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HEEEEEERE'S ALF!

TV Land has tapped former sitcom star Gordon Shumway to host Alf's Hit Talk Show, a half-hour special slated to air July 7. The furry Melmac native will be joined by legendary late-night sidekick Ed McMahon, as well as guests Dennis Franz, Drew Carey and Joan Rivers. Speaking of Ms. Rivers... read more

What Not to Wear Alright, I love...

What Not to Wear
Alright, I love this makeover show, but I'm a little torn. Tonight's fashion victim, Michele, gets a $5000 spending spree and a satchel full of Sephora because she's hooked on overall shorts and decorative denim shirts? Please. That should be remedied with public flogging, not shopping. How 'bout those of us who get a rash from just knowing that there's such a thing as Disney-store couture? Where's our trip to Dolce & Gabbana, huh? Anyway, miracle workers Clinton and Stacy rocked as usual, turning the little miss from a rat-haired scrunchie-sporting '80s mess into a cashmere-crazed clothes horse in under an hour and we all ended up better people. Or at least better equipped to pick out slim-cut jeans. Which may seem shallow in some cultures, but most of them probably worship parachute pants and Capezio jazz shoes, so who cares, right?

The Next Action Star
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MOVIE STUFF

Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are in talks to star in If Only It Were True, a DreamWorks movie about a guy who falls in love with a ghost, Variety reports... Melissa George, last seen dragging down ABC's Alias, is in talks to star in MGM's remake of The Amityville Horror. read more

WELCOME, LADIES

It's now official: Joan and Melissa Rivers have left their long-time posts with E! Entertainment Television to join the TV Guide Channel, where they will troll the red carpet and host a number of specials. Meanwhile, I hear Missy's getting a bigger cubicle than I have and, well, let's just say I'm not happy. (Hooray! I can still make jokes! I hope!) read more

CODE BLONDE

As first hinted in the new issue of TV Guide magazine, Heather Graham is in preliminary discussions to join the cast of my favorite TV show, Scrubs, this fall as a full-fledged series regular. "She'd play an attending shrink who comes in and [exposes] everyone's flaws and all their bull----," says exec producer Bill Lawrence. "The character's a real catalyst to mess things up for everybody." Pretty girls are so like that. read more

Wonder Woman Returns!

In the 1970s, Lynda Carter was fighting for your rights in her satin tights, at least on Wonder Woman, the show that made her famous. The 52-year-old former Miss USA is content with her own version of Paradise Island these days — raising her two kids in Washington, D.C. — but she does take occasional acting work, including a guest spot on Hope & Faith last fall. With the DVD of Wonder Woman's first season now in stores, we fired some bullet-like questions Carter's way — and she deflected them even without her magic bracelets.

TV Guide Online: Uh, I'm one of those guys who drooled over you when I was a kid.
Lynda Carter:
I think that's very cool. You know, I like Wonder Woman, too. I thought she was the bomb, as my daughter would say.

TVGO: Wonder Woman was kind of the full package, huh?
Carter:
What I was hoping for was that men would see that women could be a lot of things: She was beautiful, smart and read more

GEEZ, DAD!

Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly failing to pay a $3800 bill for several suites at a posh Long Island hotel. He was released on $250 bail. Lindsay's pa also faces charges in two separate cases, one involving a scuffle with his brother-in-law and another for swearing at a sanitation worker whose truck was blocking his car. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we just found Courtney Love's soul mate! read more

SPEAKING OF SPIDEY...

Variety reports that Imax is in talks with Sony to remaster the sequel for its large-format theaters in the very near future. Meanwhile, Fox and its sister cabler FX have acquired broadcast/cable rights to Spider-Man 2 for $50 million. read more

DENIALS, DENIALS

A rep for Mary-Kate Olsen insists that the weight-challenged wonder twin is not in rehab for a drug problem — despite the fact that she is being treated at a Utah facility that specializes in alcoholism and other drug addictions. "It is a multitreatment facility," her spokesperson tells USA Today. "Mary-Kate has a team of people working with her, including a renowned psychologist [who specializes in eating disorders] and a nutritionist." Speaking of celebrity denials, Britney Spears' PR person is shooting down reports that the recently engaged pop tart is with child. Says her rep: "No, she is not pregnant." Nuts, yes. Pregnant, no. read more

PAY UP

Janet Jackson's Super Bowl peep show could cost 20 Viacom-owned CBS stations a total of $550,000 in fines, payable in singles. The FCC is expected to make a final decision next month. read more

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