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THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY

Dennis Quaid celebrated Independence Day by giving up his. The 50-year-old actor married Texas real-estate agent Kimberly Buffington, 32, Sunday in Montana. Quaid's best man was Jack Henry Quaid, his 12-year-old son with Meg Ryan. read more

APPLES AND ORANGES

ABC has changed the name of David E. Kelley's upcoming Practice spin-off from The Practice: Fleet Street to Boston Legal. The new title reportedly scored higher with test audiences. The network, meanwhile, is trying to persuade James Spader to change his name to Tom Cruise. read more

CHARMED, HE'S SURE

Crank phone calls are suddenly the least of Jessica Simpson's problems. Her studmuffin hubby, Nick Lachey, just signed on to play Alyssa Milano's new love interest in six episodes of Charmed this fall. read more

DONNA WEDS

As hinted Friday, former Beverly Hills, 90210 virgin Tori Spelling married actor-writer Charlie Shanian Saturday night. But contrary to reports, the nuptials took place at the sprawling Spelling mansion in Los Angeles — not on the beach in Malibu. Other tidbits from the ceremony, courtesy of USA Today: TV titan Aaron walked his daughter down the aisle; the dinner was catered by Wolfgang Puck; and on the way out, the 400 guests (who did not include Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris or Luke Perry) received miniature champagne bottles that, when opened, turned into candles. And when brought home, tras read more

SPEAKING OF 9/11...

The Fridley theater chain has refused to play Fahrenheit 9/11 in any of its 34 venues in Iowa and Nebraska, claiming that the film encourages terrorism. Rumor has it Fridley may also pull Troy from its lineup, claiming that the film encourages audiences to laugh in all the wrong places. read more

THE JURY ADJOURNS

Beginning this week, Fox's The Jury moves to Fridays at 9 pm/ET — a death sentence if ever there was one. The move comes amid reports that production on the low-rated drama has been halted and the cast dismissed. read more

Amazing Race Scoop!

Break out your guidebooks and passports — The Amazing Race is finally back. The fifth edition of TV's best reality show (and they have an Emmy to prove it!) kicks off tonight at 9:30 pm/ET on CBS. The 90-minute premiere finds a new bunch of wayfarers racing across the globe in pursuit of that $1 million jackpot. Here, host Phil Keoghan — whose travel smarts and fashion sense have earned him his own fan following — shares some details about the upcoming season, including a major new challenge the teams must face.

TV Guide Online: Was it a thrill to get on the road again?
Phil Keoghan:
It was, yeah. This one felt like the first season again — it had the same sort of fresh energy. I think that's because of the Emmy Award. To get that recognition gave everybody the incentive to try and make this show bigger.

TVGO: Was that Emmy the main reason CBS ordered a fifth season?
Keoghan:
I can't see how it hurt. I don't know w read more

Did Comic Shatter Todd Glass?

Dramatic headline, eh? But in a word, the answer is... no. Being booted from the Last Comic Standing madhouse last week didn't start Todd Glass thinking about switching to a career in Ginsu-knife sales. (He'd be good at it, though!) As another joker packs his or her bags in tonight's episode (9 pm/ET on Fox), TV Guide Online catches up with the funnyman who turns out to be — no kidding — as sensitive as he is silly.

TV Guide Online: Let's begin with the end — were you glad that in your head-to-head with Tammy Pescatelli, the vote was so close, or were you like, "Damn those five extra people who picked her!"?
Todd Glass:
I have a joke where I go, "I laughed so hard, I punched you in the uterus." My brother goes, "That probably lost you five women right there; I'm glad you like that joke so much that it was worth losing for!" When you think about it, there's probably some truth to that. But I was happy that it was close. It was better than read more

ON THE BEAT

Bonnie Somerville, last seen on NBC's In-Laws, will join the cast of NYPD Blue for its 12th and final season in the fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She's been handed the unenviable task of filling the void left by Charlotte Ross. And French kissing Dennis Franz. Meanwhile, a Blue source confirms that Ross' initial replacement, Jessalyn Gilsig, will not return. Draw your own conclusions. read more

BUELLER?

Jeffrey Jones, best known as Ferris Bueller's high-school principal, has been accused of failing to register as a sex offender. The 57-year-old actor pleaded no contest last July to a felony charge of hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos. He was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. Jones reportedly registered last year but moved in March and failed to register again. read more

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