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Grim reality 2, Channel Flippin' 0 — Did I really predict Martha Stewart's "The Apprentice" would be the must-watch show of the season? To use the names of two of Stewart's famous estates, the show's average 6.7 million viewers per week is more Turkey Hill than Skylands; NBC and Stewart are now insisting there was no plan for the domestic diva (whose magazine — full disclosure — I used to work for) to do a second season anyway. … In other things I was wrong about, Freddy Prinze Jr.'s seriously unfunny sitcom, "Freddy," has been picked up for a full season now that it's beaten Fox's "Stacked" in its time slot. … "Arrested Development" may have used up its ninth life: Fox has pulled the critically adored, commercially floundering comedy from its schedule for sweeps month and cut its new-episode order in half, and the show may not return at all if the network can't find some schedule real estate that insulates its hit "Prison Break" from the ravages of "American Idol" come January. … Finally, rocket-engine trouble has delayed actor James "Scotty" Doohan's space burial. The "Star Trek" vet, who died in July, was scheduled to meld with the cosmos on Dec. 6; it will be at least February before his final beam-up. — Andrew Beaujon

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