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EXECUTIVE DECISION

After agreeing to shift his press conference from 8:30 to 8 pm/ET, President Bush got all four major networks to broadcast it yesterday. Holdout WB, on the other hand, aired Blue Collar TV, which is pretty much the same thing. (C'mon, people, the joke was begging to be made.) read more

LIVE FROM THE MATERNITY WARD...

Weekend Update coanchor Tina Fey and her husband, Saturday Night Live composer Jeff Richmond, are expecting their first baby in September. Although the child's gender was not revealed, at least this much is known: The kid will be born wearing cat's-eye glasses. read more

AD IT UP

The Donald's missus, model Melania Trump, has landed her first major commercial. Starting May 2, she'll appear opposite the Aflac duck in a 30-second spot for the insurance company. read more

THE CARTOON ABOUT NOTHING

Jerry Seinfeld will team up with DreamWorks Animation to make Bee Movie, an animated feature he penned. The comedian and proud papa (wife Jessica is said to be carrying their third child) will also voice the main character of the flick, about a bee fresh out of college who sues humankind for stealing bees' hard-earned honey. Renee Zellweger, Oprah Winfrey and Uma Thurman are also on board for the movie, scheduled for release Nov. 2, 2007. Seinfeld, meanwhile, is being sued by a real-estate broker for allegedly stiffing her on the commission for the $4 million brownstown the couple purchased. Not that there's anything wrong with that. read more

PICTURE IMPERFECT

How embarrassing! It turns out that Star magazine's cover photo of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on the beach is actually two separate shots — one of Jen's ex and one of his Mr. and Mrs. Smith leading lady with her son, Maddox — spliced together to look like a single image. Maybe this would be a good time to mention that Lauren Graham was not actually in the same room as Mike Ausiello when they got their picture taken "together" for TV Guide. read more

MARVEL-OUS

Paramount Pictures has sealed a deal with Marvel Enterprises to release a series of big-screen adventures starring the latter corporation's comic-book heroes, among them Captain America and Nick Fury. Which is very cool, as long as it doesn't mean a Hulk sequel. read more

MAKING A WITCH

Clearly, the residents of Salem, Mass., are not I Dream of Jeannie fans. They're objecting to a 9-foot-tall statue of Elizabeth Montgomery — aka Samantha on Bewitched — that TV Land wants to erect not far from Gallows Hill, where 19 accused sorceresses were hanged. For some reason, folks think the monument would be insensitive. read more

YOURS TRULY

His career apparently unsullied by brother Charlie's shenanigans on The Bachelor, Crossing Jordan's Jerry O'Connell has been cast in Yours, Mine and Ours, a big-screen remake of the 1968 comedy. This time around, Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo are standing in for Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball. read more

THE PLOT THICKENS

Despite the fact that what his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, said on Wednesday actually helped Michael Jackson's case, his defense attorneys moved to have her testimony stricken from the record yesterday. When the judge refused the request, Prince Michael and Paris' mother went on to call her former spouse a "great person and a great father" as well as a friend — "if he'd talk to me." read more

DREAMS DENIED

As we've have feared and expected for months, NBC is pulling the plug on its '60s family drama American Dreams, per The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this year, the network struggled to find a time slot for the three-year-old series, but only worsened its ratings slide by moving it from Sundays at 8 to Wednesdays at 8. Fans, you're finally going to have to accept what I'm always telling my parents, "The '60s are over!" The '70s, meanwhile, seem to be lasting forever. read more

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