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David Letterman and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko celebrated the birth of their first child, son Harry, just before midnight on Monday. Letterman broke the news on Tuesday's Late Show. "First thing I took him home and dangled him over the balcony," joked the 57-year-old funnyman, who named his first-born after his late father. Naturally, Letterman used the birth as fodder for his top ten list. Among the reasons the late-night vet was excited to be a dad: "There is now tangible evidence I have sex." read more


CBS has officially impeached The Reagans. In a statement, the Eye network said its decision to pull the four-hour miniseries from its sweeps schedule was based "solely on our reaction to seeing the final film," and not the outcry from conservative groups. "We believe it does not present a balanced portrayal of the Reagans for CBS and its audience. Subsequent edits that we considered did not address those concerns." As expected, the telepic — which stars James Brolin as the former president and Judy Davis as wife Nancy — will air instead on sister pay-cabler Showtime. read more


Just when you thought you could get through a sweeps period without a Michael Jackson special, CBS comes along and ruins everything. The spooky baby dangler is reportedly in talks with the Eye network to headline a music special that would air on Nov. 26, a week after his hits collection, Number Ones, arrives in stores. read more


Six years after Madonna won a Golden Globe, someone is finally taking a look at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's books. Next month, cable network Trio will air The Golden Globes: Hollywood's Dirty Little Secret, a documentary offering a critical examination of showbiz's most unpredictable awards show. read more


Bravo has ordered 10 episodes of Project Runway, a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry from the producers of HBO's Project Greenlight, Variety reports. Supermodel Heidi Klum has already signed on as a producer/judge for the reality contest, which will pit aspiring designers against one another. It's slated to debut this summer. read more


Note to NYPD Blue butt barer Dennis Franz: You're off the hook. Danny DeVito will guest star on Friends this February as "an over-the-hill stripper" who performs at Phoebe's bachelorette party. In the same episode, Donny Osmond will play himself when Joey appears as a celebrity contestant on Pyramid. read more


It's not Will & Grace & Child for a reason, folks. An NBC spokesperson tells TV Guide Online that Debra Messing's recently-announced pregnancy will not be written into the show. (Good, because that would have been a disaster.) read more


A whole lot of people turned out Sunday to wish CBS a happy anniversary. CBS at 75 attracted 18.5 million viewers from 8-11 pm/ET, helping the Eye network win the night by a huge margin. Nostalgia also ruled for Fox as 15.7 million viewers watched the 15th season premiere of The Simpsons. The rest of Fox's Sunday lineup didn't fare so well: Malcolm in the Middle (9.7 million viewers) was off 20 percent from its premiere last year, and the debut of the network's critically acclaimed new comedy Arrested Development disappointed with just 7.7 million viewers. read more


FX is developing an original TV movie based on Peter Lance's controversial book 1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI (The Untold Story), which contends that the Sept. 11 attacks could have been avoided. There's no word when the telepic would air. read more


If you're planning to travel to the U.K. in early 2004, please be advised: Mariah Carey is threatening to make her London stage debut next year in The Sleeping Prince, the vintage comedy that served as the inspiration for the 1957 film starring Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. "Mariah wants to get rid of the glitz and tassels," the show's producer, Bill Kenwright, tells Variety. "She wants to be an actress." read more

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