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CBS's Late Show with David Letterman is headed to Infinity and beyond! Beginning Monday night, Late Show will be simulcast on 15 Infinity-owned radio stations across the country. More stations are expected to sign on in the near future — hence the "beyond" part. Both CBS and Infinity are owned by Viacom Inc. read more


Sharon Osbourne doesn't want her MTV show anymore. In an interview with Barbara Walters airing tomorrow on ABC's 20/20, Ozzy's better half announced that the upcoming 10-episode second season of The Osbournes (bowing Nov. 26) would be the show's last. "We can't do it anymore," she said. MTV, naturally, is in downplay mode. On Monday, network president Van Toffler phoned Sharon and she reportedly told him: "You know you can't believe everything I say." Later, she released her own statement, reaffirming her commitment to do at least another "20 episodes. I love my MTV." Also on 20/20, Sharon revealed that her cancer diagnosis drove Ozzy to drink again. read more


The Motion Picture Assn. of America has slapped Steven Soderbergh's upcoming sci-fi romance Solaris with an R rating allegedly because two scenes feature George Clooney's bare rump. Soderbergh — who plans to appeal the ruling — insists he will not cut the film. Glad someone's thinking about the bottom line. read more


First The Osbournes, and now this: In an interview with Fox News Channel on Monday, Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon said the show's upcoming sixth season would be its last. HBO insiders, however, insist no decision has been made. Series star Sarah Jessica Parker recently gave birth to her first child, son James Wilke Broderick. Nixon's second child is due next month. read more


Reese Witherspoon is poised to play a U.S. Marshal hunting for a murderer in the Antarctic-set thriller Whiteout. The film — which Witherspoon will also produce under her new pact with Universal — is based on Greg Rucka's graphic novel series. read more


Turns out, Tori Spelling can get work without daddy's help. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 resident will star in and exec produce an untitled comedy for NBC about an up-and-coming New York-based publicist. Maybe they should call it Lizzie. read more

Question: I heard something ...

Question: I heard something about ultra-gorgeous actor Freddie Prinze Jr. guesting on Friends on October 31st — something involving a male nanny. Can you give me any information about that? — Allison, Little Egg Harbor, N.J.

Televisionary: But of course, though it's not scheduled for Oct. 31, however ultra-terrifying an F.P. Jr. appearance would be to anyone who's had to sit through one of his movies. It's Nov. 7.

Prinze Jr. will indeed play a male nanny Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) hires to take care of her baby in the hit sitcom's 200th episode. Because it's a sweeps event, Paul Rudd, who co-starred with Aniston in The Obje read more


Actor-turned-Unsolved Mysteries host Robert Stack, 83, is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, The Associated Press reports. He was diagnosed with the disease a month ago. read more


Finally, Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial is history. The case went to the jury Monday after the prosecution and defense presented closing arguments. "She came, she stole, she left — end of story," said prosecutor Ann Rundle. Defense attorney Mark Geragos, meanwhile, portrayed the actress as a victim of a Saks conspiracy. The jury begins deliberations today. read more


Jonathan Harris, who portrayed dastardly doc Zachary Smith on the classic '60s series Lost in Space, died Sunday from a blood clot in his heart. He was 87. More recently, Harris was known for his voiceover work in A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. Also, actress Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, star of such '70s exploitation favorites as Caged Heat, Revenge of the Cheerleaders and Laserblast, died on Oct. 25 in her native Los Angeles of complications from hepatitis. She was 47. read more

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