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RECRUITING JESSICA LYNCH

NBC's upcoming TV movie Saving Private Lynch may be getting some high-profile support. According to The New York Times, NBC may pay former POW Jessica Lynch to consult on the film, which is slated to air in November. Such a deal would turn the currently unauthorized pic into an authorized version. read more

BEAUTIFUL BUNDLE

Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, 32, gave birth to a son Tuesday — her first child with husband (and Beautiful Mind co-star) Paul Bettany. The actress also has a 5-year-old son, Kai, from a previous relationship. read more

FREAKS AND GEEKS 2?

Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig has signed a deal with HBO to develop Nice Guys, a comedy series about a trio of nerdy male co-workers looking for love. "Just as Freaks and Geeks was a realistic version of the high school experience for many people, this will lay out what normal guys go through as young adults," Feig tells Variety. "I'm talking about the guys who aren't superficial jerks and would actually make good husbands if women would just stop and notice." He's not bitter, though. read more

BATTLE WEARY

NBC is reviving Battle of the Network Stars for a two-hour special to air Aug. 16. However, unlike the late, great ABC version — which featured celebs from all the networks — the Peacock update will highlight only NBC personalities. Among the players signed up: Ali Landry (Spy TV), Dondre Whitfield (Hidden Hills), Brooke Burns (Dog Eat Dog), Drake Hogestyn (Days of Our Lives) and Tonight Show intern Ross Matthews. Immediately following the competition, all team members will be transported via shuttle bus to the Surreal Life 2 auditions. read more

OPRAH'S STILL NOT SWEATING

Britney Spears isn't the only actress-singer-diva kicking around the idea of launching a talk show. According to reports, Jennifer Lopez is mulling a possible syndicated gabfest that would include her less-talented sister, New York radio personality Lynda. Like Brit, J.Lo would only make occasional appearances on the show — allowing her plenty of time to continue starring in bad movies. read more

SHORT CUTS

Roger Ebert will begin radiation treatment later this month to treat a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland... NBC will air the full hourlong version of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on Aug. 14 at 10 pm/ET, prior to the Fab Five's appearance on The Tonight Show. The network originally planned to air a shortened 30-minute version at 9:30 pm/ET... Actress Marlee Matlin announced on Tuesday's Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn that she and husband Kevin Grandalski are expecting their fourth child... America's Next Top Model victor Adrianne Curry will play a waitress in two episodes of UPN's Half and Half, beginning with the Sept. 15 season premiere. read more

WELCOME TO THE NIELSENS, PUNK!

Fox's new 90210esque prime-time soap The O.C. got off to an OK start Tuesday night. The show's debut attracted 7.5 million viewers, second to the NBC's Last Comic Standing finale (8.2 million viewers). In case you missed Comic's last stand, former doorman Dat Phan was named champion — which, according to one of this column's most loyal readers, was a damn shame. According to Wendy, "Ralphie May is the real winner!" read more

TOTAL RECALL

Ending months of suspense and speculation, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 56, confirmed on last night's Tonight Show with Jay Leno that he will run for governor of California in the Oct. 7 recall election. "I can promise you... I will pump up Sacramento," he said. The news took many by surprise, considering last week rumor had it the actor was about to back out of the race due to family concerns. But at a press conference yesterday, Schwarzenegger said that his wife, Maria Shriver, eventually came around. "She was concerned about the children, but then she [said]... 'I support you no matter what you do.'" Well, that's not entirely true. According to sources, Shriver is prepared to leave her hubby should he decide to do a sequel to Collateral Damage, read more

ONE TREE RECAST

Former Guiding Light star Joie Lenz (she played Michelle) has replaced actress Samantha Shelton as Chad Murray's best friend on the WB's new fall drama One Tree Hill. A WB rep tells TV Guide Online that producers "wanted to take the character in a new direction." read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Toothless homewreckers in Ohio will have to find another candidate to support in the upcoming senate election. Jerry Springer has decided against running for the state's senate seat, believing voters wouldn't be able to distinguish the candidate from the talk show host. "As long as I'm doing that show," he says, "my message, no matter how sincere and no matter how heartfelt, does not get through to the people I need to reach." read more

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