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Look for Sally Jessy Raphael to destroy her trademark red glasses in her talk show's series finale, airing May 22. "They belong to the [production] company," says the bespectacled TV hostess, who vowed never to don the scarlet specs again. As previously reported, the 19-year daytime vet was axed after Studio USA's attempts to turn Sally more Jerry Springer-esque failed to boost low ratings. read more


First Ted Koppel and now this! Variety reports that ABC newsman Peter Jennings — who makes $10 million a year — could be facing a salary reduction as a result of World News Tonight's declining ratings. Jennings isn't alone: ABC News correspondents reportedly have already been asked to accept 25 percent pay cuts. read more


Winter Olympics producer Don Mischer will helm the second annual World Stunt Awards, airing May 31 on ABC. This year, Apocalypse Now Redux, The Fast and the Furious and Rush Hour 2 lead the nominations in such butch-sounding categories as best fight, best fire stunt and hardest hit. What, no best butt double? read more


A Seattle judge has ruled rocker Courtney Love won't have to have her head examined. Kurt Cobain's widow was nearly forced by his Nirvana bandmates to undergo a psychiatric evaluation — they claimed she's mentally incompetent for hindering their music's marketing. The judge scoffed that the eval would "serve no purpose other than to contribute a circus-like atmosphere" to the legal proceedings. read more


Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf is developing a prime-time update of the classic cop drama Dragnet, Variety reports. Wolf will write the pilot and serve as executive producer of the proposed series, which could debut as early as 2003. No network is attached, but they're all reportedly interested. read more


May sweeps kicks off tonight with one heck of a showdown: ABC is scheduling the two-hour season finale of its reality smash The Bachelor (8-10 pm/ET) against NBC's Must-See comedies and CBS's one-two punch of Survivor: Marquesas and CSI. Fox, meanwhile, is airing The Empire Strikes Back — the best Star Wars film ever. read more


Only three U.S. films will compete for the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, down from five last year. Among the American entries: Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, starring Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Watson; Alexander Payne's About Schimdt, starring Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis and Kathy Bates; and Michael Moore's documentary Bowling for Columbine. The read more


Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon — the woman who accused Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, of rape and slapped him with a civil suit last month — has been arrested for check forgery. Angelil's lawyers are suggesting the criminal charge calls Kwon's credibility into question. read more

Val Kilmer's Made Mistakes

A lot has been said about Val Kilmer, whose reputation for clashes with crew and cast members — on such films as Batman Forever, The Island of Dr. Moreau and Red Planet — is among Hollywood's most colorful. And while the actor is quick to offer his own viewpoint on the oft-told tales, he also will admit that he's made some mistakes in his career.

"I'm old enough to be able to see patterns in my own behavior and [I can tell if I've] done something awful," Kilmer shares with TV Guide Online. "It's embarrassing, but I pretty regularly turned down work with really fine directors, of which there just aren't that many.

"I would never do that again," he asserts. "If Ang Lee ( read more

Survivor's Gay Villain Speaks!

When it comes to playing the game of Survivor, it pays to be gay — at least according to recently outed, er, ousted Marquesas contestant John Carroll. The 36-year-old Nebraska native — whose ruthless tactics reminded us of another egomaniacal non-hetero, original Survivor champ Richard Hatch — believes it's no small coincidence that some of the show's most memorable (and successful) participants have been men who love men.

"To be honest, my intention was not to lie, but I was in the closet for 21 years," he tells TV Guide Online. "When you are gay, you learn to have facades. So, I think manipulation is inherently a defense mechanism for many gay people."

Well, unlike Hatch, Carroll's Jekyll and Hyde routine did not sit well with the majority of his tribemates — leading to his ejection at the end of last Thursday's episod read more

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