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KELSEY, YOU RAT!

All the world loves a lawyer joke: Come 2003, Frasier star Kelsey Grammer will kick off his own TNN animated series, Gary the Rat. Aimed at adult viewers, the show concerns an attorney — voiced by Grammer — who awakens one morning to find he's turned into a rodent. read more

DON'T PEEK AT ME

Where can ladies be safe from prying eyes? In January, Angie Harmon starred in Lifetime's Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story — and now she's battling Peeping Toms for real! At a Capitol Hill press conference yesterday, Harmon joined Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu in advocating a new bill. They hope to make it a federal crime to videotape anyone undressing or having sex "for a lewd or lascivious purpose, without that person's consent." read more

SUSAN VS. JERRI?

Somehow we knew we hadn't seen the last of Richard Hatch. Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett revealed on Tuesday that he's planning an all-star edition of the show featuring memorable contestants from past installments. Meanwhile, Burnett says CBS is hoping to shoot the finale of Survivor: Marquesas in New York City's Central Park. read more

LATINOS LAUDED

Nominations for the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards — celebrating Hispanic entertainers in TV and films — were announced yesterday. HBO's Oz and Six Feet Under and Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. got the most TV nods, while indies like Piñero, Bread and Roses and Tortilla Soup led in film categories. ABC will air the awardsfest June 1. read more

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER

In related news... On Monday's Rosie O'Donnell Show, the departing talk queen — who recently revealed an addiction to The Osbournes — announced that Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack have accepted an invitation to dine at her house. read more

Popular Alum Visits Heaven... and Hell


After being cast in the current release The Other Side of Heaven as a 1950s Mormon missionary stationed in a tropical paradise, Christopher Gorham pictured himself sipping pina coladas and soaking up rays. But, he tells TV Guide Online, making the movie in the South Pacific turned out to be as much like a season of Survivor as a rerun of Fantasy Island.

"A lot of people describe Rarotonga as being like Hawaii 50 years ago, before it got totally developed," says the actor, a WB mainstay who has appeared on Popular, Felicity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "It's incredibly beautiful, but it's not Honolulu, so you don't have all the amenities."

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FAREWELL, SPENSER

Emmy-winning actor Robert Urich, best known for playing tough detectives in TV's Vega$ and Spenser: For Hire, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 55. Urich died at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, Calif., surrounded by family members and friends. In 1996, Urich announced that he was suffering from synovial cell sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the body's joints. A memorial service was scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles. read more

MORE RELATED NEWS...

Cybill Shepherd is trying to capitalize on Ozzy-mania. According to Newsweek, the 52-year-old is pitching various cable networks a "mockumentary" about her life as an aging actress and what it's like to re-enter the dating world. Episodes would include frank discussions of sex and lots of nudity! read more

MEDICINE SWAP

Former Home Improvement star Patricia Richardson is joining the cast of Lifetime's medical drama Strong Medicine. She'll replace Janine Turner, who is quitting for personal reasons. "Because I am a single mother, I felt the need to spend more time with my daughter, and now we can be with our extended family in Texas," said Turner, who will appear in the first six episodes of Medicine's third season, which premieres this summer. Richardson will debut shortly after Turner's swan song. read more

JULIA WHO?

Benjamin Bratt married his Pi&#241ero co-star Talisa Soto Saturday in San Francisco. Bratt — who began dating Soto after his break-up with Julia Roberts — reportedly popped the question in late February. read more

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