NOT SO ROSIE: A month after talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell cut ties with the magazine bearing her name, publisher Gruner & Jahr suspending publication of Rosie and firing 120 employees. The final issue goes on sale November 12.
EVERYBODY'S A WINNER: American Idol finalist Tamyra Gray inking a record deal with RCA Records. Winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini have already signed to the label.
IDOL ENCORE: Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson will be back to judge American Idol 2 in February. Fox had previously announced that Brit bad guy Simon Cowell would return--he's reportedly getting $1 million for the gig.
SPEAKING OF IDOL: CBS to launch a nationwide talent search next week for its new version of Star Search. The talent show, featuring wannabe singers, comics and models, will debut in the midseason.
SHAVE AND A HARE CUT: Disney pulling out all the stops for the 15th anniversary DVD edition of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which will feature rare new animation of Roger and other animated characters. The two-disc set hits stores on March 25.
SWEET HOME INDEED: Meanwhile, ABC, Fox, and USA signing unprecedented deals with Disney to air its latest family-friendly hit, Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon on the tube. The movie so far has grossed $84 million at the box office after three weeks in theaters.
JAILHOUSE ROCK: Music Behind Bars, a VH1 program featuring prison musical groups, drawing complaints from both Pennsylvania state officials and a mother who was stunned to see her daughter's killer jamming with his bandmates on TV. Crime victims say the series glamorized violent criminals. The first episode airs Friday.
HE'S BACK! The WB announcing it will pick up Young MacGyver, a new version of the hit TV series that will focus on MacGyver's twentysomething nephew as he leaves school and winds up joining the Phoenix Foundation his uncle belonged to.
OPENING UP: ABC's Barbara Walters and daughter Jackie Danforth sitting down with Jane Pauley for Friday's Dateline NBC. They will discuss their troubled relationship when Jackie was a troubled teen dabbling in drug use.
HER KIND OF TOWN: Pop diva Janet Jackson recording a song for the upcoming soundtrack to the movie, Chicago, starring Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
SNIPER ALLEY: The Washington-area sniper story giving a boost to cable network ratings with Fox News averaging 1.12 million viewers on Tuesday, and CNN 1.06 million. It was the most-watched single day of the year for both networks, according to Nielsen Media Research.
YOU GOT A PROBLEM? Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who's currently enmeshed in a divorce battle with his wife of three years, admitting he once struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. The allegations came up in divorce proceedings begun in March.
THE TRUTH HURTS: Thailand officials criticizing Christina Aguilera's new video, "Dirrty," for alluding to the country's sex industry with the popster dancing in front of posters that read in Thai, "Thailand's sex tourism," and "Young underage Girls."
NICE PORN: Sunday's premiere of Comedy Central's first original movie, Porn 'n' Chicken, about a real-life underground group of Yale students who produced their own adult film, delivering a solid 1.4 rating, more than double the cable net's average prime-time rating.
NICE SURPRISE: A newly discovered recording of Rosemary Clooney's last public performance, taped without her knowledge seven months before her death, hitting record stores under the title The Last Concert. The CD is due November 19.
CLOONEY ADD: Meanwhile, Clooney's friends and family, including nephew George Clooney, planning an all-star gala tribute to the singer to be hosted by her old pal Merv Griffin.
OWNERS OF THE WORLD: Universal Music snagging 23.5 percent of the global recording biz thanks to hits from Shaggy, Nelly Furtado and Andrea Bocelli. Rival Sony Music was second with a 14.7 percent share.
CRIME TIME: Chris Noth set to star in a series of original TNT movies based on New York crime novels by Anthony Bruno. The first film, Bad Apple, is slated to premiere next summer.
PAGE TURNERS: Steve Martin to make his fourth hosting go-round at the National Book Awards. Among this year's finalists is Master of the Senate by Robert Caro. Novelist Philip Roth is set to receive an honorary medal.
REMEMBERED: Sidney Pink, the film producer who is considered the father of the feature-length 3-D movie with his groundbreaking 1952 feature Bwana Devil and is credited with giving Dustin Hoffman his first big break, has died. He was 86.