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Bring It On hunk Jesse Bradford is joining NBC's The West Wing as a spoiled twentysomething intern from a known political family. He's signed on for at least 10 episodes. read more

Rules Get Broken on Freaky Tuesday


When last we checked out 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET on ABC), the Hennessy household had been turned inside-out. Or was it upside-down? Or... Oh, it doesn't matter! Suffice it to say, things just weren't right: Manipulative party girl Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) was going steady with an MIA sailor boy and staying home on Saturday nights, while mopey kid sis Kerry (Amy Davidson), now dating her sibling's ex, had become the toast of their high school. What's up with that? And what's more, what's coming up?

"We're going to pick up pretty much where we left off [when we return on Sept. 23]," executive producer Tracy Gamble tells TV Guide Online. "We're going to deal with Kerry being popular and a little uncomfortable in her own skin, which she al read more

NO KIDDING

Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman is the latest actor to enter the race for governor of California. The former child star paid $3,500 Wednesday and declared himself a candidate for the state's highest office. He then raced home and got ready for his latest Star Date. read more

CROWDED STAGE

In a break from tradition, Fox has tapped a whopping nine celebs to preside over next month's 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony in lieu of a single emcee. They include previous hosts Garry Shandling, Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O'Brien, as well as Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Wanda Sykes, George Lopez, Martin Short, Jon Stewart and Saturday N read more

LYNCH TELL-ALL

A spokesperson for Jessica Lynch confirmed Thursday that the former POW was planning to tell her story in a book. This reportedly precludes Lynch from consulting on NBC's upcoming TV movie. read more

FACE-OFF AVERTED

Paramount has moved up the DVD release of its Indiana Jones Trilogy from Nov. 4 to Oct. 21. The studio reportedly wanted to avoid a head-on collision with Finding Nemo, which makes its debut in video stores on Nov. 4. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Wednesday appearance on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno — during which he announced his plans to run for governor of California — helped the program score its second-best ratings of the year. In other ratings news, the Wednesday debut of Roseanne Barr's ABC reality show tanked, attracting a pitiful 5.5 million viewers. read more

HUH?

Less than two months after signing with CAA, Jennifer Lopez is heading back to Endeavor — the very agency that brokered her Gigli deal! According to The Hollywood Reporter, upon reflection, J.Lo felt that Endeavor had been doing a great job for her. This is so illogical it frightens me. read more

AMAZING UPDATE

Endearing circus clowns Jon and Al became the ninth team eliminated from CBS's Amazing Race last night. That narrows the field to three teams: best friends David and Jeff; gay partners Reichen and Chip; and raging bigot Jon and his wife-to-be Kelly. Note to Kel: Win or lose, dump this loser. read more

FAREWELL

Tony-winning tap-dancer-turned-actor Gregory Hines, whose career encompassed Broadway (Jelly's Last Jam), film (The Cotton Club, White Nights) and TV (Will & Grace), died Saturday night of cancer. He was 57. In addition to his recurring role as Will's boss on W&G, Hines's TV work included the miniseries Bojangles and the short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show. He is survived by his fiancé Negrita Jayde, as well as children Daria and Zach. read more

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