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A Fox Shocker: In Depth With O.J. Simpson for A Ratings Boost
You may remember Regan from her affair with married New York police chief Bernard Kerik, which came to light around the time of his failed nomination to become the head of the Department of Homeland Security in December 2004. Regan also published his bio, "The Lost Son."
Look her up on Wikipedia and you'll see the U.K. Telegraph has called her the "angriest woman in the media" and "the enfant terrible of American publishing." Vanity Fair magazine called her a "foul-mouthed tyrant."
One of the people we spoke to yesterday called her "a sick genius," adding, "And how did she convince him to do a book with that title?"
Regan, who made her name publishing the memoirs of Drew Barrymore, Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh, among others, moved her operations to Los Angeles last year to focus more on film and TV projects.
Ironically, Fox's O.J. special, which will save the network's November ratings sweep, is being produced under its reality-programming evil genius -- and we mean "evil" in the best possible sense of the word -- Mike Darnell.
"This is an interview that no one thought would ever happen," Darnell said in yesterday's announcement.
"It's the definitive last chapter in the 'Trial of the Century.' "
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Tonight on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" we learn whether voters gave NFL great, three-time Super Bowl champ and amateur dancer Emmitt Smith the win he so richly deserves, or handed the win to that little weasel Mario "Shouldn't-be-in-this-competition" Lopez, who insisted he had no formal training except break dancing with his pals as a kid, until YouTube exposed his secret past as a kid dancer on "Kids Incorporated."
Plus, tonight we get the Sara Evans skanky divorce update! Yes, ABC has promised Tom DeLay's favorite "Dancing" contestant will be back, not to perform, alas, though we suspect we'll hear some about "how she's doing."
"Dancing" judges wisely decided to make sure they wound up last night's competition program all tied up: Emmitt 89 points, Mario 89 points. So if Mario steals the trophy it won't be their fault -- you, the viewing voters, will be entirely to blame.
On the other hand, it also means tonight's finale will do a humongous number, during the November sweeps.
Last night the two men performed three dances each. First, samba vs. samba, then each contestant got to revisit his fave performance from the season and finally, the freestyle competition -- last season's trophy-clinching round. As usual, in the first two rounds, Lopez was better, duh, and Emmitt was more charming.
But in the final round, Emmitt put on MC Hammer pants and gold shoes to dance with his professional partner Cheryl Burke to "U Can't Touch This" and tore the place up. It does not get any better than that, folks.