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NBC has yet to decide whether to allow Maria Shriver (aka California's first lady) to continue working for the network's news division. Both sides are still talking, and NBC now says a final decision would be made next week at the earliest. Take your time folks, no one really cares. read more


ABC has ordered a pilot from David E. Kelley (Practice) and Jason Katims (Roswell) that is being described as Six Feet Under set in the wedding planning world. The working title: I See Overpaid People. read more

VH1 Rebuilds Berlin

For those of us who hold fast to impossible dreams, VH1 presents Bands Reunited, a beyond-cool new series that brings back together defunct '80s acts for one-night-stand mini-concerts. In its auspicious debut episode (airing Monday at 10 pm/ET), it even allows Berlin founder John Crawford to bury the hatchet with Terri Nunn, the charismatic front woman from whom he had long been estranged.

"We hadn't spoken in six years," the singer tells TV Guide Online. "In fact, the last time we talked was a fight [over putting Berlin back on the map]. I wanted to be 50/50 partners with him, and he didn't want that, because he'd always run the band before. I just thought, 'I'm too old, and too good, to do that again.' So for me to have that healing with him was a life-changing thing for me."

Although Nunn still records and tours with a rad, revamped Berlin lineup, she shared Crawford's fear that they and their cronies wouldn't be able to pull it toge read more


One last ABC tidbit: The network is also developing a new take on Charlie's Angels, which will be modeled more after the films than the original TV series. read more


CBS has nixed a Super Bowl commercial from PETA that would have featured scantily clad vegetarians, saying it will not run spots on "controversial issues of public importance." The network has also rejected an ad from a liberal group that would have attacked President Bush. read more


It's official: CBS will launch a third CSI next season to be set in New York City. Franchise creator Anthony Zuiker will helm the new series, which sources say may veer from the traditional CSI formula. read more


ABC confirmed Thursday that it has begun talks to bring The Practice and NYPD Blue back next season. Speaking of Blue, which returns from hiatus on Feb. 10, Gordon Clapp's character will expose his rear in a March episode that ABC says is "shrouded in secrecy." When the time comes, someone please remind me not to set my Tivo. Thanks. read more

FriendsGiven that there are only...

Friends Given that there are only eight more episodes left and the finale doesn't air until May, I knew I shouldn't have gotten so excited about last week's new episode. And sure enough, I was brought back down to earth by tonight's embellished clip show, in which the gang recalls some of their favorite urban moments after Monica and Chandler reveal their plans to move their impending family to the suburbs. Don't get me wrong; I loved every blessed second (especially clips from the debut episode, where Ross — for the first and only time — had the best haircut of the bunch). But I couldn't help but wonder whether I was simply suffering from sitcom withdrawal and that maybe we should have wrapped things up two years ago and saved ourselves from the frustration of this abbreviated yet seemingly endless 10th season.

The Apprentice By capitalizing on sex appeal a second time, the ladies trumped the men again and team leader Jason got fire read more


Michael Jackson arrived 21 minutes late to his arraignment on child molestation charges on Friday in Santa Maria, Calif. He was due in court at 8:30 am/PT, but lingered a bit too long outside, greeting the hordes of supportive fans who were waiting for him. "Mr. Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here," scolded Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville. "I want to advise you that I will not put up with that. It's an insult to the court." Asked if he understood the charges against him, Jackson — who wore a dark suit, glittery shoes and big sunglasses — nodded and said, "Not guilty." Just to recap: Jacko is charged with seven counts of committing lewd acts on a boy under the age of 14, and two counts of plying him with alcohol in order to molest him. The King of Pop's next court date is Feb. 13. read more

Buffy Star Will Soon Marry

When Buffy the Vampire Slayer wrapped last May, Emma Caulfield was eager to shed her persona as Anya, the self-centered ex-vengeance demon. She wanted to try something different. Instead, she ended up reconnecting with her former 90210 beau, Jason Priestly. They happily reunited to make the ABC Family romantic comedy I Want to Marry Ryan Banks (Sunday at 8 pm/ET).

"I love that man so much," Caulfield tells TV Guide Online. "He is just one of those people I am so grateful that I met. He is really just one of the good ones.

"It was like no time had gone by whatsoever," she continues. "We just picked up right where we left off. And we just had such a good time. He's just lovely and I always wanted to work with him again. We had really good chemistry on Hi read more

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