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ABC apparently felt Charlie Brown wasn't getting enough respect at CBS. The Millionaire network outbid CBS for broadcast rights to all three Charlie Brown animated holiday specials: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas. CBS has aired the Peanuts classics for the past 35 years. The new three-year deal goes into effect next year. "It's a shame that a few more dollars meant more to them than years of tradition and loyalty," one CBS exec tells Variety. read more


Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn are in talks to play the title roles in The Banger Sisters, a comedy/drama about two former rock 'n' roll groupies, Variety reports. Hawn would play a "punked-out" waitress proud of her past, while Sarandon's character — a prominent socialite — wants to hide hers. read more

Denzel Has No Beef With Oscar

Despite reports, Denzel Washington insists that he was not upset last March when he lost the best actor Oscar to American Beauty's Kevin Spacey. Nominated for The Hurricane, Washington says he doesn't put much stock in awards anyway.

"My hard work is rewarded," says the four-time Oscar nominee, who picked up a trophy in 1989 for his supporting work in Glory. "My mother always said, 'Man gives the award. God gives the reward.' It's a long race.

"My life is not determined by who votes for me and who doesn't," Washington continues. "One thing I can guarantee to the public is that I'm going to continue to work as hard as I possibly can to make the best movies. And who votes for me or gives me a statue does not determine what I'm going to do next. If anything, it inspires me to do more — whether I get one or don't get one."

The actor — whose latest film, Remember the Titans, opens today — cops a similarly blas&eacu read more


Emmy-winning actor Richard Mulligan, best known for his role as quirky Burt on Soap, died Tuesday in his Los Angeles home after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 67. Mulligan also starred in the NBC sitcom Empty Nest, a spinoff of The Golden Girls, which ran from 1988 to 1995. Although the actor was married five times, he was single at the time of his death. He is survived by his son, James, and brothers Robert and James Mulligan. — Michael Ausiello read more


The premiere of NBC's new David Alan Grier/Delta Burke sitcom DAG has been pushed back. The Tuesday comedy — in which Grier plays a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the First Lady (Burke) — will debut on Nov. 14 (9:30 pm/ET) rather than the original date of Oct. 31. "They didn't want to air it and then have it pre-empted for the elections on Nov. 7, and then have it come back," an NBC spokesperson tells TV Guide Online. "They figured it's not a good idea to have it on and off and on... " What will air in its place? "They haven't decided yet," the rep says. "Hopefully it's not When Good Pets Go Bad Part 3 or something." read more


In the latest chapter of an ongoing feud, three Mexican bands are returning the Latin Grammys they won earlier this month citing offensive treatment of the Mexican music community by the sponsor, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Tigres del Norte, Los Temerarios and Los Palominos have refused their statues. They allege that the academy ignores Mexican regional music — including tejano, ranchera and norteño — in favor of stars associated with Sony Music and producer Emilio Estefan. read more


Tom Arnold has inked a deal with Columbia TriStar Television to star in a new reality-based syndicated series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project — still in the conception stage — likely would feature Roseanne's ex interacting with real people. read more

Dancer Star Takes a Stand

David Morse is proud to have starred in two movies that decry capital punishment — The Green Mile and the newly released Dancer in the Dark. But the actor tells TV Guide Online that he's frustrated neither film is likely to have any impact on death penalty laws in this country.

"The problem with The Green Mile is it was still too much of a fantasy," says Morse, who played tough-guy penitentiary guard Brutus "Brutal" Howell in the 1999 film. "As much as it dealt with the death penalty, it was presented in a way that you could say, 'It's a movie.'"

The grim drama Dancer in the Dark is more realistic, he says, but it's likely the offbeat Cannes Film Festival winner will be preaching to the already converted. "Most of the people who go to this kind of movie already share the movie's sympathies," he says.

Which is distressing news for the actor, who, like many in Hollywood, is strongly opposed to the death penalty. "I don't think you c read more


In front of a sold-out audience at New York's Madison Square Garden, Barbra Streisand gave the final live performance of her storied musical career last night. The Brooklyn-born icon belted out many of her trademark tunes ("Don't Rain on My Parade," "Cry Me a River," "Evergreen," "The Way We Were," "People") in front of a celebrity-packed crowd that included Lauren Bacall, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Walters, Jesse Jackson, Billy Crystal, Brooke Shields, Martha Stewart, Glenn Close, designer Donna Karan, husband James Brolin and son Jason Gould. After the Funny Girl performed "Somewhere," the crowd leapt to their feet for a two-minute standing ovation. Uncomfortable with the attention, Streisand cued her musical director to jump right into the next song. However, he urged her to enjoy the moment, and the teary-eyed diva reluctantly agreed. Babs later took the opportunity to advertise the sale of her read more

Jada's Declaration of Independence

Jada Pinkett Smith may want to spend the rest of her life with hubby Will Smith, but that doesn't mean she also wants to go to work with him. The 29-year-old actress — who is expecting her second child with the former Fresh Prince — admits that she's in no hurry to get in front of the camera with her honey.

"There's a lot of things I still want to do as Jada," she tells TV Guide Online. "Will is my husband and I feel like I want to do my own thing. I think he's ready for us to make a movie together, but I'm not. I'm sure that one day we'll find the right project."

As it is, the duo's first collaboration — they co-wrote Love for Hire, a film in development at Imagine — was a rocky affair. "Will and I didn't kill each other writing it, but it was a little difficult," she says of the project, in which they're wooing LL Cool J or Jamie Foxx to star. "We had those late nights sitting up arguing. We'd be in a ro read more

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