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A Cheers Reunion? We'll Drink to That!

Ever since last call on Cheers, we've longed to go back where everybody knows our name (or at least Norm's name). So it is with a great deal of excitement that TV Guide Online announces that soon we'll be able to do just that — by checking out the classic sitcom's first season on DVD (in stores today). What did you think we meant? A real reunion of the original cast? Don't make us laugh until we cry in our beer!

"So many people ask [whether there's been talk of getting together again]," says Shelley Long, who played uppity waitress Diane Chambers from 1982-87. "But no, there hasn't. Everybody's pretty much doing their own thing. We check in with each other in various ways... [though] none of us have really spent much time with each other.

"Most of us did NBC's 75th anniversary [special] last spring, and that was fun, but we didn't really have read more


Lisa Marie Presley is going on tour this summer as Chris Isaak's opening act. The 17-city U.S. road trip kicks off July 11 in Boston. read more


The pink slips are flying at the law firm of Donnell, Young, Dole & Frutt. Six actors from ABC's The Practice — including Dylan McDermott and Lara Flynn Boyle — won't be returning to David E. Kelley's legal drama in the fall. According to Kelley, "economic and creative realities" (read: the show's declining Nielsens) forced him to slim down the cast. Also gone: Kelli Williams, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Marla Sokoloff and Chyler Leigh. Kelley is expected to add some new faces to the ensemble, which now fea read more


I don't know what's more disgraceful — that the high point of last night's American Idol pre-show/infomercial was a freakin' coin toss, or that I sat through the entire thing utterly transfixed. (Clay won the toss and opted to let Ruben perform first tonight.) Meanwhile, the Final Two — both of whom waited a lifetime for a moment like this — will sing three songs apiece, including a track the winner will release as a single. read more


Hugh Jackman, who will make his Broadway debut this fall playing entertainer Peter Allen in the musical The Boy From Oz, has been tapped to host the 2003 Tony Awards on June 8. read more

Do You Hate Survivor's Jenna?

Swimsuit model Jenna Morasca trod a rough road to win Survivor: The Amazon. At 21, she's the youngest Survivor winner ever — if not the most popular. She and her blonde best pal, gym teacher Heidi Strobel, didn't gain many fans this season, thanks to their immodest "Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Beautiful" philosophy of life.

"I don't know that it will ever be totally forgotten," Morasca tells TV Guide Online. "Or if people will ever stop hating us. [Heidi and I] do what we can, and we can only do so much to try and convince people about ourselves."

Hearing-impaired contestant Christy Smith didn't much help matters by dubbing them her "evil stepsisters." Thus, Morasca was stunned at the finale, when Christy contributed one of six votes leading to her landslide win. "Believe me, I was just as shocked as the whole viewing audience," she admi read more


Martin Scorsese is embarking on what could be the biggest challenge of his career — he's going to attempt to make sense of Bob Dylan. The director is helming a documentary about the singing legend which will feature Dylan's first filmed interview in 20 years. Pray for subtitles, folks. read more


Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is free on $10,000 bail after being arrested Sunday in Burbank, Calif., on suspicion of drug possession. Police discovered the drugs during a routine traffic stop. He is due in court on June 2. read more


It's official: Oprah Winfrey has extended her talk show contract with King World Productions for two more years. The new deal ensures that The Oprah Winfrey Show will remain on the air at least through 2008. read more


On last night's Mr. Personality finale, Hayley chose silver-masked millionaire developer Will over green-masked hypnotist Chris. Upon lifting Will's disguise, the 26-year-old bachelorette let out a huge sigh of relief and cooed, "You're so beautiful." She then tried to pull his ears back with double-sided tape. read more

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