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CHANGE OF VENUE

Survivor: Pearl Islands' live reunion show — airing Dec. 14 — will now be broadcast from Los Angeles, not Panama City as originally planned. The network says "the unexpected partial collapse of the Arco Chato, the venue in Panama City," led to the change. read more

NEW CRIME WAVE

USA Network is developing a limited series that would resurrect the characters from Scarface, Brian De Palma's 1983 classic starring Al Pacino. The film is currently enjoying a rebirth thanks to repeated cable airings and its recent release on DVD. read more

HIGH NOTES

The American Film Institute will count down the 100 greatest movie songs in a three-hour CBS special to air in June. Among the contenders: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Singin' in the Rain," "Moon River," "The Way We Were," and Eminem's 8 Mile track "Lose Yourself." Warning to producers: This list better include "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie. read more

UP AND CATWALKING

The second edition of America's Top Model debuts Jan. 13, UPN confirmed today. Tyra Banks returns as mentor/judge. Scary Janice Dickinson is back too. read more

BOB ON TRIAL

Former TV toughie Robert Conrad was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on DUI charges stemming from a collision last March near his California home. The actor is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 8. read more

BABY STEWIE RETURNS!

Fox is considering a plan to resume production on Family Guy, the wildly popular animated comedy the network axed 18 months ago. According to USA Today, as many as 35 new episodes could return in early 2005. Since the show got the ax, millions of new fans have discovered Family on DVD and in reruns on the Cartoon Network. read more

PARIS DOES DAVE

Hotel heiress-turned-sex tape siren Paris Hilton will do damage control on Late Show with David Letterman next Wednesday. And by damage control, I mean she'll do lots of giggling. read more

THIS IS BAD

Michael Jackson is a wanted man. At a press conference today, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued for the King of Pop stemming from multiple allegations of sexual abuse. The warrant was for violation of Section 288 of the California Penal Code — which prohibits lewd or lascivious acts with a child under age 14. Bail has been set at $3 million. If convicted on a single count, Jacko faces from three to eight years in prison. In light of today's events, CBS has decided to postpone its Michael Jackson Number Ones special, which was scheduled to air next Wednesday. "Given the gravity of the charges against Mr. Jackson, we believe it would be inappropriate at this time to broadcast an entertainment special," the network said in a statement. read more

WANNABES, APPLY WITHIN

Jamie Kennedy is conducting another experiment with the WB. According to Variety, the Frog network has greenlit six episodes of Wannabe, a reality series loosely based on Kennedy's recent autobiography Wannabe: A Hollywood Experiment. The show will revolve around a group of aspiring actresses who will live, work and ultimately backstab one another in a bid to get discovered. read more

WOW

In other Frog developments, the WB is fast-tracking production on a half-hour comedy starring rapper-turned-actor Bow Wow. Slated to debut at midseason, the show finds the artist formerly known as Lil Bow Wow playing a gifted music student who enrolls at an elite boarding school. Murder One's Daniel Benzali plays the headmaster. read more

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