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THE VERDICT IS IN

Former Cheers star Bebe Neuwirth has been tapped to headline the latest Law & Order spin-off, Trial By Jury. She'll play Tracy Kibre, "a tough career Manhattan assistant district attorney," according to NBC. Jury debuts in early '05 and also stars Jerry Orbach, reprising his L&O role as Lenny Briscoe, and Candice Bergen, as a judge. read more

NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRIVACY

Controversial pop star Sinead O'Connor took out a full-page ad in a major Irish newspaper on Friday asking the press to stop picking on her. "I have been the whipping post of Ireland's media for 20 years," she wrote. "And what have I done to deserve these lashings? If ye think I am so ridiculous why do ye give me any attention?" (Tee-hee — she said "ye.") read more

NO SOUP FOR YOU!

Finally! Seinfeld fans who've been jonesin' for a reunion special need wait no longer. Well, just a little longer... Coincidentally enough, Jerry Seinfeld and his cast mates will reunite for an hour of reminiscing in The Seinfeld Story Nov. 25 on NBC, the same week the hitcom arrives on DVD. Not that there's anything wrong with that. read more

EXPECTING

The View's junior co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 27, revealed on Thursday's show that she's preggers. It's the first child for Liz and her hubby, NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. The baby's due in March or April of next year, so between her yammering about that and Star Jones braggin' about her upcoming nuptials, this hen party is gonna be insufferable. read more

HATE MAIL

The discredited report on President Bush's National Guard service continues to haunt CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather. A website called Rathergate.com appears to have launched a national e-mail campaign targeting station managers at various CBS affiliates and calling for Rather to be fired from his job. read more

HE'LL BE BACK

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to take on a "limited" role in a fourth Terminator flick, Variety reports. Filming is slated to begin next year with T3 director Jonathan Mostow at the helm. The working title: T4: Rise of the Girlie Men. read more

LOST AND FOUND

A "lost" episode of the The Honeymooners has been uncovered in the Peabody Awards archive at the University of Georgia. Titled "Love Letter," the episode originally aired on Oct. 16, 1954, on The Jackie Gleason Show. "It does not exist in another archive," says Peabody Awards director Ruta Abolins, "and [therefore] is a unique 'lost' episode." Then what's with all the quotation marks around the word "lost"? read more

SOMEBODY'S CRANKY

Taiwan's notoriously aggressive paparazzi made Elton John hoppin' mad when his private plane arrived at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek International Airport on Thursday. An enraged John — who is currently touring the Far East — reportedly called the shutterbugs "rude, vile pigs!" and other colorful epithets. Later on, he informed his concertgoers how rude the airport photographers were and insisted he meant every word he said to them. Except "$%#@!" He now admits that was totally uncalled for. read more

BOBBY EWING RETURNS!

Former Dallas star Patrick Duffy has been cast in two episodes of Reba, TV Guide Online has learned. He'll play a marriage counselor who falls for Reba. He debuts on Oct. 22. In other casting news, Shannen Doherty has agreed to do another three episodes of Fox's struggling sudser North Shore, upping her commitment to six episodes. read more

MORE LEGAL PAINS

Growing Pains alum Tracey Gold, 35, has been formally charged with three felony counts after rolling her SUV — carrying her husband and their three young sons — down a California freeway embankment this month. The charges are DUI, causing injury while driving with a blood-alcohol level in excess of 0.08 and felony child endangerment. Gold will be arraigned in court Oct. 19 and plans to plead not guilty. read more

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