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Question: With the Charlie's ...

Question: With the Charlie's Angels sequel coming out, we got to talking about how much fighting there supposedly was on the set of the first one. And I thought I remembered that the show had a lot of fighting, too. Am I making that up? — Becky B., Nephi, Utah

Televisionary: That you aren't, Becky. Though the set of the first Angels film was reportedly chock full of bad will and infighting, the ABC series that spawned it was no slouch in the spat department, either. Matter of fact, it's amazing it enjoyed the five-year run that it had (September 1976 to August 1981), considering all the bad blood and cast turnover.

How bad was it? By the 1978-79 season, Kate Jackson was so unhappy with the show that executive producer Aaron Spelling stopped visitin read more

SEX SHOCKER

Sex and the City's sublime sixth season premiere last night featured a surprise cameo by Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) ex-love Aidan (John Corbett), who showed up just long enough to drop one helluva bombshell: He's married with child! Elsewhere, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) realized that she was in love with Steve, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) considered converting to Judaism for her man and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) made 76 shameful double entendres — all of which I laughed at. read more

ROAD RULES

Tom Selleck apparently is holding a grudge against NBC for not picking up his comedy pilot Touch 'Em All McCall. The Magnum, P.I. star has sealed a deal with rival net CBS to headline the TV movie 12 Mile Road. He'll play a divorced farmer whose life is thrown into turmoil by the unexpected arrival of his emotionally-troubled daughter (played by The Practice's Anna Gunn). read more

WHO'S THAT GIRL?

Producer Dick Wolf has tapped a relative newcomer to replace Stephanie March on Law & Order: SVU. Actress Diane Neal, whose credits include Ed, Hack, and ironically enough, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has been cast as the show's new ADA. read more

Is 'N Sync Going (Gasp!) Folk?


We don't want to alarm any teenagers — or, for that matter, open-minded old farts like us — but when 'N Sync unveils its follow-up to 2001's Celebrity, the boy band may have said bye, bye, bye to the dirty pop that we've come to know and love. "I've been listening to a lot of different things lately — John Mayer and stuff like that," scruffy singer Joey Fatone tells TV Guide Online, hinting that the easy listening on his iPOD today could wind up on the group's record tomorrow.

"But who knows what's going to happen in the next couple of months?" he continues. "Somebody might come out with a different album and change the whole [notion]."

While the Fame host and his posse of pals have yet to settle on a sound for their upcoming platter, this he promises us: They at least have agreed on a timetable to begin getting into a groove. "We're starting in Septe read more

SEEING GREEN

Here's something that's going to make Dr. Bruce Banner very angry: The Hulk debuted atop the box office over the weekend with $62.6 million — yet some are calling the film a big fat green disappointment. How could that be? Consider the evidence: Industry analysts expected Ang Lee's much hyped pic to take in closer to $85 million; moviegoers polled by Cinemascore gave the film a less-than-flattering B-minus; and a puny Lou Ferrigno cameo elicited the biggest cheers from audiences. On the bright side, The Hulk fared much better than two other new releases. The Kate Hudson-Luke Wilson romance Alex & Emma opened at No. 7 wit read more

IT'S MAGIC!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix made sales records vanish into thin air over the weekend. J.K. Rowling's fifth book in the Harry Potter series sold an unprecedented five million copies on Saturday alone. That surpasses the previous benchmark set by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which sold three million copies in its entire first weekend three years ago. And there's more good news for the slumping publishing industry: Penguin has gone back to the presses twice for John Steinbeck's East of Eden, with which Oprah Winfrey chose to relaunch her Book Club last week. read more

DID HE SING?

Big screen funnyman Adam Sandler, 36, wed girlfriend Jackie Titone, 28, on Sunday in an outdoor ceremony in Malibu, Calif. Sandler's pet bulldog Meatball was among the luminaries in attendance. read more

ABOUT FACE

Fox is having second thoughts about Cedric the Entertainer Presents. The network confirms that it has stopped production on the sketch comedy — just one month after renewing it for a second season. Yet, and here's the confusing part, the show is still returning in the fall. According to the Los Angeles Times, viewers will see original episodes produced last season. The unaired installments will run through December, at which point the show will be put to rest. read more

IDOL SHOWDOWN

American Idol champ Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken are going head-to-head again — this time on the album charts. RCA plans to release both of their upcoming as-yet-untitled albums on the same day, Aug. 19, Billboard.com reports. If single sales are any indication, Aiken will likely come out on top; his "Bridge Over Troubled Water" trumped Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" 393,000 copies to 287,000 copies. read more

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