E! Entertainment Television has tapped Survivor runner-up Kelly Wiglesworth to co-host its upcoming series Celebrity Adventures, which will follow stars as they trek around the globe. Meanwhile, Wiglesworth's nemesis, Susan Hawk, has lined up a new gig herself. She's attached to the TNN (The National Network) pilot Pop Across America, a talk show that travels across the country on a flatbed truck. Comic Steve Marmel will host and Hawk, you guessed it, will drive the truck.
This year's VH1 Divas Live concert will spotlight Aretha Franklin, the music network announced at the Television Critics Association press tour. VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin will air live from New York's Radio City Music Hall on April 10 at 9 p.m./ET. Franklin confirmed that Billy Dee Williams and Carlos Santana are scheduled to join her on-stage, and a feeler has been put out to Mary J. Blige.
Cindy Crawford is being sued by her downstairs neighbors for making too much of a racket in her Big Apple apartment. Marina French claims that excessive noise and the "intimate sounds of daily life" such as toilets flushing, chandeliers shaking and heels pounding are driving her crazy. Crawford shares the pad with her hubby, Rande Gerber, and their infant son, Presley. Meanwhile, Crawford is coming clean about her Materialphobia a fear of Madonna. For more, checkout today's Insider.
Seth Rogen, known to Freaks and Geeks fans as the sarcastic high schooler who fell for the Tuba girl, is hitting the books again but this time as a college freshman in Fox's midseason comedy Undeclared. And proving quite the overachiever, Rogen also serves as one of the show's writers.
Freaks and Geeks brainchild Judd Apatow the creator and executive producer of Undeclared originally approached Rogen to join the writing team. However, he quickly realized that the up-and-comer would be perfect for the role of Ron, one of six college freshman sharing the same dorm floor at the fictional University of North Eastern California. "He's really funny," Apatow says of Rogen. "And how much funnier he is now than I was at 18, you can't even discuss it."
Rogen admits he doesn't mind the extra work load, and is especially enjoying taking part in Undeclared's writers meetings. "It's very relaxing, and you can just real
Hard to believe it's been 26 years since Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert and his Chicago Tribune counterpart, the late Gene Siskel, began thumb-wrestling on the balcony. The rival Windy City scribes bickered like an old married couple, and audiences ate it up consistently turning the duo's half-hour of cinematic analysis into one of the highest-rated syndicated programs on television. However, after the untimely passing of Siskel in early 1999, fans wondered if the balcony would ever be the same.
Enter Richard Roeper, a Sun-Times columnist since 1987 who got the gig last year after the show's producers tried partnering Ebert with a rotating panel of critics. "I watched the show growing up and was very aware and respectful of its legacy," Roeper tells TV Guide Online, adding that any jitters he had about filling Siskel's shoes have since disappeared. "To be honest, I'm having too much fun to be nervous."
Since well before their famed Scottish fantasy wedding, Madonna has played the supportive helpmate to Snatch director Guy Ritchie. Ever brazen, she allowed herself to be photographed wearing a sexy, black Dolce & Gabbana T-shirt emblazoned with his film's suggestive title. The Material Bride also contributed one of her pop standards, "Lucky Star," to the Snatch soundtrack. "I thought I was going to get given a deal [on the song]," Ritchie jokes to TV Guide Online. "I got no deal."
But seriously folks, Madonna's hubby with whom she shares an infant son, Rocco has little to kvetch about. "It can be a pain," Ritchie says of the media spotlight on his marriage. "There's very little true stuff I've read about myself. Some of it's funny, some of it's not. But we couldn't be happier. We're having a magnificent time, we had a magnificent wedding and we're all very happy."
Madonna is hardly the only big name celebrity with a hand
KISS rocker Gene Simmons will host an hour-long documentary for Court TV entitled The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll, which will air June 11... Jodie Foster will head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Michael Ausiello
Former Freaks and Geeks star James Franco looked dazed and confused while promoting his starring role in TNT's upcoming biopic James Dean at the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday. Appearing on stage alongside the film's producers, the up-and-comer seemed to have difficulty
forming answers to questions and nearly dozed off at one point.
However, a fellow journalist noted that he "always acts that way."
There's good news and bad news for TV fans. The good news? UPN, home of WWF Smackdown (pictured), is sticking around for at least another season. The bad news? Well, UPN is sticking around for at least another season. According to Variety, the struggling network which was considered dead after News Corp (owner of Fox) snagged eight of its affiliates last year signed a deal that ensures its survival at least through the 2001-2002 TV season. Phew, that was a close one.
The head of the new Women's Entertainment (WE) network (formerly
Romance Classics) took a slam at its rival start-up, Oxygen, at the Television
Critics Association press tour. When a reporter asked AMC Networks president
Kate McEnroe why there's a need for another women's channel, especially
considering that Oxygen continues to struggle in the ratings, the exec said, "I'm not so sure that that is a question of need or a question of content." Ouch. Well, speaking of content, WE's press notes for the upcoming Faye Dunaway-directed short film The Yellow Bird refer to Emmy-winner Cynthia Watros, star of the Fox comedy smash Titus, as a newcomer and have her last name spelled with two s's. Making matters worse, Dunaway couldn't even pronounce it correctly in the press conference (Way-tros, instead of Wah-tros). This would have never happened at Lifetime.