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HOMICIDE AS GOOD AS DEAD

CBS has put its critically acclaimed, yet low-rated Friday night drama Robbery Homicide Division on indefinite hiatus. The news comes just days after the show's star, Tom Sizemore, was arrested for allegedly punching his girlfriend. The new Julia Roberts-produced series Queens Supreme will replace RHD beginning in January. read more

THE LAW OF LAMAS

So here's the latest soapy dish in the divorce drama of Falcon Crest star Lorenzo Lamas and his fourth wife, Shauna Sand: Lamas has lifted the restraining order against Sand. The actor had accused her of "acting out violently" after he decided to end the marriage. The couple has also agreed on joint custody of their kids, while Sand gets "over 50 percent of [their] remaining assets," according to her lawyer. Merry Christmas! read more

LOOK OUT, ROSS

Film actor Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding) has signed on to do three episodes of Friends playing an office rival of Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston). His first episode airs in January. Dick Van Dyke, meanwhile, will appear in the Jan. 23 episode of Scrubs as a long-time friend of Dr. Kelso's (Ken Jenkins). read more

JUST PLAIN TIRED

Sharon Osbourne was readmitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday, US Weekly reports. Ozzy's better half — who's currently undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer — "was just exhausted," her rep says. She was released on Tuesday. read more

JUST SAY NO

Winona Ryder's alleged supplier has been caught! Doc-to-the-stars Jules Lusman, who had his medical license revoked last week, has been accused of overmedicating celebs like Ryder and singer-actress-hellraiser Courtney Love. Ryder had 37 prescriptions filled by 20 doctors from January 1996 to December 1998, according to the actress's probation report. Lusman denies any wrongdoing. read more

NIGHT DUTY

Funnyman Orlando Jones has been tapped to headline a half-hour late-night talk-variety series for the FX network. Over the weekend, Jones gave TV Guide Online a sneak preview of the project. Click here for more. read more

BADA-BIG!

Domestic strife paid off big time for HBO Sunday night. The season finale of The Sopranos — which featured Carmela kicking Tony out of the house — attracted a whopping 12.5 million viewers and whacked its competition on the major broadcast networks. It was the mob drama's second most-watched episode ever; the show's season premiere in September drew 13.4 million fans. And despite complaints that the fourth season was a bore, ratings were actually up 22 percent over Season Three. By the way, have I mentioned how freakin' amazing Edie Falco was during those fight scenes with James Gandolfini? Well, she was. Forget Emmy, she deserves an Oscar! read more

IN OTHER BROADWAY NEWS...

As we reported more than a year ago, Baz Luhrmann announced at Sunday's Broadway premiere of La Boheme that he's currently developing a Great White Way production of his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. The busy director also said he now plans to stage Moulin Rouge in a Vegas casino. read more

CAUSE OF DEATH

A coroner's report shows that Who bassist John Entwistle died from taking cocaine which stopped his heart from beating. The 57-year-old was found dead at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on June 27. read more

I SPY A SMART MOVE

ABC's acclaimed spy yarn Alias has scored a major victory. The network has scheduled an original episode of the ratings underdog to air in the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot on Jan. 26. "The episode that [Alias creator] J.J. Abrams has written to air post-Super Bowl is a phenomenal hour of television, maybe the best hour of pure entertainment we've seen," said ABC entertainment president Susan Lyne. "This is a show that we have always believed deserved a bigger audience, and the Super Bowl will help introduce it to millions of new viewers." In related news, ABC is moving The Practice from Sundays to Mondays at 9 pm/ET beginning Jan. 27. Dick Wolf's Dragnet remake takes over Practice's old Sunday at 10 pm/ET home starting Feb. 2. This is a change from ABC's previous plan to air Dragnet on Mondays. read more

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