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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

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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NO MORE LIFETIME ON FOX

Bad news if you missed the Fox game show It's Your Chance of a Lifetime: The New York Daily News reports that there are no additional episodes planned for the show, which aired last week. It seems the cause of death was low, low ratings, which means host Gordon Elliott will have to find new doors on which to knock. read more

ABC ORDERS MORE BLUE

Get ready for more Blue! Variety reports that ABC has renewed NYPD Blue through May 2002, probably for 20 episodes per season. "It's a real show of faith and trust in us and our staying power," series honcho Steven Bochco says. read more

SEX AND THE CITY FIREFIGHTER FLAP

A New York City firefighter in hot water with FDNY officials for his hunka-hunka burnin' love scene in the red-hot season premiere of Sex and the City had department approval for his racy role, the New York Post has learned. Strapping Staten Island firefighter Michael Lombardi, 38, is under fire following his steamy guest role as Ricky, one of the city's Bravest who beds Kim Cattrall's character, Samantha, in an episode that aired June 4. "Lombardi gained permission from the fire department to appear in the show. The department knew what his role was going to be and approved it, so why is he in trouble?" a source said. However, fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen said Lombardi, a 12-year veteran assigned to an elite rescue unit, is under investigation for discrediting the fire department. — New York Post read more

SHAFT STAR HITS THE MAT

Ubiquitous Shaft star Samuel L. Jackson is entering the wrestling ring! WWF.com reports that the actor will appear on tomorrow night's episode of UPN's WWF Smackdown! Shut your mouth! 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

PATRICK SWAYZE'S PLANE TROUBLE

Actor/dancer/pilot Patrick Swayze may have been drinking when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Northern Arizona earlier this month. Reuters reports that construction workers near the crash site have admitted to carting away 30 beer bottles — 10 of which were empty — and a bottle of wine. However, a police sergeant says, "We will never know to what extent, if any, alcohol played in this. We don't have any physical evidence of impairment. You can't charge somebody with something you don't have." read more

ROSEANNE KID HITS THE STAGE

Her TV mom is threatening to go nude on the Internet, but former Roseanne kid Sarah Gilbert is going the high road, hitting the stage next month. Variety reports that the actress, currently seen in High Fidelity, will star in The Hot L Baltimore at the Williamstown (MA) Theatre Festival in July. read more

BOBBY BROWN STAYS BEHIND BARS

Bad, bad Bobby Brown — husband of megastar Whitney Houston — will spend the next 36 days cooling his heels in a Florida jail after admitting he violated probation by failing to take a drug test. As he was being led back to the Broward County jail yesterday, a downcast Brown blamed it all on the booze. "To my fans, people who bought my record and think I wasn't being a man about the situation, I do have a disease — I have alcoholism," he said. Brown has been in the jail near Fort Lauderdale since May 10 when he was picked up at Newark (NJ) International Airport — returning from a Bahamas vacation with Houston — on an outstanding warrant for drunk-driving. —New York Post read more

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