Today's News: Our Take


THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER

Katie Couric isn't the only Today staffer trading places with well-known TV personalities next month. On Tuesday's Today show, Couric — who will swap jobs with Tonight Show host Jay Leno on May 12 — hinted that other members of the Today team (Matt Lauer, Al Roker) would play musical chairs that week. read more

GET A LIFE

Madonna's 10th album of original material, American Life, arrives in stores today. Reviews for the CD have been mostly positive, with USA Today's Edna Gundersen raving that the singer's "philosophical striptease act is a true revelation." Speaking of Madge, TheSmokingGun.com just posted a really funny story about her website getting hacked over the weekend. read more

SHE CAST A SPELL

Jazz great Nina Simone died of natural causes at her home in the south of France on Monday. She was 70. Simone — best known for her signature tune "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" — influenced such modern-day artists as Norah Jones, India.Arie and Sade. read more

RECOVERING

Luther Vandross, who suffered a stroke last week, remains in "critical but stable" condition at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. No further details on the singer's condition were released. read more

9021-OHMYGAWD!

The Peach Pit is reopening for sweeps! The gang from Beverly Hills, 90210 will reunite for an all-new special, Beverly Hills, 90210: 10-year High School Reunion, airing May 11 on Fox (9-10 pm/ET). According to the network, the special will feature members of the show's original cast — including Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty and Gabrielle Carteris — sharing their favorite memories from the series and pinpointing the exact moment they realized they would never be movie stars. Interestingly, Tori Spelling, who reportedly had a major falling out with Doherty on 90210, doesn't appear to be taking part in the reunion. All together now: "Hmmm... " read more

HOSPITAL UPDATE

ABC has finally given the green light to the long-delayed Stephen King miniseries Kingdom Hospital. The 15-hour haunted hospital saga — originally targeted for this season — will now premiere in January as a two-hour movie, followed by 13 weekly episodes. read more

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING

Songwriter Diane Warren will serve as guest judge on tonight's American Idol. The six remaining finalists will perform their choice of Warren songs, after which Ryan and Simon will accuse each other of being gay. read more

SITTING PRETTY

You can't accuse the Friends cast of kicking back and ignoring those less fortunate. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer have designed their very own La-Z-Boy recliners for charity. The six chairs will be auctioned off on eBay from May 12-22, with proceeds benefitting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. read more

Law & Order Romance?


With nearly 300 episodes under its belt, Law & Order may soon be forced to rethink its long-held policy prohibiting interoffice hanky-panky. (We've seen more action on Touched by an Angel for chrissake!) In the meantime, a girl — in this case, castmember Elisabeth Rohm (ADA Serena Southerlyn) — can fantasize. Rohm believes Serena and Jack (Sam Waterston) would acquit themselves nicely in the sack.

"He's brilliant, and I think Serena identifies with people who are older than her," she tells TV Guide Online. "She wants to learn; she's a sponge. And she really looks up to him. So, she'd probably have an intellectual crush — not to mention that he's very cute and charming."

Of course, as Rohm's two years at One Life to Live taught her, there's no s read more

IT'S A GIRL!

Catherine Zeta-Jones has a new trophy for her mantel. The Oscar winner gave birth to a baby girl, Carys (pronounced KEHR'-is) Zeta Douglas, Sunday at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. This is the actress's second child with hubby Michael Douglas. They also have a 2-year-old son, Dylan. read more

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