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THEY'VE GOT FAITH

Country singer Faith Hill will be making her first public appearance since September (she and hubby Tim McGraw recently had a new baby) when she performs at the Academy Awards on March 24. Hill will be singing her version of the Oscar-nominated Diane Warren song "There You'll Be" from the film Pearl Harbor. read more

SHORT CUTS

A.I. star Frances O'Connor has signed on to play the lead in the upcoming adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel Timeline... Brian Dennehy joined the cast of the new CBS pilot Two Families... Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones will premiere four days early, on May 12, in 11 cities in order to raise funds for children's charities. read more

ALL'S RIGHT WITH THE WORLD

Simmah-down Saturday Night Live fans, your favorite funny lady is finally returning to TV. We're talkin' about Cheri Oteri! Arguably the most talented SNL grad in recent memory, Oteri will be reunited with former castmate Colin Quinn on the premiere episode of The Colin Quinn Show (airing live March 11 at 9:30 pm/ET on NBC). Oteri will appear in a comedy sketch opposite Quinn. read more

CATCH A FALLIN' STAR

R&B superstar Alicia Keys was the big winner at the 44th annual Grammy Awards, picking up five trophies including Song of the Year ("Fallin'") and Best New Artist. The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack — which also won in five categories — was named Album of the Year. Frontrunner U2 scored four trophies, including Record of the Year ("Walk On"). For a list of the major winners, click here. Meanwhile, CBS's telecast of the Grammy Awards averaged 19 million viewers, off roughly 20 percent from last year's show. read more

DENNIS SACKED!

Monday Night Football suddenly got a lot more decipherable: ABC has dumped wiseacre Dennis Miller. Fellow announcer Dan Fouts also has been let go, although ABC may keep him on to host college football. Taking their place in the booth alongside Al Michaels is John Madden, who asked Fox to release him from his $8 million contract one year early. "I've always had it in the back of my mind that someday I would like to do MNF," said Madden. "If you are a broadcaster, it's something that you would always think of doing." read more

CREEK SET TO SIZZLE

Former Twin Peaks star Sherilyn Fenn will be heating things up on this season's last three episodes of Dawson's Creek. Starting April 24, the actress will be cooking up trouble as she stars as aspiring chef Pacey's (Joshua Jackson) seductive boss. read more

HE'S SUCH A BALDWIN!

Alec Baldwin will play a love interest for Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) on an upcoming Friends, TV Guide Online has learned. The episode is tentatively slated to air March 28. read more

Six Feet Under Queerer Than Folk?


Mere months after the executive producers of Showtime's Queer as Folk told TV Guide Online that they considered the gay characters on Six Feet Under "a bunch of politically-correct closet queens," HBO's dysfunctional-family dramedy is coming out swinging. As the Golden Globe-winning series begins its sophomore year Sunday night (at 10 pm/ET), it tosses newly-liberated mortician David into a lively love triangle with ex-boyfriend Keith and his current beau, fellow cop Eddie, played by Terrell Clayton.

"There's one scene in particular in the season premiere that I just know everyone's going to cry over, it's so funny," chuckles the actor, who considers the SFU/QAF feud a laughing matter. "There is a compe read more

Josh Hartnett's Secret Love


Black Hawk Down star Josh Hartnett tackles dating dilemmas in his new film 40 Days and 40 Nights — opening Friday — but he's very secretive about his current real-life relationship. He's widely rumored to be dating a young woman from back home in Minneapolis, Minn. Asked if he's in love, Hartnett confesses: "I feel like I am."

Still, he draws the line at further inquiry on just who his lucky lady is. "People in my life didn't choose to be a part of this," the fame-trodden 23-year-old says. "I try to keep my family and friends out of it as much as possible."

Like his 40 Days character, Hartnett's suffered his share of heartbreak. How does the pinup cope with getting over a breakup? "I kind of wallow in the misery," he read more

Happy Days Here Again for Rosie?


Here's hoping Barbra Streisand doesn't rain on Rosie O'Donnell's parade May 22. TV Guide Online has learned that the departing talk show host has asked Babs to perform her signature song, "People," on the final Rosie O'Donnell Show.

"Yes, Rosie has asked Barbra to perform," the Funny Girl's manager, Marty Erlichman, confirms. "But I don't know if she can do it. Barbra is currently off on holiday, so I haven't had a chance to talk to her about it."

After much on-camera begging, O'Donnell welcomed Streisand onto her show in November 1997. Two years later, she visited the singer-actress-director-diva at her Southern California home for a two-part interview. This would be the first time, however, that Streisand would serenade the Queen of Nice.

A spokeswoman for Rosie would not confirm (or d read more

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