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Singer-actor Frankie Valli, 67, has filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, Randy. The couple have 10-year-old twin boys and a 17-year-old son.... TV Land has ordered six episodes of Chasing Farrah, a reality series centered on '70s pinup Farrah Fawcett. It'll debut in January. read more

KING'S MEN (AND WOMEN)

Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Mark Ruffalo are in talks to join the cast of Columbia's all-star remake of All the King's Men. Streep would play Sadie, an aide to Southern politician Willie Stark (Sean Penn). The cast also includes Jude Law as protagonist Jack Burden. Steven Zaillian — the writer-director behind one of my favorite movies of all time, Searching for Bobby Fischer — is on board to direct. read more

FIRED UP

As if Emmy loser Donald Trump hasn't got enough to be bitter about, BetWWTS.com has suspended wagering on The Apprentice because of an "unusual betting pattern on two contestants." (Don't worry, I'm not naming names.) This isn't the first time the Antigua-based gaming website has raised telling flags about suspicious betting on reality-TV shows. Last year, Survivor: Pearl Islands victor Sandra Diaz-Twine garnered numerous online bets from Vancouver before the first episode even aired. read more

ART IMITATES LIFE

Real-life spouses Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna will appear in at least three episodes of UPN's out-of-this-world drama Veronica Mars. They'll play the movie-star parents of Veronica's high-school rival, Logan, starting Nov. 2 read more

COULD IT BE... SATAN?

ABC is turning the horror classic Rosemary's Baby into a four-hour miniseries to air in 2005, Variety reports. The project will likely pick up the story years later, when Rosemary's demon spawn becomes a teenager and ventures out to buy one of those CSI activity kits. read more

RATINGS ROUND-UP

Crime paid big-time for CBS during the first official week of the new TV season. With all three CSIs landing in the top five, the Eye network finished No. 1 among total viewers and — cover your eyes, NBC — adults 18-49. ABC also came alive thanks to strong showings from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and J.J. Abrams' new castaway thriller Lost, while the WB gained some ground with the help of its resurgent Tuesday night lineup of Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill. NBC, Fox and UPN, meanwhile, were down over last year. read more

COS AND EFFECT

Bill Cosby is returning to the small screen, adapting his best-selling book Congratulations! Now What?: A Book for Graduates into a half-hour comedy series. Per Variety, the show will revolve around a new college grad who moves back in with his parents. Cosby is not expected to star in the project. In related news, Nick at Nite has renewed Cosby's animated series Fatherhood for a second season. read more

CHILD'S PLAY?

Planet Toys has inked a licensing agreement with CBS to produce a line of CSI-themed forensic activity kits for children age 14 and up. The first one, the CSI: Forensic Facial Reconstructive Kit, will be available exclusively at Toys R Us beginning Friday. The other two — CSI: This Is a Really Bad Idea and CSI: Someone's Gonna Get Fired Over This — are due in late October. read more

PAGING DAPHNE ZUNIGA...

Mel Brooks is working on a sequel to his hilarious Star Wars spoof, Spaceballs. In an interview with Playbill.com, Brooks said he hopes to get the film in theaters around the same time as Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, which opens in May. Let's pray we can tell which one's the spoof. read more

LEAP OF FAITH

Despite modest ratings, the WB has picked up its acclaimed drama Jack & Bobby for a full, 22-episode season. No word yet on The Mountain. Let's hope no news is bad news. read more

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