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SIGHT REGAINED

ABC is developing a drama series loosely based on Jennifer Lopez's tough yet sexy U.S. Marshal character in the 1998 flick Out of Sight. There's no word on what actress will replace J.Lo in the role. In other ABC news, the network has greenlit an ensemble drama that explores the world of the U.S. Air Force. It's being described as a cross between Top Gun and The West Wing. read more

SHORT CUTS

Today's Katie Couric will appear on the 100th episode of Will & Grace, airing Nov. 21 on NBC... Expect a teen stampede at your local record store today: Justin Timberlake's first solo album, Justified, is now on sale. read more

RADIO STAR

CBS's Late Show with David Letterman is headed to Infinity and beyond! Beginning Monday night, Late Show will be simulcast on 15 Infinity-owned radio stations across the country. More stations are expected to sign on in the near future — hence the "beyond" part. Both CBS and Infinity are owned by Viacom Inc. read more

IMMINENT VERDICT

Finally, Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial is history. The case went to the jury Monday after the prosecution and defense presented closing arguments. "She came, she stole, she left — end of story," said prosecutor Ann Rundle. Defense attorney Mark Geragos, meanwhile, portrayed the actress as a victim of a Saks conspiracy. The jury begins deliberations today. read more

WHAT THE [BLEEP]?!

Sharon Osbourne doesn't want her MTV show anymore. In an interview with Barbara Walters airing tomorrow on ABC's 20/20, Ozzy's better half announced that the upcoming 10-episode second season of The Osbournes (bowing Nov. 26) would be the show's last. "We can't do it anymore," she said. MTV, naturally, is in downplay mode. On Monday, network president Van Toffler phoned Sharon and she reportedly told him: "You know you can't believe everything I say." Later, she released her own statement, reaffirming her commitment to do at least another "20 episodes. I love my MTV." Also on 20/20, Sharon revealed that her cancer diagnosis drove Ozzy to drink again. read more

COLD SWEATS

Reese Witherspoon is poised to play a U.S. Marshal hunting for a murderer in the Antarctic-set thriller Whiteout. The film — which Witherspoon will also produce under her new pact with Universal — is based on Greg Rucka's graphic novel series. read more

NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS

The Motion Picture Assn. of America has slapped Steven Soderbergh's upcoming sci-fi romance Solaris with an R rating allegedly because two scenes feature George Clooney's bare rump. Soderbergh — who plans to appeal the ruling — insists he will not cut the film. Glad someone's thinking about the bottom line. read more

SPELLING'S TEST

Turns out, Tori Spelling can get work without daddy's help. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 resident will star in and exec produce an untitled comedy for NBC about an up-and-coming New York-based publicist. Maybe they should call it Lizzie. read more

TWO ACTORS LOST

Jonathan Harris, who portrayed dastardly doc Zachary Smith on the classic '60s series Lost in Space, died Sunday from a blood clot in his heart. He was 87. More recently, Harris was known for his voiceover work in A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. Also, actress Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, star of such '70s exploitation favorites as Caged Heat, Revenge of the Cheerleaders and Laserblast, died on Oct. 25 in her native Los Angeles of complications from hepatitis. She was 47. read more

AILING

Actor-turned-Unsolved Mysteries host Robert Stack, 83, is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, The Associated Press reports. He was diagnosed with the disease a month ago. read more

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