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"The more I edited myself, the more the joy of doing the show was taken away from me. By the time I left it was no big deal. I had already left in my heart." — Kathie Lee Gifford, discussing her exit from Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in the May issue of Ladies' Home Journal. read more

FAMILY AFFAIR

CBS is developing a TV movie about one of TV's most beloved duos: Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic — titled Ozzie, Harriet and the Nelson Family — begins with the couple's early years in New York during the 1930s. read more

COMEBACK KID

As expected, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue, 66, has inked a deal with MSNBC to host his own prime-time show. The topical program — which will air weeknights at 8 pm/ET — is expected to launch this summer. read more

Why Sean Young's Restless


No Way Out starlet Sean Young has found the exit door in her marriage to long-time husband Bobby Lujan. The actor — who is also the father of her two sons, Rio, seven, and Quinn, four — initiated divorce proceedings five months ago. "He filed for divorce because he wanted to find himself, and I went, 'Okay,' and then in the process, I found myself," Young confides to TV Guide Online. "Then, he turned around and said, 'Okay, okay, I found myself!' And I went, 'Well, I have too.'"

Given the acrimony that has attended Young's previous breakups, one might worry a bit for Lujan's sake. (When she split with The Boost co-star James Woods in the late '80s, tabloids tattled of her ex-beau finding hate mail and disfigured d read more

MIDSEASON CASUALTIES

Fox has axed its low-rated Monday night drama The American Embassy after just four episodes. UPN, meanwhile, is doing away with its new Friday night reality lineup consisting of Under One Roof and repeats of The Amazing Race 2. read more

WRAPPED UP IN YOU

Country singers Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood are officially dating, reports Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. The crooning twosome — who've recorded several duets together — were seen holding hands at a prominent songwriter's memorial service two weeks ago, and have been publicly canoodling elsewhere, too. read more

KENNETH LAY — MR. JUNE?

Taking a page from Playboy magazine, Playgirl said on Monday that it is seeking current or former male employees of Enron to pose nude for an in-the-works "Men of Enron" spread. Speaking of Playgirl, Survivor: Marquesas blondie Gabriel Cade won't be cashing in on his good looks anytime soon. "No Playgirl for me," the 23-year-old castoff laughs to TV Guide Online, adding: "I think women apply to Survivor for that kind of fame, while the men are more about playing the game." read more

BACK TO THE BEACH

The on-again, off-again Baywatch reunion movie is on again. Fox has given producer-star David Hasselhoff the green light for a two-hour telepic slated for November sweeps. It remains unclear which Baywatch castmembers will be returning for the flick. read more

Paul Reiser: Mad About a New Series?


It's been three years since Mad About You went off the air, yet Paul Reiser confesses to TV Guide Online that he's not in any hurry to jump back into another weekly TV gig.

"I'm not hungry to do that right now," says the 46-year-old actor, who spent seven years as the producer and star of the NBC sitcom. "I'm having more fun picking and choosing things that don't involve an extended commitment. It's been fun, taking it easy and doing things at a more sane pace."

Reiser's new laid-back career strategy was apparently music to the ears of Showtime execs, who cast him in two different movie projects: The family drama Strange Relations and the romantic comedy Women vs. Men. Relations, which premiered Sunday and is being rebroadcast Thursday at 8 pm/ET, finds the erstwhile Paul Buckman playing a shrink who is diagnosed with cancer. read more

PRINCESS SUSAN

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon has joined the cast of Children of Dune, the Sci Fi Channel's six-hour follow-up to Frank Herbert's Dune, Variety reports. Sarandon will play ruthless princess Wensicia. The miniseries is slated to air in early 2003. read more

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