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Latina Bombshell Defies Stereotypes


When Univision TV personality Sofia Vergara was cast as blonde bombshell Cici in Chasing Papi, she had her reservations. At first glance, she thought playing a vivacious, big-haired Charo wannabe would only serve to reinforce stereotypes. But with her over-the-top comedic antics, the Colombian native says she made something more of her role as the leader of a trio of women in love with the same man.

"It concerned me a little bit," she explains to TV Guide Online, "this cheesy Latin, who's loud, with the cleavage. Then you realize she really is the brains of the whole operation. But of course, she is a caricature."

The brunette spreads herself thin as a VJ, a model, a single mother and the founder of a charity for Colombian children. None of these careers even closely resembles her original, rather non-stereotypical ambition: "To tell you the truth, my plan was to be a dentist," she laughs. "I studied [dentistry] for three years in Colombia. read more

LET 'EM ROAST

Denis Leary has inked a deal with Comedy Central to produce a series of celebrity roasts, beginning with his own. The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary will be taped June 26 for an Aug. 10 broadcast. Michael J. Fox, James Gandolfini, Elizabeth Hurley, Colin Quinn, Jon Stewart and Christopher Walken are expected to attend. read more

THE TRUTH ABOUT TORI

So, what's the real reason Tori Spelling isn't taking part in Fox's upcoming Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion special? Beats me, but this is the spin her publicist is putting on it: "She adored her time on 90210, but she's just moved on," her rep says. "She's doing other projects right now." read more

SHORT CUTS

Rapper-actor DMX is in talks to star in and produce the big-screen action-thriller Werewolf... Cameron Diaz and Jared Leto have split, the new US Weekly reports. read more

IDOL STATS

Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this, but Kelly Clarkson did it in less than a week! The American Idol champ's debut album Thankful — which arrived in stores last Tuesday — entered Billboard's album charts at No. 1 with 300,000 copies sold. Speaking of American Idol, Joshua Gracin's painful rendition of Diane Warren's "That's When I'll Stop Loving You" last night had all the dogs in my apartment building howling in agony. read more

NO BULL

Bob Costas is going where the Baseball Hall of Fame refused to venture. To kick off the third season of his HBO show On the Record, Costas will play host to Bull Durham stars Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. The film's co-star Robert Wuhl and writer/director Ron Shelton will also appear. As you'll recall, the Hall rescinded its invitation to Sarandon and Robbins for a Bull Durham celebration due to the couple's anti-war views. read more

Perry Mulls West Wing Return


Does Matthew Perry have a future in politics? The Friends actor — who kicks off his two-episode stint on The West Wing this evening (9 pm/ET) — admits he'd be open to another term in NBC's faux White House. "We haven't really talked about it, but I had a really great experience doing the show," he tells TV Guide Online. "So, we'll have to see."

Plot-wise, Perry says WW producers have left the door ajar for his character — Republican lawyer John Quincy — to return. With Friends coming to a close next season, might Perry consider a full-time gig on Aaron Sorkin's Emmy-winning drama?

"[Friends] is going to end a 10-year chapter in my life," he says, "and I like to think that when one door closes, God puts another door somewhere in your life and it's your job to go find i read more

PERSONALITY COUNTS

Viewers have a crush on Mr. Personality. The premiere of Fox's latest dating show averaged 12.2 million viewers on Monday, second only to CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond. Among adults 18-49, Mr. Personality finished first. My advice for Hayley: Run for your freakin' life sister-friend, run! read more

GET REAL

O.J. Simpson is putting his search for Nicole's killer on hold to star in his own Osbournes-esque reality show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Texas-based Urban America Television Network announced that it will distribute a 13-week series about the former football great to its 75 independent broadcast TV stations beginning in June. The series will chronicle Simpson's daily life in Miami using footage collected over several months of filming in 2001 and 2002. read more

WHERE THERE'S A WILL...

Former Saturday Night Live cut-up Will Ferrell achieved his goal of finishing the Boston Marathon in under four hours Monday. Ferrell crossed the finish line at 3 hours, 56 minutes, 12 seconds. Now do us all a favor, Will, and run back to SNL. read more

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