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December 30, 2004

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Jennings back in 'Jeopardy!'

Los Angeles -- If winning more than $2.5 million wasn't enough, "Jeopardy!" whiz Ken Jennings will have a shot at winning an additional $2 million -- but the competition will be tougher this time around.

A "Super Tournament" will pit Jennings in a final match against two survivors of a competition among nearly 150 past winners.

Jennings earned $2,520,700 after a 74-game winning streak. He was beaten by California real estate agent Nancy Zerg.

The matches will begin airing in February or March, and the finals will air in May.

Clark keeps one tradition

Dick Clark plans to watch his annual New Year's Eve show from the hospital bed where he is recovering from a mild stroke.

The 75-year-old TV personality-producer has been hospitalized since Dec. 6. Regis Philbin will fill in Friday as host of ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005."

Clark has been a television New Year's Eve tradition for 32 years with his shows from Times Square in New York. "Even though I won't be in New York this year, I will be watching New Year's Rockin' Eve on TV, and there's one tradition I intend to maintain," Clark said Wednesday in a statement. "As I always have in the past, at midnight I plan on kissing my wife, Kari, and wishing her a happy new year."

CBS chief ties the knot

Los Angeles -- CBS honcho Leslie Moonves and his bride, "The Early Show" anchor Julie Chen, are enjoying a honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, after getting married last week.

Moonves, 55, has guided CBS to the top of the ratings and was rewarded this year with the co-presidency of Viacom, the network's corporate parent. He was divorced earlier this month from his first wife, Nancy, after 24 years of marriage.

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