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THE DAILY DISH

Conservation effort...

Some people say there's trouble in the Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey paradise of wedded bliss. But you'd never have known it from their behavior last week, sources told the New York Daily News.

A plumbing problem shut off the couple's water. A public appearance loomed. They had to freshen up. With towels in hand, they dashed to a neighbor's house and asked to use the facilities.

The young marrieds announced they were good at conserving water and then went on to prove it by showering together. Twenty minutes later, they emerged sparkling, hugging, kissing. Problems? If so, they came out in the wash.

Cher has plans for 60 ...

The magazine In Touch reports that Cher, who is still two years away from turning 60, is planning to celebrate that birthday with a nude layout in a men's magazine. She's preparing already, goes the story, for her May 2006 natal day.

Now back to reality. The pop icon's "farewell" tour continues delighting continents. It is supposed to end in Australia next year.

'Housewives' in hot water ...

How do we know "Desperate Housewives" is way hot, way cool, probably way too good for network TV? Besides having the everlicious Terri Hatcher on its hottie-heavy cast (she'd add steam to any show, no matter how lame), the program has drawn the ire of ABC's sponsors, three of which have pulled out, whining that "DH" is too racy.

According to CNN, Tyson Foods, Lowe's Cos. and Kellogg have yanked their support. Reason? CNN says reps at Tyson (which sells dead chickens) and Lowe's (home improvement stuff) say it's the show's brassy, brash and, yes, brazen script that bothers them.

Meanwhile, ABC is holding its ground, saying the show is attracting more advertisers, not fewer.

Damon ready to nest ...

If you've been sitting back, thinking Matt Damon's casually dating this or that hottie, you're dead wrong, pal. So prick up your ears, complacent ones: Star mag says not only have Matt and Luciana Barroso, 28, been goin' steady for, like, nearly a year, they dig each other so much they're looking at houses in Miami's mandatory ghetto for the rich 'n' hip, South Beach.

But it gets heavier: They're looking for digs that also would house Barroso's mother and her daughter from her previous man. To prognosticate: Will it be ring, Vegas, annulment? Or ring ... ring ... ring ... ring ... "splat a la Damon's bosomiest bosom buddy, Ben Affleck?

Kimmel's onboard ...

Jimmy Kimmel will keep up the late-night banter for another year.

ABC said it has renewed "Jimmy Kimmel Live" through 2005.

"I'm delighted that ABC has exhausted all other options and picked up mine for another year," Kimmel joked in a statement released by the network.

The nighttime talk-show circuit has been changing lately. CBS lost Craig Kilborn in August from the "Late Late Show," which follows David Letterman's "Late Show," when he quit. A new host has yet to be announced.

Last month, NBC said that Jay Leno will leave "Tonight" in 2009 and be replaced by "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien.

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