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SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN AT NIGHT!

CBS will air five hour-long editions of The Price Is Right in prime time over the summer, beginning in June. In addition, a special Price featuring Navy sailors has been scheduled for May 17 at 8 pm/ET. The best part? Variety reports that the show's signature "Big Wheel" will be upped from $10,000 to $100,000! read more

A Match Made in 7th Heaven


Who says June nuptials are best? Every May, wedding bells ring for at least one special TV twosome — after all, nothing says "sweeps" like blushing brides and goofy grooms! On 7th Heaven, the happy couple is Sarah and Matt. There's just one hitch to their getting hitched next month: The lovebirds, played by Sarah Danielle Madison and Barry Watson, secretly eloped back in February!

Oh, and did we mention they're from different religious backgrounds? She's Jewish, he's Protestant and their dads are both clergymen. Uh-oh! "It is a battle from the start to the finish between the Rabbi and [Rev. Camden, who's played by Stephen Collins]," exec produc read more

BLAKE CHARGED

Baretta actor Robert Blake, 68, was formally charged on Monday with murder in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He was charged with one count of murder with the special circumstance of lying in wait, which could bring the death penalty. Blake's former bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder. read more

ROSIE OUTLOOK

CBS has tapped reality TV's No. 1 fan, Rosie O'Donnell, to host Survivor: Marquesas &#150 The Reunion. The special airs live from New York's Central Park on Sunday, May 19, immediately following the two-hour finale. read more

END QUOTE

"I certainly had a white light experience... It's really nice to be alive." — Sharon Stone, who was hospitalized last October after suffering a tear in an artery at the base of her skull, recounting her near-death experience to USA Today. read more

SHORT CUTS

Sportscaster Marv Albert, who suffered a concussion in a car accident on Thursday, was released from a New Jersey hospital on Friday... Reginald Rose, who penned the TV and movie versions of Twelve Angry Men, died Friday of complications from heart failure. He was 81... Despite an escalating advertiser boycott, FX's controversial cop show The Shield has been renewed for a second season. read more

MONSTER MOVIE PREVIEW

Disney and Pixar — whose partnership has yielded such box office behemoths as Monsters Inc., Toy Story and A Bug's Life — have unveiled their next three films. First up is the underwater adventure Finding Nemo (due summer 2003), followed by the Christmas 2004 release of The Incredibles, about a family of superheroes, and the automotive comedy Cars (due Christmas 2005). read more

GOODBYE SPENSER

Tom Selleck, Tony Danza and Joan Van Ark were among the celebrity mourners who gathered to remember Robert Urich at a North Hollywood memorial service on Friday. Urich died of cancer last week at the age of 55. read more

WHO'S YOUR DADDY?

Hollywood producer Steve Bing still is not convinced he is the father of Elizabeth Hurley's newborn son. The 35-year-old millionaire went to court on Friday seeking to determine whether he is indeed the child's daddy. London's High Court could order that DNA tests be carried out on little Damian Charles. Natch, Liz is not amused. "Elizabeth has always made it clear that she is willing to participate in paternity tests and is extremely distressed that Stephen is attempting to resolve these personal issues publicly," her rep said. read more

MUSIC WORLD IN MOURNING

Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for Alice in Chains, was found dead in his Seattle apartment on Friday. He was 34. The cause of death was not known, but heroin paraphernalia was found with his body. read more

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