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Carol Burnett is developing a TV version of the classic Broadway musical Once Upon a Mattress for ABC's Wonderful World of Disney. According to Variety, Hairspray star Marissa Jaret Winokur is being eyed to star as Princess Winnifred, a part originally played by Burnett — who would co-star as the Queen. read more


Comedian/actor Dennis Miller will appear in three episodes of Fox's Boston Public beginning Oct. 24. According to Fox, he'll play an "unabashedly materialist investment banker" who, convicted of securities fraud, avoids jail time by agreeing to teach math at an inner city school. read more


Robert Downey Jr.'s past drug problems are coming back to haunt him. The actor has dropped out of Woody Allen's next film after producers were unable to reach a workable solution to cover the collateral on his insurance premium, Variety reports. Jason Biggs is in talks to replace him. read more


Here's some "TV News" scoop from this week's issue of TV Guide magazine: That '70s Show has eighty-sixed Lisa Robin Kelly, who played Eric's slutty sis Laurie, and the sitcom is searching for a replacement. A show rep calls the move a "mutual agreement" and insists that "it has nothing to do with [bad] behavior or documented personal problems in her past." Then why exactly did Kelly's spokesman practically hang up on me when I called for a comment? And as much as I'd like to take full credit for breaking this story, first reported Kelly's dismissal earlier this month. Note to self: Find out who their source is and treat him/her to lunch. read more


Current Real Worlder Adam King was arrested last week after he flagged down a Georgia policeman and took off running when the officer stopped his cruiser, reports. The 24-year-old was charged with "loitering/prowling" and being a pedestrian under the influence. read more


Bobby Brown will remain in a Georgia jail cell until Wednesday, when he appears in court on a parole violation stemming from an earlier drunk driving conviction. Brown was arrested last Friday while dining with his wife, Whitney Houston. The 33-year-old singer was picked up because he did not show up for court-ordered community service, drug treatment or a random drug test. read more


CBS is extending Big Brother's current run by a week. Instead of ending on Sept. 17, the summer reality hit will conclude on Sept. 24. The move pushes back the one-hour season premiere of King of Queens, which will now debut in its new Wednesday timeslot on Oct. 1. read more


Amazing Race's gay champs Reichen and Chip are coming out and confirming that their romance is on the rocks. "Chip and I have undergone a lot of stress since the race ended in February, and it put a lot of pressure on our relationship," Reichen tells TV Guide Online in an interview posted today. "We're just trying to work through things privately right now. The most important thing though, just sitting here together, I know that Chip and I agree that we love each other very much." Get the two of them in a car, however, and it's a whole other story. read more

All About Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson has more in common with his All About the Andersons character than name only. His new WB comedy — Fridays at 9:30 pm/ET starting Sept. 12 — is about a struggling actor who moves back into his parents' home with an 8-year-old son in tow. And he's not exactly welcomed with open arms.

The sitcom's headliner and co-creator says the story is "92 percent" based on his own post-college experiences at home. Before landing co-starring roles in Barbershop and Me, Myself & Irene, he faced some un-starlike treatment! "To make it tough on me, my father took all the phone jacks out of the house and put a pay phone in the family room for us to use," recalls Anderson. "He put a pay washer and dryer in the garage. Then, once he reali read more

Amazing Racers Party Down!

Don't believe everything you see on TV. Although the fourth (but hopefully not final) season of The Amazing Race was filled with backbiting, everyone was all smiles and hugs at Thursday night's wrap party — held in Times Square at the Manhattan Chili Company — especially champs Chip and Reichen. After watching the finale episode, the reunited Racers happily dished their memories and what they're up to now.

They may've been eliminated on the first leg of the race, but spouses Debra and Steve are convinced their departure paved the way for Chip and Reichen's victory. "In the first episode, we were on that last bus with Tian and Jaree, Jeff and Dave and Chip and Reichen," Steve explained. "When we reached Cortina, we all put our hands in the middle and said, 'The winner of this race is riding on this bus.'" Sure enough, their prediction came to pass. "We strategized it!" laughed Debra. "We sacri read more

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