David Letterman may never get the ratings that Tonight Show rival Jay Leno does, but he will last longer in his hosting chair. CBS announced Monday that Letterman has signed a contract to stay on the air until at least 2010. NBC has previously said Leno will give way to Conan O'Brien in 2009. "I'm thrilled to be continuing on at CBS," Letterman, 59, said. "At my age you really don't want to have to learn a new commute." Letterman is expected to make more than $30-million a year.
Jokes draw lawsuit
Jay Leno isn't chuckling about the alleged theft of his material by some hack for a series of joke books. He, comedian Rita Rudner, comedy writers and NBC studios are suing author Judy Brown for apparently stealing reams of material, celebrity news Web site TMZ.com says. A federal lawsuit claims Brown "sent representatives to comedy clubs to record comedians' routines, so she can then copy the jokes into her books." The quips wound up in about 19 books, the suit says; NBC representatives say any money won from this suit will go to charity.
All about ABBA
An ABBA museum dedicated to the music, clothing and history of the legendary Swedish pop group will open in Stockholm in 2008, the AP reports. The interactive museum will also feature a studio where visitors can record their own ABBA songs, said Ulf Westman, an event consultant who is spearheading the project with his wife, Ewa Wigenheim-Westman. It took nearly two years to convince the former ABBA members - Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - that it was a good idea.