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ROY UPDATE

The word is out that doctors have temporarily removed a quarter of Roy Horn's skull to relieve cranial pressure. The crucial surgery occurred soon after the illusionist was maimed by a white tiger at his Vegas show on Oct. 3. Horn's skull fragment is said to be stored in a pouch in his abdomen for the time being. He remains in critical condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. read more

CHICKEN SHUN

Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson is joining forces with PETA and urging a consumer boycott of KFC. "If people knew how KFC treats chickens, they'd never eat another drumstick," she wrote in an open letter circulated by PETA. "What KFC does to 750 million chickens each year is not civilized or acceptable. I am calling for a boycott of all KFC restaurants until my friends at PETA tell me that you have agreed to be kinder in your practices." A KFC rep denies that its chickens are mistreated. read more

MORE VOTES OF CONFIDENCE

NBC has ordered five more scripts of new comedies Whoopi and Happy Family, both of which perked up in the ratings this week. Additionally, ABC has ordered four more scripts of freshman sitcoms Hope & Faith, It's All Relative, Married to the Kellys and I'm with Her. CBS, meanwhile, has asked to see more scripts of hit dramas Joan of Arcadia and Cold Case. read more

THE WEDDING IS ON

NYPD Blue's Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) is about to become the victim of a shooting. Well, of a shotgun wedding, anyway. As reported in the new issue of TV Guide magazine, producers have decided to incorporate Charlotte Ross's real-life pregnancy into the show, paving the way for Connie and Andy to tie the knot at last. "We put their wedding on hold last season, and this is just a terrific excuse to take care of business," says series creator Steven Bochco, who is keeping the actual date a secret for now. One thing's for sure: Connie will have ample time to plan the nuptials. As is police policy, her expectant cop character will be taken off the streets and assigned desk duty. Says Bochco: "We've got some really interesting things in store for her within the four walls." Coming up on Blue — Connie files A read more

SUCCESSFUL PITCH

Revolution Studios has given King of Queens star Kevin James the go-ahead to develop a film about a baseball fan who interferes with a critical play and must deal with the repercussions. Sound familiar? That's because the story was inspired by Tuesday night's playoff game between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins, during which a Cubs fan prevented Cubs outfielder Moises Alou from catching a foul ball. The Cubs ended up losing the series, and that's something said fan will be burdened with for the rest of his life! read more

CLOSE CALL

Ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick was among those injured on Thursday, when an unidentified man fired a 9 mm automatic pistol into the crowd at a Sunset Strip nightclub. The 49-year-old Kulick was shot in the leg, and a second bullet grazed his head. Another man was shot in the foot. Kulick was treated in a hospital and released. The gunman was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. read more

A MIGHTY DEAL

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have optioned the feature film rights to Mariane Pearl's memoir A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl, which chronicles the kidnapping and murder of the Wall Street Journal reporter in Pakistan. Pitt and Aniston will produce the movie through their Warner Bros.-based company Plan B Prods. read more

HE'S IN THE MONEY

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence is suddenly a very rich man. The brilliant producer-writer has inked an eight-figure deal with NBC to help the network create, develop and exec produce programming over the next four years. Unfortunately, this probably means he's going to leave Scrubs in less capable hands after next season — so enjoy the show while you can folks. read more

SIMPLE CASTING COUP

It's official: Suzanne Pleshette has been cast as James Garner's TV wife on 8 Simple Rules.... They'll play the parents of Katey Sagal's widowed Cate Hennessy in a special hour-long episode airing Nov. 4. Though separated, Cate's folks try to bury the hatchet and help comfort the grieving Hennessy clan after the loss of John Ritter's character, Paul. Pleshette's doing only one episode, while Garner will stick around for at least three more. read more

BAD MEADOW, BAD!

Don't look now Tony, but your daughter is following in your crime-laden footsteps. Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn DiScala (née Sigler) has been tapped to play former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss in USA Network's original movie, titled Going Down: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss. (That's dirty.) read more

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