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ABC's acclaimed spy yarn Alias has scored a major victory. The network has scheduled an original episode of the ratings underdog to air in the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot on Jan. 26. "The episode that [Alias creator] J.J. Abrams has written to air post-Super Bowl is a phenomenal hour of television, maybe the best hour of pure entertainment we've seen," said ABC entertainment president Susan Lyne. "This is a show that we have always believed deserved a bigger audience, and the Super Bowl will help introduce it to millions of new viewers." In related news, ABC is moving The Practice from Sundays to Mondays at 9 pm/ET beginning Jan. 27. Dick Wolf's Dragnet remake takes over Practice's old Sunday at 10 pm/ET home starting Feb. 2. This is a change from ABC's previous plan to air Dragnet on Mondays. read more


Former The X-Files star Gillian Anderson is reportedly engaged to British documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne. Anderson, who is in London to appear in the new play What the Night Is For, met Ozanne earlier this year, but the pair only recently began dating. read more


Funnyman Orlando Jones has been tapped to headline a half-hour late-night talk-variety series for the FX network. Over the weekend, Jones gave TV Guide Online a sneak preview of the project. Click here for more. read more


As we reported more than a year ago, Baz Luhrmann announced at Sunday's Broadway premiere of La Boheme that he's currently developing a Great White Way production of his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. The busy director also said he now plans to stage Moulin Rouge in a Vegas casino. read more


Film actor Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding) has signed on to do three episodes of Friends playing an office rival of Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston). His first episode airs in January. Dick Van Dyke, meanwhile, will appear in the Jan. 23 episode of Scrubs as a long-time friend of Dr. Kelso's (Ken Jenkins). read more


Winona Ryder's alleged supplier has been caught! Doc-to-the-stars Jules Lusman, who had his medical license revoked last week, has been accused of overmedicating celebs like Ryder and singer-actress-hellraiser Courtney Love. Ryder had 37 prescriptions filled by 20 doctors from January 1996 to December 1998, according to the actress's probation report. Lusman denies any wrongdoing. read more


Sharon Osbourne was readmitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday, US Weekly reports. Ozzy's better half — who's currently undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer — "was just exhausted," her rep says. She was released on Tuesday. read more

Gilmore Girls Catfight!

Looks like female fencing is en vogue since Madonna foiled herself in the masochistic music video for "Die Another Day." TV Guide Online has learned that the WB's Gilmore Girls plans a similar showdown on its Jan. 21 episode. The sitch: Prep-school girls Rory and Paris — as played by Alexis Bledel and Liza Weil — draw swords over a political intrigue in their student government. Reow!

"They take fencing for gym class," Weil previews, "and Paris uses it as a way to get Rory because she's upset at something she's done. It's scary and violent! At first, I thought, 'This is too much!'"

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Tim Curry's Rocky Road to Fame

Ever since 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show — where he camped it up as "sweet transvestite" Dr. Frank-n-Furter — Tim Curry has been a comedic big-screen staple. Look at all the fun stuff he's done in Home Alone 2, Charlie's Angels, Scary Movie 2 and The Wild Thornberrys (opening Dec. 20). Sadly, though, TV success has proved more elusive.

The 56-year-old Brit had a recurring role on Showtime's defunct Rude Awakening and now headlines the WB's struggling Family Affair remake. But his optimistic 'tude hasn't been dampened. "When I'm done, I'm done," Curry tells TV Guide Online. "I move on and I'm looking for passages ne read more

Face Off: Survivor's Jerri vs. Corey Feldman!

Uh oh! Survivor vixen Jerri Manthey is returning to reality TV — and she's about to get freaky on y'all. The Playboy poser just spent 10 days taping The Surreal Life (debuting Jan. 9 on the WB), which couldn't be more aptly titled. "It's me and six other celebrities thrown into a house to live together," she tells TV Guide Online. Then, she lists her cast of has-been housemates: "It's Emmanuel Lewis, MC Hammer, Corey Feldman, Gabrielle Carteris from 90210, Brandy Roderick and Vince Neil!

"Picture Emmanuel Lewis and MC Hammer sharing bunk beds," Jerri adds, laughing read more

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