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THEY'RE BACK!

It's official: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will return to Broadway's The Producers from Dec. 30 to April 4. Tickets for those performances go on sale Nov. 16. In related news, the Tony-winning musical Urinetown will close Jan. 18 after nearly 1,000 performances. read more

AXED

Another day, another high-profile fall casualty. Fox has scratched Skin from its lineup after three low-rated airings. The porn industry-set drama attracted just 4 million viewers Monday night. Fox will now air back-to-back episodes of Joe Millionaire on Mondays through November. NBC, meanwhile, has officially pulled the plug on Boomtown. Sigh... read more

TOUR DE FORCE

Tennis wiz Andy Roddick has gone Hollywood! In addition to hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, Mandy Moore's prettier half is getting his own reality show. The Tour, which is currently being shopped to the networks, will follow the 21-year-old U.S. Open champ next summer as he deals with fame, fans and stuff. "I've given producers total access," he says, "except my bedroom — sorry, I have to draw the line somewhere!" His bathroom, however, is fair game. 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. The Frog net has yet to decide the fate of Tarzan, which Sunday drew less than 3 million viewers. Translation: Travis better get naked, like, quick. read more

LIVE WIRE

Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton will host Saturday Night Live on Dec. 6. Pink's the musical guest. read more

Gilmore Girls I've decided to...

Gilmore Girls
I've decided to quit my ranting about Rory's hair. Why? I was shopping at a local L.A. mall on Monday, and saw Alexis Bledel there. She looked so cute, bouncing along in her shorter, new 'do. And after my own recent haircut, I realized how liberating it is to switch to a fresh look — especially one that doesn't require as much effort as long hair does. But about the episode: It's sweet to see Lorelai and gal pal Sookie reminisce over Rory's baby photos. But Lord, it's time for Chef Sookie to give birth to that bun in her oven! The poor woman looks ready to pop! Then, once she's free of her pregnancy plotline — and all that requisite padding — Melissa McCarthy needn't work so hard to conceal the fact that she shed nearly half her body weight this past summer. This GG fan wants to see Sookie strut her slimmer self with pride!

8 Simple Rules...
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MEL GETS SMALL

Mel Gibson has a new passion: TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar winner is developing two projects for the small screen — an ABC comedy series inspired by his life as a father of six boys and a CBS coming-of-age drama titled The Clubhouse. read more

FULL MONTY

Note to NYPD Blue butt barer Dennis Franz: You're off the hook. Danny DeVito will guest star on Friends this February as "an over-the-hill stripper" who performs at Phoebe's bachelorette party. In the same episode, Donny Osmond will play himself when Joey appears as a celebrity contestant on Pyramid. read more

IT'S DOWN TO THREE

On Monday's edition of ABC's The View, Barbara Walters announced the three finalists vying for for that coveted fifth co-host slot: Real World alum Rachel Campos, Survivor grad Elisabeth Hasselbeck and ex-Port Charles star Erin Hershey Presley. The winner will be chosen Nov. 24. Incidentally, Campos revealed on Monday's show that she is expecting. Puck, you little devil! (Sorry, Sean. I couldn't resist.) read more

IT'S A BOY!

David Letterman and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko celebrated the birth of their first child, son Harry, just before midnight on Monday. Letterman broke the news on Tuesday's Late Show. "First thing I took him home and dangled him over the balcony," joked the 57-year-old funnyman, who named his first-born after his late father. Naturally, Letterman used the birth as fodder for his top 10 list. Among the reasons the late-night vet was excited to be a dad: "There is now tangible evidence I have sex." Eh, I'm still not convinced. read more

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