NEWS BRIEFS: 'Average' Adam Takes Trenk

04/06/2004 AT 01:00 PM EDT

PICKED: "Average Joe: Adam Returns" star Adam Mesh, 29, who was rejected by Melana Scantlin during the December finale of the original "Average Joe" series, made his final selection on the NBC show Monday night. And the lucky winner was Samantha Trenk, 24, from Bedminster, N.J. The show was taped three weeks ago, though the outcome was kept secret. On Monday's "Ellen DeGeneres Show," Mesh (without revealing his selection) told DeGeneres that he's stayed in touch with his choice and they talk every day, a fact Trenk confirmed on Tuesday morning's news programs.

SAVED: Diana Ross was spared a return to the slammer (for driving drunk) when an Arizona judge on Monday decreed that she had fulfilled the terms of her two-day sentence, reports Reuters. Magistrate T. Jay Cranshaw said last month that the Supreme diva, 60, would have to return to jail after learning that she had left a Connecticut jail three times while serving her 48-hour sentence and had been released for good an hour early.


QUOTED: "I didn't cry, but I felt like I was about to for like seven hours." -- Matthew Perry, 37, to New York's Daily News, on finishing Friends"


CAST: "Legally Blonde" favorite Reese Witherspoon, 28, will star in and produce "Sports Widow," a romantic comedy about a woman who betters her football-obsessed husband by becoming an expert on the sport, says Reuters-Hollywood Reporter. "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" filmmaker David Mirkin will direct.

WON: "I Am My Own Wife," by playwright Doug Wright, 41, took the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for drama, announced Monday. The one-man show tells the story of a real-life German transvestite, born Lothar Berfelde, who survived not only the Nazis but the Communists, without relinquishing her unusual sexual identity. "As a boy growing up in Bible Belt Texas," Wright tells AP, "I'd always felt very negatively about my own sexuality and I thought, 'Here's someone who lived an uncompromising life in the face of the two most repressive regimes that Western culture has ever produced.'"

SOLICITED: Some subscribers to the 13-year-old Martha Stewart Living magazine have received a multiple-choice questionnaire from the magazine, to gauge their reactions to such possibilities as replacing features that carry the disgraced domestic diva's name, reports The New York Times. Among the queries: "If Martha Stewart had to go to jail, do you think changing the name of Martha Stewart Living is a good idea or a bad idea?" A statement from the magazine said a number of possibilities are being considered.

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