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WHERE WAS MELFI?

Edward James Olmos has filed for divorce from his wife, Sopranos shrink Lorraine Bracco. According to court papers, the couple — who wed in 1994 — have been separated since 1997. read more

WHO NEEDS A GOLD MEDAL?

Beloved Olympic bronze medalist Michelle Kwan has signed a three-year deal to serve as a spokeswoman for The Walt Disney Co. The 21-year-old figure skater will be featured in marketing campaigns for Disney's theme parks, restaurants, cruise line, movies and other company properties. Kwan will also make PSAs for the Mouse House and appear as a presenter at various awards programs. read more

MIXED MESSAGES

Just as ABC was denying talk that it is planning to dump This Week vets Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts as part of a radical overhaul of the Sunday morning news program, Roberts confirmed that come November, she's history. The venerable journalist, however, is not leaving the network altogether. Says Roberts: "We've started very preliminary conversations about what other role I might play at ABC." Meanwhile, Donaldson was quoted as describing the current situation at ABC News as "chaos, dark night and the abyss." read more

THE STORY THAT WON'T DIE

Aussie spitfire Russell Crowe — who lost his beautiful mind when a TV producer cut his reading of a poem at last month's British Academy Film Awards — was peeved all over again when the verse was excised from the broadcast in his native Australia. According to The Sun, Crowe was assured that his acceptance speech would not be edited again. Would someone please air this thing already?!?! read more

CRIME PAYS

Buoyed by a record audience for CSI, CBS won the ratings race for the week ending March 3. Nearly 29 million viewers watched last Thursday's CSI, more than Must-See staples Friends and ER. read more

BAD NEWS PASADENA FANS

Former China Beach Emmy winner Dana Delany — last seen in the Fox sudser Pasadena (which is currently "on-hiatus") — has been cast as a pediatric doctor in the upcoming CBS drama series Presidio Med. Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live grad Cheri Oteri has joined the cast of ABC's comedy pilot With You in Spirit playing a weather girl at a small-town TV station. (In the meantime, fans can get a Cheri fix Monday when the funny lady guest stars on the premiere episode of NBC's The Colin Quinn Show.) read more

SHORT CUTS

On Tuesday's edition of MTV's Total Request Live, singer-actress-mom-to-be Brandy revealed that the baby she is expecting in July is a girl... Sean "P. Diddy" Combs signed off on a child support settlement Tuesday with model Kim Porter, the mother of his three-year-old son. — Michael Ausiello read more

THE NEXT SIX FEET UNDER?

HBO has ordered seven episodes of the drama pilot Baseball Wives. The series — which could debut as early as January 2003 — revolves around the wives of a group of Major League Baseball stars as they struggle to keep their relationships intact. Speaking of Six Feet Under, the show's second-season premiere Sunday attracted 6.2 million viewers, up from last season's average. read more

UPN Vixen: As If She's Good!


Look out, Memphis, Missouri! You're about to see a whole other side of hometown girl Adrienne Wilkinson when UPN's new dramedy As If premieres tonight at 9 pm/ET.

"The character I play is quite racy," the Midwesterner tells TV Guide Online of materialistic manhunter Nicki. "My grandmother is already prepped. She's like, 'Now you're just acting, right? Right?'"

Well, Gram can relax. In real life, Wilkinson is as sweet as Nicki is trampy. "I'm such a mother hen," she admits. "I take care of everyone obsessively, to the point where it's not even my business!"

Perhaps that's why the actress, best known for her role as Eve on Xena: Warrior Princess, is more at home in Missouri than Los Angeles. "There is just the smarmy factor of Hollywood," she sighs. "There is the constant secon read more

How X-Files Lured Back Duchovny


So much for David Duchovny's supposed apathy toward an X-Files return. Not only has the actor agreed to reprise his role as Mulder for the show's May 19 series finale, but TV Guide Online has learned that, before X-creator Chris Carter decided to end the show, Duchovny himself expressed interest in getting back into the UFO-chasin' biz.

Here's the scoop: Earlier this season, Carter — still under the impression that Duchovny had washed his hands of Mulder for good (at least on the small screen) — approached the Evolution star about directing the April 28 episode. His response floored Carter and fellow X-ecutive producer read more

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