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BACHELOR'S BACK

Now here's a show the whole family can't watch: ABC is producing a six-part behind-the-scenes special on its lowbrow reality series The Bachelor. Hosted by inaugural Bachelor Alex Michel, the miniseries — which will run for six consecutive nights from Aug. 11-16 on sister cable net ABC Family (huh?) — promises to answer all the questions about what really happened on the show. read more

MAYBE IT SHOULD BE CALLED OZ

Big Brother 3 housemate Amy Crews is the latest contestant revealed to have a rap sheet. According to TheSmokingGun.com, the 24-year-old Southern belle was arrested in 1999 for drunk driving. Responds CBS spokesman Chris Ender: "It's a reality show. In reality, people aren't perfect." read more

SHORT CUTS

Hollywood animal trainer Frank Inn, the man responsible for turning Benji into one of the world's most famous pups, died Saturday in California. He was 86... NBC has decided to delay Love Shack — its new reality show hosted by Big Brother 2 victor Will Kirby — to midseason... Actress Lolita Davidovich will appear in five episodes of CBS's The Agency this fall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll play a love interest for Beau Bridges's CIA director... Good Morning America has tapped former Telemundo correspondent Alex Cambert to serve as an entertainment and lifestyle reporter. read more

WILL SHE OR WON'T SHE?

Soap star-turned-Live spitfire Kelly Ripa seems to be downplaying a story in Monday's New York Post that said she plans to quit All My Children when her contract expires in December. The Post reported Ripa would make only sporadic appearances on the sudser. "All My Children has been and will continue to be a big part of my life," Ripa responded in a statement. "I hope to continue to appear as Hayley Santos for many years to come." read more

MAY THE BEST MAN WIN

How badly will Harry Potter clobber George Clooney this fall? That's the question all of Hollywood is asking themselves now that 20th Century Fox has moved up the release of Clooney's sci-fi thriller, Solaris, from Dec. 13 to Nov. 27 — just a stone's throw from the Nov. 15 debut of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Fox is betting that Solaris — which reunites Clooney with his Ocean's Eleven and Out of Sight director Steven Soderbergh — will be the perfect adult alternative to Potter. We're betting Fox will face an uphill battle. read more

AND BABY MAKES THREE

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her husband of three months, British film producer Matthew Vaughn, are expecting their first child. "We can confirm she is pregnant and has got through the first trimester," the couple's spokeswoman tells Reuters. "Matt and Claudia are absolutely over the moon and think it is great news." read more

RISING TO THE OCCASION

Forget all those pollution jokes, New Jersey was the place to be this morning. Some 10,000 fans — including Gov. James E. McGreevey — flooded the boardwalk in Asbury Park to catch hometown heroes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform a special concert, broadcast live on the Today show. The rare appearance coincided with today's release of The Rising, Springsteen's first album with E Street since 1984. read more

SEND IN THE CLONES

Fox has ordered 15 episodes of Star Chamber, a reality version of Fame that picks up where American Idol leaves off. Set to premiere next summer, Chamber will focus on the behind-the-scenes process of turning regular folk into superstars. read more

AS BAD AS IT GETS

Jack Nicholson is in talks to star in an untitled comedy about an aging man torn between his young girlfriend and her mother, Variety reports. What Women Want filmmaker Nancy Meyers will direct. read more

GOD FOR A DAY

Jim Carrey will play a grumpy TV reporter who is given the opportunity to run the universe for a day in the upcoming comedy, Bruce Almighty. Tom Shadyac — who directed Carrey in Liar Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective — will helm the pic. read more

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