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ABC OBSESSED WITH MONK

Struggling ABC isn't letting go of a good thing. In a last-minute move, the network has decided to add reruns of the USA Network drama Monk to its new fall schedule — continuing its successful summer repurposing experiment. The series — which stars Tony Shalhoub as an obsessive-compulsive detective — will air Thursdays at 8 pm/ET beginning Sept. 26. To make room for Monk, ABC is delaying the premiere of Dinotopia until Thanksgiving night Nov. 28. read more

SISTERS RULE

The controversial Irish convent drama The Magdalene Sisters continues to rack up kudos. Following its big victory at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, the flick won the Discovery award Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. read more

EARLY EXIT

It's official: Jane Clayson will leave her post as anchor of CBS's The Early Show at the end of the month. Her exit follows the May departure of co-host Bryant Gumbel. Unlike Gumbel, Clayson will remain at the network; she'll serve as an Evening News correspondent and a contributor to 48 Hours Investigates. CBS is expected to announce a new Early Show team in the coming weeks. read more

OZZY, WE WON!

MTV's The Osbournes was named best reality series at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys. Matriarch Sharon Osbourne — who's currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer — accepted the gold statue alongside daughter Kelly. HBO's Six Feet Under, meanwhile, was the evening's big winner, capturing five awards and setting the stage for a possible clean sweep at next Sunday's main Emmy Awards. read more

SHORT CUTS

Reps for Elizabeth Taylor confirm that the Hollywood legend underwent successful skin cancer treatment in June... CBS is already searching for contestants for a Big Brother 4, Variety reports... Comic-actress Janeane Garofalo revealed on Sunday's Conversations From the Edge with Carrie Fisher that she has an alcohol problem, but has been sober for nearly a year. read more

STILL CAN'T AFFORD ROB LOWE?

The West Wing is about to get a lot more expensive for NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Television may ask the network to fork over $10 million per WW episode — more than six times the current $1.6 million asking price. The increase would go into effect next season. read more

MORE EMMY NEWS

All six Friends — including Emmy nominees Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry — have agreed to serve as presenters at Sunday's main event. TV Guide Online will be there to get all the scoop! read more

SORRY, MARY

When it comes to Emmy records, Mary Richards didn't make it after all. At Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys, Frasier became the most honored TV show of all time — breaking the previous record held by The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The NBC comedy picked up three trophies, pushing its Emmy total to 30. That's one more than the 29 garnered by Mary Tyler Moore's classic comedy during its seven-year run. read more

A CUT ABOVE

America experienced a collective bad hair weekend as moviegoers flocked to Barbershop in droves. The new Ice Cube comedy debuted atop the box office with $21 million. My Big Fat Greek Wedding held strong at No. 2 with $11 million — bringing its five-month total to $110.7 million. Coming in at No. 3 was Robin Williams's psycho thriller One Hour Photo, which expanded to wide release and grossed $7.7 million. Tom Green's poorly-reviewed comedy Stealing Harvard opened at No. 4 with $6.3 million, followed by last week's No. 1 flick Swimfan (No. read more

SON SETS

Howard Stern is no doubt cursing out FX this morning. The cable channel has pulled the plug on the Stern-produced Baywatch spoof Son of the Beach. The Tuesday night comedy will end its three-season run Oct. 1. read more

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