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It's official: J.J. Abrams owns Wednesday night. ABC has announced that Abrams' spy-thriller Alias is relocating to Wednesday at 9 pm following his other baby, Lost. The move takes effect Jan. 5 when Alias kicks off its fourth season with a two-hour premiere. Meanwhile, the latest edition of The Bachelorette (starring Jen Schefft) will air Mondays at 9 pm beginning Jan. 10. It'll be sandwiched between Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That? and the new reality series Supernanny. read more

DEAR SALLY...

Here's another little scoop nugget from the current TV Guide: J.J. Abrams tells me he's "actively looking" to reteam with his former Felicity muse, Keri Russell, on a new project. "We've been talking a lot recently," he says. "I'm determined to work with her again — really soon. I miss her terribly." Welcome to my world. read more

TOY TRILOGY

A third Toy Story film is on the drawing board at Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio's decision to revive Woody, Buzz and the gang could further strain relations between Disney and Pixar, which partnered on the first two Toy flicks but are on the verge of a nasty divorce. Disney holds the rights to do Toy sequels. read more

WELL, R U?

The surviving members of TLC are staging a comeback the old fashioned way — they're starring in a reality show. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are teaming with UPN on R U the Girl With T-Boz & Chilli, an eight-episode series in which the duo will try and find a singer to fill the void left by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died two years ago in a car crash. read more

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

With Law & Order's Elisabeth Rohm leaving early next year to pursue a film career (buh-bye), exec producer Dick Wolf has narrowed down the search for a new assistant D.A. to five actresses. As reported in the current issue of TV Guide magazine, the finalists will be flown to New York later this week to shoot a full screen test with costar Sam Waterston and play hide-and-seek with S. Epatha Merkerson. read more

The Amazing Race Preview


Laughter. Route markers. Noisy fights in airports. A snowmobile race across the world's largest glacier. That's right, TV's best reality show is back for another action-packed season! Tonight's premiere of The Amazing Race (9 pm/ET on CBS) finds 11 new daring duos racing from downtown Chicago to Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon, with lots of difficult — but hugely entertaining — challenges along the way. Here, TAR host and published author Phil Keoghan (whose book No Opportunity Wasted is out now) shares his thoughts about the show's eagerly anticipated sixth season.

TV Guide Online: This is the first time Amazing Race has gone to Iceland, right? It's a great location for the premiere.
Phil Keoghan:
Yeah, we always try to do something that captures people's imaginations, and it's a challenge because you've got to outdo yourself every time. But this season has a great start to it.

TVGO: Any other big "firsts" read more

SHORT CUTS

ABC has picked up freshman comedies Rodney and Complete Savages for a full season... Spike Lee has tapped Keanu Reeves to star in The Night Watchman, a feature about a disgraced cop who discovers corruption inside a police department, Variety reports... Helen Hunt and Djimon Hounsou are in talks to star in 100 Days of Darkness, an FX original movie about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. read more

UNFAITHFUL

Two Emmy-nominated reality producers are developing a series that explores the world of infidelity, per The Hollywood Reporter. The show, produced by Project Greenlight's Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth, will chronicle the exploits of a controversial online dating service that caters to folks seeking extramarital affairs. The project is now being shopped to the networks under the working title FCC Bait. read more

MONDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

A fight broke out at a taping of the Vibe awards Monday in Los Angeles just as Dr. Dre was about to be honored with a lifetime achievement award. One person was stabbed during the melee, which interrupted the ceremony for about five minutes. The fisticuff-free portions of the show are slated to air tonight on UPN. read more

NOW FEAR THIS

Five reality stars and one serial fabricator have signed on to appear in a February sweeps episode of Fear Factor, USA Today reports. The participants include Survivor alums Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca, Amazing Race stud Reichen Lehmkuhl, The Bachelorette's Ryan Sutter, American Idol also-ran Nikki McKibbin and Apprentice hell-raiser Omarosa. It's not clear what challenges they face, but a Fear source reports seeing a lie detector being wheeled onto the set. read more

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