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JANET IN HER GLORY

Looks like Kevin Williamson's struggling suspense series Glory Days is about to get a ratings boost. The show's Feb. 20 episode — airing 9 pm/ET on the WB — will feature a two-minute encore rendition of Janet Jackson's single "All for You" from her Hawaiian concert, which airs Feb. 17 on HBO. read more

GOLDEN TICKET

Judging by the first three nights of ratings, NBC may win a gold medal for their coverage of the Olympics. Through Sunday, an average of 35.1 million viewers tuned in to see the events in Utah, up 23 percent from the first three nights of the Games in Nagano, Japan. The boost helped NBC easily beat out their competition. That, combined with their recently announced Friends renewal, has the Peacock network sitting pretty on top of the podium. read more

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"I never take an award for granted, but this is particularly sweet as it was the most challenging job of my career." — Sir Ian McKellen, on his Oscar nomination for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, to the New York Post. For complete Oscar coverage, click here. — Angel Cohn with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

SPY GUY

Former James Bond Roger Moore will guest star on ABC's spy drama Alias. 007 himself will be playing a director of the series's fictional organization SD-6 in an episode set to air March 10. read more

HE'S AT IT AGAIN

David E. Kelley has just inked a deal to create a new legal series for the Fox network set to debut next fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Practice creator, who already fills Fox's Monday night lineup with Ally McBeal and Boston Public, will be adding to his workload with a tale about three female lawyers living in San Francisco. read more

VIVA LAS VEGAS

MTV turns its attention to Sin City as the long-running series The Real World begins taping its new season in Las Vegas. The reality show is taking a twist this year, however: Instead of throwing the roomies into a swanky house, the participants will occupy a floor at the Palms hotel just off the strip. read more

THE WHOLE WORLD SINGS

The whole world is singing the praises of Barry Manilow as he has earned a spot in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, reports The Associated Press. Manilow, who is known for hits like "Mandy," "Copacabana" and "I Write the Songs," will be inducted on June 13 with Sting, Michael Jackson, Randy Newman and Ashford & Simpson. read more

Charlie Brown: Our Funny Valentine


This week is going to be hard for us singletons. We'll go through our little black books, calling one ex after another in hopes of scoring a sympathy date. We'll keep up appearances at the office by sending ourselves flowers and candy. We'll rent Fatal Attraction and Romeo & Juliet to convince ourselves that love really does stink. But, through it all, we'll tell ourselves, "Things could be worse. At least, we aren't Charlie Brown."

"Valentine's Day is very hard on Charlie Brown," acknowledges Lee Mendelson, the executive producer of A Charlie Brown Valentine, the first new Peanuts special since the February 2000 death of the comic's creator, Charles M. Schulz. "Charlie Brown finally gets the courage to call [the object of his affection], the little red-haired girl, but he misdials and ge read more

R.I.P. RACHEL?

News that Friends will be back in the fall further deflates a recent tabloid tale that the sitcom's writers were toying with the idea of killing off Rachel. Star magazine reported that Jennifer Aniston's pregnant character might die in the season finale while giving birth to her child with Ross. Insists a show rep: "It's not true." read more

WILL THEY NAME IT WILL OR GRACE?

Will & Grace Emmy-winner Eric McCormack and wife Janet Holden are expecting their first child in July. Hmmm... We know what they were doing last Halloween. read more

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