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VACANCY

CBS has decided to fill the four-hour hole left by The Reagans with reruns. On Nov. 16, the network will repeat a special two-part CSI. And on Nov. 18, reruns of CSI: Miami and Without a Trace will air. Of course, CBS reserves the right to change its mind at the last minute if anyone gets upset. read more

FriendsWe all knew it couldn't...

Friends We all knew it couldn't last (and frankly, did anyone want it to go on this long?): Ross and Charlie (Aisha Tyler) broke up, with Charlie reuniting with her ex, played by the deliciously droll Greg Kinnear. I'll admit it's a cute conceit having two former Talk Soup hosts (Kinnear made the show; Tyler sent it to the glue factory) play these characters, but it made me wonder if I would have liked Charlie more had she been played by Hal Sparks instead. And Joey's commercial for that Japanese lipstick for men was a hoot. He hasn't been that funny since he showed off his "jazz hands."

Survivor: Pearl Islands Burton and Lill, the Sally Field of Survivor ("I am a nice person!"), are back in the game, just in time for Drake and Morgan to merge into one team, Balboa. It was nice to see Rupert and Burton bury the hatchet, but it was even better watching everyone kiss Lill's butt read more

Actor Vanishes Without a Trace


Fans of American Dreams's bespectacled boy next door, Luke, will be surprised, surprised again and then just plain shocked by his portrayer Jamie Elman's appearance in tonight's Without a Trace (airing at 10 ET on CBS). "You'll get to see me a) without glasses, b) without much of a sense of humor and c) without any of the sensitivity that [ex-girlfriend] Meg can bring out in Luke," the wry actor tells TV Guide Online. "I play a troubled rich kid, who is involved in some very shady things.

"I hope, in a way, that fans of Luke won't even recognize me," he adds, "'cause I was going for something really different. Viewers who do know it's me... well, I just hope they can forget about some of the more malicious aspects of the character I play when they see me again as 'that record-store guy' on American Dreams.

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MOURNED

Bobby Hatfield, one half of the legendary soul duo the Righteous Brothers, was found dead in a Michigan hotel room Wednesday night — 30 minutes before a scheduled concert appearance. He was 63. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death. read more

CATCH OF THE DAY

Movie buffs had no trouble Finding Nemo in video stores. The acclaimed animated smash sold a record 8 million DVD and VHS copies in its first day of release on Tuesday. That easily beats the 7 million copies Spider-Man sold last year. read more

MUST BE SWEEPS

Madonna will visit Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday to promote her second children's book, Mr. Peabody's Apples. Mmmm... apples. read more

SHORT CUTS

The Chicago Film Critics Association has opted to suspend its annual awards in protest of the MPAA's crackdown on screeners. A similar stance was taken by the L.A. Film Critics Association... Comedy Central will fete Richard Pryor in an hour-long special airing Nov. 30. read more

OVER THE HILL

The WB has picked up freshman drama One Tree Hill for the entire season. After a slow start, the teen soap has seen its audience grow by 1 million viewers. UPN, meanwhile, has ordered a full season of Jake. 2.0. read more

BUH-BYE

On last night's Bachelor, Bob gave the boot to 35-year-old Florida sales manager Mary. (As I suspected, all that baby talk wigged out our merry little smooch addict.) That leaves Estella and Kelly Jo as the remaining finalists. read more

TO TELL THE TRUTH

Isn't this ironic: Two days after CBS reneged on its promise to air a miniseries about Ronald Reagan, the network has ordered a pilot titled Liar. Based on the British game show, Liar requires a studio audience to figure out which one of six contestants is conveying a faux real-life experience. Comedian D.L. Hughley will host. read more

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