He didn't make it to Kelly Ripa's hot seat, but Robert Jerome Lacovara Jr. can always claim he was number one in line, that is. The film student from Manhattan's Hunter College was first to compete in Live With Regis and Kelly's American Co-Host Search last Thursday. The winner will sit next to Reege on April 16, filling in for Ripa, who's currently on maternity leave with her third child.
"I've tried out for Survivor three times, and for American Idol, you have to be under 25 and sing," says the 34-year-old Lacovara, who's also an ex-model. He braved the night's elements, staking his spot outside the Live studio nearly 14 hours before auditions commenced, even though rumors had
Broadway is on a freakin' roll! Actually, it's not, I just wanted to see what it was like to lead off three consecutive news stories the same way. The fact of the matter is, Broadway is in freakin' trouble. A strike by Great White Way musicians which left most Broadway theaters dark over the weekend continues into its fourth day today. The dispute centers around producers' desire to cut the minimum size of orchestras from 26 to 15 players. The good news? The hysterical Off Broadway farce Zanna, Don't! is not affected by all this. The bad news? Neither is the dreadful (and disturbingly overrated) gay baseball satire Take Me Out.
As a onetime executive producer of Dawson's Creek, writer-director-supernova Kevin Williamson is accustomed to answering difficult questions. (Dawson or Pacey? Pacey or Dawson?) But the 2003 Oscar race is an altogether different story, one whose ending he can scarcely imagine penning.
"It is such a tough year for me," the I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream scribe tells TV Guide Online. "My favorite films, split down the middle, were Chicago and The Hours." Alas, checking off both movies isn't an option on Academy ballots. "I've got to vote, and I'm absolutely torn between Chicago and The Hours as best picture, best director and best writer.
CNN has canceled its afternoon gabfest Talk Back Live after nine years... Former Tonight Show host Jack Paar has been released from a Connecticut hospital, where he was recovering from a stroke.