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Ruben Studdard has made his first bad career move. The American Idol champ has agreed to make a singing cameo in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which is currently shooting in Vancouver. A Warner Bros. rep confirms that Studdard will play himself in the bit, so expect heavy perspiration. read more


Veteran stage and screen star Hume Cronyn, best known to modern-day audiences for his role in Cocoon and his on and off-screen love affair with late wife Jessica Tandy, died of prostate cancer Sunday at his home in Fairfield, Conn. He was 91. Cronyn — whose career spanned six decades and included Broadway, film and TV — won an Emmy in 1994 for the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame movie To Dance with the White Dog. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1944 for his performance in The Seventh Cross and picked up a Tony in 1964 for playing Polonius in Hamlet. In addition to three children, Cronyn is survived by wife Susan Cooper Cronyn, whom he married in 1996. read more


Felicity grad Keri Russell has been cast as the lead in the British indie flick Cabbages & Queens, her rep confirms to TV Guide Online. She'll play Holly, a TV producer's assistant who sniffs out a jewel heist plot while working undercover as a theater stage manager in London. Nathan Lane co-stars in the screwball comedy, which starts filming later this month. Felicity reruns make me cry. There, I said it. read more


CBS is fuming over a recent New York Times article that basically accused the Eye network of using unethical means to score an exclusive interview with former POW Jessica Lynch. The Times piece suggested that CBS told Lynch that other divisions of Viacom — including MTV and Simon & Schuster — would likely offer to do separate projects with her if she agreed to the CBS sit-down. In a statement, the network responded: "CBS News does not pay for interviews and it maintains a well-established separation from other parts of Viacom." For its part, the Times stands by its story. read more


Thousands of copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were stolen from a warehouse in England Sunday. Phoenix, the fifth installment of JK Rowling's boy wizard saga, goes on sale midnight Friday. read more


CSI star William Petersen married longtime girlfriend, ex-schoolteacher Gina Cirrone, Saturday in Italy. Details about the ceremony were not made available, but this we can be sure of: No one from CSI: Miami was invited. read more


For Love or Money dud Rob Campos once tried to grope his way onto The Bachelor. According to Extra, the disgraced ex-marine had auditioned for ABC's hit dating game, but producers wisely went with Andrew Firestone instead. read more


CBS is bringing Becker back from the dead. The Ted Danson comedy, which failed to earn a spot on CBS's fall schedule, has received a 13-episode midseason order from the network. read more

Question: I expected Monk to ...

Question: I expected Monk to continue this season. There have been many commercials advertising the return, but it always seems to be a repeat of a show from last season. Are they not going to continue the series after all? — Pat F., Port Charlotte, Fla.

Televisionary: With the ratings and attention the series got, USA Networks certainly will, Pat. Monk's second season kicks off at 10 pm/ET on Friday, June 20.

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Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Anjelica Huston, Louise Fletcher and Tony Danza were among 3,000 celebrities and fans who attended Monday's memorial service for Hollywood legend Gregory Peck, who died Thursday at age 87. In delivering the eulogy at Los Angeles's Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Peck's friend and To Kill a Mockingbird co-star Brock Peters said, "In art there is compassion, in compassion there is humanity, with humanity there is generosity and love. Gre read more

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