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ABC has picked up Wife Swap for the full season and ordered additional scripts of freshman sitcoms Rodney and Complete Savages. UPN, meanwhile, has requested four more scripts of Kevin Hill and Veronica Mars. read more


As if Sipowicz doesn't have enough to contend with, he's about to get a visit from his dead buddy Bobby Simone. Yeah, you read that correctly. Jimmy Smits is returning to NYPD Blue on Nov. 9 when Bobby appears before his ex-partner in a vision. At least I'm guessing its a vision since the title of the episode is "The Vision Thing." read more


Rumors that a major character is about to get whacked on ABC's Desperate Housewives have not been greatly exaggerated. Sources confirm that the Grim Reaper will pay a visit to one of Wisteria Lane's finest in an episode to air later this month. (Please, take the twins!) read more

SUNDAY60 Minutes I'll leave the...


60 Minutes
I'll leave the story about the lack of armored vehicles and other equipment in Iraq alone, since that's not really what you come here for. Just one word, though: Vote.

Moving on, now we know the Ashlee Simpson lip-sync flub was due to her being worried about losing her voice, which doesn't clear up why she tried to weasel out by blaming her poor band. And Lorne Michaels, despite the audio people who undoubtedly had to be in on the setup in order for it to work, didn't know she was planning to do that. As both he and Dr. Evil would say, riiiiight.

Cold Case
The girl spots her murdered mom's bracelet on eBay, suggests that the person selling it might provide a lead, and that makes her "smart as a whip"? Even I could've come up with that — and I'm an idiot.

Proof of that: I'll admit this episode kept me guessing; I had no idea it was the construction boss all along. read more


Liza Minnelli will reprise her role as Lucille's nemesis in Arrested Development's eighth episode, a source close to the show tells me. The Emmy-winning comedy (finally) kicks off its second season Sunday. read more


Boreanaz's former TV-squeeze Sarah Michelle Gellar probably won't be heading back to the small screen anytime soon. Her spooky Halloween treat The Grudge scored the No. 1 spot at the box office for the second straight weekend. The film grossed another $22.4 million and edged out Jamie Foxx's acclaimed Oscar showcase Ray, which debuted at No. 2 with a strong $20.1 million. Among other newcomers, the serial-killer thriller Saw opened at No. 3 with $17.4 million, while Nicole Kidman's controversial reincarnation drama Birth brought in a so-so $1.7 million on just 500 screens. read more


Hey, Angel fans — I've got some good news and bad news for ya. First, the good news: David Boreanaz is sinking his teeth back into television. Now, for the bad news: He won't be playing undead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boreanaz has inked a deal with ABC to star in a drama series based on the life of undercover hit-man Jack Ballantine. Screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly (Don't Say a Word) is penning the script. read more


NBC has ordered two additional episodes of Joey, bringing the spin-off's first-season episode order to 24. A source tells me the Peacock requested the extra episodes because, well, "they really need it." Another thing they really need: Better scripts. read more


Michael Moore's dream has come true: His anti-Dubya Fahrenheit 9/11 will make its pay-per-view debut tonight on the Dish Network — one day before the big election. Now don't forget to vote. I hear you'll die if you don't. read more

Seven Silly Questions For... Elvira

This time of year, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is as busy as Santa Claus at Christmas. On Saturday she hosts Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures (8 pm/ET on Animal Planet) and Elvira's Movies to Die For marathon (from noon until 10 pm on Lifetime). Then, on Halloween, she's back at it, scaring up more cheap thrills for Lifetime (from 11 am/ET until 9 pm) and introducing a scream-queen-themed episode of The E! True Hollywood Story (8 pm). Yet unlike press-shy Kris Kringle, Elvira's real-life alter ego, funny lady Cassandra Peterson, always makes time for her admirers. Heck, she even agreed to channel her vampy, campy counterpart to answer TV Guide Online's Seven (Frightfully) Silly Questions. So be afraid... be very afraid.

TV Guide Online: Have you ever tried to get the Dark to make an honest woman of you — you know, so you could be, like, Wife of the Dark instead of just the mistress?
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark:
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