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ABC is developing a drama series loosely based on Jennifer Lopez's tough yet sexy U.S. Marshal character in the 1998 flick Out of Sight. There's no word on what actress will replace J.Lo in the role. In other ABC news, the network has greenlit an ensemble drama that explores the world of the U.S. Air Force. It's being described as a cross between Top Gun and The West Wing. read more


Today's Katie Couric will appear on the 100th episode of Will & Grace, airing Nov. 21 on NBC... Expect a teen stampede at your local record store today: Justin Timberlake's first solo album, Justified, is now on sale. read more


The better-late-than-never Halloween episode of The Simpsons attracted nearly 17 million viewers on Sunday and helped Fox win the night among young adults. Compared to last year's season premiere, Bart and Co. were up 14 percent. Fellow returning comedies King of the Hill and Malcolm in the Middle also performed well, with 13 million and 12.2 million viewers respectively. read more


Turns out, Tori Spelling can get work without daddy's help. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 resident will star in and exec produce an untitled comedy for NBC about an up-and-coming New York-based publicist. Maybe they should call it Lizzie. read more


Jonathan Harris, who portrayed dastardly doc Zachary Smith on the classic '60s series Lost in Space, died Sunday from a blood clot in his heart. He was 87. More recently, Harris was known for his voiceover work in A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. Also, actress Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, star of such '70s exploitation favorites as Caged Heat, Revenge of the Cheerleaders and Laserblast, died on Oct. 25 in her native Los Angeles of complications from hepatitis. She was 47. read more


Actor-turned-Unsolved Mysteries host Robert Stack, 83, is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, The Associated Press reports. He was diagnosed with the disease a month ago. read more


CBS's Late Show with David Letterman is headed to Infinity and beyond! Beginning Monday night, Late Show will be simulcast on 15 Infinity-owned radio stations across the country. More stations are expected to sign on in the near future — hence the "beyond" part. Both CBS and Infinity are owned by Viacom Inc. read more


It pays to be a member of the David E. Kelley club. The prolific producer has tapped actress Chyler Leigh — one of the three stars of his short-lived Fox series girls club — to join the cast of his ABC legal drama The Practice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll play a young associate working at a new firm launched by Lindsay (Kelli Williams). read more


"They've said I'm gay, they've said everyone's gay. I personally don't believe in doing huge lawsuits about that stuff. Tom does. That's what he wants to do, that's what he's going to do. You do not tell Tom what to do. That's it. Simple. He is a force to be reckoned with." — Nicole Kidman discussing her ex-husband in December's Vanity Fair. read more


Sharon Osbourne doesn't want her MTV show anymore. In an interview with Barbara Walters airing tomorrow on ABC's 20/20, Ozzy's better half announced that the upcoming 10-episode second season of The Osbournes (bowing Nov. 26) would be the show's last. "We can't do it anymore," she said. MTV, naturally, is in downplay mode. On Monday, network president Van Toffler phoned Sharon and she reportedly told him: "You know you can't believe everything I say." Later, she released her own statement, reaffirming her commitment to do at least another "20 episodes. I love my MTV." Also on 20/20, Sharon revealed that her cancer diagnosis drove Ozzy to drink again. read more

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