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OH, BROTHER

CBS says it will reveal Big Brother 4's secret new twist on Monday. (Ooh, maybe Julie Chen has finally been fired.) The fourth edition kicks off July 8. read more

THIS ROCKS!

Chris Rock will return as host of the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28 at Radio City Music Hall. The freakin' brilliant comedian/actor — who will embark on a cross-country stand-up tour to prepare for the ceremony — previously hosted the kudocast in 1997 and 1999. read more

SHOWTIME'S NEW GUY

Showtime has named Robert Greenblatt, a producer of HBO's Six Feet Under, as its new entertainment president. He replaces departing exec Jerry Offsay, whose biggest programming success was Queer as Folk. Enough said. read more

HILLBILLIES STAR HOSPITALIZED

Beverly Hillbillies star Buddy Ebsen — he played poor mountaineer Jed Clampett — has been admitted to a Torrance, Calif., hospital for an undisclosed illness. The 95-year-old is reportedly in good condition. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Despite that whole Rob Campos debacle, NBC has announced plans to air a sequel to For Love or Money — this summer's most disappointing reality series. This time around, a woman will grope, er, field 15 male suitors. It debuts July 14. read more

MODEL BEHAVIOR

UPN has ordered a second season of America's Next Top Model, this summer's only watchable reality series. If you think you're the catwalk's meow, applications are available at UPN.com. read more

ALEXANDER CHICKENS OUT

Jason Alexander has been dropped as spokesman for KFC. According to the New York Post, PETA made the Seinfeld alum aware of the fowl conditions under which the company raises and kills its chickens — and he reportedly was none too pleased. Alexander apparently pressured KFC to make changes, which strained relations with the higher-ups and led to his ouster. read more

THE NAME GAME

CBS is asking a federal judge to decide whether David E. Kelley is free to use Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire as the title for his upcoming drama series after a New Hampshire-based talent agency — which produced a film called Brotherhood — claimed copyright infringement. 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

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 Monday), 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

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