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Sarah Palin at the Beverly Hilton Alongside a Monkey? You Betcha!

Canadian journo Bill Brioux is not alone. Although TV critics have taken in some odd sights over the years at the TCA Winter and Summer sessions, last night’s poolside NBC party at the Beverly Hilton had them buzzing on Twitter about a possible new watershed.

Blogs Brioux this morning:

These bleary eyes have seen strange sights but the strangest I ever did see, was the night Sarah Palin stole the show from a monkey and NBC.

And I’ve seen some strange sights. I’ve seen grown men struggle to get a usable quote from Ozzy Osbourne. I’ve seen Jay Leno, disguised as a reporter, gooning the head of his own network. I’ve seen Lifetime attempt to impose a cash bar. Tuesday night’s NBC cocktail reception may go down as the oddest press tour sight of them all.

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Jack Osbourne Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

The reality TV star and celebrity progeny revealed the recent diagnosis via interviews with People and the U.K. magazine Hello!. Osbourne received the news last month, just a few weeks after the birth of his first child. “The timing was so bad,” the 26-year-old told Hello!. The magazine also interviewed Jack’s parents:

“I keep thinking: ‘What did I do wrong? What did I eat or drink when I was pregnant? I feel like it’s somehow my fault”, Sharon says, fighting back tears. Ozzy admits to feeling angered by the news that his youngest son has the condition.

“If it was me, you’d think: ‘Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him’, but Jack is such a good guy”, the rock singer says.

The silver lining to this lousy news is that someone of Jack Osbourne’s celebrity status has the potential to bring more awareness to multiple sclerosis, and maybe even raise funds for research. There’s still no known cure. An estimated 10,000 Americans are diagnosed with MS every year.

LA Media Sully Jack Sparrow’s Good Name

It was a quintessential LA story. Late yesterday afternoon, media outlets including the LA Times and KTLA quickly picked up an LAPD alert of a fight between several Hollywood Blvd. superhero characters. Catwoman was said to have pepper sprayed Jack Sparrow, with an alien and another pirate also involved in the fracass.

Only the victim wasn’t a Sparrow. After several hours of insane Twitter pick-up on this news, activity that pushed “Jack Sparrow” up the LA trending topics list, NBCLA reporters Samantha Tata and Kim Baldonado revealed that the target of an exasperated, harassed Catwoman was in fact an Ozzy Osbourne impersonator.

Should Ozzie be insulted that his likeness was mistaken for Captain Jack? Might Johnny Depp consider biting off the head of scurvy rat in a fifth Pirates flick, as a wink-wink? That’s all tbd. But in the meantime, even though Tata and Baldonado had Sparrow in their original report (since updated), theirs was the only initial dispatch that had otherwise accurate info about the exact sequence of events. As opposed to the increasingly embellished misinformation being spread last night via social media.

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Sinbad & Family Dish on Their New Reality Show

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It would have been hard to beat the head-spinning scene that I witnessed at Michael’s last Wednesday, but this week came close. A camera crew from WNBC-TV’s LX-TV was on hand filming a segment on celebrity lunch spots as the masters of the universe (Barry Diller) and socialites (Melania Trump, swathed in mink) strolled in and air-kissed their way to their tables. When Amy Rosenblum, the show’s producer, heard I was having lunch with comedy icon Sinbad and his family to talk about their new reality show for WE tv, her ears perked up. “Perfect!” she said. “We’ll come over and borrow him for our segment. ”

Having never met the comedian, I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find that 10 minutes after the family arrived (right on time!) fresh off their morning at SiriusXM, it felt as if I’d known them all forever. They’re the anti-Osbournes! Named one of the Top 100 Stand-up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central and a sitcom (A Different World, The Sinbad Show) vet, Sinbad told me the new show, Sinbad: It’s Just Family (premiering April 12 at 10 pm on WE tv) is a marked departure of the bumper crop of dysfunctional family fright fests that populate the reality TV landscape.

“These producers want meltdowns and dramas, but most of the dramas wouldn’t happen if people weren’t shooting their show. Most reality shows have an agenda and you have to understand that. I got about 80 percent of what I wanted. I was the voice of reason. We picked and chose what we wanted to shoot.” Any scenes in the master bedroom were off-limits, he said. “That’s just not respectful.” Instead, the show focuses on his version of family life — his re-marriage to his ex-wife Meredith Adkins and his relationship with his two “grids” (semi-grown kids) Paige and Royce. When he’s not on the road doing stand-up, he’s home keeping things together — his way. “The show is not about some comedian looking for a comeback because I never went away!” he quipped.

I had to ask him what he thought of this season’s Celebrity Apprentice since he appeared on season three of the show. “Donald Trump likes fights. He likes drama,” he told me. “That’s why Meat Loaf and Gary Busey are still around. That’s what people want to watch.” As for his take on his former cast mates: “Brett Michaels was a baby and Sharon Osbourne has the filthiest mouth of any woman I’ve ever met. She faked being sick just so she could miss being project manager for the first three weeks.” He also has choice words for Ozzy Osbourne. “That show they did made him look like a fool. Do you really want people to remember you like that? These people are stars and they don’t really think about how they want to be perceived.”

For their show, Sinbad and the family ”focused on the positive” and shot weeks of 12-14 hour days for six episodes, which was quite an adjustment. “It’s the most time we’ve spent together since the kids were babies,” says Meredith. “We were miked all the time and had to remind ourselves that they were recording everything.”

Royce is a college student studying audio sound engineering, and Paige is an R&B artist (Meredith is her manager) who co-wrote all the songs on her new album, Imperfect Me. Both had to be convinced to do the show at first, but wound up enjoying the experience. Proud Papa says of their TV debut: “He surprised me and she turned out to be quite the daredevil.”  In one episode, Paige convinced the family to try out a trapeze park, and the producers were only too happy to get it all for the show. “That’s what was so great about the show.  If we wanted to do something and the producers thought it was a great idea, they made it happen,” says Paige. “The flip side was we were having family barbecues, and there was someone standing on the driveway handing out releases for our friends to sign. That was a little strange but we got used to it.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Sinbad, his wife Meredith Adkins, daughter Paige, son Royce and yours truly.

2. Project Playlist CEO John Sykes and Brian Bedol

3. Melania Trump and designer Rachel Roy. I was nearly blinded when I happened to look over at The Donald’s better half  and spotted the sparkler on her ring finger. And, yes, she is even more gorgeous in person.

4. Barry Diller

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