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LEAPIN' LIZARDS!

NBC has commissioned a script for V: The Second Generation from Kenneth Johnson, creator of the seminal 1983 miniseries, which featured lizard-like alien Visitors with a hunger for mice and men. For more on this story, pick up the current issue of TV Guide magazine, on sale now. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Recliners designed by the cast of Friends fetched a total of $125,000 on eBay. Proceeds from the auctions — which ended on May 22 — benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. read more

LIKE A VIRGIN

Courtney Love is thisclose to signing a deal with EMI Virgin Records, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Under the new label, the former Hole frontwoman plans to release her first solo album. Love parted ways with her ex-label, Universal Music Group, and sued them in 2001 over a financial dispute. read more

IT'S ALL OVER NOW

Is Rolling Stones crooner Mick Jagger, 59, losing his touch with the ladies? At the band's sold-out concert in Munich, Germany, on Wednesday, no women's panties were tossed on stage — though men's undies were! "It was all men," Jagger told reporters while out promoting the European leg of the Stones' 40 Licks tour. "I don't know what that says. They left all the girls at home or whatever. I don't know! Usually, we get a few bits of underwear on the stage. Last night, there were a few Y-fronts." read more

POLITICAL INSTINCT

Sharon Stone has been tapped to play Hillary Clinton in A&#038E's upcoming biopic about the former first lady and current senator of New York. The cable flick is being fast-tracked due to the buzz over Clinton's memoir, Living History. However, A&#038E will base their story on the book Hillary's Choice by Gail Sheehy, which chronicles Clinton's days in the White House and her reaction to her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky. read more

Can Cupid Save This Singleton?

Let's face it, the dating scene bites. That's why 25-year-old Lisa Shannon will put her fate in America's hands on Cupid, the new dating show debuting July 9 on CBS. The twist here is that if she and her Chosen One can stick together for one year, they get $1 million. So for the past month, this Michigan copywriter — along with gal pals Kimberly and Laura — has scoured the country for the 10 lucky bachelors you will vote on. With the manhunt now concluded, she's free to dish the guys, including Cupid creator Simon Cowell!


TVGO: How was the cross-country audition process ?
Shannon: We just wrapped [auditions] in our last city, Los Angeles. Now, we take all the men we've narrowed it down to — about 60 or 70 — and fly them all out to L.A. That's after their background checks and whatnot. Then, we narrow it down to 10.

TVGO: Background checks? That's better than grilling gu read more

SHORT CUTS

Sylvester Stallone is writing, directing and starring in a new flick called Rampart Scandal about police corruption in L.A., reports Variety... Recent NBC retiree Jane Pauley may be getting her own talk show come fall 2004, reports the New York Post... Good Morning America correspondent Lara Spencer will host the new season of PBS's Antiques Roadshow in January. read more

SPEAKING OF THE CLINTONS...

While Sex and the City's man-eater Samantha Jones wouldn't think twice about becoming a presidential mistress, things were a little more tame when her portrayer Kim Cattrall met Bill Clinton yesterday. The sexually charged duo were spotted chatting aboard the USS Mason during a Tommy Hilfiger party. Perhaps Cattrall was recommending her book, Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm, to the ladies' man. read more

GOOD NEWS

Hospitalized singer Luther Vandross has awoken from a coma caused by his April 16 stroke. "Late last week, he had what we would consider a first real breakthrough," his rep told USA Today. "He's much more alert, much more responsive neurologically. He was able to respond 'yes' or 'no' by nodding his head," although a tracheotomy tube prevents him from talking. It's amazing timing, since his new album Dance with My Father and his "best of" compilation, The Essential Luther Vandross, are to be released Tuesday. Go Luther! read more

HERE COMES THE SUN

Soledad O'Brien is a leading candidate to fill that co-host slot on CNN's American Morning recently vacated by Paula Zahn. O'Brien's current deal as co-anchor of NBC's Weekend Today expires at the end of this month. Network sources say she's paid "north of $300,000" — a move to CNN would likely double that paycheck. For the full scoop, read the Robins Report. read more

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