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O'DONNELL STILL HOSPITALIZED

Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell remains hospitalized today after being admitted Wednesday morning when the stitches from her recent tendon surgery became infected. "I think we'll find out sometime today when she'll leave," her publicist, Lois Smith, tells TV Guide Online. "I haven't talked to her, but I suspect she's feeling a little better." The View's Joy Behar once again served as substitute host on O'Donnell's program. A repeat will likely air tomorrow and O'Donnell is expected back on Monday. "That's what the plan is at the moment," Smith says. read more

CELEBRITY SIGHTING

Sounds like the sassy boys of 'N Sync are singing about what they know: Their next album, aptly titled Celebrity, is due out on June 26, MTV News reports. Can't wait that long? A rep for the band's label says they hope to have a single out by the end of April. read more

SPIDER-MAN JINX

A month after a Spider-Man crewmember was killed in the line of duty, another accident has rocked the production. Zack Hudson, stunt double to Tobey Maguire (aka Spider-Man), broke his leg Tuesday while filming a scene in which he reportedly crashes through a brick wall. Meanwhile, four Spider-Man costumes designed for Maguire have disappeared from the film's Los Angeles set, and Columbia Pictures is offering a $25,000 reward for their safe return. read more

IN THE MONEY

Next week, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host Regis Philbin will award one gutsy contestant over $2 million — the biggest individual payoff in quiz-show history. (The show's bonus pool is brimming with cash because nobody's won the top $1 million prize since 24-year-old Maryland native David Goodman's triumph on Jan. 4.) Adding to the week's unprecedented thrills, yet another player will snag a cool million. And in other Millionaire news, beginning Saturday, visitors to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., can sit in "the hot seat" at the theme park's newest attraction — a replica of the quiz-show's set. Unfortunately, they can't play for cash, just parting gifts. read more

I'M SORRY

CBS News anchor Dan Rather has apologized for serving as a guest speaker at a Democratic Party fundraiser co-hosted by his daughter, Robin Rather, in March. "I made an embarrassing and regrettable error in judgement by going to this event," he said. "It was a serious mistake, which I acknowledge." Rather's participation in the gathering — which according to The Washington Post raised $20,000 — was in violation of CBS News's ethical standards. read more

SUMMER JOB

Will & Grace star Eric McCormack will spend his summer hiatus from the sitcom playing the lead in Broadway's The Music Man at the Neil Simon Theater. The actor leaves Los Angeles this week to move to New York and begin rehearsals. He officially assumes the role from actor Craig Bierko on May 8. read more

JOAN'S ARC DE TRIUMPH

The second episode of ABC's new Joan Cusack sitcom, What About Joan, attracted a respectable 12.7 million viewers and again built on its Dharma & Greg lead-in. That same night, NYPD Blue delivered its most-watched episode in more than 10 months as James McDaniel's Lt. Fancy bid a fond farewell. read more

NYPD Blue Love Triangle?


Charlotte Ross is as anxious as anyone to find out with whom she's going to be paired romantically on NYPD Blue. The two-time Emmy nominee — who joined the force March 6 playing tough gal Det. Connie McDowell — has pretty much narrowed it down to two finalists: Rick Schroder or new lieutenant Esai Morales.

"My guess would be that it's either going to be Rick or Esai," Ross tells TV Guide Online. "But at first, I was wondering if they were going to make me a lesbian."

Such a development would come as a crushing blow to Blue's male recruits, many of whom are single and, as Ross jokingly points out, in hot pursuit. "I don't think they've brought in a new female in a while because [co-star] Henry Simmons said to me, 'Did they bring you in for me?' I'm like, 'I don't know, but I think I'm having an interoffice relationship.' And he goes, 'Did they say interracial?'"

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Tara Reid: Suddenly Single?


Tara Reid — the upcoming star of Josie and the Pussycats (opening April 11) — wants to set the record straight about why her summer wedding to MTV hottie Carson Daly has been called off: A scheduling conflict is to blame, not a falling out.

"I'm doing this movie called The Guest," the American Pie actress tells TV Guide Online, referring to the David Zucker-directed comedy. "So the good news is I got another movie. The bad news is that the wedding is not happening."

As Reid explains, she was already knee-deep in preparations for the big day when word came that she was joining That '70s Show's Ashton Kutcher and former Saturday Night Live regular Molly Shannon on The Guest list. "I had picked out the bridesmaids' dresses and the invitations," she groans, "but we just cancelled everything."

No new date has been set for the nuptials, which was to co-star Reid's fellow Pussyca read more

BABS VS. BUSH

Outspoken songstress Barbra Streisand is still fuming about President George W. Bush's victory over Al Gore. The Democratic diva has issued a three-page memo to her party's top politicians, calling for a "strong, strategic, targeted offense against the Republican revolution." Babs goes on to criticize Bush's record on everything from reproductive rights to the environment. Streisand's publicist, Dick Guttman, told Reuters that his client has no ambition to run for office herself. He also points out that "top Democrats... responded very favorably to [the memo], calling it a very important wake-up call." read more

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