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GOOD NEWS

Looks like Good Morning Miami will live to see another day. NBC has ordered a full season's worth (22 episodes) of the workplace comedy, which co-stars Mark Feuerstein and Suzanne Pleshette. On Thursday night, the sitcom held an impressive 84 percent of Will & Grace's lead-in audience. In other Peacock news, Julia Louis-Dreyfus's single-camera comedy Watching Ellie will kick off its second season in March. NBC recently ordered six news episodes. read more

TAKING THE LOWE ROAD

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin is taking some sassy potshots at departing cast member Rob Lowe. In the current issue of Newsweek, Sorkin jokes that there's a lot of pressure writing for an actor of Lowe's caliber. "You're looking at the spectre of [past Lowe films] Atomic Train and Oxford Blues and St. Elmo's Fire," he says, "and you try to live up to those standards, and sometimes you can't." Ouch! read more

FAMILY AFFAIR

Friends millionaire Matthew Perry is in final talks to co-star with his real-life dad, actor John Bennett Perry, in the father-son drama The Beginning of Wisdom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry would shoot the film in the spring, after he wraps his ninth — and likely final — season of Friends. read more

EARLY RISERS

CBS's last-ditch effort to revive its struggling Early Show launched this morning with a new four-person anchor team — a la ABC's The View. The lucky quartet consists of Harry Smith, Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Rene Syler. Somewhere, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer are not sweating. 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

ARETHA'S STORAGE BIN BURNS

An $800,000 Michigan house owned by Aretha Franklin burned down Friday. The singer was not present at the time, as she mainly used the 5,000-square-foot residence to store boxes and furniture. In related news, on any given night, there are more than 40,000 homeless people in Michigan in need of shelter. read more

BAD TIMING

A WB spokesperson confirms to TV Guide Online that a line of dialogue from last Tuesday's episode of Gilmore Girls was dubbed over at the last minute as a result of the recent terrorist attack in Bali. In the scene, which was shot well before the Oct. 12 disco bombing that left more than 180 people dead, Lauren Graham's character Lorelai tells daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) that her wealthy new crush just flew in from Bali. However, thanks to looping, producers were able to change the line from Bali to Maui. Unfortunately, the final product was rather sloppy: Astute viewers could clearly tell that Graham's mouth did not line up with the word she was uttering. Still, props to the WB for taking the sensitive road. A network spokesperson refused further comment. read more

SAD DAY IN HOLLYWOOD

Veteran actor Richard Harris — whose best known films include Camelot and The Field — has died at 72. He succumbed to Hodgkin's disease on Friday in a London hospital, where he had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Beloved for his wizardly white mane, the Irishman most recently played Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies. Over the weekend, Potter producer David Heyman told Britain's ITV News that he will reluctantly recast the role of Dumbledore in the upcoming third installment. "We will find a new Dumbledore," he said, "but there will only be one Richard Harris." For more on Harris's death, click here. read more

THIS ISN'T A PRANK, FOLKS

How's this for an unbelievable stunt: Jackass: The Movie — the big-screen adaptation of the late MTV series — debuted in first place at the box office with $22.7 million. Not surprisingly, young men accounted for half of the film's audience. The Ring slipped to No. 2, but cinched its sleeper status by actually grossing nearly $4 million more than last weekend. The Naomi Watts thriller took in $18.8 million for a 10-day total of $39.7 million. Rounding out the top five: Ghost Ship (No. 3 with $11.7 million), Sweet Home Alabama (No. 4 with $6.4 million) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (No. 5 with $6.3 million). read more

SHORT CUTS

Will & Grace's Eric McCormack hosts this weekend's Saturday Night Live with musical guest Jay-Z... Fox will release Jennifer Aniston's indie hit The Good Girl on DVD Jan. 7. Robin Williams's One Hour Photo, meanwhile, hits video stores Feb. 18. read more

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