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DYNAMITE CASTING

Tina Majorino, the breakout star of the indie smash Napoleon Dynamite, will guest on the Nov. 23 episode of UPN's Veronica Mars. Who's she gonna play? You're gonna have to read the latest edition of "Ask Ausiello" for the scoop. Sorry, but I gotta shamelessly cross-promote... Oh, just go read the damn thing. read more

GOOD TO GO

This could be the big break Janet Jackson's been waiting for. Creative Production Group has acquired feature rights to Norman Lear's classic '70s sitcom, Good Times. read more

SHORT CUTS

ABC has renewed Jimmy Kimmel Live through early 2006, Variety reports... As predicted in last week's "Ask Ausiello," USA Network has ordered a second season of The 4400... The Sci Fi Channel is producing Tin Man, a four-hour miniseries inspired by The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy finds herself in an alternate universe patrolled by heartless folks made of tin... Jennifer Garner is in talks to play a woman facing the sudden death of her husband in the, um, romantic comedy Catch and Release. Yeah, that sounds like a real knee-slapper. read more

DELAY OF GAME

Yankees fans, take heart. Something good has come out of tonight's Game 7 of the American League Championship Series: It has forced CBS to delay (for the umpteenth time) the series premiere of the ghastly John Goodman sitcom Center of the Universe. Fearing a Nielsen bloodbath, the network has also pushed back the season premiere of King Of Queens as well as tonight's original CSI: NY. Repeat airings of CSI and CSI: Miami will air from 9-11 pm instead. NBC and ABC are not expected to rejigger their schedules. read more

SET YOUR TIVOS

David Letterman is doing the unthinkable: He's appearing on someone else's show. On Nov. 8, the Late Show host will be a guest on Live With Regis and Kelly. "I think it's nice that he visits our show once every 10 years," Reege told the Associated Press. read more

TRADING SPACES

The WB's struggling freshman dramas Jack & Bobby and The Mountain are swapping time slots. Jack & Bobby, which has already been picked up for a full season, will move into The Mountain's Wednesday 9 pm perch beginning Oct. 27, while The Mountain will shift to 9 pm Sundays starting Oct. 31. Meanwhile, per The Hollywood Reporter, the Frog net has ordered four more bad scripts of The Mountain. read more

FOX NEWS ALERT

The Fox News Channel producer accusing Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment filed new charges Tuesday, claiming she lost her job because she complained to network execs about the alleged mistreatment. Lawyers for Fox and O'Reilly deny that Andrea Mackris has been fired, insisting she's still being paid her full salary and receiving her 10 percent discount downstairs at Au Bon Pain. read more

BACKING DOWN

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has come under intense fire over its plans to air a documentary critical of Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam war record just prior to the election, now says it will air only snippets of the 42-minute film on Friday. The excerpts will air as part of a one-hour "news" special, A POW Story: Politics, Pressure and the Media. read more

REMEMBERED

The family of late actor-activist Christopher Reeve will hold a private memorial service Oct. 29 at the Juilliard School in New York City. About 900 guests are expected to attend. read more

THEY'RE JUST CHICKEN

Here's further proof that ABC's Desperate Housewives is a surefire smash: Sponsors are pulling out! Home-improvement giant Lowe's and poultry producer Tyson Foods have yanked their spots from Housewives due to the show's racy content. In related news, rumor has it Home Depot has offered to rebuild Edie's home for free. read more

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