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As expected, Martha Stewart was officially indicted today by a federal grand jury in New York. TV's unhappy homemaker was charged on nine counts related to her ImClone scandal, including securities fraud, obstruction of justice and making false statements. Stewart surrendered to federal authorities in Manhattan before the formal accusations were made. She and Peter Bacanovic, her former Merrill Lynch stockbroker, were expected to be arraigned this afternoon. read more


Mad TV alum Will Sasso — who did one helluva Bill Clinton on the skitcom — will join ABC's Less Than Perfect as a series regular this fall, TV Guide Online has learned. He's been recurring as Carl, the loveable oaf who lives next door to Sara Rue's Claud and harbors a hopeless crush on lovely Lydia (Andrea Parker). read more


So much for nepotism. Sources say actor James Caan — who deigned to film a cameo in son Scott's upcoming directorial debut, Dallas 362 — ended up on the cutting room floor. No specifics on the elder Caan's role were available, but word is, he may still be granted a screen credit, even if he himself isn't seen on-screen. Young Scotty better show some respect, or he too could get cut — right outta Daddy's will! read more


Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) were ranked the top good guy and bad guy, respectively, last night on CBS's AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains. To see who TV Guide Online readers chose as their favorites, click here. read more

Ryan Reynolds: Here Comes The Groom

Who's that adorable groom-to-be in The In-Laws, you ask? He's not yet a household name, but Ryan Reynolds is known to fans of ABC's defunct Two Guys and A Girl. (Er, anyone?) He started out on the sitcom in 1998, when it still had the cumbersome Pizza Place attached to the title. After doing that mess, we wouldn't blame him for fleeing the small screen forever. Will he ever be back?

"I haven't considered [a return to TV]," Reynolds tells TV Guide Online, then diplomatically adds: "But I wouldn't say no if something really great came along. I [would demur] from doing Van Wilder 2, but that's the only thing I'm actively avoiding!"

However, he was very happy to say "I do" to co-starring in The In-Laws, even if acting alongside big names like read more


Actor Victor Webster — studly star of the syndicated action show Mutant X — will play Kim Cattrall's newest boy toy in the season premiere of Sex and the City on June 22. All we can tell you is, handcuffs will be involved. And FYI, Webster was named one of People's "50 Most Eligible Bachelors" last year — only the best for Samantha Jones! For more Sex scoop, read the June 14 issue of TV Guide magazine. read more

Ed Star Stinks Up Broadway

This summer, Tom Cavanagh — that cute bowling alley lawyer from NBC's Ed — leaves Stuckeyville to visit a dark, not-so-pleasant place called Urinetown. Before you pinch your nose in disgust, we're talking about a Tony-winning Broadway musical. It tells the tale of a community suffering the long-term effects of a drought — one major problem being that flushing after relieving oneself costs too much money. The upbeat Cavanagh escaped the stench for a few minutes to tell TV Guide Online about working on the Great White Way, Ed's renewal and his romantic hopes for Carol (Julie Bowen) and Ed.

TV Guide Online: How did you explain Urinetown's premise to your friends and family?
Cavanagh: I like to let people read more

Crowning Emmy's Drama Queens (and Kings)

As members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences mull over the actors they'll choose to nominate for this year's 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, we have one teensy-weensy piece of advice: Listen to that little voice in your head. You know, the one that says it's not too late to make up for ignoring Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Farscape all these years. It's also the one that whispers names you might not realize you should know — mysterious monikers like Reiko Aylesworth and Neal McDonough. Perhaps most importantly, that voice belongs to people like us — TV Guide critic Matt Roush and your pals at TV Guide Online. So, without further ado, here's th read more


Spike Lee is suing Viacom Inc. over plans to rename their TNN cable channel Spike TV. The filmmaker has asked for an injunction against Viacom's use of the name, The Associated Press reports, citing his consent was never given. "The media description of this change of name, as well as comments made to me and my wife, confirmed what was obvious — that Spike TV referred to Spike Lee," he said in court papers. TNN claims that Spike TV, which would become "the first network for men," is just trying to attract a large male audience with the use of a popular word. read more


Barry Manilow broke his nose in a sleep walking accident recently... Sen. Hillary Clinton sits down with Barbara Walters to discuss the juicy details of her memoir, Living History, for a special Sunday edition of 20/20 airing at 7 pm/ET... Actor Richard Cusack, the father of John and Joan, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 77. read more

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