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Will Wright, creator of the Sims video game, has inked a development deal with Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "It could be a sitcom or something completely different," says Mike Darnell, the network's executive VP of alternative programming in specials. "This deal's not about taking a game and turning it into a TV show; it's about creating new entertainment franchises." However, a separate deal is in the works to bring Sims to the small screen. read more

IT'S A BAD THING

Things are heating up again for Martha Stewart, who's edging closer to going on trial for insider trading of ImClone shares. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan plans to ask a federal grand jury to return an indictment against Stewart, the chairman and chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., in the near future. For the domestic diva's sake, we hope none of the jurors saw NBC's saucy biopic Martha, Inc. "I asked for merlot!!!" read more

Question: I have asked this ...

Question: I have asked this question several times and here I go again. On the PBS TV show Clifford the Big Red Dog, who is the voice of Clifford? I am betting it's John Ritter. I just never have the chance to see the credits and that is why I am asking. Thanks, for the third time! &#151 Ann, Chicago, Ill.

Televisionary: But look at the bright side, Ann. Clifford's an educational show, this is an educational column, and now I've motivated you to count to three. Everybody wins!

Yeah, I know I'm being a smart aleck. But I'll make up for it by telling you you're right; Clifford is indeed voiced by Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter star Ritter. Since you keep missing the credits and I do so love my readers, I'll tell you the cast also includes read more

Question: I have seen in ...

Question: I have seen in Europe that The West Wing is on DVD. Are there plans to release it in the United States? &#151 Rob, New York, N.Y.

Televisionary: There are intentions, Rob, but not much else right now. A friend at Warner Bros., which produces the show, says a DVD release is definitely in the works, but no date's been set.

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Question: I'm curious. Is the ...

Question: I'm curious. Is the girl playing Roxanne, Kevin's partner on 7th Heaven, the same girl or maybe the sister of the girl who played the original Cher on Clueless? &#151 Jenni, Orlando, Fla.

Televisionary: Same one, Jenni. Rachel Blanchard, who plays cop Roxanne on the hit WB series, starred as wealthy Beverly Hills teen Cher Horowitz on the ABC-UPN sitcom version of the popular movie. You may also remember her from her earlier work in Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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Emmy's Most Deserving Sitcoms!


The actual nominations for the 55th Annual Primetime Emmys won't be announced until July 3, but since we're so often flummoxed by the selections of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, we've taken it upon ourselves (for the third year in a row) to make a few suggestions. This way, as members of the Academy dicker and deliberate, they'll know which shows they should — and might not have thought to — vote for. To that end, today we submit our recommendations in the comedy-series category. Listen to us, Academy, and for once, the noms might be a laughing matter in a good way.

The Bernie Mac Show: Turning the family-sitcom format on its ear (and, just for good measure, beating it till the white meat shows), this sharply-written Fox breakout scores with its believably bratty moppets, red-hot mama figure and, best of all, a forum in which stand-up comic Mac can earn a standing ovation.

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DANGEROUSLY IMPATIENT

Columbia Records is rushing to release Dangerously in Love, the solo debut album of Destiny's Child diva Beyonc&#233 Knowles, Billboard reports. In hopes of beating out Internet pirates — and striking while her "Crazy in Love" single is still hot — Beyonc&#233's newest effort will now hit stores June 24, instead of July 8. The album's A-list "guest stars" include Jay-Z, Luther Vandross and Missy Elliott. read more

DOWN AND DIRTY

C-SPAN got a jolt this weekend when political humorist Al Franken attacked the credibility of Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly during a televised Los Angeles booksellers' luncheon. A verbal argument ensued, complete with name-calling. Franken was there touting his new book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them and O'Reilly was promoting Who's Looking Out for You?. You can catch the debate on Sunday at 5:30 pm/ET on C-SPAN2, if you missed it. read more

FRIGHT STUFF

Good news for Shannen Doherty: Sci-Fi's Scare Tactics is getting an extended run. The network has ordered nine new episodes of the spooky Candid Camera rip-off hosted by the 90210 and Charmed alum. They start airing June 20. And you thought she couldn't succeed without Aaron Spelling! read more

SHORT CUTS

Carlos Santana will donate all proceeds from the U.S. leg of his Shaman summer tour to South African AIDS organizations... Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors has cancelled its summer engagement... CBS withdrew its bid to televise the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games... Don Johnson will star in and co-executive produce the upcoming TNT movie, Word of Honor. read more

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