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RAW DEAL?

Former Taxi star Jeff Conaway, 52, is suing the owners of Las Vegas casino Mandalay Bay, claiming security guards broke his arm during a visit there last summer. The suit — which seeks unspecified damages — alleges assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress, negligence and loss of wages. read more

THE EYE HAS IT

With the first full week of May sweeps in the bag, CBS took top honors among total viewers while Fox reigned among young adults. The most-watched show was CSI, followed by ER, Friends and American Idol. Least-watched show honors, meanwhile, went to UPN's new hip-hop drama Platinum. Somewhere, the cast of Greetings from Tucson is breathing a sigh of relief. read more

BARING ALMOST ALL

Joe Millionaire runner-up Sarah Kozer will appear on the cover of Playboy's June issue. However, the 29-year-old former foot-fetish film star agreed to pose for the mag only if there was no full-frontal nudity. Now that takes class, folks. read more

IDOL THOUGHTS

Things are looking bloody bad for angry American Idol finalist Joshua Gracin. On last night's Neil Sedaka-themed show, the marine's painful rendition of "Bad Blood" had Simon saying "Uncle!" And to make matters worse, the officer didn't exactly take the criticism like a gentleman — retaliating with a lame drag queen joke and some menacing, blood curdling stares. Dawg needs to lighten up! read more

Third Watch Mystery: Why Did Alex Die?

Chances are, if you watched last night's Third Watch season finale, the image of Alex Taylor's severed body lying on the pavement remains etched in your psyche. Although NBC's promo department for weeks had been warning us that "someone won't be back," nothing could have prepared viewers for the grisly nature of Alex's death. For those who missed it, here's the sitch: While filling in as paramedic at the scene of a car crash, the trailblazing firefighter was sliced in two by a sudden explosion. (For added impact, Alex's legs hit the ground seconds after her torso. Yeesh.) Fortunately, the character's portrayer, actress Amy Carlson, remains wholly composed in the wake of the tragedy. In this exclusive interview, the former soap star gives TV Guide Online readers the lowdown on Alex's haunting death, including why she had to go and which Third Watcher could be next.

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Cancun Ladies' Man Has No Regrets

Arizona State alum Jeremy Jazwinski is a spring break veteran, so when he headed south for The Real Cancun, he had a well thought out game plan: Girls, girls, girls. Naturally, the producers jumped at the chance to document the aftermath of his one-night stand with castmate Laura Ramsey, not to mention the brutal "guy talk" that came streaming out of his mouth. Since then, the 22-year-old bartender has taken to shouting "I'm not the bad guy!" at random intervals, but he tells TV Guide Online he'd do it all again...

TV Guide Online: Do you have any regrets about things you did in Cancun?
Jeremy Jazwinski:
I don't regret hooking up with girls on film. If no one ever had sex the whole time we were there, that wouldn't be a true portrayal of Cancun. I went there last year with my buddies, and what did they do? They tried to get l--- every night. I more regret the things I said, not so much the sex.

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VANDROSS UPDATE

Luther Vandross contracted pneumonia after suffering a stroke and had to undergo a tracheotomy to help him breathe. But according to the singer's manager, the procedure did not damage his vocal chords. Vandross remains in critical but stable condition at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York. "We're waiting for him to regain full consciousness," his rep added. "I am told that this may take some time." read more

WAS KELLY BEHIND THIS?

Former Beverly Hills, 90210 pin-up Luke Perry, 36, has separated from his wife, Minnie. The couple — who tied the knot in 1993 — have agreed to share custody of their two children, Jack, 5, and Sophie, 2. read more

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

David Boreanaz — whose bloody brilliant WB drama Angel has yet to be picked up for a fifth season — has signed on to play the lead bad guy in the fourth installment of the Crow film series, titled Wicked Prayer. "I didn't even know there was a third [Crow movie]," Boreanaz laughs. (Don't feel bad. I didn't either.) Dennis Hopper and Eddie Furlong co-star in pic, which starts shooting in June. read more

CASTING COUP

It's time to start watching ER again. Parminder Nagra, the breakout star of the indie smash Bend It Like Beckham, is joining the cast next season as a series regular. If anyone reading this knows Parminder, please let her know that I'm a big fan. And if she wanted to grab coffee or a Diet Raspberry Snapple sometime, I wouldn't object. read more

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