'Wayne Brady Show' gets ax

Los Angeles -- "The Wayne Brady Show" won't be back for a third season because of low ratings, Buena Vista Television has announced.

The syndicated show remains in production and will air through May.

The comedian won best talk show host, and "The Wayne Brady Show" tied for best talk show with "The View" at last May's Daytime Emmy Awards.

Buena Vista will try its luck with another performer. Actor Tony Danza ("Taxi," "Who's the Boss?") will begin a talk show this fall, a Buena Vista spokesman said Friday. The series was planned before the decision to cancel Brady's series was made.

Osbourne returning to talk show

New York -- Sharon Osbourne returns on the air Monday as host of her syndicated talk show.

It will be her first appearance on "The Sharon Osbourne Show" since her husband, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident last month.

Osbourne, 55, fractured his collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra when the 600-pound vehicle he was riding flipped and landed on top of him Dec. 8 at his estate in Buckinghamshire, southern England. He spent a week on a ventilator.

Meanwhile, MTV said "The Osbournes" reality series would return with five new episodes starting at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Osbourne has canceled his upcoming 20-date tour of Britain to give him time to recover fully from his accident.

Bardot condemns civet slaughter

Paris -- French actress Brigitte Bardot has sent a letter to China's president criticizing the killing of civet cats in its fight against the SARS virus.

Bardot's letter to President Hu Jintao claims there's no scientific proof about which animal species first caught the severe acute respiratory syndrome and lashes out against China's "cruel and barbarous slaughtering methods."

"The eradication methods these animals are put through are unacceptable," Bardot wrote in her letter, which was made available to reporters Thursday.

Hines less annoyed in real life

New York -- Cheryl Hines says her real-life marriage is far less taxing than her fictional one to Larry David on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Hines, who is married to talent manager Paul Young, tells W magazine in its January issue: "Paul doesn't annoy me. Talk to me in 15 years. But for the most part, he's really easygoing -- the opposite of Larry."

The 38-year-old actress -- who is pregnant with the couple's first child -- was nominated for an Emmy last year for her role as Cheryl David.

"The fact that you believe she genuinely likes me is quite an achievement," David tells the magazine. "And what amazes me is that Cheryl always knows how to make the scene funny, without really caring how she comes off."


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