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It's official: The Grammy Awards are returning to the Big Apple! The 45th annual ceremony — scheduled for Feb. 23, 2003 — will also mark the first time the kudofest will be held on a Sunday. The announcement was made at an early-morning press conference at New York's Madison Square Garden. read more

PANIC ROOM

There were some sweaty palms at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday when Leno unexpectedly summoned the show's 100 or so employees into a conference room just prior to taping. The reason for the gathering? In honor of his 10th anniversary as Tonight Show host, Leno gave each employee $1,000 for every year they worked there. Dave, it's your turn... read more

COMEBACK KID

As expected, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue, 66, has inked a deal with MSNBC to host his own prime-time show. The topical program — which will air weeknights at 8 pm/ET — is expected to launch this summer. read more

END QUOTE

"The more I edited myself, the more the joy of doing the show was taken away from me. By the time I left it was no big deal. I had already left in my heart." — Kathie Lee Gifford, discussing her exit from Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in the May issue of Ladies' Home Journal. read more

GOODBYE ARTHUR

Dudley Moore was buried Tuesday in a low-key ceremony in Scotch Plains, N.J. Some 30 friends and family were in attendance. (MIA: Moore's famous leading ladies, Bo Derek and Liza Minnelli.) The 66-year-old actor-comedian died last Wednesday after a long battle against a rare brain disease. read more

AMERICA LOVES CELINE

Celine Dion can officially tell her critics to "hush, now." The Canadian songbird's comeback CD, A New Day Has Come, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart. So far, the chart-topper has sold a whopping 527,000 copies. read more

ON THE DOTTED LINE

Bob Costas won't be donning mouse ears after all. The famed broadcaster — who had been in talks with Disney-owned ABC — will instead take on an expanded role at HBO as part of a multi-year contract. According to The Associated Press, Costas's HBO pact covers his talk show On the Record as well as appearances on Inside the NFL. It remains unclear how all of this will affect his deal with NBC, which expires this summer. read more

FAMILY AFFAIR

CBS is developing a TV movie about one of TV's most beloved duos: Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic — titled Ozzie, Harriet and the Nelson Family — begins with the couple's early years in New York during the 1930s. read more

SHORT CUTS

Mummy hunk Brendan Fraser and his wife, Afton, are expecting their first child in October, columnist Liz Smith reports... The Sci Fi Channel and TNT are finalizing a deal for off-network rights to all 202 episodes of The X-Files... Onetime TV judge Mills Lane, 64, remains in intensive care after suffering a stroke Monday... Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly is considering adopting a baby... Porn classic Debbie Does Dallas is being turned into a Broadway show. read more

Paul Reiser: Mad About a New Series?


It's been three years since Mad About You went off the air, yet Paul Reiser confesses to TV Guide Online that he's not in any hurry to jump back into another weekly TV gig.

"I'm not hungry to do that right now," says the 46-year-old actor, who spent seven years as the producer and star of the NBC sitcom. "I'm having more fun picking and choosing things that don't involve an extended commitment. It's been fun, taking it easy and doing things at a more sane pace."

Reiser's new laid-back career strategy was apparently music to the ears of Showtime execs, who cast him in two different movie projects: The family drama Strange Relations and the romantic comedy Women vs. Men. Relations, which premiered Sunday and is being rebroadcast Thursday at 8 pm/ET, finds the erstwhile Paul Buckman playing a shrink who is diagnosed with cancer. read more

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