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IT'S GARRY SHANDLING!

Garry Shandling has signed on to host the 56th annual Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 19 on ABC. The last time Shandling emceed the kudocast — back in 2000 — the show nabbed its best ratings in 14 years. (No pressure, though.) Nominations will be announced July 15 and the word Scrubs better be mentioned. A lot. read more

Smallville Seeks Super Star


Next season on Smallville, the Boy of Steel will encounter a force more powerful than even the Kryptonite that brings him to his knees: true love. Producers have begun scouring Superman's adopted planet for an actress to play his eventual sweetheart, Lois Lane. And, while we may lack Clark Kent's X-ray vision, even we can see that any of these rising starlets could turn Lana Lang green with envy.

Michelle Williams: The thinking fan's Katie Holmes has proven in one independent movie after another that she was wasted among the loquacious posers of Dawson's Creek. But, while the brainier writing of Smallville would better serve her intellect, even Lex Luthor probably couldn't squeeze a few episodes into her busy film schedule. (Would it help if we begged?)

Shelly Cole: We have long looked forward to the pseudo goth chick's every fleeting appearance on Gilmore Girls as Rory's droll Chilton classmate, Madeline, and here' read more

WILL HE BEAT IT?

Michael Jackson's lawyers filed a motion Tuesday to have his grand-jury indictment on molestation charges tossed out. They claim prosecutors bullied witnesses and "ran the proceedings as if they employed the grand jurors." read more

GRIM DISCOVERY

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a triple homicide that took place at ABC newsman Sam Donaldson's New Mexico ranch over the weekend. Cody Posey was charged with killing his father, stepmother and stepsister — all of whom worked at Donaldson's ranch. He discovered the bodies Tuesday night. read more

BACK IN TRAINING

Hey, Steve Guttenberg — call your agent. Warner Bros. is looking to jumpstart its Police Academy franchise by ordering an eighth installment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

FYI, FOLKS

For the next two weeks, I'll be handing the "Entertainment News" reins over to several of my very capable TV Guide Online colleagues (ready Missy?) as I head to Los Angeles to cover the Television Critics Assoc. press tour. The good news is you can still get your daily Michael Ausiello fix courtesy of my Press Tour Diary, which debuts this Sunday in the Insider section (Up first: NBC). The bad news is I can never find a fresh bottle of Diet Raspberry Snapple in L.A. so I'm probably going to be even crankier than usual. (I can't be sure, but I think there will be a case of fresh Diet Raspberry Snapple waiting for me in my hotel room when I arrive tonight.) read more

SPIDEY SINGS!

Marvel Comics is looking to turn Spider-Man into a Broadway musical. According to Variety, the project — which is still in the discussion stage — would be helmed by theater vet Julie Taymor (The Lion King) with music by Bono and U2. In other theater news, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Hank Azaria have been cast in the Broadway-bound production of Monty Python's Spamalot. Previews begin Feb. 7. read more

AMAZING NUMBERS

The return of Big Brother and The Amazing Race helped CBS win Tuesday night in total viewers and key demos. And with more than 10 million viewers, the Emmy-winning Race earned its best ratings since its third-season finale in 2002. read more

ANGEL'S SINFUL PAST

Move over, Paris Hilton. Actress Cameron Diaz is facing her very own Internet-porn scandal. The Caribbean-based Scandal-Inc.com is offering a pay-per-view peek at a racy S&M video Diaz shot as a 19-year-old model. It depicts the Charlie's Angels star topless, wearing fishnets and walking a leashed man like a dog. The video was shot by shutterbug John Rutter, who's been in a legal tussle with Diaz since she pressed extortion charges against him last year. Diaz's lawyers have reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to the website. Not that it'll be much help at this point... read more

CULTURE CLASH

UPN has quietly wrapped production on its controversial reality series Amish in the City, Variety reports. Debuting July 28 at 8 pm/ET, this is the true story of five Amish youths picked to live in an ultramodern Hollywood Hills home with six "urban" kids to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start using electricity. read more

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