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SURVIVOR SCANDAL

A CBS spokesperson confirms that Survivor: Africa producers committed a major gaffe during the second-to-last Immunity Challenge that may have altered the show's outcome — leading the network to pay three contestants as second-place winners. Here's the scoop: When asked which female player has no body piercings, Kim J. won by answering "Kelly." Turns out, when Lex answered "Lindsay," he also was right! As a result, CBS awarded $100,000 each to runner-ups Lex and Tom. The first and second-place winners — runner-up Kim J. and $1 million champ Ethan Zohn — will keep their winnings. "It was an honest mistake," the rep tells TV Guide Online, "and the producers feel horrible." read more

OOPS! IT'S NOT TRUE

An HBO spokesperson is denying a report that Britney Spears is set to play Samantha's sex-crazed niece on an upcoming episode of Sex and the City. The rep says the story — which appeared in the New York Post — is "not true." Kim Cattrall, who plays Samantha, also appears as Spears's mom in Crossroads. read more

WILL'S NEW WONDER BOY

Look out Catherine Zeta-Jones! Upcoming Will & Grace guest star Michael Douglas will play a closeted gay cop with a secret crush on Will (Eric McCormack), TV Guide Online has learned. The episode — wryly titled "Fagel Attraction" — airs April 24. (P.S.: It also has SNL alumna Molly Shannon recurring as loon-a-chick Val!) read more

PARTIAL VICTORY

A Los Angeles jury ruled Tuesday that soul singer James Brown did not sexually harass former employee Lisa Ross Agbalaya. However, the jury found that his company wrongfully fired Agbalaya, who was president of the West Coast branch of James Brown Enterprises. Agbalaya sued Brown for $1 million, claiming he pink-slipped her after she rebuffed his advances. Jurors are expected to begin deliberations today on how much to award Agbalaya. read more

STAY IN YOUR LANE

Philly leading lady Kim Delaney pleaded no contest to reckless driving Tuesday and was sentenced to two years probation and a safe-driving course. The 40-year-old ex-NYPD Blue actress was arrested Jan. 26 for investigation of drunk driving. read more

OPENING UP

Star Trek icon William Shatner is breaking his silence for the first time about the tragic death of his third wife, Nerine, nearly three years ago. The 71-year-old actor — who found Nerine at the bottom of their swimming pool on Aug. 9, 1999 — confesses in an upcoming issue of TV Guide magazine that he was so devastated he contemplated suicide. "I came from the depths of despair," he tells TV Guide senior writer Mary Murphy. "I came from a strong feeling that life was not really good enough to stay with it. I would have been happy to die. I may very well have been thinking of, contemplating ways to help that along." Shatner goes on to discuss his strained relationship with members of the original Star Trek cast, revealing that he contacted them hoping to mend fences. "With the exception of read more

SWEET SEVENTEEN

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood is teaming up with pop tart-turned-actress Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember) in the romantic comedy Try Seventeen, Variety reports. Filming will get underway next month. read more

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED...

Sadly, the acting bug has bit Mariah Carey again. The Glitter actress — who received some positive reviews for her role in the Sundance selection Wisegirls — will star in the indie drama Sweet Science. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll play a boxing manager who drafts an unknown female boxer. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

ABC GOES TO WAR

ABC is developing a new reality show about the war on terrorism. Profiles from the Front Line — which Variety reports could debut as early as this summer — will follow U.S. troops as they combat terror around the globe. The network has given the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series a 13-episode commitment. read more

X-CELLENT NEWS

X-Philes everywhere, rejoice! David Duchovny will reprise his role as FBI Agent Fox Mulder for The X-Files's two-hour series finale (May 19, 8-10 pm/ET). According to the show's official website, "The final episodes of the series will examine many of the pieces involved in the long-running mythology that has continued throughout the show's nine seasons." Duchovny is also slated to direct the April 28 installment, which is based on a story idea he co-wrote with X-Files creator Chris Carter and executive producer Frank Spotnitz. read more

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