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APOCALYPSE NOW

As expected, Anna Nicole Smith's audience is slipping away — but not as fast as many had hoped. The second episode of E!'s Anna Nicole Show notched a 3.0 rating — off just 25 percent from last week's strong debut. Given how bad the premiere was, insiders predicted the reality disgrace would suffer a much steeper second-week nosedive. read more

SHOW OF SUPPORT

Showtime has renewed The Chris Isaak Show for a third season. New episodes begin airing next year. read more

JULIA TAPS KYRA

Kyra Sedgwick is in final talks to join the cast of CBS's midseason courthouse drama Queens Supreme, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She would play an assistant district attorney in the Julia Roberts-produced series, which also stars Oliver Platt, Robert Loggia and Annabella Sciorra. read more

GRAVE MATTERS

When singer Aaliyah's plane crashed last year in the Bahamas, a local funeral home transported several bodies, including hers, back to the U.S. The problem? Time reports that Virgin Records still has not paid the $68,000 bill, nor reimbursed Aaliyah's parents for her funeral expenses. Incidentally, the Virgin execs who allegedly agreed to these financial commitments are no longer employed by the label. read more

ELLE'S PREGGERS

Supermodel Elle Macpherson is expecting her second child with fiancé Arpad Busson in early February. The couple has a 4-year-old son, Flynn. read more

WILL THEY LIKE HER?

Sally Field is fleeing Hollywood for the Great White Way. The Oscar winner will make her Broadway debut in Edward Albee's Tony-winning play The Goat. She replaces Mercedes Ruehl beginning Sept. 13. read more

END QUOTE

"I'm an actor and I've got a mortgage." — Tom Selleck replying to CNN's Wolf Blitzer when asked if he would consider succeeding Charlton Heston as NRA president in April. On Friday, Heston revealed that he has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. read more

MEDICAL UPDATE

Jason Priestley — who doctors say will recover fully from injuries he sustained Sunday in a race car accident — was airlifted from the University of Kentucky Hospital to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis late Monday afternoon. The 32-year-old former Beverly Hills, 90210 hunk faces weeks of rehabilitation and will likely require surgery to repair the broken bones in his feet. He also broke his back in the crash, but there were no immediate signs of paralysis or permanent neurological damage. Meanwhile, Priestley's former 90210 boss Aaron Spelling tells Variety's Army Archerd that the actor "came up to my office last week and said, 'I'm ready to go back to work in a series for you.'" read more

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS

A Beverly Hills judge has set an Aug. 26 date for pretrial motions in Winona Ryder's shoplifting case. A trial date will be set within 30 days of that hearing. The 30-year-old actress has pleaded innocent to stealing $6,000 in merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue last December. read more

STILL ROLLING

The Rolling Stones will release a greatest hits album Oct. 1 that covers their entire career. Forty Licks will include such hits as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Ruby Tuesday," "Brown Sugar" and "Miss You." The two-disc set will also include four new songs. The group's world tour kicks off Sept. 3 in Boston. read more

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