Tuesday, May 15, 2007

MAY 15, 2007

About 450,000 Evenflo infant car seats have been recalled because the handle can release unexpectedly and cause an infant to fall. Evenflo has received 679 reports of such incidents, which have resulted in 160 injuries to children, including a skull fracture and two concussions.The recalled seats were made before April 8, 2006, and they have model numbers beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 599. The seats were sold at department stores and juvenile products stores nationwide from December 2004 through September 2006.For more info, call Evenflo 800-490-7497 or log on to www.embracehandle.com.

Along with Lipstick Jungle, NBC is cooking up four other new dramas this fall -- Journeyman; The Bionic Woman; Chuck; and Life -- and only one new mid-season comedy, The IT Crowd. Meanwhile, Friday Night Lights will wind up on Friday nights, My Name Is Earl will unspool a 25-episode third season and Bionic Woman reruns will air on the Sci Fi Channel. As everyone expected, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" has been put out of its low-rated misery, despite being one of the networks most anticipated. . . and most expensive shows. Other cancelled NBC shows include: "Crossing Jordan", "20 Good Years", "Andy Barker P.I.", "Kidnapped", "Raines", "The Black Donnellys", and "The Singles Table". DONALD TRUMP'S reality show "The Apprentice" may not return next season. NBC didn't give it a timeslot. . . but they didn't cancel it yet either. They're waiting to see if they have a spot for it. If not, it's gone.

On ABC, as for returning series, October Road and Notes from the Underbelly have been renewed. Sadly, What About Brian has gone to the great cancellation pile in the sky (a fact I knew for sure yesterday when I saw Sarah Lancaster promoting her NBC new series, Chuck, and she told me "It was time to move on"), along with George Lopez, Knights of Prosperity, In Case of Emergency, Six Degrees and According To Jim.

CBS announces their renewals and cancellations tomorrow morning.

So what did the judges pick for the contestants to sing tonight? Simon Cowell chose Jordin Sparks’ song- “Wishing on a Star” by Rose Royce. Also, Jordin told classmates that her personal song choice would be a reprise of “I Who Have Nothing”–her song pick for British Invasion night. Paula Abdul chose Blake Lewis’s song–”Roxanne” by the Police. Randy Jackson chose Melinda Doolittle’s song, “I Believe in You and Me” by Whitney Houston.

It was a night of perfection and near perfection on last night's Dancing With the Stars as the couples again danced twice, but were able to choose which ballroom and Latin dances they would perform. Olympic speedskating medalist Apolo Anton Ohno uttered the wish of perfect 30s for both of his dances, but it was not to be. A flawless quick step earned him and partner Julianne Hough a 30, but their cha-cha-cha was deemed "too raunchy" by judge Len Goodman resulting in an overall score of 59. 90210's Ian Ziering got his first perfect score of the season dressed as Elvis and performing the jive with two-time winner Cheryl Burke, but their tango fared slightly worse and positioned the couple in last place with 58. World champion boxer Laila Ali along with her pro Max Chmerkovskiy were the first couple to attain the much desired perfect 60 overall with their quick step and cha-cha-cha, but they weren't alone as 'N Sync's Joey Fatone and partner Kym Johnson also secured two perfect 30s dancing the fox trot and the jive. No one is safe, though, as Joey proved last week when he found himself in the bottom two after receiving high marks from the judges. Anything can happen when the audience casts their votes and the results are revealed on tonight's Dancing With the Stars: The Results on ABC which features a performance by Enrique Inglesias.

Author J.K. Rowling appealed to people on Monday to leave the ending of the final Harry Potter book as a surprise and not spoil the mystery for fans of the best-selling series about the boy wizard.

Rowling's comments were sparked by a note on April 28 on fan site, The Leaky Cauldron (www.the-leaky-cauldron.org), saying it had received "spoiler" e-mails from people claiming to know the contents of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

"We're a little under three months away, now, and the first distant rumblings of the weirdness that usually precedes a Harry Potter publication can be heard on the horizon," Rowling wrote on her Web site wwww.jkrowling.com on Monday.

"I want the readers who have, in many instances, grown up with Harry, to embark on the last adventure they will share with him without knowing where they are they going."

Rowling has said two characters will die in the seventh book of the Potter series, which will be released on July 21, but she has refused to give any clues on who they will be.

Potter books are released under tight security but The Leaky Cauldron said nuggets of information do leak out, sometimes from bookstore workers or librarians.