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NBC and ABC are developing dueling miniseries about the Sept. 11 attacks. NBC has hired Boomtown's Graham Yost to pen a limited series that chronicles the events leading up to the fateful day. Based on the best-selling 9/11 Commission Report, the Peacock project would likely air during the 2006-07 season. Details about ABC's version are being kept under wraps, although Variety reports that it would also be based on the 9/11 Commission Report. read more

HIDE YOUR CATS

ALF has returned to Earth. TV Land has tapped former sitcom star Gordon Shumway to headline his own late-night talk show beginning Nov. 5. Seasoned second banana Ed McMahon will serve as the furry Melmacian's cohost on ALF's Hit Talk Show, which first aired in July as a one-time-only special. read more

DR. EVIL

Jane Seymour kicks off a five-episode Smallville stint November 17; in the arc, she plays the sinister mother of Lana's new boyfriend (Jensen Ackles). "She's pure evil," says the erstwhile Medicine Woman, "which is a really fun change from Dr. Quinn." You mean Dr. Quinn wasn't pure evil? What show was I watching? read more

RECOVERING

Lindsay Lohan was released from a Los Angeles hospital on Monday after being treated for a high fever. The 18-year-old actress is expected back on the set of her latest film, Herbie: Fully Loaded, next week. And what about her postponed cameo opposite real-life boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama on Fox's That '70s Show? She's taping that today. Forget what I previously told you about the role possibly being recast. (Don't ask — it's a long, fairly boring story.) read more

Lost Aaiight. I'm picking up the...

Lost
Aaiight. I'm picking up the religious hints this one is putting down. The "Adam and Eve" corpses found in Jack's cave. Locke's confession of faith to Charlie. Jin's redeeming himself with that romantic flower gesture before Sun could ditch him at the airport. Nice. OK, so now we're getting somewhere. Is this the Garden of Eden? Could be. Locke did tell Charlie that the island would give him what he wanted as long as he was willing to give it something back. Granted, I'm not sure what the island needs with a baggie of smack, but like Jack reminded Kate, there was a polar bear on the loose just a few days ago. Obviously, anything goes here. The only thing that's not clear is why the folks who chose to stay camped on the beach didn't realize that the cave is far cooler and that if a rescue plane does pass over, all that plane wreckage may tip them off to maybe something going on down below. The heat must be getting to them.

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TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

A judge Wednesday ordered Courtney Love to stand trial on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The ruling comes after the alleged victim, Kristin King, testified that the crisis-prone rocker threw a liquor bottle at her head (ouch!), sat on her (yikes!), pulled her hair (aaaah!), pinched her breasts (tee-hee) and slapped her across the mouth (bitch!) during an April 25 altercation. Now that doesn't sound like the Courtney Love I know. read more

SHORT CUTS

LeAnn Rimes will host the new season of Nashville Star, USA Network's country take on American Idol... Katie Couric, who recently broke off her long-distance romance with TV producer Tom Werner, is reportedly dating some trumpet player named Chris Botti. He's 42 and she's 47, not that there's anything wrong with that. read more

HUNGRY FOR MORE

Thomas Harris has not lost his appetite for Hannibal Lecter. A new novel about the iconic cannibal, Behind the Mask, is headed to bookstores next fall. Film rights to the book have already been secured by the Dino DeLaurentiis Company, which produced Red Dragon and Hannibal. In related news, I need a snack. read more

ROD ON TOP

Rod Stewart's standards collection, Stardust... The Great American Songbook Volume III, sold 240,000 copies during its first week in stores to give the rocker-turned-crooner the first No. 1 album of his 25-year career. Stewart's Volume II debuted in second place last year with 212,000 copies sold. read more

FREDDIE GETS FINGERED FOR TV

Freddie Prinze Jr. is headed to the small screen as the star of his own half-hour sitcom. According to Variety, Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar is teaming with veteran comedy producers Bruce Helford and Bruce Rasmussen on a comedy about a Puerto Rican man (Prinze) raised in a household of women. Warner Bros. is currently pitching the project to the networks. read more

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