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Highbrow broadcaster Alistair Cooke, who hosted PBS's Masterpiece Theatre from 1971 to '92 and presided over Britain's popular Letter from America radio show for nearly six decades, died Tuesday at his home in New York of apparent heart disease. He was 95. read more

RENEWING JORDAN

NBC has renewed Crossing Jordan for a fourth season. The show — which took an eight-month hiatus to accommodate Jill Hennessy's pregnancy — returned four weeks ago to strong ratings on Sunday night. read more

STRAIGHT DOPE

Fox is playing it safe with its new Friday lineup, which is tanking in the ratings. The network is moving Wonderfalls to Thursday nights beginning this week and benching Playing It Straight until summer, when it will be relaunched. So, it's back in the closet for all those cowboys! read more

OH, JESUS JUICE

Boobygate star Janet Jackson is headlining a new scandal: Bleepgate! The singer was bleeped by CBS censors last night for saying the word "Jesus" during an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. Jackson, whose new CD, Damita Jo, drops today, insisted that her legendary Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction was "totally an accident. It wasn't a stunt." But when Dave suggested that the peep show looked intentional, she said, "Oh, Jesus," according to an unedited tape of the show. The exclamation was later deleted for air. read more

THE LOST BOY

Jason Patric was arrested Monday in Austin on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest. According to reports, the 37-year-old actor — who was in Texas for the premiere of his latest film, The Alamo — was apparently hanging out on a downtown street with some friends when police asked him to move. He allegedly took an aggressive stance and the rest, as they say, is history. Patric's publicist released a statement saying her client "believes he has done nothing wrong. He hopes for a rapid resolution to clear his name. In the meantime, remember The Alamo come April 9!" Alright, I made up that last part. read more

END QUOTE

"I came to New York City to land a job, not a date." — Fired Apprentice contestant Katrina Campins, pointing out the major difference between herself and corporate rival Amy Henry in an interview with TV Guide Online. Click here for the full story. read more

Bernie Mac Why was Bernie's little...

Bernie Mac
Why was Bernie's little devil clean as the board of health? Think about it. The fact that his inner voice is always dressed to kill must say something important about him. And it's not necessarily a good thing. Hmmm... But poor Bernie. Brotherman was just trying to get a little peace and quiet. Or, as he likes to call it, "a day off." But there's no rest for "Uncle Bernie." You gotta love him for trying to get some, though. You've also gotta love his boys for not letting him off the hook with Juanita and the kids. That man knows he had some nerve sneaking off to Vegas at night. (Goodness gracious, I love that this show is on Monday nights!)

Cracking Up
Forget the Bundys. Lesley and Ted Shackleton are officially the most twisted parents on television. Their crazy competitive streak and fear that Tanner will be an artist was over the top. But it didn't crack me up. In fact, this show has me convinced that creator Mike White read more

SHORT CUTS

Jennifer Lopez will guest star as herself on Will & Grace's hourlong season finale April 29... Will Ferrell is in talks to play Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in the film version of Mel Brooks' Tony-winning musical The Producers starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Nicole Kidman, USA Today reports. read more

THE CHASE IS ON

Picture The Fugitive as a reality show and you've got The Chase, a Court TV special airing April 30 that drops a bunch of nobodies in a remote location with 24 hours to elude a team of professional trackers and find a cash prize. If it's a success, The Chase could morph into a weekly series. read more

Question: I am a huge fan of ...

Question: I am a huge fan of Angel and Buffy. I was wondering what else James Marsters has been in. Also, how old is he? Thanks. — Allyson, Terre Haute, Ind.

Televisionary: Marsters first hit TV in a Northern Exposure guest spot before coming into his own as Buffy's Spike. He also appeared on such shows as Strange Frequency and Andromeda. On the big screen, you may have caught him in House on Haunted Hill.

Marsters is one of those actors who's so good in his signature role — pretty much overshadowing any other Angel or Buffy players doing scenes with him, in my opinion — that you'd think he'd get more work than he does. As for his age, his official bio doesn't list it. But he reportedly read more

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