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DONNY & MARIE GET THE AX

One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch, girl, but one bad ratings book killed the syndicated talk show Donny & Marie. Variety reports that the Osmonds' talker won't be back for a third season due to poor performance in key demographic groups during May sweeps. read more

MORGAN FAIRCHILD'S INFIDELITY

Here's another odd couple: Liz Smith reports that Morgan Fairchild and John Davidson are teaming up for the off-Broadway comedy High Infidelity, opening in July. The two play a senator and his wife who have to try to salvage their marriage for political reasons. That's incredible! — Jonathan Reiner read more

MATTHEW PERRY'S EMMY NIGHTMARE

Portly Matthew Perry can't get a break. Hot on the heels of nasty rumors that he needs a liver transplant comes word that he is withdrawing himself from Emmy consideration, ostensibly because his publicists submitted him in the wrong category. Variety columnist Army Archerd accurately reported Wednesday that the Friends star submitted himself in the lead-actor category for this year's Emmy nominations — which was news to the troubled actor, since he was under the impression he submitted himself in the supporting category. Long story short: It's too late for Perry's people to switch categories, so the funnyman just called the whole thing off. Did this sort of thing ever happen to Susan Lucci? read more

MORE ON SWAYZE'S FLIGHT FROM HELL

Here's the latest on the controversy surrounding Patrick Swayze and the possibility that he was flying drunk: The New York Daily News reports that Arizona police charged three men with "giving false information" for initially withholding the fact that they helped Swayze dispose of his empties. Meanwhile, Swayze's publicist reports that there was no alcohol on the plane. "It's unfortunate that there were people there who felt the need to say what they said," she said. read more

BRIAN DENNEHY GOES ON TRIAL

Brian Dennehy (Tommy Boy, Broadway's Death of a Salesman) has been tapped to host the syndicated series Arrest & Trial, Variety reports. A&T, a weekday reality show from the creators of Law & Order, debuts Oct. 2.

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FLORENCE HENDERSON, OUT OF WORK?

So long, Florence? The New York Post reports that Florence Henderson and the girls of Later Today might get the ax when NBC's Today adds an extra hour in the fall. An NBC spokesperson says the show will air on NBC-owned stations in September, but insiders say Later Today staffers have been told to send out their résumés and look for other work. read more

STALLONE AND REYNOLDS ARE CHAMPS

Burt and Sly — together again for the first time! Britain's Press Association reports that Burt Reynolds and Sylvester Stallone are teaming up for their first movie, a racing flick titled Champs, set to begin filming in July. Stallone also wrote the script. Reynolds plays a wheelchair-bound former driver and Renny Harlin will direct. read more

FLAVOR FLAV PRAISES THE BOSS

Rocker Bruce Springsteen has a new public supporter — controversial Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav. Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, praised Springsteen for writing a song — "American Skin" — inspired by the police killing of Amadou Diallo. "Bruce Springsteen, he sees the picture," Flav told SonicNet.com, a music Web site. "Can't no one blame a man for seeing reality the way that it is. And y'know what? I'm with my man all the way." Public Enemy was among the first groups to address the killing last year with a song titled "41:19" — for the 41 shots fired by four New York City cops at Diallo and the 19 that hit him. — New York Post read more

POPULAR CREATOR'S BIG DEAL

Popular creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy just got a lot more popular! Variety reports that the auteur just signed a two-year deal with Warner Bros. Television to write, develop and produce half-hour and hourlong programs. How about a Sugar Daddy spin-off? read more

ALLY HONCHO WANTS TO MAKE MUSIC

Doesn't David E. Kelley ever get tired? The New York Daily News reports that the Emmy-winning Ally McBeal honcho is in talks with Sony Music to cut a deal for a third Ally soundtrack album. As part of the deal, Kelley is asking for his own record label imprint! The News reports that one scenario could see wacky Ally regular Lisa Nicole Carson recording for Kelley's label. read more

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