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IS OSAMA NEXT?

CBS is developing a four-hour miniseries about Adolf Hitler to air sometime next season. According to Variety, the project will explore Hitler's early life, as well as "the social and political environment that allowed him to rise to power." read more

SHORT CUTS

The syndicated version of Crossing Over with John Edward has been renewed for a second season... Emmy-winner Hal Holbrook is in talks to join the cast of ABC's midseason drama series The Court... Moulin Rouge producer-director Baz Luhrmann's Broadway adaptation of La Bohème will open on Dec. 8 at the Broadway Theatre. Previews begin on Nov. 21. read more

COMEBACK TOUR

Liza Minnelli will embark on a European concert tour beginning in April — just weeks after her March 16 wedding to producer David Gest in New York. The 55-year-old entertainer will kick off the tour at London's Royal Albert Hall, followed by stops in Denmark, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. read more

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

Steven Spielberg has decided to produce — not direct — Memoirs of a Geisha, the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the 1997 bestseller by Arthur S. Golden, Variety reports. Spielberg is currently directing Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in the crime pic Catch Me If You Can. read more

Question: Can you give me any ...

Question: Can you give me any information on Joss Whedon's new show that's in the works? — Erika B.

Televisionary: That I can. It's tentatively called Firefly, and though the final deal hasn't been signed, Fox has committed to a 13-episode order. Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff, Angel, told Variety the show takes place 500 years from now and centers on a "small, incredibly mobile spaceship whose aft end lights up." (I don't have to tell you that's where the name comes from now, do I?)

Don't look for the alien races that usually accompany this sort of thing, by the way. Whedon also described the show as an "anti-Star Trek" in which the most frightening villains are entirely human. "I can make people that are scarier than anything you can put in latex," he added. Fox exec read more

END QUOTE

"I don't spend a lot of time following what she says." — Sopranos star Edie Falco, responding to comments made by Joan Rivers in the Jan. 19 issue of TV Guide magazine that Falco's a hypocrite because she glammed up her appearance and "doesn't even look like a Soprano wife anymore." — Michael Ausiello with Angel Cohn read more

SPEAKING OUT

In her first interview since being arrested on child endangerment and sexual-abuse charges last summer, embattled comedian Paula Poundstone tells Maria Shriver on tonight's Dateline NBC that she "didn't do anything sexual, and I didn't hit anybody." The abuse charges were later dropped, but Poundstone confessed to driving her four kids to get ice cream while she was intoxicated. read more

CITY SLICKER

A Spin City rep confirms to TV Guide Online that The West Wing's Martin Sheen — father of City's Golden Globe-winning star Charlie Sheen — will jump networks and make a cameo on his son's ABC sitcom later this season. The episode tapes this week. (Personally, I can't believe NBC is allowing this to happen.) read more

NO MOORE?

Are pop singer Mandy Moore and her boyfriend, That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama, splitsville? It sure seems that way. While out plugging her new film, A Walk to Remember, the 17-year-old confessed to reporters that she "just got out of a relationship." Just in time for Valentine's Day! read more

Question: My friends and I ...

Question: My friends and I recently had an argument over which Daniel twin is on the new series That '80s Show. I think it's Cynthia, but my buddy thinks it is Brittany, who he recently saw in Joe Dirt. Who is correct? Also, was one of them recently in that commercial where the guy drives through the car wash with all the shaving stuff inside?

Televisionary: Score one for your bud. That's Sweet Valley High, Swan's Crossing and Dawson's Creek alum Brittany Daniel who's one of the stars of the new Fox series, from That '70s Show producers Carsey-Werner-Mandabach. She plays equal-opportunity ex-girlfriend Sophia on '80s, which is set to premiere tomorrow night. For the record, you may also have caught her as Eric's cute cousin on '70s or working with he read more

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