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BORN TO RUN... FOR OFFICE?

A coalition calling itself "The Independence for New Jersey" has launched a campaign to get Bruce Springsteen elected as New Jersey's next U.S. senator. In order to get the Boss on the ballot, the group — headed by political consultant Doug Friedline (the same guy who helped put Jesse Ventura in office) — must have 800 signatures on its petition by June 4. It's not clear whether Springsteen has any desire to go into politics, but he must be flattered by all the attention. read more

IT'S UPN'S TURN

Don't expect many changes at UPN this fall. The network's 2002-03 schedule will feature just three new shows: Two dramas (The Twilight Zone, Haunted) and one comedy (Half and Half). Twilight Zone will follow Enterprise on Wednesdays, Haunted will be paired with Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Tuesdays and Half and Half joins the Monday night comedy block. Judging by previews screened Thursday morning at UPN's upfront, Haunted — starring Party of Five's Matthew Fox — has the best breakout potential. The other two look really bad. For a glimpse at UPN's new schedule, click here. read more

SHORT CUTS

Late R&B singer Aaliyah received four nominations for this year's Black Entertainment Television Awards, announced Tuesday. The event airs live on BET June 25... Where in the world was Today's Matt Lauer this morning, the fourth day of his popular globe-trotting series? Angkor Wat, Cambodia... Epic Records will release The Osbourne Family Album, featuring the favorite songs of Ozzy and Co., on June 11. Included on the CD: daughter Kelly's cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach." read more

OUTLAW

Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon was one of several people arrested Tuesday at a Manhattan protest against proposed school budget cuts. Nixon, whose daughter attends a school in the city, was charged with disorderly conduct. She's due back in court on June 19. read more

ALL PAM, ALL THE TIME

Capturing the true meaning of Memorial Day, TNN will mark the holiday (May 27) with "Pam's Day Off," a 12-hour Baywatch marathon starting at 9 am/ET. Presumably as a nod to voyeuristic veterans, they're only showing episodes featuring Pamela Anderson as busty lifeguard C.J. Parker. read more

BY GEORGE, JASON'S GOT A NEW GIG

Spreading the good word about KFC apparently isn't fulfilling enough for Seinfeld grad Jason Alexander. The 42-year-old actor will begin teaching acting classes at the University of Southern California this fall as part of the school's George Burns Distinguished Visiting Professor in Performance program. read more

Felicity Star Robbed!


In the two years she spent on the WB's soon-to-be-expelled college drama Felicity, Amy Jo Johnson weathered her fair share of angst. But last Thursday, the 31-year-old actress-singer got a real-life anxiety attack when she discovered a burglar in her Manhattan pad.

"I woke up and found a huge man staring at me above my bed," she recalls to TV Guide Online. "I ran out the door and got a cop." By the time they returned, however, the thief had already made off with her laptop computer. "It's just annoying more than anything. I'm really happy that I'm okay and he wasn't here to hurt me, [but] it's very inconvenient."

Indeed, the intruder couldn't have picked a worse time to disrupt Johnson's life: Less than 24 hours later, the erstwhile Power Ranger was slated to debut as rock icon read more

EYE TIME

CBS unveiled its 2002-03 fall schedule today and it features seven new shows, including CSI spin-off CSI: Miami (to air Mondays at 10 pm/ET) and the comedy Still Standing, starring The Full Monty's Mark Addy. Three programs move to new time periods: The District to Saturday at 9 pm/ET; The Agency to Saturday at 10 pm/ET; Becker to Sunday at 8:30 pm/ET. Among the "bubble" shows getting a reprieve: Touched by an Angel, The Amazing Race and the aforementioned Agency. Casualties, meanwhile, include Family Law, read more

TRASH TALKER

Controversial rapper Eminem isn't making any new fans in the White House. The artist tosses a four-letter obscenity at Vice President Dick Cheney's wife in "White America," a track on his upcoming album, The Eminem Show. Lynne Cheney, whose criticism of the recording industry frequently targets Eminem, responded through her spokeswoman, again denouncing the rapper's lyrics as a "glorification of violence." read more

Hugh Grant, Divorcé?


Although being lazy, selfish and terminally single aren't exactly desirable qualities, Hugh Grant is the first to admit that he shares those dubious characteristics with Will, his onscreen counterpart in About a Boy (opening Friday).

"There are aspects of Will that are familiar to me," he concedes. "I knew the world of being a slack guy hanging around London, especially [from] my long years of relative unemployment before Four Weddings and a Funeral. I know all about afternoon television and saving the trip to the chemist as the treat of the day."

However, the 41-year-old has come to realize that, by and by, flying solo can get a chap down. "The seductive and fun bachelor existence suddenly begins to pale toward the end of your 30s," he says thoughtfully. "Is read more

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