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THREE BABIES AND A MAN

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine: Movie star Giovanni Ribisi will reprise his role as Phoebe's wacky brother — and father of the triplets to whom she was a surrogate mom — in a Friends episode slated for October. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards was seen by 10.7 million viewers — down from last year's record-breaking 12 million. Meanwhile, rumor has it the music network wants Eminem to kiss David Gest during next year's opener. read more

BOBBY SPRUNG

After spending a week in an Atlanta jail on a parole violation, singer Bobby Brown was released Friday on good behavior. Judge Calvin Graves praised Brown as a good role model with a "wonderful wife." Seconds later, Ashton Kutcher allegedly appeared and declared the singer officially "Punk'd!" read more

DID THEY OR DIDN'T THEY?

Although there's been no official confirmation, Beatle scion Stella McCartney allegedly married publisher Alasdhair Willis on Saturday on a remote Scottish island. Among the celebs in attendance: The fashion designer's famous father Paul, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Madonna and model Kate Moss. read more

Question: A few years ago ...

Question: A few years ago there was a police series with a main character who was a Chinese police officer on loan from Hong Kong. TV Guide described him as a man who "looks like Humpty Dumpty and moves like Spider-Man." What was the name of the series, who was the actor and what other parts has he played? I really enjoyed the series and was sorry it was not renewed. — Bernice, Port Allegany, Pa.

Televisionary: You're thinking of CBS's Martial Law, which starred the roly-poly but lethal Sammo Hung as a Chinese cop working with the L.A.P.D. His English wasn't so hot (no stretch there — neither is Hung's), but he kicked butt with ease. Along for the ride were Kelly Hu as fellow cop Chen Pei Pei (later known as Grace Chen), and read more

Question: Help! I've been ...

Question: Help! I've been trying to figure out the lyrics to the theme from Here Come the Brides. While we're at it, what's the history of this theme song? I know Perry Como sang a version with similar lyrics. He never sang the theme, did he? Also, I'd appreciate any of your brilliant insight into this show. Thanks for any info! — Barry

Televisionary: Don't thank me yet — I can only get you part of the way there, to be perfectly honest. When the ABC series launched in September 1968, it boasted only an instrumental version of Hugo Montenegro, Ernie Sheldon and Jack Keller's "Seattle." In October, Como did indeed record a ve read more

LABOR GAINS

The annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon raised a record $60.5 million in pledges Monday for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. That surpasses last year's record of $58.3 million. Despite suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, the 77-year-old Lewis — whose body appeared bloated due to steroid medication — emceed the event for the 38th consecutive year. read more

FAREWELL

Tough-guy actor Charles Bronson, best known for the popular Death Wish film franchise, died of pneumonia on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81. According to reports, Bronson had Alzheimer's disease and had been hospitalized since suffering organ failure in early August. A private memorial will be held this week. read more

TONGUES ARE WAGGING

After receiving a deluge of complaints, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution apologized to its readers Monday for running a picture of Britney Spears and Madonna playing tonsil hockey at the VMAs on the front page of Friday's edition. Managing editor Hank Klibanoff said the photo of the same-sex smooch should only have appeared inside the paper. I'm assuming in the sports section. read more

THE HORROR!

Jeepers Creepers 2 made a heap of money over the long Labor Day weekend, grossing $18.5 million to debut at No. 1. Freaky Friday climbed to No. 2 with $11.7 million, followed by S.W.A.T. (No. 3 with $10.5 million) and Open Range (No. 4 with $10.2 million). Meanwhile, The Italian Job — which was re-released on nearly 2,000 screens — got the job done for Paramount; the film crossed the $100 million mark after grossing another $3.8 million. All told, Hollywood rang up $3.87 billion in ticket sales this summer — besting last year's record by two percent. read more

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