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STORK REPORT

Marc Anthony and wife Dayanara Muniz celebrated the birth of their second child over the weekend. Ryan Anthony Muniz was born Saturday at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, N.Y. read more

LET'S MOTOR

The Fab Five have their queer eyes set on a sitcom gig. The stars of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will play themselves on the Oct. 7 episode of Good Morning, Miami. No one said they had any taste in TV shows. read more

X-Files Star Disses Skinner


Mitch Pileggi seems to be biting the hand that fed him for the better part of a decade. The former X-Files G-man confesses that he was more than ready to retire Skinner when the Fox drama ended its run in 2002.

"I played him for nine years — I'm ready to move on and play another character," says the 51-year-old actor and upcoming star of the WB's Tarzan redo. "Honestly, after The X-Files was over, I had to go back to acting class to see if I could still act.

"He never went anywhere," Pileggi adds of his stodgy FBI boss. "Yeah, he's a friend to [Mulder and Scully] and blah, blah, blah... I don't mean to be negative, but it's time to [move on]."

Oddly enough, Pileggi chose another heavy as his follow-up to Skinner — although he insists the evil CEO he plays on Tarzan (debuting Oct. 5 at 9 pm/ET) will not be nearly as limiting as his X-Files alter ego. "I think th read more

OOMPA LOOMPA!

Johnny Depp is in talks to play the role of Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's upcoming new adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Filming would likely start next year. read more

GAY OR STRAIGHT?

Fox is developing a straight version of Bravo's addictive gay dating romp Boy Meets Boy. According to Variety, the network is producing a reality show in which a single gal attempts to make a love connection by choosing from a pool of single men — some of whom are gay. However, unlike on Boy Meets Boy, the bachelorette will be informed of the twist prior to production. In other words, expect the phrase "everything changes" to be used less frequently. read more

TRU OR FALSE?

A Fox spokesman is denying rumors that its new fall drama Tru Calling, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Eliza Dushku, is being delayed to midseason. "[The rumors] are untrue," the rep tells TV Guide Online. read more

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 today. When it rains, it hails. read more

SECOND IN COMMAND

Actor Gary Cole — aka Mike Brady in the Brady Bunch films — has been elected the new vice president on NBC's The West Wing. He'll make his debut in this season's third episode. read more

EVERYBODY'S BACK... EXCEPT BRAD

Production on the new season of CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond finally got underway Tuesday following the return of co-stars Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle, both of whom called in sick Monday. Also, rumors are swirling that the contract squabble between CBS and Brad Garrett may be nearing a resolution. Garrett — who was already written out of the show's season premiere — is refusing to report to the set unless he gets a raise. Meanwhile, Ray Romano is breaking his silence about the behind-the-scenes turmoil that has rocked his sitcom. "We're a family — everybody's coming back," he told Entertainment Tonight, adding, "I talked to Brad... and this is all a part of the business. We want him back as soon as he can get back and, you know, we want everything back to normal and I'm sure it will be." read more

Shania Twain Revs Up for Special


Shania Twain capitalizes on her ongoing identity crisis in her new CD Up!, a double-disc set that features the same 19 songs done performed in both country and pop styles. However, fans shouldn't expect such double standards on tonight's NBC concert special Shania Up! Live in Chicago (8 pm ET).

"I have a large band, there are nine musicians, and in a sense we sort of do a mix," Twain tells TV Guide Online. "I have three fiddle players, so even though during one song we are [performing] more on the side of the [pop] version, we'll still have the fiddles playing the part that was played on the [country] version and vice versa.

"So, the live versions in a lot of cases are [unique]," continues the 37-year-old songstress. "It is kind of interesting. I sort of treat 'live' like it's own beast in a way. It's a completely separate entity."

And it's one Twain will embrace in a big way again beginning Sept. 25, when the singer kicks off her read more

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