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Vermont-based jam band Phish announced Tuesday that they will break up at the end of their upcoming summer tour. In a message posted on the band's website, front man Trey Anastasio said the group mutually agreed that "Phish has run its course." Their final album, Undermind, hits stores June 15. read more


With the 2003-04 TV season ending tonight, CBS claimed victory among total viewers while NBC cruised to an easy win in the only demo it cares about — adults 18-49. Fox, meanwhile, had bragging rights to the season's No. 1 show, American Idol, which averaged roughly 26 million viewers. CSI finished a close second with 25.6 million viewers. And despite a demoralizing fourth-place finish, ABC enjoyed a little bit of good news, too: It's still on the air. For a more in-depth look at this season's ratings race, read The Biz. read more


Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker is trading in vintage ball gowns and Manolo Blahniks for gaucho pants and jelly thongs. The 39-year-old fashion icon has inked a yearlong deal to serve as pitchwoman for the Gap. She'll appear in a series of print and television ads beginning in August. read more


MTV confirmed Tuesday that it will launch a gay-and-lesbian-themed cable network on Feb. 17, 2005. Logo will offer a mix of movies, reruns and reality-oriented shows and could be available in about 14 million flawlessly decorated homes by the end of next year. read more


Babylon 5 actor Richard Biggs died Saturday of what was believed to have been a massive stroke. He was 44. Biggs got his start in daytime, playing Dr. Marcus Hunter on Days of Our Lives from 1987 to 1992. He is survived by his wife, Lori Gerber, and two sons. read more


It's not the return of Angie Harmon, but this'll do quite nicely: Former Law & Order star Carey Lowell is in talks to headline the franchise's upcoming third spinoff, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, TV Guide Online has learned. "There's been some early discussions and she's absolutely interested," confirms Lowell's manager. It's believed the actress — who in real life is married to Richard Gere — would reprise her role as onetime ADA Jamie Ross, a character she played from 1996 to 1998. In a recent interview with TV Guide Online, exec producer Dick Wolf hinted that some "familiar faces" from L&O's past might be joining Jerry Orbach when Jury debuts on NBC in early '05. read more


Madonna was forced to postpone the second date of her "Re-Invention" tour last night in Los Angeles due to illness. The official word is that the Material Girl came down with a stomach bug, but rumor has it Madge actually suffered an allergic reaction to her old material. Whatever the reason, the show will go on tonight. read more


Courtney Love agreed to enter a drug-rehabilitation program after pleading guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. The troubled rocker will reportedly serve several months in an outpatient program that includes classes, counseling, random drug testing and — just to keep her fans in the loop — regular press conferences on the floor of the nearest public bathroom. read more


An assault charge has been dropped against exercise diva Richard Simmons, who was accused of slapping a man who made fun of him at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport last March. The "victim" — a 6-foot-2, 250-pound ultimate cage fighter named Christopher Farney — agreed to drop the misdemeanor charge under the condition that Simmons start referring to him as "Master." read more


Harrison Ford has signed on to star in Godspeed, a big-budget outer-space-set thriller produced by James Cameron, Variety reports... Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley's four-month union officially ended in divorce Monday. The couple separated in November 2002... Brittany Murphy and her manager-fiancé, Jeff Kwatinetz, have called it quits, the New York Post reports. The couple got engaged in January. read more

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