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BIG NEWS

Believe it or not, you could see Larry King teaming up with Barbara Walters sometime soon. Executives from CNN and ABC News are discussing a merger between the two media outlets, reports the Associated Press. A deal would help cut costs for parent companies AOL Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co. read more

TEST DRIVE

Fox's new series Fastlane is cruising over to MTV. In an unprecedented deal, MTV will re-air episodes of Fastlane at least eight days after its original Wednesday night bow on Fox. According to Variety, the cable network plans to run Fastlane on Sunday and Monday nights at 11 pm starting Oct. 13. The premiere of Fastlane — which stars MTV alum Bill Bellamy, as well as Tiffani Thiessen and Peter Facinelli as crime fighters — won its time slot last week, garnering 10 million viewers. read more

CASTING NEWS

Plans for a Gladiator sequel are moving forward, according to The Hollywood Reporter. John Logan, who helped pen the Academy Award winning picture in 2000, has been hired to write the follow-up. Meanwhile, Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on to the as-yet-untitled Ben Stiller/Debra Messing comedy from Universal, and Jamie Lee Curtis has joined the cast of Freaky Friday. Curtis replaces read more

Your Nagging Emmy Questions Answered!

Where's Robert Stack when you need him? Sure, the 2002 Emmys are history, but the unsolved mysteries linger on. For example, who the heck was Tom Hanks winking at while presenting Oprah Winfrey with her humanitarian award? (Let's hope it was wife Rita Wilson.) And what was Katie Couric whispering to Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels backstage in the press room. (We couldn't get close enough to hear, but it appeared juicy!) Luckily, we had better luck getting to the bottom of these brain teasers.

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GRISHAM HITS THE STREET

ABC could finally have another hit on its hands. The alphabet network plans to turn John Grisham's best-selling novel The Street Lawyer into an hourlong drama, according to Variety. The pilot will revolve around a young attorney who quits his high-paying gig at a big corporate firm in order to fight for the little guy. read more

EMMY SCORES

They like you, Conan O'Brien, they really like you! Sunday night's Emmy telecast heralded a return to good ol' Hollywood hijinks and glamour — and America tuned in to see it. The three-hour awards show averaged 19.8 million total viewers, with an estimated 40-45 million people watching at least some of it. According to a TV Guide Online poll conducted Monday, more than three-quarters of those surveyed gave O'Brien a thumbs-up on his hosting gig. For a complete Emmy wrap-up, click here. read more

CSI CROSSES JORDAN

The fall season's big forensics drama duel got underway last night and the premiere of CBS's CSI: Miami clobbered NBC's Crossing Jordan, according to preliminary ratings. The new CSI spinoff finished first at 10 pm; Jordan came in third, and was down double digits from its debut last season. CBS — which easily won the night — also posted strong numbers for its returning comedy block, headed by Everybody Loves Raymond. read more

SHOPPER... OR STALKER?

An apparently marriage-minded QVC fan is in trouble for visiting a home-shopping hostess's New Jersey home — bearing wedding rings and two plane tickets to Las Vegas! The 52-year-old Arizona man, Phillip M. Young, was acquitted of stalking QVC's Pat DeMentri, but did get sentenced to five years probation for trespassing. What's more, Young previously received three years probation for harassing another QVC personality, Lisa Robertson. Maybe the judge should just cut off his cable TV hookup. read more

Ally Alumna's New Female Trouble


Actress Julianne Nicholson is tired of playing "not a girl, not yet a woman" roles on TV. In 2000, she was the psychic college coed on NBC's satisfyingly spooky but short-lived series, The Others. Then, she did 11 episodes of Ally McBeal as junior attorney Jenny Shaw — sort of a younger Ally clone. Now, she's finally "grown up" as pediatrician Jules Keating on CBS's Presidio Med (debuting tomorrow at 10 pm/ET).

"Even in Ally, [my character] was a grown up," Nicholson tells TV Guide Online. "She was a lawyer... but it was still sort of under somebody's wing, making mistakes." In Med, she says, "I feel like a grown up. [Jules] is there, she's doing her stuff — it's not goofy, it's not silly. You're saving babies' lives. It read more

Osbourne Kids Crash HBO Emmy Bash!


So what if HBO's 93 nominations amounted to nearly naught on Emmy night? Yes, they were robbed, but at least the cable net's stars licked their wounds in style at Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Beverly Hills. This annual bash is the post-Governor's Ball stop, and it's easy to see why: Where else can you find Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres and Ozzy's kids all sipping cocktails in the same room?

How was Kelly Osbourne's first trip to the Emmys? "F---in' boring," the 18-year-old lamented. "And I'm sorry, but the red carpet s---s big b---s too. Who the f--- wants to wait in line to talk about them read more

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