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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

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

THE SLICK WILLY SHOW

Rumors that former president Bill Clinton is poised to enter the talk show fray just won't die. The latest scuttlebutt has Bubba in preliminary talks with syndication powerhouse King World about a possible yakfest to air on CBS-owned stations. The daytime show would be a cross between Oprah and Nightline, but insiders say if Clinton wants to get on the air in time for a fall 2003 launch, he has to make up his mind pronto. Last May, Clinton met with NBC about headlining a possible talk show, but the Peacock ultimately passed on the project. Money may have been a factor: Reports surfaced that he demanded $50 million upfront. Who does he think he is, Vin Diesel? read more

ON THE MEND

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

CHURCH SCANDAL

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

SHORT CUTS

Pop star Gloria Estefan and actor Jimmy Smits have been named hosts of this year's Latin Grammys, which CBS will telecast live on Sept. 18... Former Cheers actor Woody Harrelson has joined an amateur soccer league in London, the BBC reports. read more

TOP BRITS

The BBC has released a list of the 100 greatest Britons of all time, and there are some curious omissions: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison made the cut, but fellow Beatle Ringo Starr did not; Princess Diana was cited, but not Prince Charles; and Richard Burton made it, but Elizabeth Taylor didn't. The eclectic mix also includes such diverse choices as Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, Winston Churchill and Boy George. What, no Madonna? read more

WE'RE NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS

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

FOREVER KRYSTLE? GUESS NOT

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

JUSTIN TIME

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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