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MTV has started production on what it's calling TV's "first ever reality drama." According to Variety, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County shadows seven teens — five girls and two boys — as they experience such high-school rites of passage as prom night, spring break and sex under the bleachers. read more

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"In Hollywood's galaxy of stars, few sparkle like Heather Locklear," says the narrator. Leave it to the typical True Hollywood Story collection of well-meaning celeb-types to miss the point.

Don't get me wrong. I love Heather Locklear for the way she took what by all rights should've been a limited-lifespan, pretty-blond Heather Thomas career and parlayed it into not only a long, successful run, but one in which she's bailed out more than one series.

But c'mon. Those series include T.J. Hooker, Dynasty and Melrose Place, for God's sake. She deserves props not just for having a career, but for having a far longer and healthier one than anyone would've ever predicted. But let's not take it too seriously, huh? It's just camp.

Funniest line in the whole thing? This gem: "In July 1986, Heather returned to the relative calm of the Dynasty set."

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As hinted in the season finale of Judging Amy, Dan Futterman will return to the show as a regular this fall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Futterman will be reprising his role as Amy Brenneman's brother. The actor, who left the CBS series after Season 2 for personal reasons, made a guest appearance in May foreshadowing his comeback. read more

New L&O ADA: Who'd Be A-OK?

Now that Elisabeth Rohm is finally leaving her Law & Order role of Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn, we are dancing in the streets. (Nothing personal, but she was always a little brittle for our taste.) And when we aren't delightedly pounding the pavement, we are dreaming up new partners in crimefighting for Sam Waterston's character, Jack McCoy. Since it's doubtful that our fondest wish will be granted — and Angie Harmon will suit up again as the best ADA ever, Abbie Carmichael — dare we hope that überproducer Dick Wolf will consider at least briefly these other could-be (and, in some cases, have-been) lawyers?

Lara Flynn Boyle: Provided that she can keep herself out of the Mary-Kate Olsen wing of her local rehab clinic, the incredible shrinking woman could use the legalese she learned as Practice prosecutor Helen Gamble to shore up the L&O cast. On sec read more


BBC is in talks with Britain's government about starting an Arabic TV news channel to rival Al-Jazeera. Featuring news, talk shows and documentaries, the channel would broadcast across the Middle East, but also be accessible by viewers in the UK and Europe. BBC's plan follows the recent launch of Al-Hurra, which is funded by the US government. read more


That Ashley Judd — isn't she De-Lovely? The execs at Estee Lauder must think so, since they've signed her as the spokeswoman for American Beauty, their new skincare and cosmetics brand launching this fall. "Ms. Judd is glamorous, elegant and intelligent, while being warm and accessible," enthuses makeup honcho William Lauder. "We're confident that women will connect with her." read more


DMX was arrested on charges that he and another man tried to steal a car in New York's Kennedy Airport parking lot on Thursday night. Authorities believe the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, may have identified himself as a federal agent. He is charged with attempted robbery, criminal impersonation and criminal mischief. read more


Meryl Streep will co-star in the murder drama Dark Matter, Variety reports. It's based on the true story of a Chinese physics student who shot and killed six people on the University of Iowa campus back in 1991. Streep plays a wealthy benefactress who befriends the troubled scholar. Matter's helmer is Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng, who's making his feature-film directing debut. read more


Dean Cain and Denise Richards will star in Lifetime's adaptation of the Cara Lockwood novel I Do (But I Don't).... Michael Jackson's lawyers head to court today for a pretrial hearing focusing on whether documents will be sealed from the public. read more


Ashley Olsen has canceled her trip Down Under for next week's Australian premiere of New York Minute. Understandably, she wants to stick close by twin sister Mary-Kate, who's reportedly undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. "Ashley has decided to be with her family at this time," says Robert Thorne, CEO of the twins' Dualstar Entertainment Group. "While it is unfortunate that plans have been canceled, Mary-Kate and Ashley appreciate everyone's support and understanding." read more

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