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FOR LOVE OR RATINGS

Monday's finale of For Love or Money was money in the bank for NBC. The two-hour swan song easily won its timeslot among adults 18-49 and attracted 12.9 million viewers. On the downside, Nielsen estimates that 12.8 million of those tuning in were asleep by the second hour. read more

Amazing Race's Supreme Duo Speak!

Karma is a wonderful thing. After being cheated out of crucial airline tickets by the sudden alliance of air traffic controllers Steve and Dave and father/son team Steve and Josh on the first leg of The Amazing Race 4, Monica and Sheree (a.k.a. The Supremes) wound up outlasting both of their rivals. Sadly, the NFL wives lost a lot of ground when the teams hit India in last week's episode and never recovered. Here, the two review their highs and lows and answer that all-important question: Why did they go for the fast-forward so early on in the race?


TV Guide Online: First off, what happened in India? Coming out of Mumbai's Film City, you guys were right on the heels of the frontrunners, but then you suddenly dropped to the rear of the pack.
Monica:
It was a matter of luck that day. At first we were right up in front, although we did fall a little behind the other teams. read more

Fame It Boy: Not-So-Ol' Blue Eyes


Don't hate Fame frontrunner Alex Boyd because he's beautiful. If you absolutely, positively have to hate the humble heartthrob, do so because he's not only easy on the eyes, he's also exceptional ear candy, the kind of smooth crooner who once upon a time would've given his idol, Frank Sinatra, a run for his money.

"I'm mainly a jazz singer, which is kind of weird — people are shocked when I tell them that," the 18-year-old relates to TV Guide Online. "I sing mostly '40s and '50s tunes, stuff from the Chet Baker era. Unfortunately, it's not as marketable [as more contemporary genres]."

Not yet maybe. But thanks to the chunky-turned-hunky vocalist's status as the breakout sex symbol of NBC's reality series (airin read more

IF THE SHOE FITS...

Renée Zellweger has signed on to star opposite Russell Crowe in the Ron Howard-directed Cinderella Man, Variety reports. The film centers around Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock (Crowe), who became a folk hero by winning a 15-round match against champ Max Baer in 1935. Zellweger will play his wife. read more

SAVAGE SPEAKS

Disgraced right-wing talk show host Michael Savage claims he didn't know he was on the air when he referred to a caller as a "sodomite" who should "get AIDS and die." As a result, he says MSNBC was wrong to fire him over the flap. "MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves for catering to a mistake like this," he said on his radio show Monday night. "They're fools." Kettle, I've got Pot on Line 1. read more

THIS YEAR'S MODEL

Jesus was wrong. He told America's Next Top Model contestant Shannon in a dream that our fave, Elyse, would make the final two, but at halftime of last night's season finale, the future M.D. got eliminated, paving the way for endearing dark-horse candidate Adrianne to come from behind and win a Revlon contract, a Wilhelmina representation deal and a restraining order against judge Janice Dickinson. If you have a question for either Adrianne or Elyse — sorry Shannon, but you're boring — send them to me via the link at the bottom of this column. I'll forward them on to my colleague Daniel "Party Boy" Coleridge, who will be speaking to them later today. read more

LIAR, LIAR!

Oops, Britney Spears had sex before she was married! Shocker!!!!! The pop tart tells W magazine that she bedded ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake during their three-year relationship. "I've only slept with one person my whole life," she says. "It was two years into my relationship with Justin, and I thought he was the one. But I was wrong!" read more

POOR CANADA

Canadian-born ABC News anchor Peter Jennings is an official U.S. citizen. Jennings was sworn in as a Yank on May 30. read more

EDWARD JAMES UH-OH

Sci Fi Channel president Bonnie Hammer visibly squirmed at Tuesday's TCA presentation for Battlestar Galactica, where star Edward James Olmos revealed that devotees of the original '70s TV show are sending him hate mail. Apparently, they've heard Sci Fi's four-hour fall miniseries is a very loosely based remake, and they ain't happy. "If you're a die-hard fan of the original Battlestar Galactica, please don't watch," Olmos declared. "Sci Fi Channel wants you to think everyone will like this. They won't! So please, don't watch! Buy the DVD of the original series, and when we're on, pop it in instead! I don't want you writing me any more letters!" read more

HOLY &*%#!

Apparently, the sight of Jack and Kelly beating each other to a pulp on last week's The Osbournes wasn't proof enough for MTV that its once-hot reality show was dying a slow death. The network has ordered a 20-episode third season of the show, premiering in early 2004. In other Osbourne news, Aimee still refuses to do the show, but will make her acting debut in MTV's modern adaptation of Emily Brönte's Wuthering Heights, airing Sept. 4. read more

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