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AMAZING NEWS

CBS has given the producers of The Amazing Race the green light to begin casting for a fifth installment. Although it's not an official series order, it's a damn good sign. read more

REMEMBERING JOHN RITTER

ABC will air an hourlong tribute to late TV icon John Ritter on Tuesday (8-9 pm/ET). The special will feature interviews with the cast of Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Ritter died Thursday of an undiagnosed heart defect. He was 54. read more

MOVE OVER HOMER...

Fox is developing a half-hour animated comedy for Fall 2004 that's described as a 21st century take on All in the Family. According to Variety, American Dad — from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane — focuses on a clan consisting of a right-wing CIA agent and his wife, their two kids, a housebound alien named Roger and a French-speaking goldfish. read more

OOPS... IT'S DELAYED

Britney Spears's new album — originally scheduled to hit stores Nov. 25 — has been postponed indefinitely, according to a vaguely worded statement posted on the singer's website. "The release date previously reported on this site and elsewhere was incorrect, and we apologize for any confusion," the message reads. "We will let you know when a revised date is announced. Thanks for your understanding." (But I don't understand!) read more

STYLE ON A BUDGET

Clutch the (faux) pearls! Carson Kressley and his Queer Eye for the Straight Guy posse may be famous, but they ain't rich. According to TheSmokingGun.com, the Fab Five are only being paid $3,000 apiece per episode this year. What's more, the quartet are locked into six consecutive one-year renewal options, allowing for annual pay raises of just five percent. By the way, their perk-free deal dictates that whenever they travel, they must fly (horrors!) coach. read more

EMMY FEVER

Gene Wilder and Christina Applegate picked up Emmys over the weekend for their respective guest turns last season on Will & Grace and Friends. Other winners at Saturday's 2002-03 Creative Arts Emmys included Charles S. Dutton (guest actor for Without a Trace), Alfre Woodard (guest actress for The Practice) and The Simpsons (animated program). The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (read: the real ceremony) airs live on Fox Sunday, beginning at 8 pm/ET. read more

DOWN TO BUSINESS

Reality guru Mark Burnett is slated to begin production today on The Apprentice, a New York-based reality series that is being described as Survivor set in the business world. The show — which stars Donald Trump — is slated to debut in February on NBC. read more

BABEWATCH

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Less Than Perfect producers have tapped Pamela Anderson to play a GNB temp who uses Claude (Sara Rue) to exact revenge against her nemesis, Ramona (Sherri Shepherd). The episode will air during November sweeps. read more

SPRINGTIME FOR SHEEN

Charlie Sheen and wife Denise Richards expect their first baby this spring, according to Entertainment Tonight. Sheen — who co-stars in CBS's fall sitcom Two And A Half Men — already has one daughter, 18-year-old college freshman Cassandra, from a previous relationship. read more

ROCK THE VOTE

Ballots are in the mail to voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the nominees for 2004 honors: The late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Prince, Jackson Browne and John Mellencamp. read more

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