Drew Carey laughs about rampant reports on the Internet that he's a contender to replace Bob Barker on "The Price Is Right."
"There are all kinds of rumors all over the Internet, because rumors are all people have to report with," he observes. "I love how these things get going. A friend of mine and I were talking about how Rosie O'Donnell was made into a possible host for 'The Price Is Right.' You know, someone asks Bob Barker backstage at the Daytime Emmys, 'What would you think of Rosie O'Donnell taking your place?' And just to be polite, he goes, 'Yeah, sure. Why not?' So then she's taking general meetings all around town, thinking about what's coming up for her after 'The View,' and someone says, 'What about 'The Price Is Right'? It's all over the Internet that Bob Barker wants you to take his place.' And she says, 'Yeah, sure. Why not? I'm meeting with CBS Thursday.' And it all started from this stupid question someone asked Bob Barker."
OK, Drew, but how about your hosting "The Price is Right"? "Yeah, sure. Why not?" he replies, laughing. "It would be fun to do, I think. If something happens, yeah."
In fact, Carey is busy with a different game show for CBS — his Aug. 7-premiering "Power of 10" prime-time show that boasts a potential $10 million prize. "I love it. I just got my first New York apartment. I'll be living part time in New York and part time in L.A." This week, he says, they're tinkering with fast ways to play the game in which contestants
try to guess how Americans answer questions on topics from politics to "silly lifestyle stuff, like what percentage of American women say they go without underwear at least one day a week." Answer? "Thirty-four percent."
THE EX FACTOR: Scott Baio has been known for his womanizing ways for years, and now he tells us it has come to bite him in the "you know where."
The former "Charles in Charge" star, who has dated such famous femmes as Heather Locklear, Pamela Anderson, Denise Richards and Nicollette Sheridan, agreed to spend eight weeks soul-searching with a life coach in order to overcome his commitment phobias. Part of the process included visiting some of his ex-girlfriends (both famous and not), taking a vow of celibacy and taking a break from his current girlfriend, Playboy Playmate Renee Sloan — all of which can be seen on his new VH1 show "Scott Baio Is 45 ... and Single," premiering Sunday (7/15).
"That ain't easy. That was a tough one," notes Baio of remaining abstinent. "Not seeing my girlfriend, seeing these old girlfriends, doing things on the show that I don't want to do that helped me, all of those things made it an incredibly uncomfortable situation for me."
Of course, not all of Baio's ex-girlfriends were happy to see him. "Some of the women I dated from my past really go after me in a hard way. Some of it's funny. Some of it's not, but it's intriguing television," claims Baio, who admitted the whole process was "scary as hell. You don't know what they're going to say or do. I was afraid of getting kicked in the groin by a couple of women or getting smacked or punched. I'm a good guy, but I might not have been good to those women." Luckily for Baio, he didn't endure any bodily harm, though his ego may have been a bit bruised.
LEAVING THE LIGHTS ON: "Friday Night Lights" actress Aimee Teegarden reports the series company has been working extra hard since returning to Austin, Texas location last month. "We did two episodes in six days our first week back in Texas. That's a lot for an hourlong drama," notes the 17-year-old blond beauty, who plays Julie, the daughter of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton on the critically lauded show that's managed to hang on for another season despite a ratings deficiency. With a potential writers' strike looming in the fall, many series companies are trying to get ahead, and Teegarden notes that with her series, "I think NBC is trying to stockpile a little." Meanwhile, she's happy with the way the "Friday Night" writers are allowing her character to mature.
Next season, she says, Julie will get a job and learn to drive. "I got my license about a year ago, so I'm a step ahead of her on that. I've never worked at Jamba Juice. Maybe I should try it. I'm a try anything once kind of a girl." She's been a working actress since age 10.
A WORLD AWAY: Lawrence Schiller puts down a rumor that he's involved in a TV project having to do with the unsolved disappearance of 18-year-old Alabama student Natalee Holloway on Aruba in 2005.
"I don't even know that person," says the producer/director/best-selling author/journalist, whose past telefilms and books have covered high-profile crimes including Sharon Tate's murder, the O.J. Simpson defenseand the JonBenet Ramsey case.
"I've been living in China for the last years, writing a book about China as told through contemporary art, and I will make a film based on that book."
With reports by Stephanie DuBois and Emily Feimster