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BOY MEETS WES

James's gaydar didn't steer him wrong on last night's finale of Bravo's gay dating show Boy Meets Boy. The 32-year-old benefits administrator wisely chose gay Wes over straight infiltrator Franklin — who was only posing as gay to win $25,000. Instead, James gets the $25,000 and a trip to New Zealand with Wes. James's galpal Andra, meanwhile, wins a one-way ticket to the loony bin. read more

NOT SO FAB

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's original "culture expert" is suing the show's producers for breach of contract. According to the New York Post, Blair Boone — who was fired after two episodes and replaced with Jai Rodriguez — claims that he should have been paid $105,000 for a year's worth of shows. Speaking of Queer Eye, was I the only one bored by last night's episode? read more

STORMY WEATHER APPROACHING

Janet Jackson has signed on to portray Lena Horne in ABC's upcoming musical-biopic on the singer-actress, Variety reports. Michael's sis is expected to record new takes on Horne's classic songs, including her signature tune "Stormy Weather." Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the folks behind Chicago — will produce the two-hour TV-movie. read more

SAVE THE DATE

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez will tie the knot on Sept. 14 in Santa Barbara, Calif., — at least that's what the New York Daily News is reporting. The couple's divorce, meanwhile, will take place on Sept. 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more

BIG DEAL

Final details are being hammered out, but it looks like NBC has won the bidding war for Vivendi Universal's media assets. If the proposed merger is completed, the new and improved Peacock will take on a major movie studio, three cable channels, a television studio and several theme parks. read more

SHORT CUTS

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will wrap up their 2002-03 world tour with two shows at New York's Shea Stadium on Oct. 1 and 3... In honor of its 20th anniversary, Brian De Palma's 1983 gangster classic Scarface will be re-released in theaters on Sept. 19. read more

MOVE OVER, RONALD

You know the economy is in the toilet when Justin Timberlake takes a job at McDonald's. Actually, the pop star's not flipping burgers — he's been hired to star in a global advertising campaign. Terms of his undoubtedly lucrative contract are undisclosed, but we do know he'll sing in TV commercials worldwide, and McDonald's will sponsor his upcoming 35-country tour. read more

Freaks and Geeks: The Next Generation


Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig is developing a new comedy series for HBO about four twentysomething friends — three guys and a girl (no pizza place) — dealing with sex and dating from a distinctly nerdy point of view. Think of it as his attempt to educate Hollywood about the complexities of the male species.

"Guys in their 20s in movies and on TV always wanna get laid, and that was not my experience," the self-proclaimed geek tells TV Guide Online. "We were looking for the great girlfriend, who could then make a wife. I wanted to portray that and get away from the ugly side of male mating."

Of the four central characters, "three work at a mall and a fourth guy secretly works in an adult book store on the outskirts of town," explains Feig. "What it enables them to do is meet in the food court all of the time, which is very Freaks and Geeksy in a way. I just love how people kind of talk when they're eating together.

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WHAT'S GOOD FOR ASHTON...

Topher Grace has signed a new deal with That '70s Show that will pay him more than $250,000 an episode next season. That puts the actor on par with what co-star Ashton Kutcher will be making. read more

HEY, MIKE TYSON — DINNER IS READY

Illusionist David Blaine performed his best stunt yet over the weekend: He left the British media bloody speechless. At a London press conference Monday, Blaine appeared to cut off his ear with a pocket knife after a reporter asked whether he could show off any new tricks. He left the room holding a handkerchief to his ear and later returned covered in blood. (Why doesn't this happen at any of the press conferences I go to???) The point of all this? Publicity for Blaine's Sept. 5 stunt, in which he'll be suspended in a clear box by the River Thames in London for 44 days. read more

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