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SIMON SAYS... SELL OUT!

Further proof that Simon Cowell has sold his soul to Fox: The meanie Brit has agreed to guest star on Tuesday's edition of American Juniors. According to the network, Cowell "will be there to give viewers their first glimpse at the good, the bad and the outright awful" from American Idol's Los Angeles auditions, to be held Sunday in Pasadena. read more

BALLET SHOO-IN?

Mr. Big has met his match — and he wears... ballet slippers?! After months of speculation, dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov, 55, has been tapped to play Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) final fling on Sex and the City. "We had to make Big (Chris Noth) look like a high school sweetheart," Parker tells The New York Times. Baryshnikov's character, Alexander Petrovsky, is described as an artist "of extreme importance" whom Carrie meets and falls in love with. He'll show up as "a teaser" at the end of the HBO comedy's current 12-episode cycle, before returning for the final batch of eight episodes in January. Baryshnikov points out that he's "not playing a dancer. I'm a Russi read more

FROM ACROSS THE POND...

Fox is developing an American take on the U.K. comedy The Savages, about a young couple coping with parenthood. The U.S. version, however, will add an extra twist: It'll be really bad. read more

PARIS BOUND

Celebutante Paris Hilton — star of Fox's upcoming fish-out-of-Beverly Hills reality series The Simple Life — will make her television acting debut when she guest stars on the season premiere episode of That '70s Show on Oct. 29. She'll play a love interest for Danny Masterson's Hyde character. read more

BRIDEZILLA

Goldie Hawn is in talks to star in and produce a comedy feature based on the recent Washington Post article titled "Bride and Joy: Guiding Mom Down the Aisle." The film follows a young woman who finds herself in the unlikely position of planning her mother's nuptials. Hawn would play the mom. read more

SCOOBY SCRIBE

Apparently, Freddie Prinze Jr. is serious about this writing thing. The actor — who last year penned an episode of the syndicated action series Mutant X — has inked a deal to develop and co-write a TV movie for MTV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the untitled comedy will center on a group of teenagers trying to throw a prom. read more

EVERYBODY LOVES CASH

All that spinoff talk got Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Brad Garrett thinking about a raise. According to Variety, Garrett is hitting up his Raymond bosses for a "significant" pay hike for the upcoming eighth season. read more

REALLY?

Don't count out this summer's spate of reality shows just yet. Last week, CBS's Big Brother 4 and Fox's Paradise Hotel scored their best ratings to date. Also making impressive Nielsen gains: NBC's The Restaurant, For Love or Money 2 and Who Wants to Marry My Dad. The moral of this story? We're all going to hell. read more

KICKING UP A NOTCH

Hoping to capitalize on Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley's newfound popularity, Fox Searchlight will expand its soccer sleeper Bend It Like Beckham to 1,200 screens this weekend. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

On last night's Paradise Hotel, male model Keith proved that, even among the horndogs and alley cats of Fox's reality sexcapade, chivalry is alive and well — he booted misogynist meathead Zack. On the downside, by now we're sure the muscle-bound bully has filed suit against Keith, Fox and even host Amanda Byram. He does, after all, have lawyer in him. read more

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