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OOPS... THAT'S PETTY

All the publicity surrounding the Justin Timberlake-Cameron Diaz romance may finally be getting to Britney Spears. According to eyewitnesses at Ben Affleck's all-star birthday party in Hollywood on Saturday, Spears was seen leaving the bash with actor Jared Leto — Diaz's ex! This is so fifth grade — and it's fantastic! read more

FREAKY CASTING

Former Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini (love her) has been cast on ER as Nurse Samantha Taggart, "a free-spirited single mother." She'll debut in this season's fifth episode, and there's talk of a romance with Goran Visnjic's Dr. Luka Kovac. But isn't there always? read more

EMMY UPDATE

Bernie Mac and Dennis Miller have been added to the growing list of comics participating in the Sept. 21 "no host" Emmy Awards. They join Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Garrett, Darrell Hammond, George Lopez, Conan O'Brien, Garry Shandling, Martin Short, Jon Stewart and Wanda Sykes, all of whom will be featured in a numb read more

SHORT CUTS

Singer-actress Jewel will play a "competitive lawyer" in three episodes of NBC's new Rob Lowe drama The Lyon's Den later this fall... Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was sentenced Thursday to three years probation following his arrest last May on two felony drug possession charges. read more

Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of the character who was the son of the Rifleman, Lucas McCain? — Phil, Shrewsbury, Mass.

Televisionary: Young Mark McCain was the son of homesteading hotshot Lucas (Chuck Connors) on the ABC series, which debuted in September 1958. He was played by Johnny Crawford, who went on to sing a series of pop hits in the '60s ("Cindy's Birthday" and "Patti Ann," among others) and currently leads a swing band in Southern California).

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REALITY BITES

This has been a really bad week for onetime sitcom queen Roseanne Barr. As expected, ABC has pulled the plug on The Real Roseanne Show after just two weeks on the air. The news follows ABC Family's decision to cancel The Domestic Goddess Hour, the cooking show that served as the inspiration for Real Roseanne. And to top it all of? Barr is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy on Wednesday. When it rains, it hails. read more

Question: Q: Who played the ...

Question: Q: Who played the captain's wife in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Very Very Old Man"? More importantly, what other shows of bygone years featured her? This is one to keep us up nights. — John, Catonsville, Md.

Televisionary: A: That was Glenne Headly, whose last regular series work was as Nathan Lane's wife on the short-lived NBC comedy Encore! Encore!, which ran for about six months beginning in September 1998. You may also remember her guest appearances as Dr. Abby Keaton on ER.

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Question: Q: You answered a ...

Question: Q: You answered a question last week about who voiced some of the characters on SpongeBob SquarePants. Could you tell me who the voice is behind Sandy? — Angie, Baltimore, Md.

Televisionary: A: That's Carolyn Lawrence as undersea squirrel Sandy Cheeks. You may also have heard her as Cindy Vortex in both the TV and big-screen versions of Jimmy Neutron.

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LABOR DAZE

NBC will air back-to-back reunion specials featuring the casts of For Love or Money and For Love or Money 2 on Sept. 1 (9-10 pm/ET). A reunion with the women from Who Wants to Marry My Dad? will follow at 10 pm/ET. In related news, Heidi Mueller — one of Cincinnati businessman Don Mueller's daughters on Dad — has landed a contract role on NBC's Passions. read more

Question: Q: I was wondering, ...

Question: Q: I was wondering, when will Tru Calling air? — Jil A., Sheridan Ark.

Televisionary: A: The new Fox series, which boasts a title character (Buffy alum Eliza Dushku) who has a day to stop a tragedy before it occurs each week, premieres Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 pm/ET.

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