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Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane have agreed to stay on with the hit NBC sitcom for another two years, according to Variety. But the triumverate is planning to break up after the series ends, with Bright reportedly already considering new solo projects. read more

IT'S MILLER TIME

HBO talk-show host and former Saturday Night Live funnyman Dennis Miller has been tapped to join former pro quarterback Dan Fouts and Al Michaels in the announcer's booth on ABC's popular Monday Night Football telecasts. "I have a good trivia knowledge of football, and I'll bring an odd, idiosyncratic list of quirky abilities," the M&M's pitchman told reporters during a telephone press conference. ABC earlier considered hiring Rush Limbaugh for the job but decided to pass on the bombastic radio talk-show host. read more

DON RICKLES HONORED

Comedian Don Rickles and veteran Titanic star Gloria Stuart are among the 23 celebrities who will get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Others making the cut include Peter Fonda, Sábado Gigante host Don Francisco, Kelsey Grammer, Al Jarreau, John Lithgow, Kenny Loggins, Bob Marley, Winona Ryder, Robert Wagner and "Dear Abby" advice columnist Abigail Van Buren. read more

IVANA'S BOILING MAD

Ivana Trump is suing a popular Italian TV show for $3 million after the show doused her with water and left the normally well put-together celeb looking like a wet paper bag. The 51-year-old former wife of gazillionaire developer Donald Trump had agreed to appear on Scherzi Aparte, a Candid Camera-like program, for an $18,000 appearance fee but didn't expect the surprise dousing. The suit says she suffered "bodily harm, shock, chills, nervousness, high fever, nausea, embarrassment and severe emotional distress." read more

IS THE CROW NEVERMORE?

The producers of the recently canceled syndicated series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven say they're hoping to bring it back. Executive producer Bryce Zabel tells Sci Fi Wire he's confident he can persuade star Mark Dacascos (Eric Draven) to return if it is picked up. Reruns of the show can be seen on Sci Fi Channel, Sundays at 8 p.m. starting July 23.
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SWAYZE'S DANGEROUS SMOKING HABIT

Actor Patrick Swayze may have been feeling the effects of chain smoking and low cabin pressure — not alcohol — when he recently made an emergency landing in his private plane in Arizona, authorities told Reuters. "We're looking at the effect of the possible combination of somebody who is a chain smoker in an aircraft where the pressurization system is malfunctioning," said National Transportation Safety Board air safety investigator Bob Crispin. read more

KNIEVEL HEARING DELAYED

A court hearing for daredevil Robbie Knievel's trial on assault and harassment charges stemming from an alleged incident at a Blyn, WA, casino has been delayed, according to AP. Knievel, the 38-year-old son of daredevil Evel Knievel, told the Peninsula Daily News last week that he's confident a videotape of the incident will exonerate him. — Rich Brown read more

SAMUEL L. JACKSON BARES ALL

Shaft star Samuel L. Jackson said on Thursday's Howard Stern radio show that he recently bared all for his first big love scene in the upcoming movie The Caveman's Valentine. Jackson said he's not yet sure how much of his physique will make the final cut but assured the shock jock that "I'm no mushroom man." The actor also revealed that he was paid $8 million for his role in Shaft and begins shooting the next Star Wars flick July 6 in Australia. read more

WOODY SECURES $100 MILLION

Woody Allen has secured an estimated $100 million in advance financing for his next three pics from German licensing and distribution outfit VCL Film+Media AG, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal marks the first time that the quirky Small Time Crooks director has secured full financing for three pictures in advance. read more

MARTIN SHORT MAPS FUTURE

Funnyman Martin Short tells The Toronto Sun there's a logical explanation why his daytime talk show recently got the ax: "The show was based on a concept, 'Is there a disenfranchised audience in daytime?' And the answer is no. The people who make Judge Judy a star are the ones who watch daytime television. I turn 50 this year, and it's hard to invent new chapters in your life. That was a definite new chapter. Now I maybe want to do a one-man show — Marty at the Winter Garden or something — before I die. Also, direct a movie." read more

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