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SUPREME LUCK

Diana Ross will not have to return to Arizona to complete a two-day jail sentence for DUI. Last month, a judge ordered the 60-year-old diva to return to jail after it was discovered that she had been released 90 minutes early during her initial stint behind bars. But the judge reconsidered his ruling at the request of both prosecutors and Ross's attorneys. read more

FOOD FIGHT

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito filed a countersuit Monday against investors of Rocco's, the Italian eatery at the center of NBC's The Restaurant. DiSpirito accuses China Grill Management of cooking the books. In February, China Grill sued DiSpirito, claiming he mismanaged the joint and lost in excess of $600,000. And there was that whole fly drama, too. read more

LOOK OUT, DAMITA

American Idol meanie Simon Cowell will be a "special guest" on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, joining host Janet Jackson, NBC confirms. read more

RISKY BUSINESS

Rebecca De Mornay will appear in the final four episodes of ABC's The Practice playing an attorney representing Alan Shore (James Spader) in his wrongful-termination lawsuit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress may reprise her role in next fall's Practice spinoff, starring Spader and Captain Kirk. read more

SERENITY NOW

Someone's about to take the fall for Kingdom Hospital, and it looks like it's gonna be ABC chairman Lloyd Braun. According to Variety, the embattled exec is in talks to leave his post next month. read more

Question: Do you know who ...

Question: Do you know who performs Kingdom Hospital's theme song and what the name of the song is? It's driving me crazy trying to find out who! — James

Televisionary: Just like it's driving me crazy trying to figure out where you're from, James? I get a kick out of seeing where in the country — and, sometimes, the world — readers are checking out the column, so please humor me and fill out that part of the form when you send questions in. As a teacher of mine used to say: I ask for so little.

The theme song is "Worry About You," from New York City-based Ivy, and you'll find it on their 2001 CD Long Distance (Nettwerk). King reportedly asked Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, an Ivy member, to write a song that sounded like FOW's "Stacy's Mom," but Schlesinger was able to talk King into using the current choice.

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BIG MONEY!

Jennifer Lopez's 58-year-old mother reportedly won a $2.4-million jackpot while playing $1 slots in Atlantic City on Saturday. Guadalupe Lopez was playing Wheel of Fortune at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa when she hit for $2,421,291.76. According to reports, G.Lo plans to use a portion of her winnings to start a college fund for her two grandchildren. She'll use the rest at the Tropicana's nickel slots. read more

LIVE WITH CONDOLEEZA

ABC, CBS and NBC will cut into regular programming Thursday beginning at 9 am/ET for live coverage of Condoleezza Rice's highly anticipated testimony before the Sept. 11 commission. Rice's appearance could last nearly three hours, so that means Regis and Kelly, the ladies of The View, Ellen DeGeneres and Bob Barker will likely have the day off. Everyone else should report to work as usual but plan on getting nothing done between 9 am and noon. read more

DEAR SALLY... I'M BACK!

CBS has tapped former Felicity star Keri Russell to headline its latest Hallmark Hall of Fame TV-movie, The Magic of Ordinary Days. Based on Ann Howard Creel's novel, the World War II-set love story finds the sorely missed Russell playing a woman who is banished to an arranged marriage with a local farmer (Skeet Ulrich). Mare Winningham co-stars as Ulrich's sister. The telepic is slated to air next season. read more

Question: A dinner bet rests ...

Question: A dinner bet rests on the answer to this question: Who is the narrator on Fox's Arrested Development? I say it's Dave Foley of Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio, and, of late, Will & Grace. My wife, who is probably going to owe me a dinner out, disagrees. We love you, Televisionary! — Mark G., Arcadia, Cal.

Televisionary: Thanks, Mark. But your wife will love me more for saying that you owe her dinner. The narrator is Ron Howard, who's also an executive producer of the show.

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