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Comedian/actor Dennis Miller will appear in three episodes of Fox's Boston Public beginning Oct. 24. According to Fox, he'll play an "unabashedly materialist investment banker" who, convicted of securities fraud, avoids jail time by agreeing to teach math at an inner city school. read more


Anthony Hopkins is in talks to star opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Miramax's upcoming feature adaptation of Proof, Variety reports. Hopkins would play the math-genius father of Paltrow's character. read more


ABC sitcom star George Lopez has been tapped to host CBS's telecast of the fourth-annual Latin Grammy Awards on Sept. 3... Rumor has it that plus-sized View co-host Star Jones is planning to undergo gastric bypass surgery. read more


Carol Burnett is developing a TV version of the classic Broadway musical Once Upon a Mattress for ABC's Wonderful World of Disney. According to Variety, Hairspray star Marissa Jaret Winokur is being eyed to star as Princess Winnifred, a part originally played by Burnett — who would co-star as the Queen. read more


CBS is extending Big Brother's current run by a week. Instead of ending on Sept. 17, the summer reality hit will conclude on Sept. 24. The move pushes back the one-hour season premiere of King of Queens, which will now debut in its new Wednesday timeslot on Oct. 1. read more


Robin Leach is exposing the lifestyles of the rich and famous for ABC. Leach has inked a deal with the network to host Life of Luxury, a potential series that takes an inside look at the lavish lifestyles of the young and wealthy (and obnoxious). The pilot features rap mogul Master P, Virgin tycoon Richard Branson and the world's richest teens. read more


Robert Downey Jr.'s past drug problems are coming back to haunt him. The actor has dropped out of Woody Allen's next film after producers were unable to reach a workable solution to cover the collateral on his insurance premium, Variety reports. Jason Biggs is in talks to replace him. read more


Current Real Worlder Adam King was arrested last week after he flagged down a Georgia policeman and took off running when the officer stopped his cruiser, reports. The 24-year-old was charged with "loitering/prowling" and being a pedestrian under the influence. read more


Love is in the air on the set of CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond, although Brad Garrett still isn't inhaling any of it. Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts — who all suspiciously missed at least one day of work since taping resumed on the new season — have each been granted small stakes in the sitcom's hefty syndication profits. According to trade reports, the coin — which could net them as much as $15 million apiece — came directly out of the pockets of the show's existing profit participants, including series creator Phil Rosenthal and star read more


Fox News did the fair and balanced thing Monday and dropped its ridiculous lawsuit against Al Franken. The move comes three days after a federal judge refused Fox's request to stop the sale of Franken's new book, which parodies the network's trademark "fair and balanced" slogan on the cover. Says a Fox rep: "It's time to return Al Franken back to the normal obscurity he's accustomed to." Nobody likes a sore loser. read more

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