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DOCTOR'S ORDERS

Scott Foley may have found just the project to resuscitate his career: NBC's Scrubs. As reported in the July 5 issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale today), the former Felicity geek — whose sitcom A.U.S.A. arrived D.O.A. last winter — is set to reprise his first-season role as Elliot's ( Sarah Chalke) neurotic beau in at least six episodes this fall. According to sources, producers were interested in bringing him on full time, but the soon-to-be-single actor had already committed to appear on Broadway in Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour (opening Oct. 16). read more

THREE FOR THE ROAD

Country crooner/actor Dwight Yoakam is engaging in a Three Way Split with John Doe star Dominic Purcell and Bound babe Gina Gershon. Oh, get your mind out of the gutter, people. It's just an innocent little indie flick that The Hollywood Reporter describes as a darkly comic story of murder, kidnapping and blackmail. Yoakam plays a blackmailer harassing Purcell's character. read more

PORT CHUCKED

After six years of struggling ratings, Port Charles has been cancelled. The General Hospital spinoff's half-hour format "posed significant financial challenges," said Brian Frons, ABC's newly appointed daytime president. "This was an extremely difficult decision." Since its 1997 kickoff, PC has searched for its niche, ultimately adopting the Latin telenovela style of short-term story arcs, and even introducing gothic plotlines ripped off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Still, the news is surprising, since PC was nominated for best show at this year's Daytime Emmys — for the first time in the soap's entire run. PC's final airdate is Oct. 3. For more, read Soaps News. read more

HOLLYWOOD MOURNS

Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, who won a record four best actress Oscars during her remarkable half-century long career, died Sunday at her home in Connecticut. She was 96. The cause of death was "simply complications from old age," her brother-in-law, Ellsworth Grant, told Reuters. Known as the first lady of American cinema, Hepburn picked up her first Academy Award in 1933 for Morning Glory; she also won for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter and On Golden Pond. Her last film was the 1994 remake of Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. "With the passing of Frank Sinatra, and the death of Jimmy Stewart, she really was the last of that breed of Hollywood royalty," says her biographer, Christopher Andersen. "And she was by far the greatest." read more

DIVORCE DRAMA

Kung Fu star David Carradine — who plays the title role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Kill Bill — appears to be embroiled in an ugly divorce battle. In court papers, wife Marina has accused him of "deviant sexual behavior, which was potentially deadly," according to Court TV's TheSmokingGun.com. Among other things, she alleged that Carradine, 66, had an "incestuous relationship with a very close family member," who went unidentified. Carradine's attorney denounced the accusations as "highly inflammatory and false." read more

NEW BRO

Chris Penn has been tapped to replace comic-actor Brian Haley in David E. Kelley's upcoming CBS drama The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. The series revolves around three brothers, played by Randy Quaid, John Carroll Lynch and Penn. Haley was let go earlier this month after Kelley decided to reconceive the character. read more

SHORT CUTS

ABC has given a midseason order to The Big House, a sitcom about a wealthy black guy (Kevin Hart) from Malibu who moves to Philadelphia to live with his blue-collar relatives... Drumline star Nick Cannon is lending his pipes to 20th Century Fox's upcoming live-action/CGI Garfield pic. He'll voice Louis, a city mouse who befriends Garfield. read more

ORDER IN THE COURT

It's a good news/bad news scenario for fans of Law & Order. First, the good news: Sam Waterston, who plays ADA Jack McCoy on NBC's long-running drama, has signed a new deal that will keep him courtside through the 2004-05 season. Now, the bad news: Elisabeth Rohm's sticking around, too. (Loved her on Angel; hate her on this.) read more

IT'S OVER

Just two years after their hush-hush wedding, ex-Moesha star Brandy and her husband, music producer Robert Smith, are separating, People reports. The split comes as little surprise to anyone who caught MTV's Diary Presents Brandy: Special Delivery — which chronicled the June 2002 birth of the couple's daughter, Sy'rai. Recalls my colleague Lauren Kane, who never missed an episode: "They were always fighting!" read more

SECOND TIME AROUND

Kevin Costner, 48, and his girlfriend of four years, Christine Baumgartner, 29, are engaged. This will be Baumgartner's first marriage and Costner's second. His 16-year union to Cindy Silva ended in 1994. read more

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