Morning Buzz: Suicidal ‘American Idol’ Contestant Had OD’ed At Paula Abdul’s House Previously

TMZ reports that Paula Goodspeed, the former American Idol contestant who was found dead of an apparent drug overdose/suicide in her car outside of AI judge Paula Abdul’s house on Tuesday night, had overdosed in the same exact area before. Authorities were reportedly called to Abdul’s house either “late last year or early this year” to find Goodspeed had overdosed. The Idol auditioner from season 5 had apparently suffered from “extreme mental illness” that had worsened in the past two years. Paula Abdul, who was said to be frightened of Goodspeed, had involved LAPD’s Threat Management division in an active investigation of the failed singer.

Shania Twain walked out a standing ovation last night at the CMA Awards, according to People. Twain was the “surprise guest” who appeared at the tail end of the broadcast to present the “entertainer of the year” award to Kenny Chesney. Twain, wearing a Missoni gown, told the audience at Nashville’s Sommet Center that “It’s good to see all of you too. I hope to be seeing a lot more of you.” It was Twain’s first public appearance since her separation from husband Robert “Mutt” Lange last May.

TMZ reports that singer/songwriter John Mayer has been signed by CBS to host a weekly variety series to air in the first quarter of 2009. The show, which will be a be a music, variety and sketch show, will be produced along with Mayer by Emmy and Grammy telecast producer Ken Ehrlich.

Page Six reports that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is trying to land failed vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as a guest-star on the season finale of his hit show. Cherry is “very hot to trot to have her appear on the season-five finale,” Hollywood p.r. man Hal Lifson tells the Post (despite not being involved in the show). “Marc is highly enamored of Sarah and sees her as the ultimate guest star [playing] a similar version of herself. The idea has gone over surprisingly well with execs at Disney, who see it as a blockbuster based on Sarah’s huge ratings on Saturday Night Live. ” Cherry isn’t commenting and ABC is denying the story.

E! reports that NBC has cancelled shows My Own Worst Enemy and Lipstick Jungle. The network isn’t commenting but no further episodes have been ordered for either series. My Own Worst Enemy (a spy series starring Christian Slater) reportedly never achieved the ratings that NBC had hoped for and Lipstick Jungle (a Sex and the City-esque dramedy starring Brooke Shields) faltered despite receiving a second season.

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