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HAUNTED HOSPITAL

Fox has ordered an untitled drama pilot for fall 2004 about a team of doctors who solve complicated medical mysteries. What do you wanna bet the pitch went something like this: "It's ER meets The X-Files!" read more

SHORT CUTS

The Russian movie The Return won top honors at the Venice International Film Festival, which wrapped up this weekend... Last week's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy attracted 3.35 million viewers, a new ratings record for Bravo. read more

FAREWELL

Singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, best known for the '70s hit "Werewolves of London," died Sunday of lung cancer. He was 56. Zevon — who was diagnosed with the disease in 2002 — spent the last year recording his final album, The Wind. read more

SHIP SHAPE

Spike TV has rescued a capsizing Shipmates. The male-oriented cabler has ordered new episodes of the dating show, which was slated to end its two-season syndication run this week, Variety reports. The new episodes will debut in early 2004. read more

D-LISTERS, REJOICE!

David Spade's has-been satire Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star debuted atop the weekend box office with a rather lame $7 million. That was the lowest-grossing No. 1 opening since Ashley Judd's Eye of the Beholder took in $6 million back in 2000. Still, Spade and Co. fared better than Heath Ledger, whose supernatural thriller The Order was DOA at No. 6 with $4.3 million. On the bright side, Ledger still has Naomi Watts to go home to. Or did they break up? I can't recall. read more

DEAL LOCKED UP

American Idol also-ran Kimberly Locke has signed a multiple album deal with Curb Records, USA Today reports. There's apparently no truth to the rumor that the pop-urban album — which is due out later this year — will include 10 variations of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." read more

DOES RACHEL KNOW YET?

Yo! Friends star Matt LeBlanc is gonna be a daddy! LeBlanc and new wife Melissa are expecting their first child, Jay Leno announced on Thursday's Tonight Show. This would be the first child for Joey's portrayer and the third for Melissa, who has two children from a previous relationship. read more

Will Ben and J.Lo Give in to Temptation?


As their eagerly-anticipated wedding approaches, we can't help but think that media mainstays Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez would benefit from some prenup counseling. And where better for a couple on the verge to go over the edge than on national television, right? That's why we're dying — dying! — for the soon-to-be marrieds to drop in on Mark L. Walberg and turn Temptation Island into Fantasy Island.

"There is no question in my mind that that would be a very watchable television show," the reality host tells TV Guide Online, adding with a laugh, "Bookable is another story."

On the flip side, Walberg suggests that, after seeing the Gigli co-stars smile from the covers of hundreds of magazine and walk a thousand red carpets, their public may not be ready to hear them air their true confessions. "I don't know if I would be as interested," he says, "in seeing celebrities sit there and whine abou read more

FROM SUNNYDALE TO SPRINGFIELD...

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar recently recorded an episode of Fox's The Simpsons to air in early 2004. In the episode, the Chosen One plays a kiddie delinquent named Gina who befriends Bart in juvenile detention. She later helps the bad seed escape, and the two go on the lam &#224 la The Defiant Ones. read more

NINE LIVES

Jenna Elfman and John Stamos will join the cast of Broadway's Tony-winning Broadway revival of Nine on Oct. 7. They replace Jane Krakowski and Antonio Banderas, who depart the musical on Oct. 5. Note to self: Go see this show before Oct. 5. read more

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