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For those of you Web surfers who...

For those of you Web surfers who clicked on that photo of Dutch from The Shield 'cause you wanna read about the Cuddler Rapist stuff, scroll the hell down. First, I've got lots on my mind about my other favorite Tuesday-night show...

Gilmore Girls
Hey, remember Graham from last week? You know, the Yalie guy Rory's well-intentioned grandmother, Emily, set her up with. The one who ditched her in the bar after she balked at taking a ride home from his drunken pal. (Smart girl! Talk about a DUI in the making.) Anyway, here's Rory and Lane's apt description of Grandma's dream date...

Lane: He was that bad?
Rory: James Spader in Pretty in Pink.
Lane: [Wincing] You could've stopped at James Spader.

This GG season finale was bittersweet for me. The bitter part's because I can't believe there's no more "fresh episodes" until fall! The sweet part is all the nonstop cute, cle read more

CRIME PAYS

Last night's CSI: Miami, which featured a preview of the upcoming spinoff CSI: New York, attracted 22.6 million viewers — tying the show's largest audience ever. The news wasn't as good for the WB's mock-Idol contest, Superstar USA, which attracted just 3.5 million viewers in its premiere. Yes folks, the William Hung backlash has finally begun. read more

Alex Trebek Awaits Emmy's Verdict

We're used to seeing Alex Trebek in control. After all, for 20 years he has been the well-dressed man with all the answers on Jeopardy! But this week, the quizmaster's utterly clueless as to whether he'll beat fellow game-show hosts Bob Barker and Meredith Vieira to take home his fourth Daytime Emmy award.

TV Guide Online: You're nominated with Bob Barker. How would you do on The Price Is Right? Do you know the price of Rice-A-Roni, for instance?
Alex Trebek:
No, and my wife keeps chastising me about that because she indicates to me, "You know, the prices have gone up a lot, Alex." I'm not sure I'd do all that well with the current prices of things like that. I tend not to pay all that much attention, although there are situations where I will drive around the block to find gasoline that's two cents less per gallon.

TVGO: The celebrity-themed Jeopardy! tournaments are always so competitive. What's the worst trash talk read more

I SPY AN UPROAR

ABC won't debut a fourth season of Alias until January '05, allowing the serial thriller to enjoy an uninterrupted, rerun-free 20-episode run. The network's new fall lineup — presented to advertisers today in New York — will feature eight new shows. Among them: Lost, a drama from Alias creator J.J. Abrams, the Teri Hatcher-headlined soap Desperate Housewives and James Spader's Practice spinoff, Fleet Street. Meanwhile, 8 Simple Rules moves to Friday, where it will kick off ABC's TGIF lineup. read more

WHOA!

How's Matt LeBlanc doin'? We're betting pretty good after the enthusiastic reception his Friends spinoff, Joey, received at NBC's fall-schedule presentation to advertisers (and me!) Monday in New York. Confident that they have a hit on their hands, Peacock execs screened the sitcom's entire pilot episode for the packed crowd. The consensus? It was warm, clever and, most importantly, funny. The network was stingier when it came to previewing its other new offerings, showing only clips of the 'toon series Father of the Pride (could be fun), crime dramas Medical Investigation and Hawaii (yawn...), and Heather Locklear's airport-set saga LAX (my advice to NBC: abort takeoff). The highlight of the nearly three-hour dog-and-pony show — which included appearances by read more

STORK REPORT

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has given birth to twin boys. Kian William and Kaiis Steven were born May 6 in Los Angeles. Dad is Davis' hubby, Dr. Reza Jarrahy. They also have a 2-year-old daughter, Alizeh Keshvar. read more

FROG SKED

The WB is keeping its Monday and Tuesday lineups intact next fall, but change is in the air on every other night. On Wednesday, Smallville will stay at 8 pm, where it will lead into new sketch comedies Blue Collar TV and The Green Screen. New drama The Mountain (think One Tree Hill on skis) will be paired on Thursdays with the reality-game hybrid Studio 7, and Mark Burnett's Commando Nanny joins the net's Friday comedy lineup. On Sunday, Charmed remains at 8 pm, where it will be sandwiched between an expanded Steve Harvey's Big Time and newcomer Jack and Bobby, the show that's not about the Kennedys. read more

BECKER IT'S NOT

Ted Danson has been tapped for the lead role in Our Fathers, Showtime's adaptation of David France's book about the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal. He'll play the Boston lawyer who represented the first victims to come forward. read more

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT

Fox, which unveils its fall lineup on Thursday, has renewed its critically acclaimed (yet Nielsen-challenged) gem Arrested Development, Variety reports. The net has also greenlit struggling freshman drama Tru Calling for a second season. read more

IT'S TOAST

King World Productions is putting a fork in Martha Stewart Living, announcing that the once-hot home show will go on hiatus at the end of this season while its star gets her "legal situation" straightened out. Stewart, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in March, will be sentenced on June 17. read more

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