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CONCERT MISHAP

Nearly a dozen people attending a Bow Wow concert Saturday night in Minneapolis were hospitalized with minor injuries after a floor railing gave way. The railing snapped as fans pressed forward when the teen rap star worked his way into the crowd. read more

TAKING THE LOWE ROAD

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin is taking some sassy potshots at departing cast member Rob Lowe. In the current issue of Newsweek, Sorkin jokes that there's a lot of pressure writing for an actor of Lowe's caliber. "You're looking at the spectre of [past Lowe films] Atomic Train and Oxford Blues and St. Elmo's Fire," he says, "and you try to live up to those standards, and sometimes you can't." Ouch! read more

HE'S OUTTA THERE

Harland Braun, the lawyer who has represented Robert Blake since his wife was murdered last year, resigned as the actor's attorney Monday. According to The Associated Press, Braun was miffed that the former Baretta star granted a jailhouse interview with ABC News's Diane Sawyer. "I think it's insane for a person charged with a crime to go on camera to answer questions about the case," he said. "No lawyer in the country would allow a defendant to do this." read more

EARLY RISERS

CBS's last-ditch effort to revive its struggling Early Show launched this morning with a new four-person anchor team — a la ABC's The View. The lucky quartet consists of Harry Smith, Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Rene Syler. Somewhere, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer are not sweating. read more

BAD TIMING

A WB spokesperson confirms to TV Guide Online that a line of dialogue from last Tuesday's episode of Gilmore Girls was dubbed over at the last minute as a result of the recent terrorist attack in Bali. In the scene, which was shot well before the Oct. 12 disco bombing that left more than 180 people dead, Lauren Graham's character Lorelai tells daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) that her wealthy new crush just flew in from Bali. However, thanks to looping, producers were able to change the line from Bali to Maui. Unfortunately, the final product was rather sloppy: Astute viewers could clearly tell that Graham's mouth did not line up with the word she was uttering. Still, props to the WB for taking the sensitive road. A network spokesperson refused further comment. read more

PEER PRESSURE

The Winona Ryder saga took another turn for the bizarre on Friday when former Sony Pictures head Peter Guber was selected as one of the jurors in the actress's shoplifting trial. Also among the 12-person jury: A TV producer and a Sony legal secretary. Opening arguments begin today. read more

ARETHA'S STORAGE BIN BURNS

An $800,000 Michigan house owned by Aretha Franklin burned down Friday. The singer was not present at the time, as she mainly used the 5,000-square-foot residence to store boxes and furniture. In related news, on any given night, there are more than 40,000 homeless people in Michigan in need of shelter. read more

GOOD NEWS

Looks like Good Morning Miami will live to see another day. NBC has ordered a full season's worth (22 episodes) of the workplace comedy, which co-stars Mark Feuerstein and Suzanne Pleshette. On Thursday night, the sitcom held an impressive 84 percent of Will & Grace's lead-in audience. In other Peacock news, Julia Louis-Dreyfus's single-camera comedy Watching Ellie will kick off its second season in March. NBC recently ordered six news episodes. read more

FAMILY AFFAIR

Friends millionaire Matthew Perry is in final talks to co-star with his real-life dad, actor John Bennett Perry, in the father-son drama The Beginning of Wisdom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry would shoot the film in the spring, after he wraps his ninth — and likely final — season of Friends. read more

FOUR SCORE

CBS, off to its best start since the 1987-88 TV season, has given full season orders to four of its new shows: CSI: Miami, Still Standing, Without A Trace and Hack. read more

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