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SHORT CUTS

Despite its recent breakup with Pixar, Disney is reportedly leaning toward making a third Toy Story flick... Karen Sisco's three remaining unaired episodes will be broadcast on USA Network beginning Wednesday at 10 pm/ET. read more

MOURNED

Surf music icon Jan Berry, one half of the popular '60s duo Jan and Dean, died Friday after suffering a seizure at his home in Los Angeles. He was 62. The group's hits included "Surf City," "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" and "Drag City." A 1966 car accident left Berry paralyzed for a year, essentially ending his career. read more

WITHOUT A TRACE

Mark Burnett's plot to take over the entire TV industry continues. According to Variety, the reality mogul has completed production of Recovery, a CBS pilot that follows a team of law-enforcement vets as they attempt to find stolen children and reunite them with their parents. If the show is picked up, it could find a spot on the network's fall schedule. read more

LIFE SUPPORT

ABC is moving Kingdom Hospital to ICU — also known as Thursdays at 9 pm opposite CSI and The Apprentice. Stephen King's flatlining drama will make its final Wednesday appearance this week, then move to Thursdays the following night. Extreme Makeover will take over Hospital's Wednesday 10 pm timeslot on April 14. read more

HEADING WEST

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the new issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Mary McCormack, last seen in USA Network's druggie drama Traffic, is on the move. Starting April 21, Howard Stern's big-screen wife will appear in at least four episodes of The West Wing as the Prez's Deputy National Security Advisor. Which puts shock jock Stern one degree of separation away from the red button. These are scary times, folks. Scary times indeed. read more

COLOR CORRECTION

The WB is remaking The Blue Lagoon as a TV movie, Variety reports. The flick — loosely based on the 1980s feature starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins — is being produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the guys who brought Chicago to the big screen and It's All Relative to the small screen. So, this project will either be really good or bad beyond words. read more

BANNER DAY

Donald Trump is coming under fire for placing a giant Apprentice promotional banner emblazoned with the words "You're Fired" on the front of Trump Tower in Manhattan. The Donald's development firm apparently does not have a permit to hang the tacky 13-foot tall, 25-foot wide pennant and was asked four times by city officials to remove it. Trump could face up to $10,000 in fines if he doesn't comply. Sounds like something Carolyn can make go away. read more

SPEAKING OF "TV NEWS" SCOOP...

Katey Sagal's 8 Simple Rules widow may still be mourning the death of her husband (played by the late John Ritter), but that doesn't mean other guys can't look, right? Adam Arkin had better hope not, because beginning May 4, the former Chicago Hope doc will do just that as a man from Cate's past who is eager to become a constant presence in her life. The actor will appear in this season's final three episodes, and — although I'd hate to jinx things by saying too much — word is, we'll see a lot more of him next season. read more

HOW YOU DOIN'?

Sopranos mob mole Drea de Matteo has been cast as Matt LeBlanc's hairdresser sister in NBC's upcoming Friends spinoff, Joey. De Matteo's character is described as a strong woman who, like her bro, has a way with the opposite sex. According to The Hollywood Reporter, de Matteo's Joey gig will not interfere with her obligations on the sixth and final season of The Sopranos, which starts shooting next year. In other Friends-related news, Jennifer Aniston has signed on to star in Gambit, Universal's upcoming remake of the 1966 British caper starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. read more

REMEMBERED

Sir Peter Ustinov, who earned Best Supporting Actor Oscars for 1960's Spartacus and 1965's Topkapi, died of heart failure late Sunday night. He was 82. The ultimate multitasker, Ustinov also toiled as an author, playwright, director and for more than 30 years served as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. More recently, he appeared as the Walrus in NBC's big-budget Alice in Wonderland movie. read more

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