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Ballots are in the mail to voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the nominees for 2004 honors: The late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Prince, Jackson Browne and John Mellencamp. read more


ABC will air an hourlong tribute to late TV icon John Ritter on Tuesday (8-9 pm/ET). The special will feature interviews with the cast of Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Ritter died Thursday of an undiagnosed heart defect. He was 54. read more

Sara Rue's New Beau Less Than Perfect?

Throughout the first season of Less Than Perfect, ABC's daffy and endearing post-millennial Mary Tyler Moore Show, fans watched and winced as plucky heroine Claude (Sara Rue) made one misstep after another on the road to true love. First there was her unrequited crush on egocentric boss Will. Then her romance with Charlie from Travel went nowhere. But, executive producer Christine Zander tells TV Guide Online, Cupid's aim may be about to improve.

"We have a great episode that we'll be doing where Claude does one of those things," she teases. "She posts what she's been doing [working under a well-respected network anchorman] and she's a little proud of it, so she gets a little flashy and it gets responses.

"One of them," she continues, "is from the most popular guy in her high school."

Easy-on-the-eyes sitcom vet Eddie McClintock — late of A.U.S.A. and Stark Raving Mad — has lande read more


Gene Wilder and Christina Applegate picked up Emmys over the weekend for their respective guest turns last season on Will & Grace and Friends. Other winners at Saturday's 2002-03 Creative Arts Emmys included Charles S. Dutton (guest actor for Without a Trace), Alfre Woodard (guest actress for The Practice) and The Simpsons (animated program). The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (read: the real ceremony) airs live on Fox Sunday, beginning at 8 pm/ET. read more


Fox is developing a half-hour animated comedy for Fall 2004 that's described as a 21st century take on All in the Family. According to Variety, American Dad — from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane — focuses on a clan consisting of a right-wing CIA agent and his wife, their two kids, a housebound alien named Roger and a French-speaking goldfish. read more


Reality guru Mark Burnett is slated to begin production today on The Apprentice, a New York-based reality series that is being described as Survivor set in the business world. The show — which stars Donald Trump — is slated to debut in February on NBC. read more


Britney Spears's new album — originally scheduled to hit stores Nov. 25 — has been postponed indefinitely, according to a vaguely worded statement posted on the singer's website. "The release date previously reported on this site and elsewhere was incorrect, and we apologize for any confusion," the message reads. "We will let you know when a revised date is announced. Thanks for your understanding." (But I don't understand!) read more


Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Less Than Perfect producers have tapped Pamela Anderson to play a GNB temp who uses Claude (Sara Rue) to exact revenge against her nemesis, Ramona (Sherri Shepherd). The episode will air during November sweeps. read more


Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the third and final installment of Robert Rodriguez's gunslinging mariachi trilogy starring Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp, debuted atop the box office over the weekend with $24 million. The Nicolas Cage con artist caper Matchstick Men opened at No. 2 with a so-so $13.3 million, followed by the new spookfest Cabin Fever (No. 3 with $8.5 million). Bill Murray's Lost in Translation, meanwhile, found a huge audience in limited release. The well-reviewed dramedy grossed a spectacular $901,143 in just 23 theaters. read more


CBS has given the producers of The Amazing Race the green light to begin casting for a fifth installment. Although it's not an official series order, it's a damn good sign. read more

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