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FAMILY CRISIS

Remember little Andy Keaton from Family Ties? No? Well, listen up anyway. His now 22-year-old portrayer, Brian Bonsall, was busted by cops in Boulder, Colo., last week on suspicion of DUI. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

HBO is breaking into the traditional sitcom biz. According to reports, the cabler is looking to develop multicamera comedies á la Friends, Roseanne and All in the Family — none of which ever cleared anyone of murder. read more

FROM THE GRAPEVINE...

NBC is developing a 12-hour limited series about the history of Motown, Variety reports. The project, which wouldn't air until the 2005-06 season, is based on founder Berry Gordy's autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown. read more

THE NEXT CLAY AIKEN?

Don't feel too sorry for Diana DeGarmo, folks. The American Idol runner-up will release her first single on June 22 — one week after winner Fantasia Barrino's debut track, "I Believe," hits stores. RCA Records is keeping the title of DeGarmo's single under wraps, but here's a sample lyric: "I've reached my rainbow's end, too! And there was plenty of gold there. Plenty!" read more

IT'S NOT ALL BAD

Michael Jackson has been cleared of allegations that he molested an unnamed child in Los Angeles in the late '80s, the LAPD said Wednesday. Unfortunately for Jacko, the decision has no impact on his child-molestation case in Santa Barbara. read more

ROOKIE REBOUNDS

Dennis Quaid is engaged to marry Texas real-estate agent Kimberley Buffington. This would be the third marriage for the Day After Tomorrow star, whose 10-year union to Meg Ryan ended in 2001. There's no word on a wedding date, but how funny would it be if it took place, um, the day after tomorrow? I'm gonna start charging you people for this stuff. read more

ROOKIE REBOUNDS

Dennis Quaid is engaged to marry Texas real-estate agent Kimberley Buffington. This would be the third marriage for the Day After Tomorrow star, whose 10-year union to Meg Ryan ended in 2001. There's no word on a wedding date, but how funny would it be if it took place, um, the day after tomorrow? I'm gonna start charging you people for this stuff. read more

THAT'S A LOTTA BLING-BLING

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs just saved himself $450,000, thanks to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The court overturned a default judgment previously won by limo driver Cedrick Bobby Lemon, who claimed he'd been roughed up by bodyguards Combs hired to protect Mary J. Blige at a 1995 hip-hop concert. read more

CURB'S GOOD DEED

Who says TV doesn't do good? HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm helped free Juan Catalan, a 26-year-old California man wrongly charged with murder. Catalan spent nearly six months in jail, accused of slaying a San Fernando Valley woman who had testified against his brother in court. In actuality, he and his daughter were watching a baseball game at Dodger Stadium during the victim's time of death. Catalan's lawyer proved his innocence with unaired footage shot by Curb's cameras that day for the sitcom's Feb. 8 episode entitled "The Car Pool Lane." In it, star Larry David picks up a street prostitute en route to a Dodgers game in order to avoid traffic. read more

WILL SHE SMILE NOW?

Avril Lavigne's sophomore CD, Under My Skin, dethroned Usher from the top spot on Billboard's album chart. Skin sold 381,500 copies during its first week in stores. After eight weeks at No. 1, Usher's Confessions fell to No. 3 behind the debut of Slipknot's Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. Meanwhile, first-season American Idol alum Tamyra Gray entered the chart at No. 23 with her solo debut, The Dreamer. read more

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