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BIG DEAL

HBO has rekindled its fling with Sarah Jessica Parker. The Sex and the City star-cum-Gap spokesperson has inked a two-year deal with the cabler that calls for her to develop and produce new programming. In a statement, Parker said, "I'm overjoyed to be able to officially call HBO my creative home." And to not be working with Kim Cattrall anymore! read more

NASTY SPILL

Ed McMahon was hospitalized Friday with a mild concussion after falling at his Beverly Hills home. Johnny Carson's former sidekick also suffered a gash in his head that required stitches. He's expected to go home in a few days. read more

DOWN FOR THE COUNT

It looks like Sly Stallone may have another flop on his hands. Monday's much-hyped 90-minute premiere of NBC's The Contender averaged a lightweight 8.3 million viewers. The boxing saga got knocked out by original episodes of Two and a Half Men (17.6 million) and CSI: Miami (21.3 million). The Contender gets another shot this Thursday at 10 pm/ET, before settling into its regular time slot this Sunday at 9 pm/ET. read more

HACK JOB

Fred Durst is furious that half the planet has seen his (my apologies in advance) limp bizkit — and he's taking the matter to court. Durst has filed an $80 million lawsuit against several websites that posted a homemade video of him having sex with an ex-girlfriend back in 2003. Hackers apparently stole the footage from Durst's (my apologies in advance) semi-hard drive. read more

LEGAL BRIEF

Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding) will turn up on three episodes of Boston Legal this May. He'll play a charming civil litigator who also happens to be the ex-lover of Tara (Rhona Mitra). What do you wanna bet they'll face off in court? read more

Survivor Stud: He's Twisted

Before Survivor: Palau's Jeff Wilson twisted his ankle — by tripping over a coconut during a late-night bathroom break — he was one of the Ulong tribe's strongest members. But after that new injury flared up an old wound, the 21-year-old California boy asked his tribe mates to send him home. Not everyone agreed with his selfless decision — some even regarded it with suspicion — although Jeff insisted it would take his ankle weeks to heal. Here, TVGuide.com gets face time with the studly personal trainer to ask why he threw in the towel.
TVGuide.com: Have you fully recovered from your ankle injury?
Jeff Wilson:
I'm better than I was. Painwise, I'd say about 95 percent.

TVG: How'd you injure your ankle the first time?
Jeff:
I got run over by a truck. I broke my back and my pelvis and my ankle. I had stretched-out ligaments and tendons.

TVG: read more

WHO WANTS TO BE ON TV?

Fox is developing Who Wants to Live Forever?, a four-part reality series in which a team of experts will help folks add years to their lives by altering their lifestyle. Each episode of this purported "feel-good" series will begin with a participant getting a scientific estimate of the exact day he or she will drop dead. Actually, by Fox standards that does qualify as feel-good. read more

Old Stars Back on 24


What's old is new again on 24.

Already this season, former CTU head Tony Almeida (played by Carlos Bernard) made a surprise appearance to save Jack Bauer's life. His wife, Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth), showed up a few episodes later. And other classic 24 characters will soon pop up, namely President Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), who is expected to return in April, and then maybe even Jack's beleaguered daughter, Kim.

"We're not done writing the season," executive producer Joel Surnow says. "We may have something for [Kim] toward the end."

But as of now, Elisha Cuthbert, who plays Kim, has not been asked to set aside time. "[Producers] usually call to check availability or to gauge interest. But I haven't heard anything yet," says her agent, Chuck James.

And, as with all things 24, read more

FREAKY FRIDAY

Quentin Tarantino is looking to revive the battered Friday the 13th franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino is in early talks with New Line Cinema to write and direct a new Friday installment. The upcoming CSI helmer is apparently intrigued with the idea of playing with one of moviedom's classic horror villains. But Freddy was busy, so he went with Jason instead. read more

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING HALLE BERRY

Blessed with Oprah's magic touch (read: huge PR platform), the ABC telepic Their Eyes Were Watching God attracted a whopping 25 million viewers Sunday night. It was the most-watched TV-movie since 1999's Julie Andrews-James Garner romance, One Special Night. read more

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