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THE HONEYMOON'S OVER

VH1 has divorced itself from newlyweds Liza Minnelli and David Gest. The cable channel has pulled the plug on the couple's upcoming reality show, Liza & David, because, according to the New York Post, producers could no longer tolerate Gest's diva antics. Sources tell the paper that Gest was a "control freak" who continually restricted access to his bride. "This went beyond creative differences," says one insider. The heavily hyped show was to debut Dec. 8. read more

RUNWAY WANNABES, LISTEN UP!

Wanna be the next Kate Moss? Here's your chance! UPN has ordered eight episodes of Supermodel, a midseason reality show/contest which will award one lucky lady a lucrative modeling contract. Tyra Banks will serve as exec producer and judge. read more

WB STUFF

Eddie Cahill — best known as Jennifer Aniston's former boy toy on Friends and for nearly killing Keri Russell on Felicity — will guest star on the Nov. 20 episode of Dawson's Creek. He'll play a young actor who goes after Dawson's new girlfriend. Also in November, the WB will host a Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion of sorts when Ian Ziering guest stars on Jennie Garth's new sitcom What I Like About You. read more

SIMON SAYS... QUIT!

After only five days on the job, American Idol's newest judge, hip-hop star and radio DJ Angie Martinez, has quit! According to Access Hollywood, Martinez had time commitment issues and also had trouble being honest with the auditioners. Sounds like nasty Simon wasn't being nice to the new girl. read more

RATINGS ROUND-UP

The just-concluded 2002 World Series may have been the lowest-rated fall classic ever, but it still did well enough to help Fox win the weekly Nielsen crown. The network averaged 16.3 million viewers, easily beating second-place CBS (12.6 million). The top five shows of the week were: World Series Game Seven (No. 1 with 30.8 million viewers), CSI (No. 2 with 25 million), Everybody Loves Raymond (No. 3 with 21.5 million), Survivor: Thailand (No. 4 with 20.9 million) and World Series Game Six (No. 5 with 19.2 million). read more

TOGETHER AGAIN

Wedding Singer co-stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore may be headed to the altar again. The duo are poised to re-team for the Columbia Pictures romantic comedy Fifty First Kisses. According to Variety, the Memento-esque plot revolves around a man (Sandler) who falls in love with a woman (Barrymore), only to discover that she suffers from severe short-term memory loss. As a result, he must get her to fall in love with him all over again — every day. In related news, Barrymore's real-life marriage to comic Tom Green is officially kaput, Extra reports. As part of the couple's property settlement, Green will keep the couple's Los Angeles home and will pay his ex a little read more

QUIT PRO QUO

Turns out, ABC News's Diane Sawyer isn't going to get that exclusive jailhouse interview with accused murderer Robert Blake after all. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pulled the plug on the Q&A, citing a department policy prohibiting inmates from doing TV chats during ongoing criminal cases. Ironically, Harland Braun, the lawyer who has represented Blake since his wife was killed last year, resigned as the actor's attorney Monday because he was miffed the former Baretta star agreed to talk to Sawyer. There's no word if he'll go back to work for Blake now. read more

OZZY GETS BIGGER

Ozzy Osbourne is headed to a theater near you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the MTV reality phenom is in talks with a major studio to bring his life to the big screen. However, Ozzy wouldn't be playing himself, according to wife Sharon. Instead, she wants Johnny Depp to tackle the plum part. "I don't know if he'll do it," she says. "He's a brilliant actor." Meanwhile, MTV confirms that the second season of The Osbournes will kick off Nov. 26 at 10:30 pm/ET. read more

TOUGH CEL

More bad news for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: That much-talked about animated spinoff series is off the drawing board. "We just couldn't find a home for it — which will baffle me to the grave," Buffy sire, Joss Whedon, sighs to TV Guide Online. For more Buffy scoop, click here. read more

SHORT CUTS

Halle Berry's gunning for another Oscar: The actress has signed on to play a rape victim in the big-screen drama October Squall.... Former book club guru Oprah Winfrey has been selected to receive an honorary award from the Association of American Publishers in February... Just a reminder to set your VCR: Jerry Seinfeld will perform an all-new stand-up routine on Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman... Heinous reality star Anna Nicole Smith is being sued for $25 million by her former publicist for allegedly not paying $155,000 in bills... Queen Elizabeth II bestowed actor Liam Neeson with the Order of the British Empire award on Tuesday read more

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