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TOGETHER AGAIN

Wedding Singer co-stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore may be headed to the altar again. The duo are poised to re-team for the Columbia Pictures romantic comedy Fifty First Kisses. According to Variety, the Memento-esque plot revolves around a man (Sandler) who falls in love with a woman (Barrymore), only to discover that she suffers from severe short-term memory loss. As a result, he must get her to fall in love with him all over again — every day. In related news, Barrymore's real-life marriage to comic Tom Green is officially kaput, Extra reports. As part of the couple's property settlement, Green will keep the couple's Los Angeles home and will pay his ex a little read more

WB STUFF

Eddie Cahill — best known as Jennifer Aniston's former boy toy on Friends and for nearly killing Keri Russell on Felicity — will guest star on the Nov. 20 episode of Dawson's Creek. He'll play a young actor who goes after Dawson's new girlfriend. Also in November, the WB will host a Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion of sorts when Ian Ziering guest stars on Jennie Garth's new sitcom What I Like About You. read more

MAD ABOUT MCDONALD

CBS has signed Mad TV funnyman Michael McDonald to a one-year series development deal for the 2003-04 season, Variety reports. McDonald is best known for his impersonations of Dr. Phil and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as such original characters as creepy man-child Stuart and college kid Rusty. read more

Seven Silly Questions for Sara Gilbert

A new day is dawning for onetime child star Sara Gilbert. The now-27-year-old actress — who during her nine-year Roseanne stint gave rise to TV's most memorable teen mood swinger, Darlene Conner — joins the cast of Fox's 24 tonight (9 pm/ET) as the Counter Terrorist Unit's newest computer programmer. TV Guide Online caught up with Melissa's lil' sis last week in New York and tossed a few zingers her way.
TV Guide Online: What is your favorite Kiefer Sutherland movie?
Sara Gilbert:
I liked Flatliners. What else was he in?

TVGO: Young Guns... um...
Gilbert
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THEY'RE BACK!

MTV confirms that the second season of The Osbournes will kick off Nov. 26 at 10:30 pm/ET. "We are excited to invite the world into our home for another dose of Osbourne insanity," says family matriarch Sharon Osbourne, who allowed the network to chronicle her ongoing cancer fight for the show. "This season, the show takes on a whole new meaning as we share the highs and the lows of the last six months with our viewers." read more

WEDDING BELLE

Boy band fans, get ready to scratch Jessica Simpson's eyes out! The pop tartlet wed 98 Degrees hunk Nick Lachey this past weekend in a posh ceremony just outside Austin, Tex. The lovebirds met in the summer of 1999, when his band opened for her on tour. Since then, they've shared a hit duet, "Where You Are." read more

REALITY CHECK

The National Organization for Women has released its third annual report on how women are portrayed on prime-time TV, and, well, it's not a pretty picture. NOW says the majority of women on TV continue to fall under the category of "young, thin and white" (that's you, Jennifer Aniston!), and it accuses the six major networks of catering to an "adolescent boy's fantasy world." What's more, according to the report, the industry employs 134 more men than women in recurring roles. read more

HE'S OUTTA THERE

Harland Braun, the lawyer who has represented Robert Blake since his wife was murdered last year, resigned as the actor's attorney Monday. Braun was miffed that the former Baretta star granted a jailhouse interview with ABC News's Diane Sawyer. Ironically, on Tuesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca refused to allow Sawyer to do said interview. Turns out, Department policy prohibits inmates to do TV chats in ongoing criminal cases. read more

FOUR SCORE

CBS, off to its best start since the 1987-88 TV season, has given full season orders to four of its new shows: CSI: Miami, Still Standing, Without A Trace and Hack. read more

The Latest on Harry Potter 5


The producer behind the Harry Potter film franchise has a message for the media: Lay off Potter author J.K. Rowling about her long-awaited fifth book! It's been more than two years since the fourth edition, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, came out, and reports indicate that The Order of the Phoenix won't hit store shelves until next summer.

"There's no writers' block at all," insists David Heyman, whose second Potter film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, opens Nov. 15. "[Rowling]'s fine. She has a kid, she's pregnant, she's married; she wants to live her life.

"It gets me really riled up when everybody makes all these speculations read more

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