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Actor Gordon Jump, best known to TV audiences as befuddled station manager Arthur Carlson on WKRP in Cincinnati, died Monday of complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 71. Jump also made his mark in commercials as the lonely Maytag repairman, a character he inhabited for more than a decade. read more


Beyoncé Knowles will play herself in the Oct. 7 episode of UPN's All of Us... Uberproducer David E. Kelley will pen a big-screen remake of Agatha Christie's classic mystery Witness for the Prosecution, Variety reports... Ex-Profiler star Jamie Luner has joined the cast of ABC's new drama 10-8... Darren Star was honored at last night's 3rd Annual Jewish Image Awards for spotlighting the Jewish experience in such shows as Sex and the City, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, and the upcoming Miss Match. read more


Denis Leary has signed on to play a New York firefighter in Rescue Me, a one-hour dramedy pilot for FX. The comic-actor — whose real-life Firefighters Foundation has raised more than $1 million for local fire departments — also serves as the project's creator-exec producer. read more


Will & Grace's Megan Mullally married fiancé Nick Offerman Saturday night in a private Los Angeles ceremony, Extra reports. In related news, rocker Melissa Etheridge and actress-girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels (Popular) tied the knot in a commitment ceremony over the weekend. read more


Maybe it was the failed multiple-emcee format. Maybe it was the three-hour-plus running time. Or maybe, just maybe, it was Bill Cosby's shades. Whatever the reason, Sunday's Emmys notched a below-average 17.7 million viewers. That's off 11 percent from last year's show on NBC, when Conan O'Brien hosted — alone. Hint, hint. Nudge, nudge. read more


A federal appeals court Tuesday unanimously reinstated California's Oct. 7 gubernatorial recall election, rejecting a three-judge panel's decision to delay it until March. Translation: Mary Carey's 15 minutes are almost up. read more


"I just took the Mensa IQ test, and I was down seven points from last year. I think I've been [in this business] too long." Can you name the D-list celeb who uttered these words while killing time on the red carpet at Sunday's Emmys? Send me your best guess via the link at the bottom of this page. Look for the answer later this week. read more


The owners of a $4.5 million Malibu estate are suing the producers of The Bachelor, claiming their crib was trashed during the show's month-long shoot there. According to, Kenneth Chyten and his wife claim that when the cast and crew (including star Bob Guiney) vacated the two acre spread, they left behind holes in the walls, a poisonous spider infestation and a rodent problem (we assume they mean host Chris Harrison). The couple is seeking $5 million in damages. read more


It's not easy being Tom Green today. MTV has abruptly pulled the plug on The New Tom Green Show — just weeks after the music channel renewed the late-night talker for an additional 65 episodes. "Despite critical acclaim, [the show] was unfortunately unable to sustain the initial ratings success it enjoyed in its earlier weeks," an MTV spokeswoman tells TV Guide Online. "Tom remains a part of the MTV family, and we look forward to working with him in the future." MTV shouldn't hold its breath: Sources say Green is already shopping the show elsewhere. read more


A day after The West Wing picked up its fourth consecutive best drama series Emmy, four members of the show's supporting cast — Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and John Spencer — have quietly resolved their salary dispute with Warner Bros. TV. Although exact figures were unavailable, Variety reports the quartet had been looking to bump their salaries from $90,000 to $150,000 per episode. read more

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