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Don't hold your breath for that Rory-Dean reunion on Gilmore Girls. The WB has tapped Dean's portrayer, Jared Padalecki, to headline its upcoming MacGyver update. read more


Michael Jackson's lawyers are seeking a court order to block the release of unused footage from Martin Bashir's now-legendary Living with Michael Jackson documentary. Jackson claims Bashir and production company Granada "breached the terms on which he was permitted to film Jackson." Yoo-hoo... Yoo-hoo... The damage is done, dude. read more

Question: I read a recent ...

Question: I read a recent question about The Electric Company [second short answer in the Feb. 11 column] and got to wondering. I know Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno did stints on the show, but were there any other famous faces? — Alex S., Somerset, N.J.

Televisionary: Why, sure. Bill Cosby played Ken Kane and the Ice Cream Man, among other characters. Gene Wilder was the voice of Letterman, and Joan Rivers narrated those segments.

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Howie Epstein, a former bass player for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died Sunday of a suspected drug overdose. He was 47. read more


The Grammy ratings are in, and Nielsen estimates that 24.9 million viewers watched Alicia Keys make a fool of herself — and completely diss co-presenter Cyndi Lauper — during CBS's telecast Sunday night. That's up 31 percent from last year's kudocast. For a rundown of the major winners, click here. read more


Oscar frontrunner Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt are in talks to star in the action-adventure Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The duo would play a bored married couple who discover they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other. Meanwhile, Kidman's ex, Tom Cruise, is in negotiations to star in and produce Columbia's upcoming remake of the 1942 comedy I Married a Witch. Danny DeVito is on board to direct the project, which is slated to begin production toward the end of the year. read more

Question: Near the end of the ...

Question: Near the end of the Feb. 9 episode of American Dreams, Roxanne's date sings her a song. What was it? Thank you. Terry O., Bettendorf, Iowa

Televisionary: According to NBC, the song is called "An American Folk Song" and is not credited to any one person. (Oh, and for Kathy in Evansville, Ill., that was Vanessa Carlton playing Dusty Springfield in the same episode.)

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Rob Lowe — who makes his final appearance on The West Wing tomorrow night — will star in TNT's upcoming miniseries remake of the Stephen King novel Salem's Lot, Variety reports. The former Brat Packer will play a journalist who returns to his New England hometown, only to discover that it has become infested with vampires. That bites. Get it? Vampires have fangs... which they use to bite. It's a joke people, lighten up! read more


MTV's week-long "MC Battles" contest was scrapped Monday after the huge crowd gathered at the network's Times Square studio became unruly. Two police officers were injured during the melee and four people were arrested for disorderly conduct. In addition, one local journalist — who was in the midst of writing his daily "Entertainment News" column when the mini-riot broke out — was extremely distracted by all the sirens blaring outside his midtown office. read more


Buoyed by an above-average Joe as well as the return of American Idol, Fox claimed its first ever sweeps-month victory among adults 18-49. CBS, meanwhile, was tops in total viewers. February sweeps concludes Wednesday, at which point we can all resume normal living. And for me, that means watching TV and eating. read more

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