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FRIENDS FOREVER?

David Letterman made a surprise appearance at CBS's upfront presentation Wednesday to poke fun at his network and his so-called rivalry with CBS chief Les Moonves. "We're all excited to find out what this year's Wolf Lake will be," Letterman cracked. A taped segment showed Moonves washing Letterman's car and holding cue cards on the Late Show set. (Despite all the silliness, it was clear these two will never be friends.) Meanwhile, based on clips of CBS's new fall shows, Monday night sitcom Still Standing (starring The Full Monty's Mark Addy) looks to be a winner, while Sunday night comedy Bram and Alice — which is being paired with a relocated read more

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

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

RECORD ROUND-UP

Musiq's Juslisen entered the Billboard album chart at No. 1 with 260,000 copies sold. Celine Dion's New Day Has Come jumped four places to No. 2, followed by the debut of Lauryn Hill's MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. 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

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

FALLEN ANGEL

James Cameron probably isn't feeling like the King of the World today: Fox has axed his second-year sci-fi drama Dark Angel. The Oscar-winning filmmaker isn't holding out hope that he'll get a chance to tie up the show's loose ends in a two-hour telepic next season. "I doubt it, quite frankly," he tells TV Guide Online. "I think these decisions are made on a very mercenary basis. I think that once they've decided that they've got to put their money elsewhere, they'll put their money elsewhere. Which is too bad, because I think that we have a loyal fan base." The new Joss Whedon-produced space western Firefly will take over Jessica Alba's Friday night timeslot. Other Fox casualties include 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

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

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