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AAHHH... BUNDY!

Fox will air a one-hour Married... With Children reunion special on Feb. 16, the same night the network broadcasts the 300th episode of The Simpsons. The entire Bundy clan — including Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate and David Faustino — taped the retrospective over the weekend. read more

FAREWELL

Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb, 53, died Sunday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami after going into cardiac arrest just prior to surgery for an intestinal blockage. Gibb's brother Barry is questioning the hospital's treatment of Maurice at the time of his death. "The fact that they had to operate on Maurice during the shock of cardiac arrest, is very questionable, and we will pursue every factor, every element, every second of the timeline of the final hours of Maurice's life," he told the BBC. "We will pursue that relentlessly. That will be our quest from now on." He added that Maurice's death had "decimated" the lives of his wife Yvonne, and their two children, Adam and Samantha. read more

THIS BITES

As expected, it looks like UPN is about to drive a stake through Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At the Television Critics Press Tour over the weekend, CBS chief Leslie Moonves, whose responsibilities also include UPN, told reporters that he "wouldn't bet" on Buffy returning next season. A spinoff series — minus Sarah Michelle Gellar — remains under consideration. read more

MURIEL'S WEDDING

Aussie actress Toni Collette, 30, who currently can be seen smooching Julianne Moore in The Hours, married musician Dave Galafassi, 25, over the weekend in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney. Collette played a woman obsessed with getting married in the 1994 hit comedy Muriel's Wedding. read more

SHORT CUTS

CBS has announced the identities of the 16 contestants competing in Survivor: The Amazon. For exclusive pics of the castaways, click here... Former 7th Heaven regulars Barry Watson and Jessica Biel will return for the show's 150th episode on April 21... NBC will air a half-hour edition of Saturday Night Live to compete against ABC's Super Bowl halftime show on Jan 26... NBC's new drama series Mister Sterling got off to a strong start Friday, winning its time slot with 12.3 million viewers. read more

MORE SAD MUSIC NEWS

The music world is also mourning the loss of Mickey Finn, a percussionist with the '70s British rock band T.Rex. Finn, who had reportedly been in poor health for some time, died Saturday in London of kidney and liver problems. He was 55. read more

HIGH ROLLERS

Still smarting from the stink bomb that was Solaris, Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney have wisely chosen a sure thing as their next project: A sequel to their heist hit Ocean's Eleven. Production on Ocean's Twelve is expected to get underway in March, and in addition to Soderbergh and Clooney reprising their respective roles as director and star, Brad Pitt is in talks to return. read more

WHO, ME?

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children after police conducted a search of his London home and office. Over the weekend, the 57-year-old rocker admitted that he paid to access a child porn site, but said he only did so for purposes of research. "To fight against pedophilia, you have to know what's out there," he said. "If I did anything illegal, I did it purely for research. I am not a pedophile." Townshend went public with the admission after a newspaper reported that an unnamed rock star was being investigated by police as part of a massive child pornography case. "With hindsight, it was very foolish," he said, "but I felt so angered about what was going on, it blurred my judgment." read more

Claire Danes: Sentenced to Life


Oh, the pitfalls of teen stardom. Sure, you get to mix with beautiful people and earn more pocket money than the average grocery bagger. The trade off? You'll be followed forever by a visual chronicle of your most awkward years. That's the deal for Claire Danes, who now cringes whenever fans approach her to autograph that newly-issued DVD of My So-Called Life.

"I have real fond memories of that time and really terrific associations with the show," says the 23-year-old, who currently plays Meryl Streep's daughter in The Hours. "It was just a very special experience. But my adolescence was very carefully documented. It's not something we like to see... My voice was kind of funny at times, and I didn't know about read more

Nathan Lane Throws a Political Party


Four years after getting booed off stage as the star of the NBC sitcom Encore! Encore!, Nathan Lane is finally ready for his curtain call. CBS has elected the Tony-winner to play a freshman congressman in the midseason comedy Charlie Lawrence. And this time around, Lane insists, he got it right.

For starters, while Encore! cast the openly gay Birdcage thesp as — gasp! — a skirt-chasing opera singer, Lawrence finds Lane in more familiar territory. "He's an openly gay actor who ends up getting elected to Congress," the 46-year-old performer tells TV Guide Online. "I thought this was an interesting venue, to put a gay character into the world of politics."

In addition to starring in the series, Lane also serves as an exec producer and writer. In other words, if Lawrence is a flop, he has no one to blame but himself. "The first time around, I was terribly na&#239ve," he laments of the Encore! deba read more

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