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Ally Alum Eyes Kelly Ripa's Throne


Kelly Ripa went on vacation this week, which meant guest co-hosts on Live With Regis and Kelly. On Thursday, Ally McBeal alumna Jane Krakowski revisited the hot seat next to Regis Philbin, and loved it. The actress — who auditioned for Ripa's coveted co-host role last summer — says she's happy to pinch-hit, since all this practice is priming her for her own chatfest!

"I have been offered to do some talk shows," Krakowski, 33, tells TV Guide Online. "I think when I feel the exact right one comes up, I might take a stab at it. There's such a glut of daytime talk shows. I don't know if right now is the time. And really, nobody does it better than Regis and Kelly."

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SHORT CUTS

Martha Stewart got a little good news Thursday. The embattled domestic diva's TV show Martha Stewart Living was renewed for the 2003-04 season — the program's 10th... USA Cable Entertainment is developing a remake of The Bionic Woman... Pop art pioneer Larry Rivers died Wednesday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 78. read more

PUBLIC OPINION

So much for the Time/CNN or Gallup polls, folks. Hip-hop star/entrepreneur P. Diddy has founded Blue Mindset, a division of his advertising firm that surveys "urban America" for market-research purposes. However, polling subjects are not chosen by race, age or address, but by their coolness quotient. How that screening process works, only P. Diddy knows. read more

REMEMBERING THE KING

Despite inclement weather, thousands of Elvis Presley devotees converged on Graceland today to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death. A severe thunderstorm briefly delayed last night's traditional candlelight vigil, but King loyalists remained undeterred. In fact, the turnout was expected to outpace the 30,000 who attended the 20th anniversary memorial in 1997. "We are celebrating Elvis and his life and we're here as a big family," one fan told The Associated Press. "This is really the Elvis family reunion." read more

Paltrow & Eckhart: Trouble in Paradise?


Turns out, all that talk of on-set friction between Possession co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart was much ado about... something. Although director Neil LaBute says tabloid reports "widely exaggerated" the duo's feuding, he doesn't deny that they had their differences.

"If there was any tension, it came from what you would call [their contrasting] working styles," he explains. "Gwyneth is very quick to get where she wants to go in the first couple of takes, and Aaron [requires] multiple takes to get to a place. So, to find that place where both of them are at their emotional pitch is trying."

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

Fox has picked up a pilot from NYPD Blue creator Steven Bochco that follows New York cops in the year 2069, Variety reports. "It's an interesting notion to envision a major urban center like New York 65 years down the road," Bochco says. "This is not science fiction. This is trying to conceptualize a relatively near-term future that's logically a function of the world we know today." The project is slated for a fall 2003 debut. read more

GRACE UNDER FIRE

ABC Family has axed its critically acclaimed dramedy State of Grace after two seasons. Low ratings were to blame. The final original episode airs Monday. Meanwhile, ESPN has cancelled the Jay Mohr-hosted sports talk show Mohr Sports. read more

WAS SIMON DRIVING THE OTHER CAR?

American Idol co-host Ryan Seacrest was involved in a car accident Thursday in Los Angeles, Entertainment Tonight reports. Seacrest was not injured, but his Mercedes was totaled. read more

FRIENDS FOREVER

Add Lisa Kudrow to the growing list of Friends stars hinting that next season may not be the show's last after all. On Sunday's season premiere of Oxygen's Conversations From the Edge, Kudrow tells host Carrie Fisher that she doesn't know whether this will be the final season of Friends. "You know, now I hope not," Kudrow said. "Which means it probably will be the last year... You know, we all get along, and we still have fun and the writers are still working really hard and they do good stories. You look around and you see that a lot of reasons shows finish is [that] the ratings are really bad. We were No. 1 for the first time ever in our eighth season." Note to Jeff Zucker: Reserve that Brinks truck now! read more

PEANUTS MUSEUM

Move over Graceland and Dollywood! Tourists will soon see Charlie Brown and other Peanuts characters on exhibition at the new Charles M. Schulz museum in Santa Rosa, Calif. Opening this Saturday, the treasure trove of comic-strip memorabilia will include the cartoonist's archives and a Snoopy-themed garden maze. read more

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