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THE TALKING DEAD

Anne Heche has signed on to star in The Dead Will Tell, a CBS telepic inspired by one of psychic James Van Praagh's beyond-the-grave readings, Variety reports. The project is a follow-up to Van Praagh's highly rated 2002 miniseries Living with the Dead, which also aired on CBS. Heche will play a woman who begins to see images of a long-deceased soul named Celestia, er, Marie. read more

Quote of the Weekend: "Before...

Quote of the Weekend:
"Before we go any further, I want you to know that over the years I have developed a certain instinct. And you are the type of contestant who could do me bodily harm." — Bob Barker on The Price Is Right $1,000,000 Spectacular, to an obviously excitable player named Debra.

SUNDAY

Alias
All right, I'll say it. That guy Sloane is just a real, real jerk. Injecting that green glop into his daughter's arm was the surest way to put a damper on their long-awaited reunion. Well, what did we expect? We knew ol' grizzled face was going to turn at some point. After all, who can resist the siren song of Rambaldi? Certainly not the CIA, which seems to allocate a helluva lot of resources to uncover and decipher the work of one 15th-century goofball.

Watching Sydney (Jennifer Garner) and her newfound sis (Mia Maestro) simultaneously kick butt was pretty cool. I read more

WONDER NO MORE

Rumors that the WB may pick up Fox's recently canceled gem Wonderfalls for the fall are just that — rumors. "It's not true," a network source tells TV Guide Online. read more

CALAWAY CAST AWAY

Under the false assumption that she could trust Boston Rob, 35-year-old Australian Outback alum Alicia Calaway got the boot on last night's Survivor: All-Stars in a six-to-one vote. Got a question for the finger-pointin' fitness guru? Well, you know what to do. read more

GRAMMER'S LOVE MATCH

Jennifer Love Hewitt is in talks to star as Kelsey Grammer's love interest — no that's not a typo — in NBC's upcoming musical update of A Christmas Carol, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hewitt would play Emily, the long-lost love of Ebenezer Scrooge (Grammer). read more

Swan Gooses Docs!

Before The Swan hacks away at another ugly duckling's beak (Monday at 9 pm/ET on Fox), let's give it up for Tawnya C.. Sure, the 40-year-old mother of two volunteered to be putty in the hands of a bunch of plastic surgeons she had never met. But, rather than let the docs go mad on her mug, she took a pass on a nose job and face-lift — in the process losing herself a spot in the reality hit's upcoming pageant for extreme-makeover recipients. Is she nuts... or merely crazy like the fox she now is (and, if you ask us, was to begin with)? TV Guide Online rang up the divorcée at home in Denver for a little post-op chitchat.

TV Guide Online: During the show, you remarked that you wanted to be a different person. Who did you want to be?
Tawnya C.:
I wanted to be the person that I was about 10 years ago [before my brother's death, the breakup of my marriage and my joining the ranks of the unemployed]... the person who was more happy-go-lucky, not read more

PARIS MUST BE BURNING

Paris Hilton's infamous homemade sex video is coming to a video store near you. Red Light District Video has acquired the rights to the full 45-minute romp from Hilton's leading man, Rick Salomon. The tape will hit stores June 15 under the title One Night in Paris. Oh no he did'n! read more

COULD THE TIMING BE ANY WORSE?

An appeals court has reinstated a sexual and racial-harassment lawsuit filed by a former writer's assistant on Friends. Last year, Amaani Lyle sued three of the sitcom's writers, claiming they joked about women and sex, and often ridiculed and mocked black people. The suit was eventually dismissed, but on Wednesday the appeals court determined that the defense's position — that vulgar comments and jokes were a regular part of creating a program about sexually active young people — was not strong enough to warrant a dismissal. read more

UNFUNNY BONES

Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson is in talks to direct a big-screen version of Alice Sebold's grim novel The Lovely Bones, Variety reports. The story deals with the aftermath of a 14-year-old girl's rape and murder. read more

SHORT CUTS

Actor-dancer-sitcom star Flex Alexander (UPN's One on One) will play Michael Jackson in Family Values, VH1's in-the-works biopic about the embattled pop star... ABC has ordered two more editions of The Bachelor... Cedric the Entertainer is in talks to star in a remake of the 1986 Rodney Dangerfield comedy Back to School. read more

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