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MORE TROUBLES FOR JAN-MICHAEL

You think you got it bad? Troubled actor Jan-Michael Vincent (remember the 1980s action series Airwolf?) was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail after admitting that he violated his probation for drunken driving four — that's right, four — times, according to Variety. An Orange County, CA judge ruled that 56-year-old Vincent, who is on probation for a 1996 drunken driving conviction, was in volation for three incidents of public drunkenness and a July 20 arrest for an altercation with his wife. read more

THEY'LL BE THERE FOR YOU

Here's your chance to hang backstage with Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Rachel — Friends producer Bright, Kaufman, Crane is auctioning off the opportunity for two to attend a taping of the hit NBC sitcom, followed up by a behind-the-scenes tour of the set. The winning bidders in the auction also get their photo taken on the set on the Central Perk coffee shop couch. Bidding as of this morning was up to $1,550. Proceeds benefit children's charity I Am Your Child. read more

Watch Role Reversal


Third Watch fans won over by the heroics of dedicated paramedic Bobby Caffey last season are in for a rude awakening. The character's portrayer, Bobby Cannavale, reveals that this year the perpetual straight arrow turns to the dark side.

"Something big and dramatic is going to happen to Bobby," the actor tells TV Guide Online, "and he's going to rethink giving 100 percent of himself for others. He'll be a little tougher."

Well, judging by the positive response Cannavale has been getting from viewers, producers of the NBC drama may not want to tamper too much with his popular alter ego. Even in New York City — where the show is based — the New Jersey native is treated like a king. "I have actually been picked up three or four times by ambulance drivers when I'm trying to hail a taxi," he marvels. "They just pull over and give me ride as far as they can without going out of their way. I'm just glad that they all seem to really love the show."

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SHOWDOWN ON REGIS

Decked out in full Regis attire, Texas governor and presidential candidate George W. Bush made an appearance on Live with Regis this morning and went toe-to-toe with Philbin and guest co-host Susan Hawk of Survivor. Asked whether he tuned in to the CBS reality smash, Bush replied: "I did, coming down the stretch in particular. I was anxious to see who was going to survive, like me." Hawk then quipped: "Just watch your last speech," referring to her legendary snake/rat tongue-lashing. What does Bush think of the tapioca-lovin' loudmouth truck driver? "I like her spirit," he said. Indeed he did. At one point, Bush appeared to be flirting with the former castaway, trading pony stories while Philbin attempted to get his attention. Other tidbits: The last movie Dubya saw was Saving Private Ryan, but "it was a rental. I haven't been to a movie house in a long time." Not since, well, they were called movie houses. In other Live news, ratings fo read more

Rogers Gambles on New Book


It's going to be a busy night for Kenny Rogers at this year's Country Music Association Awards (CBS, Oct. 4, 8 pm/ET). In addition to performing on the awards show for the first time in 16 years, he'll be running around backstage all night taking snapshots for his latest book of celebrity pix.

Rogers, who's already published two books of photographs, tells the TV Guide Channel that he just needs a few more snapshots to fill out the new volume. Titled This is My Country, it'll feature 60 Nashville stars, from the legendary Tammy Wynette and the late Minnie Pearl to those he refers to as "the young guns" of country music, Brad Paisley and Jo Dee Messina.

"It's a book that I'm very proud of and I'm just anxious to finish it," he says. "Because you can collect these things and collect them and pretty soon the people you've shot don't look like what they looked like when you shot them. And then it's not fun anymore, so I need to read more

Not So Minnie Surgery


Talk about art imitating life. Just hours before Minnie Driver underwent an appendectomy in a London hospital late last month, the English actress watched the procedure performed on CBS's medical drama Chicago Hope.

"They had a whole scene about an appendectomy, which I had no idea I was about to experience," she tells TV Guide Online. "Later, I was making a cup of tea and suddenly I felt this stabbing pain. My whole stomach was hurting but I just kept telling myself it was indigestion or something. I went to bed with a hot water bottle."

After suffering for a few hours, the Oscar-nominated actress — who was in London filming High Heels and Lowlifes — took some action. "I called my mum at four in the morning," she recalls. "I know some people might have called 911 but I said to myself, 'Mum will know what to do.' Well, mum instructed her to proceed directly to the nearest hospital. And like a good daughter, Driver followed orders.

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PRIESTLEY SAYS BAD WORD

What would Cindy and Jim Walsh think? Former Beverly Hills, 90210 studmuffin Jason Priestley had Fox sensors scrambling yesterday when he blurted out the granddaddy of cuss words during a live interview on Fox News Channel. Priestley — who was promoting his documentary on the rock group Barenaked Ladies — accused the media of printing lies about him "so they can sell f---ing papers." The New York Daily News quotes a Fox source as saying Priestley seemed out of sorts prior to the interview and there "was a conversation of whether to put him on the air." The actor's rep blamed his behavior on jet-lag. read more

HECHE TELL-ALL?

Simon & Schuster offshoot Scribner is thisclose to shelling out big bucks for Anne Heche's memoirs, Variety reports. The 31-year-old ex-partner of Ellen DeGeneres reportedly has submitted a proposal for a tome that would delve into her traumatic childhood. Heche's father — a fundamentalist Baptist — died of AIDS when she was 14. Three years later, her brother was killed in a car accident. It's not clear whether the book will include juicy details about her break-ups with Steve Martin and DeGeneres, or her recent "spell" that landed her in a Fresno, CA hospital. read more

BATMAN LANDS DIRECTOR

Warner Bros. is moving forward with its next Batman flick, officially signing indie director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem For A Dream) to helm the fifth installment, Variety reports. Titled Batman: Year One, the film will chronicle "Bruce Wayne's first year as Batman, including the self-doubts and blunders he had to overcome in order to emerge as a full-blown crimefighter." There's no word on who will assume the title role, previously played by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney. Brad Pitt recently met with Aronofsky, inciting a flurry of speculation that he was in the running. Pitt's handlers, however, denied the rumors. read more

GEORGE GOES BYE BYE BYE

By George he's got it... the boot, that is. George Boswell, the 41-year-old roofer from Rockford, Ill., was banished from the Big Brother house on last night's live broadcast. Dressed like Julius Caesar, the guy dubbed "Chicken Man" received 51 percent of the vote, followed by fellow nominees Jamie (32 percent), Eddie (14 percent) and Curtis (3 percent). Hunk-with-the-heart-of-gold Josh now appears to be the frontrunner to take home the $500,000 grand prize. The winner — picked by voters — will be revealed in the series's finale on Sept. 29. read more

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