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LOSING HAND

The luck is running out for FX's new John Corbett comedy/drama Lucky. After debuting to solid Nielsens on April 8, the show lost nearly half of its adults 18-49 audience in week two. The network, however, is looking on the bright side. The series did beat its lead-in Deuce Bigelow, Male Gigolo by 44 percent. It's a small, pitiful, embarrassing victory, but it's better than nothing, I suppose. read more

STILL SPLITSVILLE

Sorry, all you die-hard romantics. Rumors of a reunion for pop tarts Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are just that. "No, they're definitely not gonna get back together," Lance Bass tells TV Guide Online's resident Party Boy, Daniel Coleridge. "I'd like to see them together. I love them both. But I don't see them gettin' back together anytime soon." However, Bass denies reports that the exes are feuding. "They're still friends," he says. "They talk all the time. There's no rivalry whatsoever, so it's all gossip." read more

CLEARED

A Santa Monica, Calif., jury cleared rocker Tommy Lee of any wrongdoing in the drowning of a 4-year-old boy during a birthday party at his Malibu home two years ago. The parents of the child sued Lee for $10 million, claiming he was to blame for not having a lifeguard on duty at a pool party for children. read more

RECOVERING

Grammy-winning R&B crooner Luther Vandross was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a stroke. "Family and friends are hopeful for a speedy recovery," says a rep for the singer, who turns 52 on Sunday. read more

Latina It Girl Branches Out


With three movies out this spring and her music album slated for July, it's clear why Roselyn Sanchez is one of Premiere's "It" actresses of 2003. She's an uptight lawyer in Chasing Papi, a sexy cruise-ship dancer in Boat Trip and a butch army ranger in Basic. The 33-year-old Puerto Rican says she's just relieved her roles finally require her to act.

"I don't want to be just the sexy Latina," sighs Sanchez, who got her big break as an FBI agent in Rush Hour 2. Still, she's up front about why her options have been limited. "I have a problem getting rid of my accent in English," she admits. "I've been here [in America] read more

Leno on Bob Hope's Legendary Laughter

This Sunday at 7 pm/ET, NBC toasts comedian Bob Hope's 100th birthday with a two-hour special, 100 Years of Hope and Humor. As we close in on the funnyman's centennial, Tonight Show host Jay Leno takes a moment to reflect on the legacy of Hope — and why we're unlikely to see another performer quite like him.

TV Guide Online: When did you first meet Bob Hope?
Leno:
Oh, I can remember the first time I ever saw him, actually. I was a kid, and he used to do the monologues. This is before Johnny Carson and Steve Allen. I probably wasn't much more than five or six, but I liked Bob Hope, 'cause he would come out and wasn't a "clowny" type comedian. Bob Hope was a wise guy. But he was a wise guy that even my mom liked. Which I think differentiated him from a lot of the other wise guys that were out there. "He's a wise guy, but, oh, I guess he's okay."

TVGO: And how does he differ from the comics today?
Leno:
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NO APPLAUSE, PLEASE

While we're on the subject of TV Guide magazine, the April 26 edition marks the debut of a new weekly column penned by yours truly. Yes, the powers that be have finally recognized my genius and given me a chance to take my bad jokes, painful puns and showbiz scoops to a wider audience. As you know, I'm not one to toot my own horn, but reliable sources insist that the issue will be a collector's item, so I encourage all of you to run out and purchase multiple copies when it drops on Monday. For those interested in sending congratulatory gifts, I'm in the process of setting up a registry at Target.com. Check back here in coming weeks for further details. read more

OOPS!

CNN claims human error was to blame for publishing obituary mock-ups that its web site's designers had prepared for such luminaries as Ronald Reagan and Bob Hope. The pages, which were reportedly discovered by the folks at Fark.com, had been on a development site meant for internal review. Although they were yanked about 20 minutes after being exposed, TheSmokingGun.com managed to grab a few of them for "posterity's sake." Meanwhile, there's apparently no truth to the rumor that CNN also has obits ready to go for Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, Greta Van Susteren and Shepard Smith. read more

MUSICAL CHAIRS

Talk about a sweeps stunt. NBC personalities Jay Leno and Katie Couric will trade places on May 12, with Leno co-anchoring the Today show and Couric hosting The Tonight Show. Leno tells Access Hollywood that the idea was Couric's. "She called me up and said, 'Let's switch places,'" he says. The role reversal will mark the first time someone else hosted The Tonight Show since Leno took over for Johnny Carson 12 years ago. "She'll do fine," Leno adds of Couric. "People like her; she has an infectious personality. And she's so cute that if she bombs, she can get away with it because she's cute." In related news, former American Idol host Brian Dunkleman will switch places with read more

FIDEL DROPPED

HBO has pulled Oliver Stone's controversial documentary about Fidel Castro from its original May airdate as a result of Cuba's recent crackdown on dissidents, reports the April 26 issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale Monday). In Comandante, Stone attempts to paint a human portrait of the Cuban president. Says an HBO rep: "In light of recent events, we felt unless Oliver Stone can return to Cuba and interview Castro, it was somewhat dated and incomplete." read more

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