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FLORENCE HENDERSON, OUT OF WORK?

So long, Florence? The New York Post reports that Florence Henderson and the girls of Later Today might get the ax when NBC's Today adds an extra hour in the fall. An NBC spokesperson says the show will air on NBC-owned stations in September, but insiders say Later Today staffers have been told to send out their résumés and look for other work. 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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MORE ON SWAYZE'S FLIGHT FROM HELL

Here's the latest on the controversy surrounding Patrick Swayze and the possibility that he was flying drunk: The New York Daily News reports that Arizona police charged three men with "giving false information" for initially withholding the fact that they helped Swayze dispose of his empties. Meanwhile, Swayze's publicist reports that there was no alcohol on the plane. "It's unfortunate that there were people there who felt the need to say what they said," she said. read more

FLAVOR FLAV PRAISES THE BOSS

Rocker Bruce Springsteen has a new public supporter — controversial Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav. Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, praised Springsteen for writing a song — "American Skin" — inspired by the police killing of Amadou Diallo. "Bruce Springsteen, he sees the picture," Flav told SonicNet.com, a music Web site. "Can't no one blame a man for seeing reality the way that it is. And y'know what? I'm with my man all the way." Public Enemy was among the first groups to address the killing last year with a song titled "41:19" — for the 41 shots fired by four New York City cops at Diallo and the 19 that hit him. — New York Post read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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