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Just Scoop Me!


Producers of NBC's Just Shoot Me are pulling out all the stops this season as the comedy settles into its new Thursday night time slot following Will & Grace. Some highlights: Nina becomes a mom, Jack gets a divorce and Finch is reunited with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos... well, maybe.

"We're talking about bringing Rebecca Romijn-Stamos back for another adventure with David Spade," says executive producer Marsh McCall, adding that, "David signed a paper saying he's going to show up every day [if that happens]."

Well, aside from Romijn-Stamos's possible return, life at Blush magazine will be anything but business as usual this year. For starters, Nina will find herself in the throes of motherhood. "We'll leave her with a surrogate daughter to take care of," McCall reveals. "The one thing we've never explored with Nina ? except in very quick ways ? are her misguided maternal instincts." The exec adds that Nina also will "get in a real r read more

Honeymoon's Over for Matt and Darva


Matt Lauer fought with Today show execs over booking Darva Conger as a guest. The Mr. Nice Guy of morning TV admitted that when he learned the bride of Fox's now-infamous PR nightmare, Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire, wanted to extend her 15 minutes of fame on the popular morning show, he wanted to divorce himself from the proceedings.

"I've now done three interviews with Ms. Conger and I'll be candid with you," Lauer told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. "I've been with the Today show now six years, and in that time I've had one disagreement with our executive producer [Jeff Zucker] that resulted in words being exchanged. And that was the day ? the second interview."

Lauer added that he initially gave the golden-locked opportunist the benefit of the doubt. "I kind of thought after the first interview you know, maybe she made a mistake," he said. "Maybe she just took on this show and read more

A Boyfriend for Will?


This finally may be the year that Will gets a boyfriend on NBC's hit sitcom Will & Grace. According to the show's brass, the hunt for a love interest for Eric McCormack's monkish alter ego has officially begun.

"It is time for Will and Grace to get romantically involved ? but not with each other," David Kohan, the comedy's executive producer/co-creator, told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. Added fellow executive producer/co-creator Max Mutchnick of Will's prospective partner(s): "We are really hoping to find some exciting people for him to date."

Will's blossoming love life is just one of many developments slated to take place this fall as Will & Grace gears up for its new, high-profile time slot (Thursdays, 9 pm/ET) and some formidable competition (ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire). Other highlights: Will and Grace move back in together; the romance between Debra Messing read more

Sheen's Spin Control


Charlie Sheen, who takes over for Michael J. Fox as deputy mayor of Spin City this fall, insists that a family feud is not brewing between him and his famous pa, Martin, now that the two will be going head-to-head in prime time. (Spin airs against the second half of NBC's The West Wing, in which Martin plays the president.) In fact, Charlie reveals that he'll be watching his famous father.

"I'll have have taped [Spin City] and I'll know what it's about," he said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. As it is, Charlie points out that comparing Spin City with The West Wing is like comparing apples with oranges. "It's the difference between Apocalypse Now or Major League (in which Martin and Charlie starred in, respectively)."

Executive producer Gary David Goldberg admitted that when Fox announced his decision to leave the show last season to focus on his battle agai read more

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