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GONE AND FORGOTTEN

ABC finally came to the conclusion that no one was watching Veritas: The Quest. The network has put the low-rated Monday drama on "hiatus" — which is industry-speak for, "We lost a ton of money on this show." In other scheduling news, ABC will air the final two episodes of Are You Hot? on April 5 from 9-11 pm/ET. In the meantime, Lorenzo Lamas will try and find out where Ana Alicia disappeared to. read more

THIS BITES

The WB has renewed six of its series for next season — but unfortunately, Angel isn't one of them. Charmed, Gilmore Girls, Everwood, Smallville and Reba have been picked up for the 2003-04 season, while Monday-night staple 7th Heaven received a two-year green light. The network is expected to make a decision on Angel, arguably the WB's best show, in May. read more

JUST JACK

An interior designer who claimed Will & Grace based the flamboyantly gay character of Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) on him but failed to give him credit, has settled his lawsuit with one of the show's writers. Jack Deamer claimed that longtime pal and W&G producer Max Mutchnick reneged on a promise to buy him a house and car if the sitcom became a hit. (Yep, that's our Jack.) The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. read more

SPEAKING OF IDOL...

From Justin to Kelly, the upcoming movie-musical starring last year's American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini, has been delayed until June 13. We can only assume the film's producers want to use the extra time to destroy the final cut and go into exile. read more

NOT SO GOLDEN

Michael Moore is probably breathing a sigh of relief today. Ratings for Sunday's 75th Annual Academy Awards are in, and a record-low number of viewers witnessed the Bowling for Columbine filmmaker's embarrassing on-stage meltdown. According to Nielsen, 33.1 million viewers watched the ABC telecast — a 21 percent decline from last year. Insiders believe viewers were most likely drawn to war coverage on cable. In related news, Focus Features, the studio behind surprise Oscar darling The Pianist, announced Monday that the Holocaust drama will expand to 900 screens nationwide this weekend. Also, NBC and sister network Bravo have snagged small-screen rights to best picture winner Chicago. They can begin airing the film in November 2005. read more

IT'S MAGIC!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a little wizard of her own. The writer gave birth to a baby boy, David Gordon Rowling Murray, on Sunday in Scotland. This is Rowling's first child with second husband Neil Murray. She has a 10-year-old daughter from her first marriage. read more

HAIRDON'T?

Wonder Woman is getting a butch makeover. Her new "edgy" look — which includes short, spiky hair and a camouflage bustier — will be unveiled in Wednesday's DC Comics issue. It's part of a six-part adventure in which the lasso-wielding diva gets amnesia and thinks she's a lesbian. I kid. I kid. read more

Question: What is the name of ...

Question: What is the name of the department store in New York City where Rachel worked as a personal shopper on Friends? — Gloria C., Montreal, Que., Canada

Televisionary: That would be Bloomingdale's, which started out as a New York City store in the 1800s but now has locations across the U.S.

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Question: This one can't be ...

Question: This one can't be true, so please tell me it's not. A friend tried to tell me that instead of being angry former child stars, the Olsen twins have more money than they did when Full House was on. Urban legend, right? — Patty S., Rushford, Minn.

Televisionary: Wrong, Patty, although I'll admit it's surprising, given the all-too common scenario played out by those who've gone before. If the twins' childhood careers had followed those of other, more unfortunate, kid stars, they'd be cursing their thieving parents on E! right about now.

But it hasn't happened that way. Matter of fact, Mary-Kate and Ashley, who switched off playing wee Michelle Tanner during the hit ABC comedy's 1987-95 run, are basically a living brand. And between cl read more

Question: I'm going crazy! ...

Question: I'm going crazy! I've been watching reruns of The Cosby Show from the '80s. In so many of the episodes, Bill Cosby wears a black-and-white pin that looks like it has an s and p on it. Will you please tell me what significance this pin had and what it represented? — Janet T., Martinsville, Ind.

Televisionary: Actually, the pin had the initials "S.D." on it, along with a small "Jr." Cosby wore it in memory of Sammy Davis Jr., who died in 1990.

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