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ALIENS, GO HOME

After three seasons on the air — that's two on the WB and just one on new network UPN — Roswell has been cancelled. The steamy teen sci-fi sudser promises to blast off for good with a "shocking and heartrending" series finale on May 14. read more

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"It's difficult to motivate her to get up and do anything without any money involved." — Divine Brown's manager, denying an interview request for Stuff's May issue. read more

DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME

Christina Ricci's guest role on Fox's Ally McBeal hasn't even started, but it's already apparent that Ally &#252ber-waif Calista Flockhart is a bad influence on the former child actress. Ricci, now 22, tells Jane magazine's May issue that she learned how to be anorexic by watching TV movies in her teens. She points to an HBO flick that featured a young Flockhart as a bulimic and anorexic. "She'd vomit into Tupperware containers and keep them in her closet. It was so crazy to me that for some reason it was appealing." Now 5'1" and 98 lbs, Ricci — who's starring in the upcoming movie adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's book Prozac Nation — makes her first Ally appearance on April 15. read more

SPY GAMES

Species star Natasha Henstridge is heading to the small screen in the new NBC action series She Spies. The actress will play the leader of a female trio of ex-cons who fight crime. The Peacock network will air four special sneak-peek episodes beginning July 20. The show officially bows in the fall. read more

TAKING ANOTHER BULLET

While FX's new series The Shield may be a hit with critics, advertisers are not such big fans. Anheuser-Busch and Tricon Global Restaurants pulled ads from the violent series after three other companies dropped out last week. The network says that new advertisers are jumping on board to replace them. read more

SHORT CUTS

Fledgling talk show The Other Half is adding a fourth male perspective to their team. Charmed regular Dorian Gregory will be joining the series beginning next Monday... Horror film actor John Agar passed away Tuesday at the age of 81. The former husband of Shirley Temple died due to complications from emphysema... Two hours of new footage of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock was just sold to his estate. No word on when or if the family will release it to the public. read more

WHAT, NO MONICA?

NBC's The West Wing plans a special documentary-style episode on April 24, featuring interviews with "real players inside the White House." Look for chats with former Presidents Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, as well as Henry Kissinger, Leon Panetta and Dee Dee Myers. read more

BERRY SCARY

Ouch! Bond girl Halle Berry suffered an eye inflammation on the Die Another Day set in Spain on Saturday. The film's producers deny frenzied reports that she was hit with debris from a smoke grenade — they say a stray gust merely blew dust in her eye. "As a precautionary measure, the production sought medical attention," their statement said. "We are happy to report that Ms. Berry suffered no lasting ill effects and returned to work immediately." read more

MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

Dr. Dolittle star Eddie Murphy will stop talking to the animals and try his luck with kids next, according to Variety. He has signed on for the film Daddy Day Care, in which he'll star as a father trying to take care of other people's children. read more

Big Changes Afoot at Sabrina


The departure of Caroline Rhea from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch has given producers an excuse to revamp the aging WB comedy. Though the already-wrapped season finale only accounts for the departure of Rhea — who's replacing talk show host Rosie O'Donnell next season — a newly-appointed showrunner has decided to make other castmembers disappear as well: Beth Broderick (Aunt Zelda), David Lascher (Josh) and Trevor Lissauer (Miles) will all be gone next season.

"We didn't know about [Beth and David] until after we shot the season finale, so I think we might need to deal with tha read more

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