Is this local '90210' star too thin?

Charlotte's Jessica Stroup is already getting a taste of the downside of the Hollywood spotlight this week.

The 2004 Providence High grad and “90210” actress has landed on the cover of Us Weekly, just two weeks after the show premiered on the CW.

The headline?

“Too Thin for TV.”

The story quotes unnamed sources from the set who say they never see Stroup, 21, or 18-year-old co-star Shenae Grimes eat. The six-page spread also includes several photos of the girls, including pictures taken two years ago showing the actresses with much curvier frames.

Buzz about the actresses' weights has been building since the show premiered Sept. 2. Viewers have written on the show's Web site to express their concern, and several celebrity bloggers have also commented on the girls' appearance. One blogger said of Stroup, “If the camera adds ten pounds, then in real life, this woman may occupy negative space.”

Reps for both Stroup and Grimes declined to comment for Us Weekly's story.

L. Spears: Baby news came in note

The mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears says Jamie Lynn told her she was pregnant in a note.

Lynne Spears said on NBC's “Today” show Wednesday that Jamie Lynn – 16 years old at the time – handed her the note and told her to go into the bedroom and read it.

The note said she was pregnant but “everything was gonna be OK, mom” and that she and boyfriend Casey Aldridge were going to raise the baby.

“I thought it was a joke,” Spears said. “I kept waiting for the punch line.”

Spears said she realized it wasn't a joke because Aldridge, a pipe-layer from Liberty, Miss., wouldn't look at her.

“I was just truly in shock and then I started to cry. And then she started consoling me at that point,” she said.


Pickler to help Clark rock in '09

Albemarle native and country music star Kellie Pickler will have one of the country's most famous New Year's Eve assignments this year, according to a report Wednesday from USA Today.

The Lifeline Live blog at USA Today reported that Pickler will work with Dick Clark and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest on “Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” The show airs on ABC at 10p.m. Dec. 31, and Pickler will be the program's correspondent in Times Square, according to USA Today.


McCain, Obama set for full ‘60'

CBS' “60 Minutes” will devote its full broadcast Sunday to profiles of John McCain and Barack Obama, hoping to set the stage for the general election campaign's first presidential debate on Sept. 26.

Scott Pelley plans to interview McCain in Wisconsin today, the same day Steve Kroft is talking to Obama in Nevada. Both candidates also talked with the CBS newsmen earlier for pieces that will be unusually long by “60 Minutes” standards.



Actor Robert Blake, 75. Actor Fred Willard, 69. Singer Frankie Avalon, 68. Actor James Gandolfini, 47. Actress Holly Robinson Peete, 44. Actress Aisha Tyler, 38. Racing cyclist Lance Armstrong, 37. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, 37. Actor James Marsden, 35. Rapper Xzibit, 34. Actress Alison Lohman, 29.

This day in history Sept. 18

1975: Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.