Dr. Laura's TV gig canceled

Laura Schlessinger's TV talk show, criticized by homosexual rights groups and snubbed by advertisers and viewers, was canceled after one season.

"Dr. Laura," which debuted in September, taped its final episode this week but could continue to air through the fall, Paramount Pictures Television Group said Friday.

Poor ratings had prompted stations in major television markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to move the syndicated "Dr. Laura" from daytime to the middle of the night. "I believe it could have earned a substantial audience in time, but the television advertiser boycott precluded that," Schlessinger said.

Kidman confirms miscarriage

Nicole Kidman's Australian publicist confirmed that the star of "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Batman Forever" suffered a miscarriage earlier this year, a Sydney newspaper reported Friday.

Kidman's publicist, Wendy Day, said, "It is a private matter for Tom and Nicole to work out," The Daily Telegraph reported.

Day told the Australian Associated Press, "I believe the story is out there and running. We can't deny the story." She declined further comment.

The Daily Telegraph also cited an unidentified Australian friend of Kidman as saying the star had the miscarriage shortly after her split with husband Tom Cruise.

Cruise filed for divorce last month in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences after almost 10 years of marriage. The couple separated in December, the filing said.

'ER' doc gives birth

"ER" doctor Alex Kingston is a new mother. Kingston, who plays Dr. Elizabeth Corday on the NBC medical drama, gave birth to a daughter Wednesday, publicist Marcel Pariseau said.

Kingston and the baby, who weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, are "healthy and happy," Pariseau said Thursday. Kingston's husband of two years is free-lance journalist Florian Haertel.

Her pregnancy was written into "ER." Corday and boyfriend Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) are expecting a child.

Ashley's life in the fast lane

Ashley Judd's lucky number is 27.

That's the number of the racing car her fiance, Dario Franchitti, drives. Judd wore a 27 charm on a chain around her neck when she appeared on MTV's "Total Request Live" on Thursday.

The actress, a big University of Kentucky basketball fan, said she wasn't into auto racing before she met her beau.

"Not at all," she said. "I thought it was stupid and macho." Does she worry about Franchitti when he's zooming around the track? "Only if he's not gonna win because I don't want him to be in a bad mood afterward," she said.


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