TOP OF THE NEWS: Mariah Carey, snubbed at the Grammy Awards, picked up five American Music Awards nominations today...No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom was the best-selling album last week at 229,000 copies, says the California band's label, followed by Celine Dion's Falling Into You and Bush's Razorblade Suitcase.

KIDVID: A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the children's policy group Children Now says that kids are seeing plenty of sexy programming on TV, even during the 8 to 9 p.m. "family hour."

O.J. TODAY: Simpson's attorneys continue questioning of one of the lead detectives in the criminal investigation, Tom Lange. Lange said he didn't see Detective Mark Fuhrman for a half-hour period at Simpson's home--giving defense attorney Robert Baker the opportunity to suggest that Fuhrman planted the bloody glove behind the house.

DOUBLED OUT: MTV revealed the first of its two promised new shows for departing Singled Out host Jenny McCarthy. In The Jenny McCarthy Show she'll lead a troupe of five comedians in sketches. It may debut in mid-February.

LISTEN TO MOTHER: Madonna told U.S.A. Today in her first post-partum interview that "My having a child is not for public consumption. It's not a career move. It's not a performance to be judged and rated. Nor is my role as a mother."..Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is in Los Angeles to talk about becoming a talk show host, but said on last night's Leno show that "If anything did happen, it would have to be very much with (my children) coming first and they're in school in England."

DEATH: John Duffey, mandolin player and founder of the bluegrass group the Seldom Scene died at 62 Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia, after an apparent heart attack.

LISTEN UP: Human rights group Amnesty International launched a Web site with versions of its anthem "Get Up, Stand Up" recorded by Patti Smith, Booker T. Jones, and reggae singers Maxi Priest, Shaggy and Rayvon. And the group invites amateur musicians to send in their own versions, too.

SHORT ORDERS: Steven Spielberg has created an animated TV series called Invasion America, a sci-fi project featuring the voice of Leonard Nimoy. It will launch in 1998 on the WB Network...The Planet Hollywood restaurant chain moves into syndicated TV production with The Home Team, a talk show to be hosted by football commentator Terry Bradshaw starting next year.

AWARDS SEASON: The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named Shine the best film of 1996.

POPCORN 'N' SUDS: Screenvision Cinema Network, a leading seller of on-screen advertisements in movie theaters says it is considering dropping its 13-year ban on beer ads, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: The National Air and Space Museum in Washington will mount a Star Wars exhibit marking the 20th anniversary of the movie next fall. The museum's Star Trek show in 1992 and '93 attracted 900,000 visitors.

NEW FAMILY: Kevin Kilner, last seen in the failed CBS sitcom Almost Perfect, is the new dad in the next Home Alone movie, replacing John Heard, says Daily Variety. For all the casting news, see The Dotted Line.

PEANUT GALLERY: With tickets in the neighborhood going for around $75, one Broadway theater plans to experiment with price-cutting. Circle in the Square will offer $10 seats for all performances, says the New York Times.

BLUE EYES: Nancy Sinatra on her father's health: "I know you've read dreadful things. But he had a pinched nerve in his neck and, thank God he had it, because that's how they found out he had a touch of pneumonia." She appears Thursday night on ABC's Turning Point.

DEATH INVESTIGATED: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say that the stunt that killed parachutist Keith Perepelkin during the filming of Firestorm in British Columbia in October was performed in violation of the production's film permit.

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