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IT'S TOAST

King World Productions is putting a fork in Martha Stewart Living, announcing that the once-hot home show will go on hiatus at the end of this season while its star gets her "legal situation" straightened out. Stewart, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in March, will be sentenced on June 17. read more

EYEING BIG NAMES

When CBS announces its fall sked on Wednesday, Les Moonves and Co. are expected to add five new shows, including family comedies starring sitcom greats John Goodman and Jason Alexander. Also in the mix: Clubhouse, a coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old batboy for the New York Yankees, and Dr. Vegas, an hourlong drama starring Rob Lowe as — you guessed it — a Las Vegas casino doc. read more

STORK REPORT

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has given birth to twin boys. Kian William and Kaiis Steven were born May 6 in Los Angeles. Dad is Davis' hubby, Dr. Reza Jarrahy. They also have a 2-year-old daughter, Alizeh Keshvar. read more

FROG SKED

The WB is keeping its Monday and Tuesday lineups intact next fall, but change is in the air on every other night. On Wednesday, Smallville will stay at 8 pm, where it will lead into new sketch comedies Blue Collar TV and The Green Screen. New drama The Mountain (think One Tree Hill on skis) will be paired on Thursdays with the reality-game hybrid Studio 7, and Mark Burnett's Commando Nanny joins the net's Friday comedy lineup. On Sunday, Charmed remains at 8 pm, where it will be sandwiched between an expanded Steve Harvey's Big Time and newcomer Jack and Bobby, the show that's not about the Kennedys. read more

BECKER IT'S NOT

Ted Danson has been tapped for the lead role in Our Fathers, Showtime's adaptation of David France's book about the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal. He'll play the Boston lawyer who represented the first victims to come forward. read more

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT

Fox, which unveils its fall lineup on Thursday, has renewed its critically acclaimed (yet Nielsen-challenged) gem Arrested Development, Variety reports. The net has also greenlit struggling freshman drama Tru Calling for a second season. read more

RECAST

Elizabeth Vargas has been tapped to replace Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 in September. She'll join current co-anchor John Stossel. As previously announced, Walters is leaving the show to focus on her prime-time specials and keeping the peace between Star Jones and Rosie O'Donnell. read more

FAREWELL

Tony Randall, star of The Odd Couple, died in his sleep Monday night at the age of 84. Randall, who won an Emmy in 1975 for his portrayal of the fussbudget Felix Unger, suffered complications from a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Heather Harlan Randall, and their two children, ages 5 and 7. Randall also starred in the Rock Hudson-Doris Day films Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back. read more

Question: Why did your Issue ...

Question: Why did your Issue of May 2 issue say that Jennifer Aniston was the sister in Ferris Bueller? Was Jennifer Aniston in a TV version of the movie? I'm pretty sure Jennifer Grey was the sister in the movie. Just like all Heathers, all Jennifers are not the same. — Ed R., Crofton, Md.

Televisionary: C'mon, Ed — keep up. That mention was in a Close-Up for TV Land's "Before They Were Friends" marathon, which was a six-episode run of shows which featured the stars before they hit it big on the NBC sitcom. Now, to be fair, I looked at the piece and it doesn't hit you over the head with the fact that it's the TV version of the hit movie. But I think it's pretty clear.

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The Burning Bed I don't have time...

The Burning Bed
I don't have time to watch it. I just noticed that it's on the Lifetime schedule tonight. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to ask for a moment of silence for The Burning Bed. Where would Television for Women be without this based-on-a-true-story, made-for-TV gem?

On the Cover
I hate to say it, but this new PAX series is like the TV Guide crossword puzzle, it makes you feel pretty darn smart — at least for a few days or so until you accidentally come across The New York Times crossword puzzle. If you can answer questions like "Helen Hunt and Denzel Washington appear together on which '80s TV show?" (St. Elsewhere), then you'll think you're a pop-culture genius. And if you don't have a clue about stuff like "In the 1984 Tarzan movie, Greystoke, star Andie McDowell's voice was redubbed by which actress?" (Glenn Close), then you write it off as useless f read more

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