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Freaks and Geeks, the critically acclaimed but low-rated series canceled after just one season on NBC, will live on in reruns on Fox Family Channel. The cable network has picked up all 18 episodes of the teen drama, including three that never aired. Watch for its Fox Family debut on Aug. 29. read more

STAGE AND SCREEN: Catherine Hickland...

STAGE AND SCREEN: Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) returns to QVC on July 18 with her popular line of skin-care products.... Grant Show (ex-Jake Hanson, Melrose; ex-Rick Hyde, Ryan's Hope) and Eva LaRue (ex-Dr. Maria Santos-Grey, AMC; ex-Margot Collins, Santa Barbara) will star in the upcoming ABC thriller Ice. The soap vets play two of the last people on Earth in this made-for-TV movie airing July 22.... Days's Peggy McCay has been cast to play James Dean's grandmother in the upcoming TNT telepic James Dean: An Invented Life.... Daniel Hugh Kelly (ex-Travis Montgomery, AMC) has been cast as President John F. Kennedy in NBC's upcoming miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot. read more


Roger Ebert's No. 1 choice as a replacement critic for late partner Gene Siskel is believed to be fellow Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, according to The Boston Herald. Roeper, who's known Ebert for about 10 years, has served as guest co-host on Ebert and the Movies several times in the past few weeks. An announcement on who will get the coveted co-host seat is believed to be imminent. read more


Mike Myers says Universal initially seemed "very understanding" about his decision to back out of the movie Dieter and was later surprised to discover a "thug" summons server in his driveway, according to The Toronto Sun. Myers says the server chased he and his wife, Robin, into their house and then screamed into their intercom, "I know Mike Myers lives here." Both Universal and Imagine Entertainment are suing the former Saturday Night Live funnyman for pulling out of the comedy last month. read more


The second episode of CBS reality series Big Brother scored an 8.2 rating Thursday night, trailing closely behind NBC's Friends rerun in the 8 pm/ET slot. On the bright side: Brother's rating was 39 percent higher than last week's CBS rerun of Diagnosis Murder. On the dark side: Thursday night's viewership for the much-hyped Brother fell 39 percent from Wednesday night's debut episode. read more


Veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather has been selected to serve as a juror in a Manhattan civil court case involving Citicorp. "I think that it's an important privilege, as well as a responsibility for every citizen," he told the New York Post after being picked from the jury pool on Thursday. read more


Director Spike Lee called Mel Gibson's Revolutionary War epic The Patriot "a complete whitewashing of history" in an angry letter to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. "For three hours, The Patriot dodged around, skirted about or completely ignored slavery," wrote Lee. "The Patriot is pure, blatant American Hollywood propaganda. While holding myself back from shouting at the screen, I kept wondering 'Where are the slaves? Who's picking the cotton?' " read more

He's baaack! Soap hunk Steve Burton...

He's baaack! Soap hunk Steve Burton (ex-Harris Michaels, Days of Our Lives) will be steaming up Port Charles this summer with the return of his character Jason Morgan. "General Hospital is like a family to me, so it will be nice to spend time back home," Burton said in a statement. What will this mean for Carly and Sonny's turbulent romance? Only time will tell. Burton joined the cast of GH in 1990 as Jason Quartermaine and later evolved into the brooding Jason Morgan. Since taking time off from the soap world last year, Burton has been filming the upcoming TV series Semper Fi. Look for the sparks to fly starting Aug. 25. read more


Rosie Perez's mom, 60-year-old Lydia, revealed to the New York Daily News that she is suffering from AIDS and that her actress daughter refuses to return her phone calls. "Please tell her I'm dying and I just want to see her one more time," says Lydia, who is living in a NYC public housing project. The actress issued a statement through her publicist: "As a strong AIDS activist, I have pleaded with my mother to accept my assistance through whatever connections I have within the AIDS community and medical community; she has refused it. I have also offered her financial assistance, which was accepted. While it is accurate to say she is not the woman who raised me and we are somewhat estranged, I have always wished for her the best help and continue to offer my support." read more


Singer Bobby Brown was released from a Pompano Beach, FL, jail Friday morning after serving time for violating his parole on a 1996 drunk-driving conviction, according to AP. The singer was met by his pop-star wife, Whitney Houston, and comedian Chris Rock, who led a group of supporters in a mock vigil that will eventually appear on Rock's HBO comedy show. — Rich Brown read more

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