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WANNA BE LIKE OZZY?

You've seen those "My Life is a Soap Opera" bumperstickers for years. Now, inspired by MTV's The Osbournes, ABC Family wants to turn a regular American brood into TV comedy stars with My Life is a Sitcom. According to Broadcasting &#038 Cable, the 13-episode series will debut in January 2003, with the producers hunting for the right family. The final episode will be their very own pilot. read more

Full House Alum: Feuding with Alanis?


Well, isn't this ironic: Full House alum Dave Coulier — whose relationship and subsequent break-up with rocker Alanis Morissette was scathingly chronicled in her song "You Oughta Know" — is launching his own music career. But the Olsen twins' former co-star is here to remind us that he has no cross to bear with his angry ex, and thus, won't be penning his own tell-all ditty in retaliation.

"I would never do that," he tells TV Guide Online. "I would never be spiteful or hurtful because I don't think she was really trying to do that to me... I think she was just venting some emotion and it happened to become a hit."

Just venting some emotion? In case you've forgotten, here's a snippet from Morissette's tuneful tirade: "It was a slap in the face how quickly I was replaced. Are you thinking of me when you [blank] her read more

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"I've always believed that the best defense is a good offense, so I'm just trying to beat Mother Nature to the punch." — Today host Matt Lauer commenting on his new buzz cut, which he debuted on Monday's show. read more

TOLERANCE ATTACKED

Nickelodeon has logged some 100,000 e-mails and phone calls in protest of tonight's special about gay parenting. The campaign was reportedly organized by the Traditional Values Coalition. Nick News Special Edition: My Family is Different, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and featuring an appearance by Rosie O'Donnell, airs at 9 pm/ET. read more

LET THERE BE PEACE

The Dixie Chicks have resolved their year-long feud with Sony Music and will release their next album, Home, on Aug. 27. The country trio accused Sony of cheating them out of millions of dollars in royalties. "Our reconciliation with Sony Music couldn't have come at a better time," the Chicks said in a statement. read more

SHORT CUTS

Tiger Woods's U.S. Open victory on Sunday scored big for NBC, notching the best overnight ratings in the golf event's history... Oprah Winfrey is cutting back on her talk show schedule during the next two seasons, taping only 29 weeks of original shows — down from 37... The hit Broadway musical Urinetown has been temporarily shut down due to a leak at the Henry Miller Theatre. This is not a joke... Mariah Carey spent Father's Day with her gravely ill dad, Alfred Carey, who is being treated at a New York-area hospital. read more

LITTLE MULDER

Former X-Files UFO-chaser David Duchovny and actress-wife Téa Leoni celebrated the birth of their second child, a boy, on Saturday in Los Angeles. The new arrival, whose name has not been released, joins the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Madelaine West. read more

DURST SPEAKS OUT

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst said that security problems led to the death of 15-year-old fan Jessica Michalik during a concert last year in Sydney. "It was so overwhelming that a young girl came to see her favorite band and left in a coma and died," Durst said at Monday's inquest, which he attended via video link from Los Angeles. "I'm very emotional right now talking about it. It's taken me a long time to talk about this." Michalik suffered a heart attack during a crowd crush. read more

Julia Roberts's Mystic Pizza Reunion


Hollywood superstar or not, Julia Roberts isn't forgetting the little people. The Oscar winner recently was spotted at a Los Angeles-area youth basketball game on the arm of steady beau Daniel Moder. Apparently, Moder's nephew plays on one of the local co-ed teams, and Roberts was there to help cheer on the aspiring Kobe Bryant.

But it wasn't a member of the paparazzi who blew the erstwhile Pretty Woman's cover — it was her former Mystic Pizza co-star William R. Moses, whose 9-year-old daughter, Remi (with ex-wife Tracy Nelson), plays for the opposing team. "I'm the assistant coach and I was sitting there, and I look across [the court] and Juli read more

HOMEY DON'T PLAY THAT

Damon Wayans is blasting Fox's decision to move The Bernie Mac Show to Wednesdays at 8 pm next fall opposite his ABC comedy My Wife and Kids. "The networks should not be playing checkers with two shows about African American families that are working," Wayans tells the Los Angeles Times. "This is about the big picture. This is not about me and Bernie. This speaks to a responsibility that networks have, particularly when there's a lack of diversity on prime time. It's hard enough trying to put together one successful show with an African American family. Now there are two. It's divide and conquer. Then there will be none. This frustrates me as a black man with not too much to watch." read more

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