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MTV's The Osbournes was named best reality series at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys. Matriarch Sharon Osbourne — who's currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer — accepted the gold statue alongside daughter Kelly. HBO's Six Feet Under, meanwhile, was the evening's big winner, capturing five awards and setting the stage for a possible clean sweep at next Sunday's main Emmy Awards. read more


It's official: Jane Clayson will leave her post as anchor of CBS's The Early Show at the end of the month. Her exit follows the May departure of co-host Bryant Gumbel. Unlike Gumbel, Clayson will remain at the network; she'll serve as an Evening News correspondent and a contributor to 48 Hours Investigates. CBS is expected to announce a new Early Show team in the coming weeks. read more


Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson, 44, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Doctors are conducting tests to decide the best course of treatment. read more


The controversial Irish convent drama The Magdalene Sisters continues to rack up kudos. Following its big victory at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, the flick won the Discovery award Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. read more

Agency Head: Who's In, Who's Out, What's Next

Think real-life politics are hard to follow? Just try keeping track of the comings and goings of the CIA operatives that keep the revolving door spinning on CBS's sophomore series The Agency. Luckily, TV Guide Online wouldn't dream of letting you turn on the Sept. 28 season premiere without first updating your scorecards — and neither would the show's executive producer, '70s teen idol-turned-Joss Whedon wannabe Shaun Cassidy. Here, the former pop star reveals the changes in personnel — and direction — that he hopes will make sure the sleeper still rocks 'n' rolls for us.

Good-bye, Gil Bellows. "[It's] no reflection on Gil," says Cassidy of the Ally McBeal casualty who played Matt Callan. "Gil's terrific. But it's sort of l read more


The West Wing is about to get a lot more expensive for NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Television may ask the network to fork over $10 million per WW episode — more than six times the current $1.6 million asking price. The increase would go into effect next season. read more

Campbell Scott: Artful Dodger

Stop us if you've heard this one before: A struggling screenwriter spots a famous actor/indie filmmaker in a New York coffee shop and musters up the courage to present a copy of his script. Though hesitant, the star agrees to give it the once-over with the promise/threat of an honest critique. Three weeks later, the thespian calls and says he's not only interested in executive producing the project, but wants to star in it as well!

It sounds like Hollywood hooey, but that's the story behind Roger Dodger, a sharp coming-of-age comedy written and directed by first-time filmmaker Dylan Kidd and starring Campbell Scott. Recalling his coffee klatch with Kidd, Scott says, "Dylan approached me and said, 'I never do this, but can I give you this script?' I think I surprised him by saying, 'Yeah, sure.'"

Scott — known for starring in films such as Sin read more


Struggling ABC isn't letting go of a good thing. In a last-minute move, the network has decided to add reruns of the USA Network drama Monk to its new fall schedule — continuing its successful summer repurposing experiment. The series — which stars Tony Shalhoub as an obsessive-compulsive detective — will air Thursdays at 8 pm/ET beginning Sept. 26. To make room for Monk, ABC is delaying the premiere of Dinotopia until Thanksgiving night Nov. 28. read more


When it comes to Emmy records, Mary Richards didn't make it after all. At Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys, Frasier became the most honored TV show of all time — breaking the previous record held by The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The NBC comedy picked up three trophies, pushing its Emmy total to 30. That's one more than the 29 garnered by Mary Tyler Moore's classic comedy during its seven-year run. read more


Reps for Elizabeth Taylor confirm that the Hollywood legend underwent successful skin cancer treatment in June... CBS is already searching for contestants for a Big Brother 4, Variety reports... Comic-actress Janeane Garofalo revealed on Sunday's Conversations From the Edge with Carrie Fisher that she has an alcohol problem, but has been sober for nearly a year. read more

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