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X-FILES SECRETS REVEALED

David Duchovny will appear in the first two episodes of The X-Files's upcoming eighth season and then vanish until late in the year, according to series supporting player William B. Davis (the Cigarette-Smoking Man) on Scifi Wire. Meanwhile, the show's producers are reportedly searching for an actor to play a male ex-cop in his 30s or 40s as the new partner for Gillian Anderson's Agent Scully. read more

Meloni's Gay Kiss


A kiss is just a kiss, says Chris Meloni of his on-screen lip action with another man in the gritty HBO prison drama Oz.

"There was some trepidation at first," the actor tells Out. "I mean guys have stubble and stuff, and after I was 5 I didn't even want to hold hands with my father or kiss him on the cheek. But finally it was like, f--- it, let's do it."

In fact, Meloni says he was happy to relive the tender lip lock when he and Oz co-star Lee Tergesen presented at a GLAAD awards ceremony. "Lee and I made out onstage. The script called for it, and I do what I'm told. I kind of thought we brought the house down ? hopefully not too far down."

Meloni also says Oz isn't his first encounter with homosexuality. In college he had a gay admirer. "It was the first time a guy had ever said 'You've got a great body' to me. The next thing you know, he's asking me if I like gladiator movies." Meloni also adds, "I was a bouncer, a bartender read more

MORE STERN AHEAD?

Syndicated radio host Howard Stern still hasn't accepted a rumored $100 million offer to renew his contract past November, but the shock jock has just agreed to a three-year extension with Toronto's Q-107 if he decides to keep doing his morning show. "Our contract has nothing to do with the other," station program director Pat Cardinal assured The Toronto Sun. read more

Question: Hello, ...

Question: Hello, Televisonary. Can you please take Lassie with Corey Sevier off of Animal Planet? It is starting to get boring, and seeing Corey Sevier makes it even more boring. Please have Lassie removed from Animal Planet so I don't see it any more on Animal Planet. — Your friend, TaranNoah

Televisionary: You know, when I was in first grade the guy who slayed all the girls was Bobby Sherman. After Bobby it was David Cassidy. We boys hated them both on principle because... well, because our sworn enemies, the girls, liked them — and it was up to us to scratch up all their Partridge Family records and teach them a hard lesson about how the world works.

It's not really a beef with Lassie, is it, friend TaranNoah? It's a beef with Corey Sevier. After all, you don't like the girls and the girls like Corey, so your enemy's friend is your enemy, right?

I must use my Televisionary powers for good, TaranNoah, read more

X-RATED SOPRANOS

Fans of The Sopranos take note: The Sopornos 2, a sequel to last year's X-rated spoof of the popular HBO mob drama, is about to begin shooting in Los Angeles. Jewel D'Nyle, Tabitha Stevens and Bridgette Kerkove are slated to star in the VCA Pictures production. read more

DON HEWITT SAYS "FOUR MORE YEARS"

Septuagenarian 60 Minutes executive producer Don Hewitt has signed on for four more years after his current CBS contract expires in six months. Hewitt, 77, told AP that he'll think about retiring when his contract is up at 82 and then probably sign on for another four years.
— Rich Brown read more

ABC ORDERS JACK

ABC has ordered a minimum of 13 episodes of You Don't Know Jack, a new game show based on the popular computer trivia game. No word yet on who will host. Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman, was originally slated to helm the game show but eventually backed out of the project. read more

Baywatch Star Works Up a Sweat


Former soap hunk Jason Brooks says working on Days of Our Lives was like a day at the beach compared to playing lifeguard team leader Sean Monroe on Baywatch Hawaii.

"Working out for this role became not so much an aesthetic issue but one of survival," Brooks tells TV Guide Online. "This is by far the most demanding job that I've ever had. The ocean conditions can be dangerous and arduous. If you're not properly prepared you can hurt someone."

Then again, we can't feel too sorry for Brooks. Next season, his Baywatch character is expected to get caught in a love triangle with returning love interest Jenna (played by his former Days co-star Krista Allen) and a new character played by Playboy Playmate Brandi Roderick. "I'm not sure what's going on," he says of next season's romantic plot lines. "I'm the last to know anything."

But he does know that we can expect to see some retooling of the series under the hel read more

TROUBLE IN PARADISE?

Difficulties in trying to hammer out a prenuptial agreement between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas could rock the couple's plans for a September wedding, according to Britain's Sun. The newspaper claims that Douglas had rejected Zeta-Jones's request for $4.5 million for every year they are married and a home for life if she splits from the actor. The couple is expecting their first child in just five weeks. read more

TENSE TIMES FOR WOODY

Actor Woody Harrelson is sweating it out in a Denver courtroom as his jailed dad, Charles, pleads for a new trial that could overturn his conviction for the 1982 contract killing of a federal judge. The elder Harrelson waved to his famous son at the end of yesterday's proceeding, which is expected to continue today and tomorrow. read more

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