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WB LOSES LOVE

The WB has put its Sunday sitcom For Your Love on hiatus until January. It will be replaced with the 90210 spoof Grosse Pointe, which will move from its Friday 8:30 perch. Reruns of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch will occupy Grosse Pointe's former timeslot. — Michael Ausiello read more

IT'S OVER FOR DEMI & BRUCE

After a two-year separation, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis have officially called it quits. The couple, citing irreconcilable differences, have been granted a divorce in an Idaho court after filing papers last week, USA Today reports. They have three children. read more

Kudrow: Phoebe & Joey Just Friends


Lisa Kudrow wants to clarify recent remarks in which she said a romance between Phoebe and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) on Friends was inevitable. "It's just a question of when it will happen," Kudrow told the Calgary Sun. "Maybe they'll save it until the very last episode. Maybe [the writers] will keep us all hanging on."

Or, maybe not.

"I don't think it's going to happen," Kudrow tells TV Guide Online. "I know that the writers feel, 'Jesus, God. We've had Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), and now we have Monica (Courteney Cox-Arquette) and Chandler (Matthew Perry).... No. No!' We can't be that show where it's just these six people that hook up in different couples."

Off-screen, Kudrow says the six Friends remain as tight as ever — a fact she believes has been integral to the show's continue read more

SHORT CUTS

Showtime is producing four-hour miniseries about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to star Victor Huggo Martin.... Ed Begley Jr. will reprise his role as a cheesy game-show host on NBC's Providence on Nov. 17. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

No Beauty Bounce for Bakula


American Beauty won five Academy Awards, grossed $130 million and gave a nice boost to the careers of Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning, not to mention newcomers Wes Bentley and Mena Suvari. However, it caused barely a ripple in the life of Scott Bakula, who played half of an idylic gay couple in the 1999 film.

"It hasn't opened doors," the former Quantum Leap star tells TV Guide Online. "Not at all. But it's a nice, wonderful gift to be associated with."

Bakula could use those same words to desribe his new film Luminarias, a low-budget comedy about four middle-aged Latina women looking for love in Los Angeles. Playing in limited release since May, the film — in which Bakula appears as one of the potential suitors — has developed a bit of a cult following among females.

"I loved what it had to say about life in Los Angeles, and in any multi-cultural situation around the world," explains the actor, wh read more

NBC NIPS TUCKER

NBC's Monday night Malcolm in the Middle rip-off, Tucker, has become the first casualty of the 2000-01 fall TV season. The network has cancelled the low-rated, critically reviled sitcom and put its lead-in, Daddio, on hiatus. The 8 pm hole will temporarily be filled by another edition of Dateline NBC. The news wasn't all bad for The Peacock: Despite losing to ABC in total viewers, NBC came out on top last week among adults 18-49. Meanwhile, the premiere of David E. Kelley's Fox drama, Boston Public, got off to a strong start Monday night, winning its timeslot in total viewers (13.9 million) and in most key demos. The return of Ally McBeal netted 13.2 million viewers, down 17% from last season's premiere. read more

WILL'S BOYFRIEND CAST

It looks like Will & Grace's central gay character, Will (Eric McCormack), is getting a leading man of his own: It's Patrick Dempsey, most recently seen in Scream 3, but best known for playing charming geeks in '80s teen flicks like Can't Buy Me Love and Loverboy. Dempsey guest stars in the Nov. 9 episode as Matthew, a Banana Republic shopper who catches the eye of salesboy Jack (Sean Hayes). Expect the storyline to take a Cyrano-style turn, with Jack using Will's well-chosen words to impress his crush, who — you guessed it — ends up taking a shine to Will himself. The actor's spokesperson says Will & Grace has only hired him for a single episode, but reserves the option to bring him back for two more. Dempsey, meanwhile, will also reprise his role as Sela Ward's mentally disabled brother in the Thanksgiving episode of ABC's Once & Again, which airs Nov. 21. And early next year, he'll co- read more

UNCHAINED MELODY

NBC has come to its senses and scrapped plans to air the reality series Chains of Love. Described as a Dating Game for the new millennium, the show would have had four people chained to one member of the opposite sex. The man or woman would then release one mate at a time until his/her dream date was left. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network ran into creative differences with producer Endemol Entertainment, the company behind Big Brother. read more

Squares Guy a Real Live Wire


Hollywood Squares host Tom Bergeron is feeling boxed in by the constraints of taped TV, and he's looking to do something about it.

"I miss live TV, I really do," the former Good Morning America substitute anchor tells TV Guide Online. "I'd like to get back to it. There's an adrenaline rush to it that you just can't duplicate, even on a show that's taped as close to live as possible, like we do on Hollywood Squares."

Bergeron — who pulled a Susan Lucci-type shocker by beating Millionaire man Regis Philbin for the Outstanding Game Show Host Emmy last May — admits that Squares' weekend taping schedule would make doing another show easy. "I think the key is to come up with a concept for a live show that would be exciting enough to syndicators to then pursue it," he points out. "But because of the way we shoot this show, it would definitely be possible [for me to do something else]."

In fact, Bergeron would read more

MISTRIAL FOR ANNA NICOLE?

Anna Nicole Smith's dumbell injury may force a mistrial in her lawsuit to gain half of her late 90-year-old husband's 1.6 billion estate, Reuters reports. The 32-year-old former Playboy Playmate dropped a dumbell on her left hand two weeks ago, injuring a nerve that extends up her arm; she's been out of court undergoing treatment ever since. Her doctors are scheduled to testify today to determine whether the trial should go on or be postponed. read more

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