights, airing Sept. 4. read more

Kelsey Grammer Smells a Rat


If we didn't know better, we'd say Kelsey Grammer had an objection to the legal profession. How else to explain his new TNN series Gary the Rat, about a rodent who works as a Big Apple attorney. "I think anyone that's ever lived or worked in Hollywood has had a bad run-in with a lawyer," laughs the Frasier star, who voices the title character and serves as a producer. "Unfortunately, the stereotype about [lawyers] is not very favorable, so we thought we'd take advantage of that and use it for the good of entertainment."

Grammer's opinion of legal types was hardly enhanced by a New York judge's recent decision to grant filmmaker Spike Lee an injunction preventing TNN from renaming itself Spike TV. (Late yesterday, Lee settled, giving TNN permission to use the Spike TV name.) "I think read more

HE'S SO OVER JOEY

Former Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek married longtime girlfriend, actress Heather McComb Saturday in Malibu, Calif. The private beachfront ceremony culminated in a spectacular fireworks display. read more

NEW CITY SLICKER

Former L.A. Law attorney Blair Underwood has signed on to appear in at least four episodes of Sex and the City. Although HBO is mum on which Sex character Underwood will be involved with, rumor has it he'll set his sights on Miranda. read more

SIMON SAYS... SHOW ME THE CASH!

Here's further proof that it does in fact pay to be brutally honest: Simon Cowell — who had previously insisted his days as American Idol's evil judge were over — has inked a lucrative new pact with Fox that includes three more annual Idol contests. In addition, the deal — reportedly worth north of $10 million — gives the biting Brit a hefty pay raise and his very own production company at Fox. And to avoid ruffling feathers, rumor has it the network will grant Paula Abdul's demand for free two-hour parking with validation. read more

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