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SEEING GREEN

NBC is reportedly looking to get Super Bowl-sized ad rates for the two-hour finale of Friends next May. For a 30-second spot, advertisers will have to shell out roughly $2 million. A 30-second Friends commercial typically goes for $450,000. read more

DALY NEWS

NBC has picked up Last Call with Carson Daly for another year. At the same time, Daly has inked a new two-year deal with MTV to continue hosting and exec producing Total Request Live. read more

WHAT ABOUT...

Noticeably MIA from the WB's new fall schedule: shows starring the men in Rory's life on Gilmore Girls. The Gilmore spinoff centered around Milo Ventimiglia's Jess character is being held until midseason, and the MacGyver update starring Gilmore hunk Jared Padalecki appears to be DOA. Of course, that's nothing a few paper clips and a dab of peanut butter can't fix. read more

FALLING INTO PLACE

Can TGIF work sans Urkel? We'll find out next fall when ABC revives its once-popular TGIF-themed Fridays, this time featuring returning comedies George Lopez, Life with Bonnie, Less Than Perfect and Back to Kansas, a sitcom about a shy New Yorker who marries into a Midwestern family. Kansas joins six other new shows on ABC's fall lineup, which will be unveiled to Madison Avenue today in New York. Among the other newcomers: the Kelly Ripa-Faith Ford sitcom Hope and Faith; I'm With Her, a sitcom about an actress ( Teri Polo) who dates her high-school teacher; It's All Relative, a comedy featuring gay dads; Karen Sisco, a drama centered around read more

CELEBS, BEWARE!

In a blow to aspiring American Idol contestants everywhere, TheSmokingGun.com is coming to television in the form of a Court TV show. Smoking Gun TV will debut on Aug. 20 and will be hosted by Daily Show correspondent Mo Rocca. read more

Stars Flock to Peacock this Fall


NBC is betting on star power to propel its slate of new shows for the fall. In a splashy presentation at New York City's Metropolitian Opera House, the network rolled out six new series for the 2003-2004 season that include such marquee names as Whoopi Goldberg, James Caan, Rob Lowe, Alicia Silverstone, Ryan O'Neal, Christine Baranski and John Larroquette.

"Obviously, [NBC En read more

HER SECRET'S OUT

Single gal Renée Zellweger has postponed her move from California to New York after an international magazine published a photo of her new Hamptons digs. "When you live alone with your cat and your dog in a community with not a lot of people," she says, the loss of privacy is, "kind of sad." So is thinking you're still Bridget Jones. read more

NO MORE MISS CONGENIALITY

Sandra Bullock has obtained a restraining order against a mentally ill man she says stalked her in three states. According to the petition, 34-year-old Thomas James Weldon has followed Bullock from California to Texas to South Carolina in an attempt to have a relationship with her, causing her "physical or emotional injury." So that explains Murder by Numbers. Now it all makes sense. read more

MOORE THE MERRIER

Miramax Films has agreed to help finance Michael Moore's upcoming documentary about the Sept. 11 attacks, which will explore alleged links between Osama bin Laden and the Bush family, Reuters reports. Miramax stepped in after Mel Gibson's Icon Productions backed out. read more

MISSY INACTION

Melissa Stark is leaving ABC's Monday Night Football to start a family, USA Today reports. Stark, who served as sideline reporter, is expecting her first child in September. In related news, my dear friend Jill's water broke Monday morning, and I'm still waiting to hear whether she has delivered her bundle of joy yet. Jill, if you're reading this, would you call me with a freakin' update? I don't ask for much. read more

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