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NBC is developing an hourlong drama series that delves into the world of the Secret Service... ER's Mekhi Phifer has been cast opposite ex-Dark Angel babe Jessica Alba in Universal's coming-of-age drama Honey. Production begins Sept. 9 in Toronto... Bob Barker — who recently underwent prostate surgery — returned to work Tuesday on The Price Is Right. read more


60 Minutes regular Lesley Stahl has been named anchor of 48 Hours Investigates, CBS announced today. She replaces Dan Rather, who is focusing his time on 60 Minutes II and the CBS Evening News. In addition to 48 Hours (which kicks off its new season on Sept. 27), Stahl will continue her full-time duties at 60 Minutes. read more


"I'm falling apart more than she is, and people say to me, 'Ozzy, you've got to be strong for Sharon.' I'm not Superman, you know." — Ozzy Osbourne on his reaction to his wife's cancer diagnosis in a two-part interview with Fox News. The first part airs tonight on The Pulse (9 pm/ET). read more


New York shock jocks Opie and Anthony are in hot water for allegedly broadcasting a live, eyewitness account of a couple having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral. After being inundated with complaints, Infinity Broadcasting pulled the popular afternoon drive-time hosts off the air indefinitely. The FCC, meanwhile, is on the case. read more

Curses! The WB Mouths Off Again!

Felicity may be dead and buried, but one of the show's favorite swear words lives on at the WB. During the premiere episode of the network's new fall drama Everwood — which airs Sept. 16 at 9 pm/ET — a pivotal father-son confrontation turns ugly when Gregory Smith's teenage alter ego calls TV pop Treat Williams "a dick." For a show being billed as the perfect Monday night companion to 7th Heaven, the expletive is sure to have some viewers — read: parents — reaching for their Dial.

"Within the context of the episode, we determined that it was appropriate to use," WB spokesman Paul McGuire tells TV Guide Online, ac read more


Actor Jason Priestley was moved out of intensive care Tuesday and doctors upgraded his condition to stable. The 32-year-old former Beverly Hills, 90210 hottie is recuperating from an Aug. 11 race-car crash at the Kentucky Speedway. He's expected to make a full recovery. read more

The Sexy Side of Eriq La Salle

After eight years as abrasive Dr. Peter Benton, Eriq La Salle discharged himself from ER to concentrate on making movies — and he's not looking back. While the 40-year-old actor-writer-producer-director confesses he misses that multi-million dollar paycheck, the quadruple threat says he has no plans to pull a Sherry Stringfield.

"My character didn't die, but I have no interest in returning to the show," he firmly tells TV Guide Online. "I thought about it long and hard when I made the choice [to leave]. I'm doing what I believe I'm supposed to be doing."

Currently, that entails running his own production company (Humble Journey Films) and getting the word out about his feature-directing debut, Crazy As Hell (opening Sept. 27). It's a different kind of grind than TV work, he acknow read more


Saturday Night Live scene-stealer Ana Gasteyer — best known for her impersonations of Martha Stewart and Celine Dion — has announced that she's leaving the show after six seasons. The 35-year-old funny lady, who gave birth to her first child in June, is leaving to pursue "new artistic challenges outside the realm of sketch comedy." Gasteyer's exit comes on the high heels of Molly Shannon's and Cheri Oteri's departures, and brings to an end a hard-won golden era for the patriarchal show's premier girls club. In other words, Tina Fey, you better bring it! read more


Proving he's as marriage-minded as his Dynasty mogul Blake Carrington, John Forsythe has wed for the third time. The 84-year-old actor's bride is Beverly Hills businesswoman Nicole Carter, 61. Will Forsythe do his sexy Charlie's Angels voice for her on their honeymoon, you ask? Oh, behave! read more


Aspiring space cadet Lance Bass isn't the only 'N Sync member looking to fly solo. At the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29, Justin Timberlake sings sans the boy band for the first time. He'll be premiering the song "Like I Love You" from his new solo album, Justified. read more

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