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A CUT ABOVE

America experienced a collective bad hair weekend as moviegoers flocked to Barbershop in droves. The new Ice Cube comedy debuted atop the box office with $21 million. My Big Fat Greek Wedding held strong at No. 2 with $11 million — bringing its five-month total to $110.7 million. Coming in at No. 3 was Robin Williams's psycho thriller One Hour Photo, which expanded to wide release and grossed $7.7 million. Tom Green's poorly-reviewed comedy Stealing Harvard opened at No. 4 with $6.3 million, followed by last week's No. 1 flick Swimfan (No. read more

SON SETS

Howard Stern is no doubt cursing out FX this morning. The cable channel has pulled the plug on the Stern-produced Baywatch spoof Son of the Beach. The Tuesday night comedy will end its three-season run Oct. 1. read more

MORE EMMY NEWS

All six Friends — including Emmy nominees Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry — have agreed to serve as presenters at Sunday's main event. TV Guide Online will be there to get all the scoop! read more

GET YOUR GROOVE ON

ABC will celebrate the 30th anniversary of disco on Oct. 13 with a two-hour special The Disco Ball: A 30-Year Celebration, featuring performances by the Village People, KC & the Sunshine Band, Gloria Gaynor and the Pointer Sisters. read more

ARE THEY READY FOR PRIMETIME?

ABC is once again turning to former Millionaire man Regis Philbin to save the network. Philbin and Live co-host Kelly Ripa have been tapped to host Regis & Kelly in Primetime, a special that is essentially a 60-minute promotional vehicle for ABC's fall lineup. It airs Tuesday from 10-11 pm/ET. Guests include Alias badass Jennifer Garner, 8 Simple Rules... star John Ritter and Push, Nevada producer Ben Affleck. read more

NO LAUGHING MATTER

The hubby of pop diva Celine Dion doesn't like it when people pick on his wife. Rene Angelil has demanded a Montreal-based radio station stop playing a parody of Dion's song "I'm Alive," in which the singer is called "annoying." The station — which withdrew the parody on Thursday — claims it was just trying to be funny. read more

Dr. Phil Says "Analyze This!"


Loudmouth life strategist Dr. Phil McGraw won't be visiting The Oprah Winfrey Show to "tell it like it is" to her troubled guests anymore. No, he'll be too busy berating folks five days a week on his very own talkfest, Dr. Phil (premiering Monday, check local listings). But when America's favorite know-it-all gets real about himself, his confessions about his personal problems may shock you!

First off, Dr. Phil admits he took up psychology "kind of by default, because I was terribly lazy... I was just kind of bored with school, and I started reading all of [my dad's psychology] textbooks. When I got ready to start college, I had read just damn near everything that they had in the courses! And frankly, I thought that would be the easiest way to slide through college."

Shocker number two: Dr. Phil absolutely hated being a therapist. "I just did not have the tem read more

REGRETS, HE HAS SOME

More than 20 years after his retirement, former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite says he still regrets giving up his career. The urge to return to the front lines hits the 85-year-old broadcast legend especially hard during major news events such as the Sept. 11 attacks. "When the big story is breaking, you want to be there," he said. "I knew that was going to happen, I just didn't know it was going to happen over so many years." read more

Alyssa Milano Nixes Boss Reunion


The Cosby Show's Lisa Bonet isn't the only '80s sitcom star shunning her TV roots. Alyssa Milano reveals that she has no interest in reprising her role as Tony Danza's precocious daughter Samantha for a Who's the Boss? reunion movie.

"We've talked about it, but I'm not doing it," the Charmed actress tells TV Guide Online. "It was perfect for the eight years we did it, and to relive it would... I think everyone would be disappointed. I just decided that I didn't feel comfortable doing it."

You'll recall Bonet was the sole Huxtable not to participate in last May's highly-rated Cosby retrospective. Similarly, M read more

ANCHOR AWAY?

The Hollywood Reporter speculates that CBS will likely replace Jane Clayson as co-host of The Early Show. Deborah Norville is being talked about as one possible replacement. read more

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