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Former Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini (love her) has been cast on ER as Nurse Samantha Taggart, "a free-spirited single mother." She'll debut in this season's fifth episode, and there's talk of a romance with Goran Visnjic's Dr. Luka Kovac. But isn't there always? read more


Chris Rock has signed on to star in Sick Day, a Universal comedy about an underachiever who phones in sick from work and becomes involved in a series of destructive misunderstandings. Contrary to speculation, the film was not inspired by the situation currently playing out at Everybody Loves Raymond. read more


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Monday that Hank Azaria will receive an Emmy for his voice-over work on The Simpsons. read more


All the publicity surrounding the Justin Timberlake-Cameron Diaz romance may finally be getting to Britney Spears. According to eyewitnesses at Ben Affleck's all-star birthday party in Hollywood on Saturday, Spears was seen leaving the bash with actor Jared Leto — Diaz's ex! This is so fifth grade — and it's fantastic! read more


The plot thickened Monday on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond. While Patricia Heaton returned to work after calling in sick last week, her on-screen in-laws — Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts — were suspiciously MIA. Officially, their absence was health-related. Unofficially, there's talk they — like co-star Brad Garrett (who has refused to show up for work unless CBS shows him the money) — may be angling for a pay hike as well. All told, it's time Les Moonves set Plan B into motion and fired everyone. For the latest on Raymondgate, watch tonight's Extra, which, barring any massive, history-making blackouts, will feature another read more


Singer-actress Jewel will play a "competitive lawyer" in three episodes of NBC's new Rob Lowe drama The Lyon's Den later this fall... Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was sentenced Thursday to three years probation following his arrest last May on two felony drug possession charges. read more


NBC will air back-to-back reunion specials featuring the casts of For Love or Money and For Love or Money 2 on Sept. 1 (9-10 pm/ET). A reunion with the women from Who Wants to Marry My Dad? will follow at 10 pm/ET. In related news, Heidi Mueller — one of Cincinnati businessman Don Mueller's daughters on Dad — has landed a contract role on NBC's Passions. read more


This has been a really bad week for onetime sitcom queen Roseanne Barr. As expected, ABC has pulled the plug on The Real Roseanne Show after just two weeks on the air. The news follows ABC Family's decision to cancel The Domestic Goddess Hour, the cooking show that served as the inspiration for Real Roseanne. And to top it all of? Barr is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy on Wednesday. When it rains, it hails. read more


Late rapper Tupac Shakur is being honored with yet another posthumous album. According to Billboard, Death Row Records will release 2Pac Nu-Mixx Klazzics on Oct. 7. The first single — a remixed version of "Life Goes On" — will hit the airwaves on Sept. 9. read more


Bernie Mac and Dennis Miller have been added to the growing list of comics participating in the Sept. 21 "no host" Emmy Awards. They join Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Garrett, Darrell Hammond, George Lopez, Conan O'Brien, Garry Shandling, Martin Short, Jon Stewart and Wanda Sykes, all of whom will be featured in a numb read more

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