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DELAYING JORDAN

Crossing Jordan fans anxiously awaiting the show's return may have to cool their heels a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the NBC drama did not resume as scheduled on Wednesday after star Jill Hennessy asked for more time off to spend with her newborn baby. (Last May, NBC announced that Jordan's third-season premiere would be pushed until midseason to accommodate Hennessy's pregnancy.) Despite the added delay, the network maintains the show will return to its lineup in January as planned. read more

WEDNESDAY RATINGS

ABC's Bachelor hit a home run in the ratings Wednesday, attracting a season-high 13.5 million viewers and beating Fox's coverage of the World Series among viewers 18-34. (What do you wanna bet Leeann's gonna take all the credit.) Still, the Marlins' extra-inning victory over the New York Yankees easily won the night in most categories, including total viewers (21 million) and adults 18-49. The WB's combo of Smallville and Angel, meanwhile, scored its best numbers of the season. Finally, the debut of Comedy Central's much-hyped new animated series Kid Notorious staggered out of the gate, losing half of its sizeable South Park lead in. read more

DELAYING JORDAN

Crossing Jordan fans anxiously awaiting the show's return may have to cool their heels a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the NBC drama did not resume as scheduled on Wednesday after star Jill Hennessy asked for more time off to spend with her newborn baby. (Last May, NBC announced that Jordan's third-season premiere would be pushed until midseason to accommodate Hennessy's pregnancy.) Despite the added delay, the network maintains the show will return to its lineup in January as planned. read more

BUH-BYE

As expected, CBS has axed David E. Kelley's freshman drama The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. The show's 10 pm/Wednesday timeslot will be filled by 48 Hours and other specials. read more

OOPS... HE'S BACK

The 43-year-old Japanese businessman who was ordered to steer clear of Britney Spears is now suing the pop star, claiming her security guards brandished a gun at him and caused "extreme emotional distress." Masahiko Shizawa says Brit's bodyguards confronted him on a public street at gunpoint and demanded that he flee the area. He seeks unspecified damages. read more

World Series Game 5NBC and CBS...

World Series Game 5 NBC and CBS didn't pull a last-minute schedule switcheroo this week because the teams were tied with two wins each, so I figured it was safe to return to my regular roster of shows. For the record, the Marlins won, a hollow victory when you consider the mental anguish inflicted on the Yankees by Yanni's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Survivor: Pearl Islands After Jon blindsided Morgan with the demoralizing revelation that Drake threw the only immunity challenge they lost, I'm beginning to think that a mastermind lurks beneath his Jeff Spicoli exterior. I'm guessing we won't have to wait too long to find out; Rupert is seconds away from gutting Jon like the bottomfeeder he is.

Friends An episode centering on Emma's first birthday party featured a cake shaped like male genitalia and two testicle references. One can only assume her second will boast a Kama Sutra theme.

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BUH-BYE

As expected, CBS has axed David E. Kelley's freshman drama The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. The show's 10 pm/Wednesday timeslot will be filled by 48 Hours and other specials. read more

OOPS... HE'S BACK

The 43-year-old Japanese businessman who was ordered to steer clear of Britney Spears is now suing the pop star, claiming her security guards brandished a gun at him and caused "extreme emotional distress." Masahiko Shizawa says Brit's bodyguards confronted him on a public street at gunpoint and demanded that he flee the area. He seeks unspecified damages. read more

Galactica Stars Sound Off!

When the heavily-hyped Battlestar Galactica premiered on ABC in September 1978, many publications (including TV Guide) predicted it would be the fall season's breakout hit. But lukewarm ratings and a punishing production schedule led to its cancellation after only eight months. Flash-forward 25 years later, and we're suddenly in the midst of a Galactica renaissance. The original series has just been released for the first time on DVD in an elaborate six-disc box, featuring remastered and uncut versions of all 24 episodes, plus a number of bonus features. Here, two stars of the cult phenom — Dirk Benedict (Starbuck) and Richard Hatch (Apollo) — reflect on their trip to the stars and sound off on Sci Fi Channel's upcoming Galactica remake.


TV Guide Online: On the DVD, you both read more

Joan of Arcadia's Mom Knows Best


When it comes to playing a mom, Mary Steenburgen is an expert. She shows extraordinary patience with a grouchy pre-teen son and a childlike Will Ferrell in the upcoming movie Elf (opening Nov. 7). On TV, she's raising three teenagers on the new CBS drama Joan of Arcadia. Plus, in real life, she has two kids of her own! All that motherhood must take a toll.

"It is strange," Steenburgen tells TV Guide Online. "I have a lot of teenagers in my life. I came home the other night, and my son made some little hilarious put-down of me, which seems to be his [routine]. I said, 'Charlie, I spent all day long with teenagers putting me down and being paid for it. I can't come home and have you do it. It is just too much.'"

Other than such minor worries, the 50-year-old actress seems pleased with life read more

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