Kendra Picks Names, Ramsey Spiced Up Story, ‘Saving Grace’ Returns, CBS Into Strong Men And More

by | March 2, 2009 at 10:34 AM | The Ticker

Welcome to Monday. Here’s the day’s first serving of TV scoop:

Bride-to-be Kendra Into Baby Names: Though she’s not scheduled to walk down the aisle until June, Kendra Wilkinson told People.com that she and her fiance, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett III are thinking of baby names. “We always talk about having kids,” said the Girls Next Door star. “My first initial is K and my middle name is Leigh, so we were thinking of Kaleigh. And he’s Hank Baskett III, so of course I’m going to have a Hank Baskett IV!” Wilkinson, who has already moved out of the Playboy mansion and started to film her own series, plans to change her name to Kendra Baskett. More here

Chef Cooked Up Story: Today’s NY Post’s Page Six gossip column couldn’t have been any more blunt: “PUBLICITY-HUNGRY chef Gordon Ramsay is lying about having been a budding soccer star with the Glasgow Rangers, according to the News of the World.” If you’ve been following the on-going troubles of the hot-tempered chef (why is he so angry – watch his explanation), from the reported financial troubles of his food empire to his spat with fellow super chef Mario Batali, this latest tidbit is a must-read for you. If not, just know the London tabloid reports Ramsey apparently saying “it just came out of my mouth, and it was a good story at the time.” More here.

Grace Period: TNT is happy. Holly Hunter returns tonight in their hard-boiled femme detective series ‘Saving Grace’ Per TV Guide, changes are in store. “I would say that the theme of the entire series is Grace dealing with change,” said Hunter. “It’s hard to ever nail it down to any one thing that she’s dealing with. But these days, one thing she’s dealing with is forgiveness. She’s trying to come around to forgiving herself for things that she’s done, for things that have happened in her life that she has blamed herself for.” Read more here.

CBS Into Strong Men: Cost-saving has gone into effect at the networks. To wit: CBS is working up a reality competition series called ‘America’s Strongest American.” Whipped up from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire executive producer Michael Davies, the show pits ordinary Americans in contests of strength. With the emphasis on Americans, wonder if producers will be checking for green cards as well as hernias. Read more here.

If You Can’t Sleep Tonight: Jimmy Fallon debuts tonight in his first Late Night, replacing Conan O’Brien. He’s on NBC at 12:35. Watch his last official webisode from last Friday.