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I SPY A SMART MOVE

ABC's acclaimed spy yarn Alias has scored a major victory. The network has scheduled an original episode of the ratings underdog to air in the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot on Jan. 26. "The episode that [Alias creator] J.J. Abrams has written to air post-Super Bowl is a phenomenal hour of television, maybe the best hour of pure entertainment we've seen," said ABC entertainment president Susan Lyne. "This is a show that we have always believed deserved a bigger audience, and the Super Bowl will help introduce it to millions of new viewers." In related news, ABC is moving The Practice from Sundays to Mondays at 9 pm/ET beginning Jan. 27. Dick Wolf's Dragnet remake takes over Practice's old Sunday at 10 pm/ET home starting Feb. 2. This is a change from ABC's previous plan to air Dragnet on Mondays. read more

SCULLY'S GETTING MARRIED

Former The X-Files star Gillian Anderson is reportedly engaged to British documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne. Anderson, who is in London to appear in the new play What the Night Is For, met Ozanne earlier this year, but the pair only recently began dating. read more

LOOK OUT, ROSS

Film actor Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding) has signed on to do three episodes of Friends playing an office rival of Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston). His first episode airs in January. Dick Van Dyke, meanwhile, will appear in the Jan. 23 episode of Scrubs as a long-time friend of Dr. Kelso's (Ken Jenkins). read more

NIGHT DUTY

Funnyman Orlando Jones has been tapped to headline a half-hour late-night talk-variety series for the FX network. Over the weekend, Jones gave TV Guide Online a sneak preview of the project. Click here for more. read more

JUST SAY NO

Winona Ryder's alleged supplier has been caught! Doc-to-the-stars Jules Lusman, who had his medical license revoked last week, has been accused of overmedicating celebs like Ryder and singer-actress-hellraiser Courtney Love. Ryder had 37 prescriptions filled by 20 doctors from January 1996 to December 1998, according to the actress's probation report. Lusman denies any wrongdoing. read more

IN OTHER BROADWAY NEWS...

As we reported more than a year ago, Baz Luhrmann announced at Sunday's Broadway premiere of La Boheme that he's currently developing a Great White Way production of his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. The busy director also said he now plans to stage Moulin Rouge in a Vegas casino. read more

JUST PLAIN TIRED

Sharon Osbourne was readmitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday, US Weekly reports. Ozzy's better half — who's currently undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer — "was just exhausted," her rep says. She was released on Tuesday. read more

FAREWELL

Some of the biggest names in ABC News and Sports gathered Monday at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan to bid farewell to broadcasting giant Roone Arledge, who died Thursday of cancer at age 71. Peter Jennings said his former boss "made life and work so exciting," and Diane Sawyer described Arledge as the network's "global positioning system." read more

Tim Curry's Rocky Road to Fame


Ever since 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show — where he camped it up as "sweet transvestite" Dr. Frank-n-Furter — Tim Curry has been a comedic big-screen staple. Look at all the fun stuff he's done in Home Alone 2, Charlie's Angels, Scary Movie 2 and The Wild Thornberrys (opening Dec. 20). Sadly, though, TV success has proved more elusive.

The 56-year-old Brit had a recurring role on Showtime's defunct Rude Awakening and now headlines the WB's struggling Family Affair remake. But his optimistic 'tude hasn't been dampened. "When I'm done, I'm done," Curry tells TV Guide Online. "I move on and I'm looking for passages ne read more

COUNTDOWN WITH CARSON

Ever wonder what Carson Daly looks like in his jammies? Well, you'll find out on Dec. 31 when the TRL dude hosts MTV's New Year's Eve Pajama Party live from Times Square beginning at 10:30 pm/ET. Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher will share hosting duties with Daly, and live entertainment will be provided by the Foo Fighters, Busta Rhymes and Good Charlotte. read more

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