Tuesday night is season-premiere-o-rama, with the return of "NICS" (8 p.m. ET, CBS), "George Lopez" (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC) and "Judging Amy" (10 p.m. ET, CBS). And MTV launches a new series about a group of high school students, "Laguna Beach -- The Real Orange County" (10:30 p.m. ET).
Another night in Paris? Someone really needs to tell Paris Hilton it's possible to have sex without hitting the record button on her video camera. But, alas, the advice would come way too late. Word is there's another Hilton sex tape on the loose -- this one featuring the heiress getting it on in the back of a car with fomer Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and answering the door for another ex beau, Tommy Hilfiger model Jason Shaw, naked but for a "pore strip" across her nose. Oh, and she also offers pointers on rolling a joint. The footage, some of which was obtained by London's News of the World tabloid, was apparently stolen from Hilton's rented Hollywood Hills home last month in what her spokesman is calling a "very, very professional" job. The LAPD is investigating. (Page Six)
Miranda's lady love: And for those of you lying awake at night wondering who Cynthia Nixon's girlfriend is, an answer: Christine Marinoni, the New York City director of the Alliance for Quality Education and the former owner of a lesbian cafe in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with whom the actress has worked in her fight for the improvement of public schools in New York City and state. They're said to have become an item in January, and shuttle between each other's New York City pads. Nixon split with Danny Mozes, the father of her two kids, in June 2003. (Rush and Molloy)
Ripe one from the blogosphere: Does Republican politician Alan Keyes, who recently called Dick Cheney's daughter Mary a "selfish hedonist" because she is gay, have a gay daughter himself? Many political bloggers linked yesterday to what appeared to be the personal blog of Keyes' 19-year-old daughter, Maya, in which the poster griped, "He has been ... campaigning round-the-clock to make sure that people like yours truly will never be able to enjoy the same benefits he already has. Sometimes I cannot believe I am related to this man. Haha though I'm sure he feels the same way about me." Opined the Daily Kos, "If this is a hoax, and it very well could be, it's a pretty good one." A spokeswoman for the candidate says he will address the issue. (Lloyd Grove's Lowdown)
And you thought the whole balloon thing was wacky: Richard Branson has announced that he plans to offer anyone willing to fork over $200,000 a ticket the chance to board a Virgin Galactic spacecraft, zoom to 80 miles above the earth's surface, and enjoy the rush of zero gravity. Branson is partnering on the project with Paul Allen, whose company, Mojave Aerospace Ventures, will build the spaceships. They're shooting for a 2007 launch date. (N.Y. Daily News)
Also: Stacie J. of "The Apprentice" has hired a flack to fight the "crazy" label that got her fired from the show -- and a lawyer's claims that her on-air termination was illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act has prompted NBC to protest its innocence of any wrongdoing. (Rush and Molloy, New York Post) ... Jay Leno has announced that he will leave "The Tonight Show" when his contract expires in 2009, and cede his chair to Conan O'Brien (Associated Press) ... Phil Spector was formally charged Monday with the murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. He then offered this comment: "The actions of the Hitler-like DA and his storm trooper henchmen are reprehensible, unconscionable and despicable" (Associated Press) ... Also accused of murder, Chaka Khan's 25-year-old son, who was arrested during a fight over a gun with another man in Los Angeles (Reuters) ... Jamie Foxx is protesting his innocence in connection with an alleged attack on a man in possession of nude, naughty photos of the actor, which the man says he found in Foxx's trash (N.Y. Daily News) ... President Bush and Laura Bush are set to appear on the "Dr. Phil" show to discuss their family -- as are John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry (N.Y. Post) ... And recent "Apprentice" firee Bradford Cohen says he did not lead a racist chant at a basketball game in high school -- and in fact left with friends as soon as the chant -- which a friend says was more about socioeconomic differences, anyway -- broke out in the stands (Page Six)
-- Amy Reiter