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NBC has ordered an hour-long cop dramedy pilot from producer Steven Bochco. According to Variety, the potential series will focus on rookie cops in a suburban college town who spend much of their time handling bizarre, generally non-life-threatening crimes. This is Bochco's first project with the Peacock network since L.A. Law. read more

Ed After a couple good weeks of...

After a couple good weeks of Ed and Carol's courtship, we're back to cutesy costume gags, are we? Fine. At least Tom Cavanagh can work a Revolutionary War get-up like nobody's business. And even if The Simpsons did do a whole thing about the town founder being a fraud a few years back, you have to salute the timeliness of Ed defending Stuckeyville's cowardly forefather with a baseball analogy, seeing how that's what everyone else seems to be watching tonight.

Oh my god! Miguel from Passions shot the farm boy of steel! With a kryptonite bullet! So not pretty. But gory entrance wounds aside, the most disturbing thing here is the post-Columbine idea of a militia-crazed teen, armed to the gills and gunning down "freaks" created by a meteor shower. I get the intolerance allegory, but does such a youth-skewing show need to play with guns so much? Especially since this thing really flies when it's all ab read more


Veteran actor James Garner has been tapped to play the father of Katey Sagal's widowed alter ego in four episodes of ABC's 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Garner will first appear in early November, when the show returns with a special hourlong episode that will revolve around the Hennessy clan as they cope with the loss of John Ritter's character, Paul. (According to sources, Dick Van Dyke was among the contenders for the part.) The role of Garner's TV wife, meanwhile, is still being cast. read more


Turns out Gary Coleman can win for losing. The former child star's unsuccessful run for California governor has earned him a job as political analyst for the new Hollywood-based All Comedy Radio network. Coleman can be first heard this Friday. read more

Alex Boyd Plays the Fame Game

Blessed with bedroom eyes and a voice to match, Fame seeker Alex Boyd seemed like a shoo-in to win NBC's spring talent contest. So, naturally, when he didn't emerge victorious, American idolizers were quick to express their disapproval. Heck, we were so ticked off, we quit watching in protest! "The judges said they were surprised, too," the 19-year-old tells TV Guide Online. One particularly impressed panelist, Carnie Wilson, has even gone so far as to throw her weight behind the up-and-comer."I can't thank her enough for taking me on and shopping me to some labels. But [finding the right deal] can take a long time."

Until a forward-thinking A&R bigwig finally realizes that — hello?! — a heartthrob who'll appeal to fans of both Justin Timberlake and read more


Nearly 1,000 people turned out at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre last night to remember late TV icon John Ritter. Among those who spoke were Ritter's widow, actress Amy Yasbeck, and his 8 Simple Rules... leading lady Katey Sagal. In related news, Ritter's final episode of 8 Simple Rules was the eighth most-watched show on TV last week. read more

Fired Practice Star Returns!

So this is how David E. Kelley sleeps at night. Just months after pink-slipping ex-Practice aide Marla Sokoloff (as well as five of her colleagues), the prolific producer has hired back the actress. Sokoloff is joining the cast of Kelley's new CBS drama, The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire as Audrey, a local Mare Winningham's character Dotty recruits to sing at her new theater.

"Dotty just takes a liking to her and convinces her to do some duets with her," says Sokoloff, who's on board for at least two episodes starting later this season. The role is a good fit for the 22-year-old, who moonlights as a singer. "It's so crazy, because I was always giving David my demo tapes when I was in my band [Smitten] and just praying he would let me read more


Talk about a Law & Order twist! On last night's riveting Law & Order: SVU, we were led to believe that exiting cast member Stephanie March went out with a bang when her character, ADA Alex Cabot, was killed in a drive-by shooting. (Alex was marked for death after she pissed off a crazed drug lord. Never a good idea.) But in the episode's final moments, Alex was revealed to be alive and headed for witness protection. (Her death was just a ruse to throw off the evildoers.) The good news? This means the sublime March — who left the show to pursue other projects — could return someday! The bad news? For the time being, we'll have to get by without her. read more


It looks like Tony is going to have one whacked-out dream this season on The Sopranos. According to The Hollywood Reporter, several characters killed during the HBO drama's first four seasons will return next year for a dream sequence. Among those coming back to life: Vincent Pastore ("Big Pussy"), David Proval (Richie Aprile), John Heard (Detective Vin Makazian),Al Sapienza (Mikey Palmice), Dan Grimaldi (Philly "Spoons" Parisi) Jason Cerbone (Jackie Aprile Jr.) and, if a deal can be worked out, Emmy winner Joe Pantoliano (Ralph Cifaretto), who now stars on CBS's The Handler. What about Annabella Sciorra, who played Tony's late mistress Gloria Trillo? Maybe she's not really dead after read more


NBC has picked up freshman drama Las Vegas for a full season... Yoko Ono has given the green light to a new Broadway musical featuring the music of her late hubby John Lennon... Barbra Streisand has been tapped to receive a Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign for her support of gay and lesbian issues. The ceremony takes place March 6. read more

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