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In an attempt to build excitement for The O.C.'s return on Nov. 4, Fox will air two hour-long specials about the show on Sept. 16 and 23, Variety reports. The first special will chronicle the sudser's impact on pop culture and the second one will offer a "day in the life" of the show, including cast interviews and acting tips from you-know-who. read more


Rocker Tommy Lee is going back to school — and NBC's gonna be by his side every step of the way. According to Variety, the Peacock network has ordered a reality series that will follow the former M&#246tley Cr&#252e drummer as he heads to college. The show promises to capture Lee's entire university experience, including sleeping around, skipping class and, ultimately, getting expelled. read more


After failed stints as a talk-show host and a reality-TV star, Roseanne is heading back to the genre that launched her career and turned her into an insufferable egomaniac. The Emmy-winner will appear in a November sweeps episode of CBS's Two and a Half Men as the sister of Charlie Sheen's maid, played by Conchata Ferrell. The sitcom gig, only her second since Roseanne went kaput in 1997 (she also did an episode of The Nanny), reunites the onetime Domestic Goddess with Men creator and ex-Roseanne scribe Chuck Lorre. "I haven't worked with her since 1992, so it's exciting," Lorre tells TV Guide Online. "I learned a lot [on Roseanne]. It was tough, but I learned a lot." Like, for example, it can get rea read more


MTV is treating Miami to a Saturday-night concert before Sunday's Video Music Awards, but Beenie Man is no longer invited. The Jamaican singer — whose reggae-style songs include homophobic lyrics — was pulled from the concert's talent lineup after gay activists planned to protest. They apparently don't enjoy classic Beenie lines like "Queers must be killed" and "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays." Go figure. read more


ABC is developing a sitcom for ex-Hercules star Kevin Sorbo.... John Kerry's appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart drew 1.5 million viewers, a record for a Tuesday. read more

Heather Locklear's New Flight Plan

Behold the healing power of Locklear. Dynasty. T.J. Hooker. Melrose Place. Spin City. The woman who puts the heat in Heather has been lending her lucky charms to struggling shows since the days of shoulder pads and shoot-'em-up weddings. Now, the deliciously dishy bombshell is back with a brand-spankin'-new drama, NBC's airport-based LAX, and she's packing a seriously sexy supporting cast. So get ready to assume the upright position.

TV Guide Online: Do you ever work with ugly people?
Heather Locklear:
I know! It's a little crazy. [Laughs]

TVGO: Between you, Blair Underwood, Paul Leyden (ex-Simon, As the World Turns)....
You can get me out of there. But the rest....

TVGO: Are you kidding? Woman, don't you realize you are still hot?!
Well, thank you!

TVGO: Then, of course, there's Blair.
I thought that was such a read more


Serial guest star Aisha Tyler (Friends, Nip/Tuck) has landed multi-episode gigs on CSI and 24 this season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former Talk Soup hostess will play a quirky scientist on CSI and a CTU data analyst on 24. read more


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is going ape over Cindy Crawford's decision to start modeling fur. The supermodel, who posed for a PETA ad in the early '90s, recently signed on as the new face of Blackglama's "What Becomes a Legend Most?" campaign. As a result, the animal-rights org is planning a demonstration this evening outside Los Angeles' Whiskey Bar — the trendy hangout owned by Crawford's husband, Rande Gerber. There is some good news for Crawford: Her husband owns a bar. read more


Actor Danny Glover was arrested Wednesday in Washington, D.C., during a protest against the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur region. He was charged with disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly and failing to turn down Lethal Weapon 4. read more

2004 Summer Olympics Oh, man....

2004 Summer Olympics
Oh, man. These commentators are killing me! That chirpy chick chattering over the women's triathlon needs a muzzle. And a clue. As the ladies hit the surf for the first leg of the grueling 32-mile nightmare, this one pipes in with "Now is when they need to utilize their weapon... and that weapon is to swim." What?! Is this "Deep Sports Thoughts with Jack Handey"? Of course they need to swim! They're in water! Thankfully, it was the most amazing race since, well, last night's Amazing Race, with so-dark-we-never-even-heard-of-her dark horse Kate Allen blowin' it up in the final lap, overtaking Aussie favorite Loretta Harrop for the gold and leaving U.S.A.'s Susan Williams with a bronze. Which is still awesome, no matter what the announcers would have us believe. Third best in the world, people. Try hittin' that, you downers!

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