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PLACE YOUR BETS

Forget Freddy vs. Jason — this is the smackdown we've really been waiting for. NBC is developing a six-to-eight hour limited series focusing on the final showdown between God and Satan as foretold in the Bible's Book of Revelation, Variety reports. (My money's on God.) The network could air the project next August, following its broadcast of the Summer Olympics in Athens. read more

Telma Hopkins's Unsolved Mysteries

You may know her as bitter divorcée Phyllis Thorne on UPN's Half & Half, or as Nell Carter's skinny sidekick on Gimme a Break, but way back in the day, Telma Hopkins was also one-third of the music group Tony Orlando & Dawn ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree"). Remember the "Shaft" theme song? And the part where the girls go, "Shut yo' mouth"? Yep, that's her, too. We took a walk down memory lane with the actress who slipped into our pop culture lexicon without us even knowing it.


TV Guide Online: So, do you work a sassy "shut yo' mouth" into casual conversation?
Telma Hopkins:
Uh, no. But it was one of the coolest singing jobs ever. I sang it with two other girls. But somehow or another I get all the credit.

TVGO: What about the hit "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree" — which came firs read more

FAR OUT!

Hey, 'Scapers — this is the news you've been waiting for! The Jim Henson Company is holding a press conference Thursday to "announce an exciting new development in the campaign to continue Farscape." Among those participating in the media pow-wow: Series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon and exec producers Brian Henson and David Kemper. They better not be unveiling the 2003 Farscape Christmas ornament. read more

SHORT CUTS

HBO has ordered a second season of Real Time With Bill Maher, to premiere on Jan. 16... CBS tied NBC last week in the adults 18-49 demo, a November sweeps first. read more

BAD TIMING

Actor Billy Crudup and West Wing star Mary-Louise Parker have split, the New York Daily News reports. The break-up comes two months before Parker is due to give birth to their baby. In happier news, Robert Downey Jr. reportedly popped the question to his girlfriend, producer Susan Levin. Oh, and she said yes. read more

Gyno Drama on King of Queens


Candy, shoes, boys... Many women would put these on their lists of favorite things. Pap smears and pelvic exams usually don't make the cut. But on tonight's King of Queens (9 pm/ET on CBS), Carrie (Leah Remini) just can't wait to visit her gynecologist! And the MD's played by Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop, Ruthless People), who embraced this unusual role with gusto.

"He's the best guy in town," the comic actor tells TV Guide Online. "There's a waiting list a mile long for him, and Carrie's thrilled to be one of his patients. He's got fur-lined stirrups and serves cappuccino and fancy coffee drinks!

"But something threatens their relationship," he adds, "and she's terrified she will not be one of his patients anymore. It's kind of like the 'Soup Na read more

RED HERRING

It's not easy to admit when i'm wrong, so instead, i'll say simply, "Damn you, Fox — you got me!!" That 24 spoiler I accused Fox entertainment president Gail Berman of slipping into yet another commercial turned out to be, as loyal "Entertainment News" follower Lauren put it, "slightly misleading and not such a big deal, kind-of sort-of." (My favorite comment came from Rion, who wrote in this morning to say, "Ooooh. You were wrong about the promo. That must suck." It doesn't feel good, Rion. It doesn't feel good.) Alright, so I jumped the gun on this one — but it's not like my knee-jerk reaction wasn't justified (cue Exhibits A through S). Still, props to Berman for using her network's promo machine for good instead of evil — this time. read more

FAREWELL, NORTON

Legendary second banana Art Carney, forever known as Jackie Gleason's dimwitted, endearing buddy Ed Norton on The Honeymooners, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 85. Although most famous for playing Gleason's sidekick, Carney made his mark on film as well, winning an Oscar for 1974's Harry and Tonto. He also played Felix Unger in the original Broadway production of The Odd Couple. Carney was buried Tuesday after a small private funeral near his home in Chester, Conn. read more

O.C. Cutie's True Love


Many an actor has been moved to pursue a career in showbiz after seeing a particularly meaningful movie. But The O.C.'s witty and winsome Adam Brody is probably the only one who'd admit that, for him, that film was I Know What You Did Last Summer. "It was a huge influence on me," the former video-store salesclerk confesses to TV Guide Online. "I always walked by [the VHS box] on the shelf and thought [of leads Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe], 'Those kids have it made.'

"At the time, I thought the movie was very cool," he continues, "but it was more their lives that I wanted. And, like everyone, I was in love with read more

MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR

Christian Slater's bad-boy rep seems to be rubbing off on his wife. Ryan Haddon was arrested and charged with domestic battery Monday after hurling a glass at Slater during an argument at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. He needed nine stitches to close the gash. Suddenly, David Gest isn't feeling so alone. read more

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