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WAS HE TRYING OUT NEW MATERIAL?

Stand-up comic Kevin Meaney, 45, was arrested Sunday at San Francisco International Airport after he allegedly grabbed a National Guard soldier's rifle. The funnyman — who was said to be illegally videotaping a security checkpoint, prompting the scuffle — is free on bail. He's expected back in court on April 8. read more

JACK'S BACK

Keanu Reeves is in talks to star in a remake of the 1971 counterculture hit Billy Jack, Variety reports. Reeves currently is hard at work on the back-to-back Matrix sequels. read more

WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Fox Entertainment is reviving four classic sci-fi TV series: Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Land of the Giants. According to Variety, Fox inked a deal with the estate of late producer Irwin Allen to air reruns as well as create new TV and film versions. read more

RUSSELL EATS CROW

Sounds like Russell Crowe regrets ranting at TV producer Malcolm Gerrie for removing part of his acceptance speech at last month's British Academy Film Awards. "He said his language had been excessive and, yes, he was still a bit sore — but he understood that Malcolm had a job to do," Gerrie's rep told Reuters. In an apologetic phone call over the weekend, Crowe offered to buy Gerrie a drink on his next London trip, and also spent 15 minutes chatting with his "thrilled" son, who's a big fan. Cheers to making peace, gents. read more

THE NAME GAME

Can't keep track of when your favorite TV shows are on? Well, ABC is simplifying the process by naming one of its midseason sitcoms after the timeslot it will occupy: Wednesday 9:30. Previously titled The Web, Wednesday revolves around a fictional TV network. Insiders anticipate the show will be renamed Cancelled in no time. read more

SHORT CUTS

Cooking icon Julia Child, 89, is recuperating after being briefly hospitalized over the weekend with bronchitis... Rosie O'Donnell will return as host of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on April 20. It will mark her sixth time as host. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

Question: In the mid-1960s, I ...

Question: In the mid-1960s, I think, Dennis Weaver starred in a show where he had an adopted Korean son, lived on a ranch and drove a convertible Mustang. What was the name of it? Thanks. — Greg T., Dallas, Tex.

Televisionary: That would be the short-lived comedy-drama Kentucky Jones, which ran on NBC for a year beginning in September 1964. Weaver, coming off his nine-year stint as Chester Goode on the classic Gunsmoke, starred as veterinarian Kenneth Yarborough "Kentucky" Jones (he signed his name "K.Y."), who lived on a ranch in southern California.

And the nine-year-old boy of whom you speak, Dwight Eisenhower "Ike" Wong (played by Ricky Der — apparently nifty nicknames were plentiful on this show), was Chinese, not Korean. Kentucky's wife had arranged to adopt the lad and then promptly died, leaving the widower vet to raise him alone.

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WHAT WOULD ROCKY THINK?

Vanilla Ice and Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes) are the latest C-listers climbing into the ring for Fox's upcoming Celebrity Boxing special (March 13, 9 pm/ET). According to Vegas handicappers, odds are even that both will end up losers. read more

CALL HER MOMMY

Anne Heche and Coley Laffoon welcomed a 7 lb. infant son on Saturday in L.A. The John Q star and her cameraman hubby have dubbed their first child Homer Heche Laffoon. (Don't laugh, it's not nice.) read more

CBS DAYTIME MOURNS LOSS

On Feb. 28, soap opera actress Mary Stuart died at 75 due to complications from a stroke. A beloved suds staple for 50 years, she starred as Jo during Search for Tomorrow's entire 35-year run. Most recently, she was Meta on Guiding Light. For more on Stuart's passing, read Soaps News on Friday. read more

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