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Robert Smigel, the man behind Late Night With Conan O'Brien's potty-mouthed puppet Triumph the Insult Dog, will write and produce a new half-hour show for Comedy Central set to debut later this year. The Hollywood Reporter says the as-yet-unnamed show will feature animated shorts, puppets and animals, possibly including Triumph and Smigel's Saturday Night Live creations "Ambiguously Gay Duo" and "Fun With Real Audio." read more

ESPN PREPS GAME SHOW

ESPN is close to completing a deal with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire exec producer Michael Davies for a sports trivia quiz show to be called Two-Minute Drill, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Game show vet Andrew Golder (Win Ben Stein's Money) is shepherding Drill as exec producer along with Davies. read more

SURVIVOR CONTESTANT HATCHES LAWSUIT

Survivor contestant Richard Hatch is suing the state of Rhode Island for releasing details of his April arrest on child-abuse charges to the National Enquirer. Hatch, 39, was arrested last April just two days after returning from the filming of the CBS series. read more

ABC'S LATEST BUZZ

ABC plans to add a Buzz Lightyear adventure series and a show about a boy and his dog to its Saturday morning lineup this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Toy Story prequel will feature the voices of former Seinfelders Patrick Warburton as Buzz and Wayne Knight as the Evil Emperor Zurg. — Rich Brown read more

TAXI MEETS F-TROOP

Former Taxi star Marilu Henner, Rex Smith and F-Troop's Larry Storch are teaming up this summer in the road company of Annie Get Your Gun. Storch, 75, was originally scheduled to do a stand-up show with Soupy Sales in New York but had to cancel to prepare for Annie's July 25 opening at the Dallas Music Hall. read more

WINSLET TRIES PRODUCING

Titanic star Kate Winslet and hubby Jim Threapleton have formed London-based film production company Telltale Films. No details yet on any projects but the couple expects to shoot its first movie by 2001. read more

CLOONEY'S PERFECT WEEKEND

George Clooney boat drama The Perfect Storm was the No. 1 pic over the holiday weekend, grossing a whopping $64 million for the five days ending July 4. Mel Gibson's Revolutionary War drama The Patriot opened in the No. 2 spot with $35.2 million, followed by returning pics Chicken Run ($21 million) and Me, Myself & Irene ($19.5 million). The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle opened in the fifth spot with a disappointing $11 million for the five days. read more

BOND, SIR JAMES BOND

Actor Sean Connery was knighted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday despite his passionate Scottish nationalism. "It's one of the proudest days of my life," the 69-year-old original James Bond told Reuters after the hour-long ceremony at Edinburgh's Holyrood Palace. "It means a great deal for it to happen in Scotland." read more

GUMBEL'S LOOSE LIPS

A guest on last Thursday's The Early Show is calling for an apology from Bryant Gumbel after the host of the CBS morning show appeared to be making a profane comment about him on the air, according to AP. An unexpected camera shift supposedly caught Gumbel mouthing "What a [expletive] idiot" following the tense interview with Family Research Council spokesman Robert Knight. A CBS spokeswoman said Gumbel was "making a casual remark of some sort" but that it was unclear what he said. read more

TWIN PEAKS DISASTER

The Mar-T Cafe, the North Bend, WA, restaurant made famous on Twin Peaks, suffered $250,000 in damages after a robber broke in and set the building on fire early Sunday morning. The building's owner told AP he hopes to be back in business in time for the third annual Twin Peaks Festival in August. read more

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