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Here's some news that doesn't suck: The WB has renewed Angel for a fifth season. The acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff will hold on to its 9 pm/ET-Wednesday timeslot, but it will get a much stronger lead-in this fall when Smallville moves to Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET. Meanwhile, Buffy's James Marsters (Spike) will cross over to Angel full time next season. read more

Charmed Goddesses Do Battle!


For years, the ladies of Charmed have had a bad rep for being bitch goddesses. True or no, they'll sure act like divas in Sunday's two-hour season finale — 8 pm/ET on WB — when the Charmed Ones turn into Greek deities to clash with titans. Hey, all we wanna know is, will their sexy togas outstrip Alyssa Milano's famous mermaid getup?

"That's as risqué as it gets," exec producer Brad Kern tells TV Guide Online. "You can't top that. I think we used the minimum amount of scales possible, which she fully embraced!"

However, the Charmed chief quickly adds: "We don't want to — and we talked to Alyssa at length about this — become gratuitous with her fabulous sexuality. So, she will become the goddess of love, but that's not to say read more

R.I.P. Murder, She Wrote


Bad news for Murder, She Wrote fans: Actress Angela Lansbury — aka mystery writer Jessica Fletcher — won't do any more two-hour TV movies of MSW, which wrapped its series run in 1996. That means tonight's Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle (9 pm/ET on CBS) is the last whodunit!

"We've only done four [TV movies], and this is the final one," Lansbury, 77, tells TV Guide Online. "I don't think we'll do anymore. There comes a time in your life when you think, 'Gosh, I'd like to do something different.' My career, up until I started to do the series, was an eclectic career of theater and movies, which was far more interesting and varied. I really am an actress — although I've become a 'personality' from doing Murder, She Wrote.

"People associate me so strongly with Jessica," she adds, "it's very hard for me to sell myself to a younger audience as anything else. Unless you wa read more

SOMETHING STINKS

Limp Bizkit's oft-delayed new album has been retitled and rescheduled again. The CD, now called Panty Sniffer, will arrive in stores in September. And contrary to rampant rumors, the disc will not come wrapped in a pair of Fred Durst's undies. read more

NOTHING COMPARES TO GOD

Sinead O'Connor — who announced earlier this year that she's quitting the music biz in July — has settled on a new gig: religion teacher. "I want to train to become a religion teacher of primary school children," the Irish singer told Dublin's Evening Herald. Her first order of business: Teaching the kids how to tear up pictures of the Pope without getting paper cuts. read more

SHE'S ALIVE!

Third Watch's fallen firefighter Amy Carlson, whose body was ripped in two during the show's season finale, is pulling herself together for USA network's upcoming Western series Peacemakers. Carlson will play a young medical student in the drama, which stars Tom Berenger as the town sheriff. read more

Shannen Doherty Speaks!

No one was more surprised that Shannen Doherty agreed to participate in Fox's Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion special than, well, Shannen Doherty. "To be honest with you, my first reaction was, 'Hmmm... no thanks,'" admits the 31-year-old actress. So, what made West Beverly's most notorious bad girl change her mind and sign up for 90210: 10 Year High School Reunion (airing Sunday, 9-10 pm/ET)? And what about talk that zip-code-mate Tori Spelling bowed out due to a long-standing feud with her? To set the record straight, the Scare Tactics ringmaster spoke to TV Guide Online and served up enough hot dish to make good ol' Nat proud.
TV Guide Online: So, why did you agree to participate in the reunion?
Shannen Doherty:
I started thinking about it, and the 90210 fans are read more

AMERICA'S MOST BLUNTED

Talk-show host John Walsh broke his ankle on the job Thursday. Seems the 57-year-old got overenthused while taping a segment on extreme sports, injuring himself while imitating a kid skateboarder's stunt. Walsh's wipeout airs on The John Walsh Show's May 16 episode. Tempting, but we still won't watch. read more

ROSIE NEWS

Rosie O'Donnell hasn't completely given up on the magazine business. The ex-Rosie editor has landed her own column in the gay and lesbian mag The Advocate. In her first column, which appears in the May 13 issue, O'Donnell describes how fame robbed her of her "yellow" — a metaphor she uses for energy and happiness. In her second column, she'll discuss how fame lined her pockets with "green" — a metaphor she uses for heaps of cash. read more

ROCKIN' ELSEWHERE

After 23 years, Sharon Osbourne has announced that husband Ozzy will dump his label, Sony Music. No reason was cited for the "amicable split," except that the rocker is looking for "fresh ideas." In related news, Sony stock was expected to skyrocket on word that Ozzy's tin-eared daughter Kelly will also be leaving the label. read more

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