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If there were any relation between ratings and quality, American Dreams would be the No. 1 show on TV. But hey, we're not complaining; at least NBC has renewed the soul-stirring '60s-set dramedy for a second season. "We're the little engine that could," executive producer Jonathan Prince tells TV Guide Online. "It's hard to call yourself a hit on the network that gives us Friends and ER ... but I feel really good about what we've done, especially up against The Simpsons and such tough competition."

Prince's boss, NBC prez Jeff Zucker, seconds that emotion. "He said, 'I'm going to make Sundays work,'" reveals Prince. Heaven knows he and his Dreams team are trying. For this week's season finale (airing at 8 pm/ET), they've recruited Destiny's Child vocali read more


Carol Channing, 82, married her high school sweetheart Harry Kullijian, 83, over the weekend in Atherton, Calif. Rumor has it the newlyweds spent their first night as husband and wife engaged in a heated game of gin rummy. read more


After 23 years, Sharon Osbourne has announced that husband Ozzy will dump his label, Sony Music. No reason was cited for the "amicable split," except that the rocker is looking for "fresh ideas." In related news, Sony stock was expected to skyrocket on word that Ozzy's tin-eared daughter Kelly will also be leaving the label. read more

Renée Zellweger's Ewan Obsession

Renée Zellweger may consider herself somewhat "cinematically ignorant," but it sounds to us like there's at least one actor whose oeuvre she's mastered. "For seven years, I've been going, 'Where's Ewan McGregor? What's Ewan McGregor doing? Is he making this? Is there a girl? What kind of girl? Can we make that happen?" she says, with a laugh. "We've been acquaintances for a long time, but I've been his fan for even longer."

Thank goodness Down with Love, an homage to the comedies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson, finally came along — if only for her agent's sake. Zellweger stars as Barbara Novak, an author whose 1962 titular best seller encourages career-minded women to say "no" to lo read more


Troubled actress Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami) is in final talks to star in NBC's four-hour miniseries 10.5, about a deadly earthquake hitting the West Coast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jennie Garth, who's currently starring in the WB sitcom What I Like About You, has been cast in the NBC holiday telepic Secret Santa. Speaking of 90210, last night's reunion special was sadly devoid of any good dish. But it was worth it just to hear Gabrielle Carteris let out a huge fake laugh in response to something I think Shannen Doherty said. I read more


Here's some news that doesn't make sense: ABC has decided not to take The Practice off life support, opting to pick up the struggling legal drama for an eighth season. ABC announces its new fall lineup tomorrow. read more


NBC unveiled its fall lineup to advertisers Monday in New York, and the network announced that Boomtown, Ed and Good Morning, Miami will be back in the fall. All three were question marks for renewal. Additionally, the Peacock will add six new shows to its schedule. Among the new entries: the British-inspired sitcom Coupling; the John Larroquette-Christine Baranski comedy Happy Family; a half-hour laffer starring Whoopi Goldberg as a hotel manager; the Rob Lowe drama The Lyon's Den; a comedy-drama starring Alicia Silver read more


Here's another reminder that it's sweeps time on TV: Next Thursday's Late Night with Conan O'Brien will be a clay animated re-creation of an October episode featuring Jackass star Johnny Knoxville, comedian Richard Lewis and musical guest David Bowie. read more


Talk-show host John Walsh broke his ankle on the job Thursday. Seems the 57-year-old got overenthused while taping a segment on extreme sports, injuring himself while imitating a kid skateboarder's stunt. Walsh's wipeout airs on The John Walsh Show's May 16 episode. Tempting, but we still won't watch. read more


Last night's dramatic Survivor: The Amazon finale marked a giant step forward for spoiled, beautiful, obnoxious girls everywhere. Jenna Morasca, the 21-year-old swimsuit model from Pittsburgh, joined Survivor's exclusive million-dollar club by outwitting, outplaying and outlasting the other 15 castaways, including runner-up/favorite Matthew Von Ertfelda. The climactic 6-1 vote was the biggest margin of victory in the show's history. read more

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