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Question: Do you know what the new CSI: New York will be about? I love the original so much I cannot wait to see the new one. — Melinda, Omaha, Neb.

Televisionary: Uh... dead people? (OK, I'm being a wiseacre; but I guess you weren't among the 24.1 million fans who caught the preview on CSI: Miami, huh?)

Anyway, Gary Sinise stars as Det. Mac Taylor and Providence alum Melina Kanakaredes is his partner, Stella Bonasera. Both are driven and all-business since if they weren't it wouldn't be CSI. They head up a team of cops that includes a good-looking Brooklyn native (Carmine Giovinazzo), a surgeon-turned-coroner (Hill Harper) and an investigator touted for her chameleon-like abilities (Vanessa Ferlito).

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SundayIndianapolis 500 Who would...

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Indianapolis 500
Who would ever have thought David Letterman would win the Indy 500? (OK, so Buddy Rice was actually behind the wheel, winning after a mid-race delay due to a heavy downpour.) Darned nice driving, fella. But the overpowering feeling of watching this is simply one of heartbreaking frustration. The cars out there flow like water, and all I'm thinking about is how if the drivers on Sunset Boulevard could only take a page out of that book, my commute would be 15 shorter, easy. And in L.A., commuting time is everything.

(Speaking of water, though, I suppose the differences aren't really that huge. Nobody here can drive in the rain, either.)

Uncle Sam Wants You
The Marines need 40,000 recruits a year. It's a sales job, plain and simple — no different from selling cars. Only the kid signing the finance contract on his first set of wheels doesn't have to worry about it read more

SERIOUSLY DUDE, IT'S OVER

Fox is pushing Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay back into the closet. The network says the two-hour reality special, which was to feature straight guys trying to pass themselves off as gay, was yanked off the schedule for "creative reasons." The folks at GLAAD blasted the program as "an exercise in systematic humiliation." They then rushed home to watch WB's Superstar USA. read more

Swan Spreads Her Wings

This time last year, Rachel Love-Fraser was a dumpy newlywed working at a Washington construction company. And today? She's The Swan, the ultraglamorous winner of Fox's formerly plain Jane beauty pageant. Has success — and a buxom bod that underwent more plastic surgery than an entire Hooters waitstaff — gone to her pretty red head? To find out, TV Guide Online rang up the hot chick before she took flight for home.

TV Guide Online: So, how sorry is your husband now that he was so unsupportive of you during your extreme makeover?
Rachel Love-Fraser:
Oh, he really wasn't that unsupportive. It was just hard for him to have me gone for so long. I mean, four months... you can imagine! You get kind of edgy. We did have some difficulties a couple of times [during the program], but he was definitely supportive. It's just unfortunate that only that one side of his personality got shown. We're having a blast now, though!

TVGO: I' read more

BOOBYGATE UPDATE

Are Janet Jackson's breasts worth $5000? Not according to a Salt Lake City judge, who on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was blindsided by the diva's Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. Eric Stephenson, the father of three young children, says CBS parent company Viacom led him to believe that the halftime show would be a family-oriented celebration complete with balloons, pom-poms and eye-popping spectacles. Yet despite all those warnings, the dude just didn't see it coming. read more

HOW TO MAKE MORE CASH QUICKLY

It looks like Paramount Pictures is developing a sort-of-sequel to the Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has optioned the rights to the book How to Tell He's Not the One in 10 Days, Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long's follow-up to Lose. read more

JUDGMENT DAY

Hail storms, tidal waves, tornadoes and killer frost couldn't slow down a silly green ogre as Shrek 2 fended off disaster pic The Day After Tomorrow to retain the top spot at the box office. During the first three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the animated sequel grossed $73.1 million to Tomorrow's $70 million. Shrek 2 has gobbled up $237.8 million since opening 12 days ago. Elsewhere, Kate Hudson's new comedy Raising Helen raised $11.2 million to debut at No. 4, while the urban knee-slapper Soul Plane crashed on take-off, opening at No. 5 with $5.7 million — relative peanuts. read more

IT'S OVER

Marc Anthony jetted to the Dominican Republic Thursday to file for divorce from his wife of four years, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. The singer's now free to continue not dating Jennifer Lopez. read more

WHAT'S UP DOC?

ER's Noah Wyle has signed on to play the title role in TNT's action-adventure telepic The Librarian. The story centers ono the discovery of a repository of ancient artifacts hidden beneath the New York Public Library. Wyle's character is tasked with keeping the treasures safe from evildoers. read more

Day After Director Anti-NY?


He's destroyed New York three times — first by aliens, then by a giant lizard, and now with a massive tidal wave — but Day After Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich swears he doesn't have a grudge against the Big Apple.

"I think New Yorkers should be proud that their town plays such a big part in so many movies," the German-born filmmaker says. "And after 9/11, I love seeing New York onscreen even more than before. We discussed beforehand whether it would be appropriate to use New York in this movie, but since it was a natural disaster we felt it would be okay. Also, we were very sensitive about what we did. For example, the Statue of Liberty would have fallen over if that much water hit it, but in the movie it remains standing."

Besides, it's not like New York is the only city that's menaced by out-of-control weather in the film. Scotland turns into an arctic wasteland, giant chunks of hail rain down on Tokyo and, most impressively, Los An read more

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