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Bernsen Helps Trader Parlay Snow Globe Into Acting Gig

June 12, 2006 12:00 AM

Corbin Bernsen, who stars in USA Network's new original series "Psych," debuting July 7, collects snow globes, a hobby he told Blink he picked up while traveling the country to promote his hit '80s series "L.A. Law." And now he stands to be the greatest snow globe collector of all time-thanks to 26-year-old Montreal resident Kyle MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald has become something of an Internet legend for his blog site trading scheme (at oneredpaperclip .blogspot.com), where he began with a single red paperclip and traded it for a pen shaped like a fish. He then traded the pen for something else and after acquiring and then trading various items, including a Coleman stove, he ended up with a KISS snow globe. On Thursday, he officially swapped the snow globe with Mr. Bernsen for a speaking role in the latter's new movie "Donna on Demand." Mr. MacDonald's goal is to eventually trade up for a house, so he now is looking to swap the movie role for something else. In the meantime, Mr. MacDonald is promising an autographed photo of himself and Mr. Bernsen with the KISS globe to all those who send a snow globe to Mr. Bernsen's Van Nuys, Calif., address. So far, Mr. Bernsen says, he has received only one globe, but plenty of room is being made in the storage unit housing his 6,500-strong collection. Stay tuned: Mr. Bernsen and Mr. MacDonald have been taped for an upcoming segment of ABC's "20/20." -Tom Gilbert

Pure and 'Simple' Sense

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's much-publicized feud recently hit the one-year mark, but it hasn't stopped their representatives from talking to E! about reuniting them for another round of "The Simple Life," industry sources said. E! snatched up the fourth season of the show after Fox canceled the series in mid-production last year. Some assumed it would mark the final outing for Paris and Nicole, who have not spoken publicly to each other since, according to Ms. Hilton, her ex-friend committed an unspecified offense. The format for "'Til Death Do Us Part" keeps the girls separated for all but the first and final episodes. But E! has a fifth-season option on the show, and the June 4 premiere drew 1.3 million viewers-more than three times E!'s prime-time average-according to Nielsen Media Research. An E! spokesperson said it was "premature" to discuss such matters, and a Bunim-Murray Productions rep had no comment. -James Hibberd

Rich Like `Rockefellar'

Speaking of Corbin Bernsen and "Psych," sometimes even the most basic things are overlooked when networks put together press kits. USA sent out an almost copy-free folder containing DVDs hyping the new series-only to spell the name of its landmark New York address wrong. Granted, "Rockefeller" is a tricky word, but staffers were still shocked to learn the kit went out with the typo. And yes, Blink double-checked the debut date. -Christopher Lisotta

Boys vs. Girls AT TCA Awards

The Television Critics Association is biased toward male nominees and male-skewing shows when it comes to its annual awards, or so says Tom O'Neil, author of the blog Gold Derby, which tracks various entertainment award lists. "Their kudos, over all, are drowning in testosterone," Mr. O'Neil wrote in a June 4 posting, pointing out that out of the 20 lifetime achievement awards that the 200-plus-member TCA (which he mistakenly called the Television Critics of America) has given out over the past two decades, only two women-Lucille Ball and Angela Lansbury-have received the award. The gender-neutral TCA categories are also dominated by men, usually with only one female nominee per category, Mr. O'Neil wrote. Dave Walker, the TCA's VP, said the awards "are one of the most democratic award processes there can be, which is not to say it is perfect in every category, every year." But for Mr. Walker, the TCA Awards' record of picking quality shows and performers speaks for itself. "I don't think there is any arguing that it honors the best of television," he said. The 22nd Annual TCA Awards will be presented July 23 in Pasadena, Calif. -Christopher Lisotta

Versus Puts Up Its Dukes

First a name change, then the NHL, then Arena Football and then another name change. So what's next for Outdoor ... um ... OLN ... er ... the Versus network? Boxing. Sources said OLN, which flips the switch to become Versus in September, is in final negotiations for a weekly boxing series. Further details are not yet available, but the move would give OLN one of the few basic cable boxing shows at a time when several networks are rushing to add mixed-martial-arts fighting to their slates. -James Hibberd