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POTSIE RETURNS...

... and Fonzie, Richie and Chachi, too! ABC has given the go-ahead for a two-hour Happy Days reunion to mark the show's 30th anniversary, Variety reports. The special, which could air as early as November, will reunite the entire cast, including Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams, Scott Baio and Pat "Wax on, wax off" Morita. read more

NBC's RAY OF LIGHT

NBC has ordered a pilot for a new cop drama starring upcoming ER guest Ray Liotta. In Criminal Behavior, Liotta will play a detective who stops dangerous fugitives before they strike again. read more

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

School of Rock director Richard Linklater has signed on to helm the upcoming remake of The Bad News Bears, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Billy Bob Thornton will play the beer-chugging manager, the role made famous by Walter Matthau in the 1976 original. read more

HIGH FIVE-0

Warner Bros. has acquired rights to remake Hawaii Five-O on the big screen, Variety reports. Ocean's Twelve scribe George Nolfi will write the script. read more

Taye Diggs, Be My Daddy!

Taye Diggs is having a baby! Okay, so maybe it's only on Kevin Hill, his new UPN drama about a hotshot hipster lawyer who inherits a child. But still, babies will be held by the gorgeous guy who helped millions of women (not just Stella!) get their grooves back. Here, we talk to the fine Mr. Diggs about the real and imagined children in his life.

TV Guide Online: Is it true what they say — that you should avoid working with kids and animals?
Taye Diggs:
It was challenging just because they are children. They're finicky and they're twins. But in our case it ended up working out okay because one twin was always asleep and the other was always awake and crying. So we just interchanged them.

TVGO: Have you been upstaged by the baby?
Diggs:
I don't think you can be. I'm of the school where you just let the baby be a baby. However the baby's acting, that's just where the scene goes because chances are, in real life, that's what would happ read more

CATFIGHT!

Lauren Bacall doesn't think Nicole Kidman is old enough to be called a legend. During an interview with Britain's GMTV, Bacall — Kidman's costar in the upcoming drama Birth — grew irritated when a reporter referred to the 37-year-old Oscar winner as "a legend." "She's not a legend," Bacall barked. "She's a beginner. What is this 'legend'? She can't be a legend at whatever age she is.... You have to be older." And, apparently, extremely bitter. read more

DOINK DOINK

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the new issue of TV Guide magazine: Mary Stuart Masterson will replace B.D. Wong as Law & Order SVU's in-house shrink for three episodes this November. A show rep says Wong is cutting out to do a play. Must be nice. read more

GOOD COMPANY

Ray Charles' posthumously issued duets collection Genius Loves Company debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's album chart with sales of 202,000 copies. Tim McGraw's Live like You Were Dying held on to the top spot with 227,000. read more

A DORK HITS A HORSE — OF COURSE, OF COURSE...

The new season of MTV's Philly-based Real World has barely begun and already my pals at TheSmokingGun.com are publicly humiliating one of the cast members. According to TSG, 25-year-old Landon Lueck was arrested and charged with harassment of a police horse following a drunken outing last year at a college football game in Wisconsin. Lueck pleaded guilty and was placed in a "deferred prosecution/first-offender program." Also known as a reality show. read more

THE DOC IS OUT?

It looks like Noah Wyle is getting ready to make his final rounds on ER. Variety reports that the actor will likely move on this spring after 11 years and, oh, probably around $65 billion!!! Must be nice. read more

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