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TIMESLOT MAKEOVER

ABC will replace Sunday-night cop drama 10-8 with new episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition beginning Feb. 15. The network recently trimmed 10-8's first season order from 22 to 15 episodes. read more

METHOD MADNESS

Fox has tapped hip-hop stars Method Man and Redman to headline a sitcom pilot about two rap stars who move into a mostly white New Jersey suburb after hitting it big. Because nothing screams success like a move to Jersey. read more

KING BLING

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King rounded up $73.6 million over the weekend and $125.1 million since bowing Wednesday, easily besting the debuts of the franchise's first two installments and ranking as the best December opening ever. Julia Roberts' critically-thrashed chick flick, er, female-skewing drama Mona Lisa Smile came in at No. 2 with a so-so $12 million, followed by last week's top flick Something's Gotta Give (No. 3 with $11.5 million), The Last Samurai (No. 4 with $7.3 million) and Stuck on You (No. 5 with $5.4 million). read more

MASTER AND COMMANDER AND DADA

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer became the proud parents of a future gladiator over the weekend. Charles Spencer Crowe was born Sunday night in Sydney, Australia, and weighed in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces. This is the couple's first child. read more

SUNDAY Cold Case Perry Mason...

SUNDAY

Cold Case
Perry Mason doesn't have anything on Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris). Yes, sir. It seems she just has to mention a few incriminating, but not airtight, pieces of evidence to a suspect and "Bam!" after years of silence, it's time to come clean to a very intimidating Meg Ryan look-alike. This time it was that awkward loser guy who killed his buddy over petty jealousy and 3,000 bucks. Now tell me, are we supposed to figure out the "mystery" way ahead of Lilly and the gang? If so, she should toss her partners the occasional — and delicious — Scooby snack during the investigation. But if not, well, at least they have some pretty cool POV camera work.

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Billy Boyd: Ring Master


Even if you haven't seen any of the Lord of the Rings films — anyone? — chances are, you'll know Billy Boyd from another little flick he did this year, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In both Master and Return of the King, the final film in the Rings trilogy, he stole scenes right out from under stars like Russell Crowe and Sir Ian McKellen. And that's just the way he likes it.

"Playing the lead is too hard," the affable actor jokes to TV Guide Online. "[It's easier to] just steal scenes. Sometimes, I think not all but a lot of lead characters are bit too straight down the middle. They have to anchor the film as they are playing [their roles]. So I'm kind of read more

JTT RULES!

Home Improvement's Jonathan Taylor Thomas is joining ABC's 8 Simple Rules... for three episodes this February as Bridget's study partner-turned-crush — like there's any other kind! read more

Line of Fire Hires Ex-Con

TV tough guys are a dime a dozen, but Line of Fire's Brian Goodman comes with actual street cred. The 40-year-old actor plays a Mob henchman in the gritty ABC drama — Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET — and his real-life past wasn't too far from his role. Here, Goodman tells us how he went from doing prison time to primetime.


TV Guide Online: Were you a bad kid?
Goodman:
I wasn't a bad kid. Lost, confused and scared was what I was. I was unfortunately from a broken home. South Boston was a cold place, and the area I existed in was violent and I was trying to survive. I was more a scared kid than a bad kid. I was sleeping in hallways at 12 years old and making money on the street and that became all I knew. I feel I was a survivor.

TVGO: Why did you go to prison?
Goodman:
Well, I started to pay a penance for the drug trafficking I did in the '80s. I got myself addicted to cocaine and alcohol — I was nine years clean and sober De read more

POOR GRACE

Exiting Will & Grace co-star Harry Connick, Jr. has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to star in and produce a big-screen musical romance titled Ben Invention. The actor-crooner will also contribute original music to the film, which follows an isolated man (Connick) who ventures into civilization in search of love. read more

Kelly Clarkson Against the World


Forget ambassadors of good will. The United States is sending Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol winner, to represent in a sing-off against Idol victors from 11 other countries in Fox's World Idol. (The competition airs Christmas Day at 8 pm/ET, and the winner is announced New Year's Day at 9 pm/ET.) But before she goes to face the music in the United Kingdom, we found out what Miss Independent thinks about her global showdown, her movie misfire and whether she's destined to be a Broadway Baby.

TV Guide Online: Think you've got an edge over the other Idols, having been on a world tour?
Clarkson:
There's actually a few of us that have gone to other countries, so everybody has that benefit. I have been around in the U.K. and other countries in Europe for quite some time, but in Australia, Spain and Italy, I'm just now starting. And if people do know me, they don't know me, the read more

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