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ARRESTED NEWS: 26 more episodes?

Word on the street is

that fans of "Arrested Development" can relax. Word is Showtime not only picked up the canceled Fox show but also ordered 26 more episodes . . . (NYP Page SIX)

Also, if you have nothing better to do and appreciate orthodox apprentice news weeks after we report it ... visit here and here and here.

To Heidi, "I Love You," From Daniel Franco

I can't understand why Heidi doesn't leave her successful and extremely good-looking (see what QueenE says) husband to join Daniel F in marital bliss and run away to design an often-over-looked-but-always-respectful-of-the-women's-body lingerie line for the masses?!?

Oh yeah, cause he is craaaaaaaaaazy...

Nike Air Jordan Charity (sort-of) Auction $425K

For all of you having 425,000 Junior Cheese Burger lying around, don't spend it on a house. Really.

Rather, place an opening bid on all 21 pairs of Nike Air Jordans Sneakers, each one autographed by, his airness, Michael Jordan.

Not only is the $425,000 price tag completely ridiculous, but the auction details point out that only 90% of the proceeds will go to Habitat For Humanity- i.e. the rest will go to someone at ebay's wallet.

Read about it here and pics here.

And How Much Do You Think This Might Be Worth?

Ahhh... Antiques Roadshow. The Most underrated (TM) Pre-Reality, Reality Show out there. This past week we had the pleasure of watching a lady come in with 312 un-opened 1950's Top Football cellophane packs, from her father's toy store.

She had no idea how much they might be worth.

Try... $500 --> $1,000 .... PER PACK! So, somewhere between $156,000 and $312,000.

This should happen to me more often.

This lady comes on with just six unopened packs as samples (312 packs total). One cello had Johnny Unitas on the front, and another had Bart Starr on the front. Her family thought they might be worth something, but they weren't sure so they just stored them away. The antiques "expert" gave her a beginner's lesson only (ie condition of the cello, mentioned the stars are worth more, and that it's Jim Brown's rookie card year). He didn't mention anything about professional grading of any kind whether it's PSA for the individual cards or GAI for the pack grading. Now I don't follow this set, but he said the cellos might be worth $500-1000 each. Again no mention of grading services. Can any of our resident football experts guide us as to their value graded or ungraded. The only '58 pack I see on Ebay was a best offer of $2,550 for a GAI 9 Wax pack.

The Apprentice Season 5 - Includes Another Jew(ish Person)?

Didn't we learn anything from annoying stern-y Stacey Rotner? Apparently not. My sources have informed me that Season 5 (which just completed shooting) of this milked-for-all-its-got series includes Daniel, aka Dan (#12), a modern- orthododx entrepaneur. It seems there were some issues with his performing of tasks on the High-Holy days.

From JJ:
The Apprentice 5 airs in its new Monday timeslot @ 9/8c on NBC opposite 24. Daughter (ex-model and Wharton grad) Ivanka Trump and son Donald Trump Jr. will be joining The Donald in the boardroom this season (when either George or Carolyn is "on business"). Donald Trump's first impressions of the cast... "Allie is brilliant, very energentic, a great television character. Charmaine is an unbelievable presenter. Lenny is a totally killer, but with a heart. Tarek is a member of Mensa, a very attractive guy and very different. Andrea skipped college and made millions of dollars." Here are the candidates --

1 -- ANDREA A self-made multimillionaire, the 31-year-old owns five companies, including an online wedding-planning service.
2 -- SUMMER The 30-year-old Californian worked her way up from minimum-wage jobs to owning her own eatery.
3 -- THERESA The 36-year-old psychotherapist also heads a real-estate design and development firm.
4 -- PEPI The first Hispanic to be Florida college student of the year, the attorney, 25, devotes a lot of his time to such charitable efforts as Habitat for Humanity.
5 -- BRENT Originally from Toronto, the 30-year-old newlywed is an attorney who works in the insur­ance industry.
6 -- BRYCE Four years ago, at age 24, he cofounded his own high-end residential building company.
7 -- TAREK The Mensa member grew up in a housing project and won a scholarship to an elite prep school. Now 27, he's a marketing man­ager at a Fortune 500 company.
8 --STACY A former reporter, she traded in her press card for a law degree and, at 38, is now a New York City public defender.
9 -- LEE This year's youngest candidate at 22, the Cornell University graduate devises business strategies for both large companies and government agencies.
10 -- ALLIE She may have been a Florida Gators cheerleader, but the 30-year-old is also a summa cum laude grad with a Harvard MBA.
11 -- LESLIE A former champion swimmer and college volleyball and tennis player, she's now a 28-year-old real-estate agent involved in multimillion-dollar deals.
12 -- DAN Among the companies founded by this 31-year-old entrepreneur: a wholesale bakery, a hat manufacturer and a brand of activewear.
13 -- CHARMAINE Raised in a small town in Kentucky, this 27-year-old is an area manager for a real-estate warranty firm in Nashville.
14 -- LENNY In the 13 years since he left Uzbekistan, the Soviet Army vet, 37, has gone from janitor to restaurateur to stockbroker, and now runs a medical trading company.
15 -- TAMMY A vice president at a major investment firm, Tammy, 33, is also founder and CEO of a company that designs stylish briefcases for women.
16 -- MICHAEL He earns his living as a mergers and acquisitions consul­tant, but the Chicagoan, 29, gets his thrills from snowboarding and motorcycling.
17 -- SEAN Born and raised in London, the Miami-based 33-year-old is the top-ranking salesperson at his recruitment consulting firm and the recent recipient of a U.S. green card for "persons of extraordinary ability."
18 -- ROXANNE Inspired by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, she clerked for Texas Supreme Court justices before becoming an appellate attorney. Now 26, she moonlights as a Jazzercise instructor in Austin.

UPDATE: Daniel B has referenced MM here . He also has beautiful blue eyes, apparently.

The Sarah Silverman Programme

This summer, skip the big, brainless box-office blockbusters and hop - in a very queer way - on over to Comedy Central.

The funny "ha ha" net just announced that the funomally talented Sarah Silverman has signed a deal with the cabler and is set to grace our televisions with her own Curb Your Enthusiasm-like show,

The Sarah Silverman Programme will follow Silverman, playing a character named "Sarah Silverman", as she tries to get through the day, which plays out through a series of scripted scenes and songs, much like her hit concert film, Jesus Is Magic.

In the pilot, for instance, a trip to the store for batteries for her TV's remote leads Silverman to disrupt a wheelchair marathon, induce a flashback in a Vietnam veteran and talk to God.

"Sarah is a tremendous talent and we look forward to bringing her unique outlook and titillating point of view to our viewers through this incredible series," says Lauren Corrao, head of original programming for Comedy Central.

Adds Silverman: "I am a tremendous talent and Comedy Central is looking forward to bringing my unique outlook and titillating pint of view to their viewers through this incredible series."

Ask Jeeves Map Bug

Looks like Ask Jeeves still has catching up to do!

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