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CSI: Miami has postponed a planned November episode about a sniper who randomly shoots bystanders from atop a high-rise office building. "For obvious reasons, a decision about when to air it has not been made," a CBS rep tells USA Today. In related news, a Toronto-based production company is pitching to the networks a TV movie about a Canadian profiler who's currently aiding the search for the Washington, D.C.-area sniper. According to Reuters, Tracking the Hunters will detail Kim Rossmo's rise from Vancouver cop to criminologist with a new system of catching serial predators. read more

Preview: The Osbournes Part Deux


Here's some good #@$%ing news for fans of The Osbournes. MTV president Brian Graden tells TV Guide Online that, despite the ongoing cancer battle being fought by family matriarch Sharon Osbourne, the show's eagerly anticipated second season is still expected to kick off on schedule next month. "We're on track to debut in November," he says. "We're fully in their home and we have enough material for the first four or five episodes. So far, all systems are go."

Still, the network reportedly is keeping a January start date open as a back-up — should Sharon's recovery delay production. Whenever Season Two gets underway, Graden says viewers shouldn't expect the same-old same-old. "They're all famous in a different way now," he explains. "Kelly has her own music career, Ozzy was out on tour, and of course, Sharon got sick — and we have been there for that entire experience, at her re read more

SHORT CUTS

Michelle Parma, a cast member on the third season of MTV's Road Rules, reportedly was killed in a car accident over the weekend in Texas... Imax Corp. is planning its first-ever baseball-themed large-format film. Baseball: The Global Game will trace the origins and evolution of the game... Singer Marc Anthony and wife Dayanara Torres, who announced in July that they were separating after two years of marriage, have reconciled, the New York Daily News reports. read more

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"I freaked out. I assumed I was the in-house joke. The queen spoke to me but I haven't a clue what she said. Look at photographs — I'm in shock." — Ozzy Osbourne describing his recent meeting with Queen Elizabeth during an interview with Britain's Radio Times. read more

Supermodel Tyson Joins Hollywood's Boyz Club


Polo uberhunk Tyson Beckford has a message for Tinseltown casting directors: Don't hate me because I'm beautiful. "It's been real hard [making the leap from coverboy to leading man], because all they think is, 'Oh, you're the guy from the magazines,'" he tells TV Guide Online. "They don't think you can do anything else."

The 6-foot-2 Adonis hopes to change that perception with his two upcoming big-screen releases, Pandora's Box and Biker Boyz. In the former movie, described as an African-American Fatal Attraction, Beckford plays an ill-fated married man. "My character's wife kills me in order to get my life insurance, which she doesn't get because I didn't sign it over to her," he explains, adding that "the moral to that story is make sure your papers are right before you get married, and don't give her half yet. Give her all the lovin' she need read more

THORNY ISSUES

As expected, Rosie O'Donnell struck back at the publishers of her defunct magazine on Monday. The former talk-show host filed a $125 million breach of contract counter-suit against Gruner+Jahr, claiming the company "launched a campaign to disparage" her and "usurp her editorial control." Rosie's December issue will be its last. read more

TERROR FALLOUT

British rock band Oasis canceled a Wednesday concert in the Philippine capital Manila over security fears. Specifically, a rep for the group cited "recent terrorist attacks both in Bali and the Philippines." Jazz guitarist George Benson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, meanwhile, have scrapped upcoming concerts in Indonesia as a result of the Oct. 12 Bali nightclub bombing that killed more than 180 people. RHCP also canceled a planned Manila concert. read more

THE HEAT IS ON

With CBS closing the ratings gap with once-dominant NBC on Thursday night, NBC has yanked this week's scheduled ER repeat in favor of a rerun of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Variety speculates that the network made the switch because it wanted to avoid "the embarrassing possibility" of CBS's Without A Trace — which airs an original episode Thursday — beating ER in the ratings. Interestingly, CBS is holding a last-minute telephone press conference today with Trace leading man Anthony LaPaglia to hype Thursday's episode. Coincidence? We think not. read more

BUSTED

A personal assistant to Kid Rock was arrested on drug charges Sunday after the singer's tour bus was stopped by police in Florida. Kevin McMahon allegedly was in possession of cocaine and marijuana. And in case you were wondering, Kid was not on board at the time. read more

SEVEN IS ENOUGH

You can forget that rumored eighth Harry Potter novel. A rep for J.K. Rowling shot down speculation that the British author plans to extend the best-selling book series to include an eighth edition. "The plan is to have only seven books," the spokesman told Reuters on Monday. "There is no truth in the rumors." read more

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