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The WB doesn't announce its fall plans until tomorrow, but according to Variety, the network is adding four comedies and two dramas to a lineup that features changes on every night but Tuesday. Among the shifts: moving Charmed and Angel to Sundays. Shows getting the ax include Maybe It's Me, Raising Dad and Popstars. They join previously announced casualties Felicity, The Steve Harvey Show, Men, Women and Dogs, Nikki and Elimidate Deluxe. read more


This is the week that the broadcast networks unveil to advertisers their fall lineups, beginning with NBC today. The Peacock Network ordered five new shows, including three comedies (In Laws, Hidden Hills and Good Morning Miami) and two dramas (cop series Boomtown and the '60s family saga American Dreams). Other changes: Just Shoot Me moves to Tuesdays at 8:30 pm/ET and Scrubs shifts to Thursdays at 8:30 pm/ET. Gone are Leap of Faith and Weakest Link. Slated for mid-season: the Washington-based series Mister Sterling and Kingpin, a new drama from Homicide scribe David Mills. For a look at the new schedule, click here. read more


"Yeah, I was surprised. I mean, I didn't know it was coming, but if getting married made her happy, then I'm happy she's married." — Rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs describing his reaction to ex Jennifer Lopez's wedding to Cris Judd in the current issue of Newsweek. read more


Harry Potter is spinning some magical grosses of his own. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone became Britain's fastest-selling video, selling 1.25 million copies on its first day of release. The film will be released on video and DVD stateside on May 28. read more


Where in the world was Today's Matt Lauer this morning, the first day of his popular globe-trotting series? Rio de Janeiro... ABC will relaunch Mole II: The Next Betrayal with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, May 28 (8-10 pm/ET)... The high school basketball saga Chiefs was named the best feature documentary Sunday at Robert De Niro's inaugural Tribeca Film Festival... Sony is pushing the release of the Vin Diesel actioner XXX back a week to Aug. 9... Ed/Friends guest star Rena Sofer is joining Just Shoot Me as a regular next season. read more


Former President Bill Clinton says it's doubtful he'll become the next Oprah Winfrey. Last week, Clinton met with NBC execs to discuss the possibility of hosting a show. "I don't think this is going to happen," Clinton admitted in an interview with National Public Radio. "I'd be surprised if it did." read more


Tom Cruise is developing and will possibly star in a feature film remake of H.G. Wells's classic Martian invasion saga The War of the Worlds, Variety reports. War — which depicts a seemingly unstoppable Martian attack on Earth — was previously brought to the screen in 1953. In 1938, Orson Welles caused a panic when he performed Wells's book on the radio as if it were a live news broadcast. read more


Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel was the big winner at Thursday's Billboard Latin Music Awards, picking up a field-best four trophies... NBC is developing Anne Rice's gothic trilogy The Witching Hour as a 12-hour limited series, Variety reports... Spider-Man is expected to cross the $200 million mark at the box office this weekend... Pax TV has renewed four of its current series: Doc, Candid Camera, It's a Miracle and Miracle Pets... Home Improvement's Richard Karn will replace Louie Anderson next season as host of Family Feud... NBC is expected to announce that its freshman hit read more


Political has-been Dan Quayle has figured out a way to get his name back in the papers: Talk about MTV's The Osbournes. The former vice president — who made waves a decade ago when he criticized Murphy Brown for glorifying single parenting — believes Ozzy Osbourne promotes good family values. "I think there are some very good lessons there that are being transmitted, of not doing drugs, of not doing alcohol," he told The Associated Press. In related news... read more

Do You Know Unfaithful's Big Secret?

If you have the impression that Unfaithful is just another run-of-the-mill infidelity flick straight off the assembly line, you're in for a rude awakening — at least according to Richard Gere. "I don't feel that it's simply a story about an affair," insists the actor, whose character gets two-timed by Diane Lane in the film. "There is a thriller element to this — there are surprises. There are moments where the audience will go, 'Oh my God.'"

Among the bombshells moviegoers may not see coming: Lane's remarkably subtle performance — which insiders are already predicting will earn her an Oscar nomination. Unfaithful marks Gere's second collaboration with the 37-year-old actress; the two co-starred in 1984's The Cotton Club. "What read more

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