• Excited for the new season of The Hills
, set to air in August? Not everyone is. While Lauren
are hard at work creating drama in L.A., Conrad's neighbors are complaining
about the chaos (filming crews, fans and paparazzi) that surrounds her Hollywood home. Hey, at least they're not the Ropers!
• Auditions for season 8
of American Idol
kick off July 17 in San Francisco, and continue in six other cities: Louisville, Ken., East Rutherford, N.J., Salt Lake City, Utah, Kansas City, Mo., Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. ¿Cómo se dice 'Yo dawg' en español?
• Thursday brings the premiere
of ABC's medical drama Hopkins
. The six-part documentary feature follows the high-pressure lives of professionals at Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital. Katherine Heigl
is urging the doctors on the show to ask for better material.
• The Bluths may be heading to a theater near you. Jason Batemen
says that a movie version
of FOX's sitcom Arrested Development
is on track for 2009. Mr. Banana Grabber has yet to say whether he’ll make an appearance.
• Tyra Banks
took time out from shooting the latest cycle of America's Next Top Model
to write a message to her fans
about her recent Daytime Emmy victory. The talk show host graciously includes a clip of her acceptance speech for those who want to relive her moment of glory or learn numerous ways of describing one's "ass."
• The Office
executive producer Ricky Gervais revealed in a post
on his website that star Steve Carell
, who plays Michael Scott, has extended his contract for another three years. Who knows what might happen now that Michael has that kind of job security.