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KATHIE LEE OFFERS ADVICE FOR HER SUCCESSOR

A battle-weary Kathie Lee Gifford has some advice for the unlucky gal who replaces her as Regis Philbin's co-host on Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee. "She's going to have a little honeymoon, and then they're going to turn on her every bit as much," Gifford said Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News Channel. "The minute you're successful, that's the nature of the beast. And if she's successful with Regis... she's going to have to know that fine line between how much to kick his rear end and how much to kiss it." read more

MADONNA EYES VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Madonna could be returning to the stage in The Vagina Monologues! Broadway.com reports that the very pregnant Material Mom met with producers last weekend to discuss the possibility of making an appearance in the popular and controversial play. read more

SHOWTIME'S GIRL THINGS

What do Linda Hamilton, Rebecca DeMornay and Stockard Channing have in common? They're set to star in the Showtime miniseries It's a Girl Thing, according to Variety. The comedy/drama concerns a psychologist (Channing) and four of her patients, and also features Mia Farrow, Camryn Manheim and Peta Wilson. — Jonathan Reiner read more

SITCOM STAR RETURNS TO THE STAGE

Ever wonder what happened to Jackee, the sassy seductress from TV's 227 and Sister, Sister? If so, you'll be glad to know that the bodacious actress is returning to the New York stage in an off-Broadway revival of colored girls/when the rainbow is enuf. Jackee plays the Woman in Blue in the production, which features snippets of songs by Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige. — Jonathan Reiner read more

DOUBLE DUTY FOR NYPD BLUE

What's better than one NYPD Blue rerun this summer? Why, two reruns! ABC will air Blue repeats Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 pm/ET, according to Variety. Also, the Alphabet network will reair this season's episodes in order — and will pocket a nice sum from the double-duty ad revenue. read more

JIM BELUSHI HITS THE NET

Celebrity brother Jim Belushi is caught in the Web! The actor/comedian has signed a deal to create 13 episodes of The Greedy Show for Shockwave.com. Variety reports that the Internet-only series will appeal to those with an "adult" sense of humor and focus on people who are driven by greed to commit various misadventures. Sounds like Melrose Place!

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JIM CARREY PHONES HOME

No, it's not a Superman flick, but wacky Jim Carrey is in negotiations to star in the Joel Schumacher flick Phone Booth. Variety reports that Carrey would be on-screen almost every moment of the film, which centers around a phone booth in Manhattan. Carrey is set to play a man who picks up a ringing phone and is told he'll be shot if he hangs up. read more

A NEW CO-HOST FOR REGIS?

Add Jillian Barberie's name to the growing list of potential replacements for Kathie Lee Gifford. The shapely Barberie, a co-anchor/weatherperson at KTTV's Good Day L.A. in Los Angeles, will sub for Gifford on Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee next week. According to Broadcasting & Cable magazine, Barberie will appear once with Regis Philbin either June 13 or 14. But Barberie says she's not thinking — yet — about co-hosting the show on a regular basis. — New York Post read more

JESSE VENTURA, YOUNG AND RESTLESS

Real life and reel life are moving closer and closer! Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura will tape an episode of The Young and the Restless June 14, scheduled to air later this month; perhaps he'll interact with his favorite character, Victor Newman. Meanwhile, Donato Dalrymple, the "fisherman" who rescued Elian Gonzales, appears on ABC's Politically Incorrect June 7. How long until Dalrymple shows up on a soap? read more

TONY RATINGS HIT ALL-TIME LOW

Sorry, Rosie! Despite the return of the popular Rosie O'Donnell (and li'l Nathan Lane), ratings for the 54th annual Tony Awards Sunday on CBS sank to an all-time low. Variety reports that preliminary numbers indicate the show averaged a 6.2 rating and an 11 share. But the competition did include Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, an NBA playoff game and the season premiere of Sex and the City. read more

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