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JUSTIN TIME

Justin Timberlake dominated Thursday's MTV Europe Music Awards, winning best male singer, best pop act and best album for Justified. Christina Aguilera, who hosted the show, was named best female singer, while Beyonce Knowles won best song for "Crazy in Love." Aguilera opened the show wearing a nun's habit, which she quickly removed to reveal — shocker! — a barely-there top and leather chaps. She's so unpredictable! read more

MATRIX RECEDING

The Matrix Revolutions grossed $24.3 million in its first day of release Wednesday — far below the $37.5 million Matrix Reloaded collected in its debut last spring. read more

COUNTRY RULES

CBS's telecast of the 37th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday attracted nearly 21 million viewers, the show's largest audience in seven years. That may explain the disappointing numbers posted by The O.C., which finished fourth at 9 pm/ET. read more

MUST BE SWEEPS

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

VACANCY

CBS has decided to fill the four-hour hole left by The Reagans with reruns. On Nov. 16, the network will repeat a special two-part CSI. And on Nov. 18, reruns of CSI: Miami and Without a Trace will air. Of course, CBS reserves the right to change its mind at the last minute if anyone gets upset. read more

COMEDY QUEENS

Newlyweds ditz of the sea Jessica Simpson has signed a secret deal with ABC to headline her own sitcom, according to a report in Friday's New York Post. CBS, meanwhile, has tapped ex-Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff to headline her own sitcom pilot targeted for next fall. The project is being described as a domestic comedy along the lines of Family Ties. read more

NOT-SO SIMPLE LIFE

The Paris Hilton sex video scandal is heating up. According to the New York Post, lawyers for the celebutante are looking into whether boyfriend Rick Solomon took advantage of the hotel heiress while she was nearly unconscious. It's illegal to have sex with an incapacitated woman — especially when said woman has a rich daddy. "She is so far gone she is drooling," says a rep for Paris. "It is the most disturbing video I have ever seen." Speaking of sick and twisted videos, Gigli arrives on DVD Dec. 9. read more

NBC'S NEW TUESDAY

NBC is revamping its Tuesday night lineup beginning Dec. 2. Among the changes: The network will move Whoopi to 8:30 pm/ET to make room for the debut of The Tracy Morgan Show at 8 pm. Happy Family shifts to 9:30 pm following Frasier, which stays put at 9 pm. Good Morning Miami, meanwhile, moves to Thursdays at 9:30 pm — the timeslot briefly occupied by Coupling. read more

NOT-SO SIMPLE LIFE

The Paris Hilton sex video scandal is heating up. According to the New York Post, lawyers for the celebutante are looking into whether boyfriend Rick Solomon took advantage of the hotel heiress while she was nearly unconscious. It's illegal to have sex with an incapacitated woman — especially when said woman has a rich daddy. "She is so far gone she is drooling," says a rep for Paris. "It is the most disturbing video I have ever seen." Speaking of sick and twisted videos, Gigli arrives on DVD Dec. 9. read more

SWINGIN' MISS

The TV jungle has proven uninhabitable for Tarzan. The WB pulled the plug on the much-hyped action-drama Thursday 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." In related news, ABC has axed Dick Wolf's L.A. Dragnet. read more

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