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ORDER RESTORED

It's not 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

THEY'RE TAKING OVER!

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

THE LAST COURSE

NBC has decided to dump the remaining episodes of The Restaurant on a night when most people will be holed up in a real restaurant. Episodes 4 and 5 will air this Saturday at 8 and 9 pm/ET, respectively, and the series finale will run on Saturday, June 5 at 8 pm/ET. read more

SPLITSVILLE

Snoop Dogg's marriage has fizzled out. Citing "irreconcilable differences," the rapper-actor is seeking a divizzle from his wife of seven years, Shante Broadus. Snoop reportedly wants joint custody of the couple's three children. read more

MOVIE NEWS

Matt Damon and Amanda Peet have signed on to headline the geopolitical thriller Syriana. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is based on real-life CIA agent Robert Baer's memoirs, See No Evil: The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism. George Clooney, who is among the pic's producers, is in talks to play Baer. read more

NATURAL DOWNSIZING

Have you ever fantasized about what The Swan would look like without all of the apocalyptic overtones and Amanda Byram? NBC is betting you have. According to Variety, the network has greenlit production of The Biggest Loser, an eight-episode reality series in which plus-size contestants compete to see who can achieve the most spectacular physical transformation — without going under the knife. "People will have to work to get healthy," says producer Ben Silverman. "There are no short cuts." (Unless you're really freaky looking, in which case a little nip, tuck and suck will be allowed.) read more

HERE SHE IS...

Rachel L., a 27-year-old newlywed from Sammamish, Wash., was crowned the prettiest former ugly chick on the planet on last night's finale of The Swan. In addition to her new surgically enhanced bod, Rachel wins a modeling contract with Champagne Trott Agency (get out!), a designer wardrobe that includes Tadashi, St. Pucchi and Claire's Collection (that's Greek for K-Mart, Dress Barn and Claire Danes hand-me-downs) and a $50,000 educational scholarship at Western International University (I hear that's tough to get into). read more

SPICE GIRL SPEAKS!

Victoria Beckham is standing by her man, telling the new Marie Claire that "David's never cheated on me... I really do believe deep down that I have the most faithful husband I could hope for." Posh Spice also squashed reports that her studly hubby is into porn, claiming he actually prefers to watch the British gardening show Ground Force. (Insert your own hoe joke here.) read more

SOMETHING'S PHISHY

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, frontman Trey Anastasio said the group mutually agreed that "Phish has run its course." Their final album, Undermind, hits stores June 15. read more

CINEMA INTERRUPTUS

HBO has dropped plans for a Sex and the City feature film after Kim Cattrall refused to commit. (But she's nothing like Samantha. Really.) According to Variety, Cattrall insisted on having both script approval and a paycheck equal to series star Sarah Jessica Parker. When HBO refused to meet her demands, the diva apparently backed out and instead signed on to Disney's upcoming skating flick Ice Princess. Cattrall's rep says her client "waited as long as possible with no script or start date and felt she had to take other offers that were presented to her." Responds HBO, diplomatically: "We've had six wonderful years with the show and we're extremely proud of what we've accomplished." Translation: "We let you frolic naked with Jason Lewis and this is read more

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