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THE DOCTOR'S OUT

One of America's favorite weekly rituals has come to an end: Dr. Phil will no longer be making Tuesday house calls on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The life strategist — who's launching his own syndicated daily talk show, Dr. Phil, on Sept. 16 — tells TV Guide Online that he will make occasional appearances on Oprah next season, but, "I'm in L.A. and she's in Chicago, so not regularly." Dr. Phil is being produced by Winfrey's Harpo Productions. read more

PILOT ERROR?

An autopsy has revealed that the pilot of the plane that crashed in the Bahamas last year — killing singer-actress Aaliyah, himself and seven others — had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body, The Associated Press reports. Incidentally, 12 days before the accident, Luis Antonio Morales Blanes was sentenced to three years probation for crack cocaine possession. read more

ATTENTION PASADENA FANS

Tired of waiting for Fox to air the final original episodes of its seemingly-dead soap Pasadena? Well, so is the show's executive producer, Mike White. As series star Dana Delany tells TV Guide Online, White is considering editing the remaining nine hour-long episodes into a Mulholland Dr.-esque feature film. "He's thinking about it," she confirms. "We really should do that. We have so much footage that it could easily be made into a feature." read more

PHIL BEATS CONNIE

Phil Donahue's return Monday night garnered a respectable 1.1 million viewers for MSNBC. The father of TV talk placed second among the cable news competition, beating out CNN's Connie Chung but hooking less than half of Bill O'Reilly's viewership numbers. Just give him time... read more

REPEAT FRESHMAN YEAR

The first seasons of two late, great TV dramas — the WB's Felicity and ABC's Once and Again — will be released on DVD Nov. 5. That same day, the entire run of ABC's short-lived Sports Night will also be out on DVD. read more

THE TABLES HAVE TURNED

Remember Trista Rehn? She's the 29-year-old physical therapist who got rejected by Alex Michel on ABC's surprise hit The Bachelor. Well, it's Rehn's turn to do the rejecting: ABC announced today at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., that the Miami native has been selected to headline The Bachelorette. The six-episode series — which will follow the same format as The Bachelor except Rehn will humiliate 24 men until she finds that one special guy — will debut in January. read more

WHOOPI ALERT

Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg will co-star as marrieds in the upcoming Showtime TV movie Good Fences. Set in the 1970s, it tells the tale of an upwardly-mobile black family whose "American dream becomes a nightmare." Produced by Spike Lee, the film starts shooting in August. read more

COPPING A NEW ATTITUDE

David Caruso has had nearly a decade to think about his controversial exit from NYPD Blue, and he now confesses that, well, he did a bad, bad thing. "It's been an interesting nine years... I don't think I could have helped but grow up quite a bit," he told reporters Tuesday at the TCA press tour, where he was out promoting his role in CBS's fall spinoff series CSI: Miami. "While we all understand that I mishandled the NYPD Blue situation quite handily, I've had a number of opportunities... to grow up and realize what has been provided for me, and it's been a very interesting and very powerful ride. It's been great for me." Tell it to Steven Bochco, buddy. For more on CSI: Miami, click here. read more

WHAT ABOUT BOB?

Price Is Right host Bob Barker is back at home in Los Angeles, a week after undergoing prostate surgery in Washington, D.C. He'll return to work on Aug. 19. read more

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

ABC seems to be acknowledging what we've all known for some time: The Practice stunk last season. At the TCA press tour, the network's entertainment president Susan Lyne told reporters that the show's creator and executive producer David E. Kelley will take a more hands-on role this coming season. In other ABC news, NYPD Blue — which unlike The Practice, experienced a creative resurgence last year — will launch its 10th season on Sept. 24 with its 200th episode. A one-hour retrospective will air at 9 pm/ET, leading into the season premiere at 10 pm/ET. read more

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