Today's News: Our Take


OOPS... THIS COULD GET UGLY

Two musicians are suing Britney Spears, claiming two songs on her Oops! ... I Did It Again album are based on one of their tunes. Philly-based songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski say that "What U See (Is What U Get)" and "Can't Make You Love Me" are "virtually identical" to a song they submitted to Spears's representatives. read more

PEACOCK SECRET OUTED

Months ago, ABC wasn't the only suitor out to tempt David Letterman away from CBS. The New York Times reports NBC wanted Dave back in its fold in a weekly prime-time show — he would've aired from 8-9 pm daily, except on "Must-See" Thursday, when Friends fills that timeslot. Late Show producer Rob Burnett told the Times, "Dave had a good laugh over it," indicating the funnyman would've taken NBC more seriously had they offered him Jay Leno's Tonight Show job, which they didn't. read more

LOOK OUT, LIFETIME

Oprah Winfrey is about to breathe new life into ailing cable channel Oxygen. The talk queen — who owns 25 percent of the network — will star in a prime-time companion to her daily syndicated chatfest. Oprah After the Show will tape immediately following her talk show and air weeknights on Oxygen at 7:30 pm/ET beginning Sept. 16. "We're going to kick off our shoes, take questions from the audience and see where the conversation takes us," Winfrey said. As part of the deal, Oxygen agreed to give up any rights to air reruns of The Oprah Winfrey Show — a deal it secured when Winfrey signed on as an investor. read more

SHORT CUTS

Woody Allen reached a settlement Tuesday with two former producers who he alleged cheated him out of $12 million. Details of the settlement were not disclosed... Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is shopping a revival of the classic late-night variety series Playboy After Dark to the cable networks... Nickelodeon is developing a film version of the best-selling book series Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events... Saturday's Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson Pay-Per-View duel grossed a record $103 million. read more

UNGRATEFUL

That upcoming Grateful Dead reunion concert appears to be DOA. The promoters of the event — planned for Aug. 3-4 in East Troy, Wis. — have been denied a permit by a county highway committee. Roughly 200,000 fans were expected to show up at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre, but the venue only holds 35,000 people. "We only have 80-some sheriff's deputies," Walworth County Highway Committee Chairman Odell R. Gigante said. "Short of bringing in the National Guard, we just couldn't handle it." read more

LOVE CONQUERS ALL

Casablanca has topped the American Film Institute's list of the 100 most romantic movies of all time. The rest of the top 10: Gone with the Wind, West Side Story, Roman Holiday, An Affair to Remember, The Way We Were, Doctor Zhivago, It's a Wonderful Life, Love Story and City Lights. Modern pics making the cut include When Harry Met Sally (No. 25), Titanic (No. 37), The American President (No. 75) and The Princess Bride (No. 88). What, no read more

LOOK OUT, LIFETIME

Oprah Winfrey is about to breathe new life into cable channel Oxygen. The talk queen — who owns 25 percent of the network — will star in a prime-time companion to her daily syndicated chatfest. Oprah After the Show will tape immediately following her talk show and air weeknights on Oxygen at 7:30 pm/ET beginning Sept. 16. "We're going to kick off our shoes, take questions from the audience and see where the conversation takes us," Winfrey said. As part of the deal, Oxygen agreed to give up any rights to air reruns of The Oprah Winfrey Show — a deal it secured when Winfrey signed on as an investor. read more

Sebastian Bach: Wilder Than Ozzy?


His VH1 show Forever Wild may have quietly gotten the ax in April, but former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach is already back on TV. This time around, the 34-year-old rocker narrates The Learning Channel's The New Sideshow (airing tonight at 10 pm/ET), a not-for-the-weak-of-heart documentary on today's more outrageous carnival acts — including human pin cushion The Impaler.

"This is what you watch if you want to take reality TV one level heavier than The Osbournes," Bach tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "If you want to see somebody dangle a brick by their genitals, this is the show for you."

While Bach split acrimoniously with his bandmates in 1996 — and has since found success starring on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde and The Rocky Horror Show — his life hit the skids again in read more

Spielberg Fights the Future


Judging from Steven Spielberg's latest films — last year's A.I. and Minority Report (opening June 21) — the director finds America's future as fascinating (and foreboding) as aliens, sharks and dinosaurs. Report's vision of the year 2054 — in which psychic sentries help policeman Tom Cruise arrest murderers before they slay — may seem like far-fetched fiction. But Spielberg says the current anti-terrorism campaign gives merit to such sci-fi paranoia.

"I am a little frightened of how much The Powers That Be will be able to observe us," he says. "With new [surveillance camera] technology, you get an average of how people behave when they're crossing the street a read more

Ali Landry's "Softer" Spy TV


This month, Doritos hawker Ali Landry replaced Ed's weirdo-wiseacre Michael Ian Black as host of Spy TV (airing tonight at 8 pm/ET). Why did NBC choose her pretty mug as the hidden-camera show's new face? 'Cause she's pretty, silly!

"I think they were looking for a new look for the show," Miss USA 1996 tells TV Guide Online. "I guess last season, they thought the skits were mean or cruel — and they thought I'd maybe soften the edges a little bit.

"I consider myself a nice person," she says, "and I don't want to see anybody's feelings hurt. I watched all the pieces beforehand and they were genuinely very funny. Most people [we scam] are set up by a family member or friend. In the end, there may be shock value, but they are so happy they're on TV!"

read more

My Watchlist

On TV

Editors' Picks

9:00PM | HBOe
8:00PM | ABC
10:00PM | AMC

Full Episodes

Find a TV Show

See more »

TV GUIDE Users' Most Popular