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REPEAT FRESHMAN YEAR

The first seasons of two late, great TV dramas — the WB's Felicity and ABC's Once and Again — will be released on DVD Nov. 5. That same day, the entire run of ABC's short-lived Sports Night will also be out on DVD. read more

WHOOPI ALERT

Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg will co-star as marrieds in the upcoming Showtime TV movie Good Fences. Set in the 1970s, it tells the tale of an upwardly-mobile black family whose "American dream becomes a nightmare." Produced by Spike Lee, the film starts shooting in August. read more

WHAT ABOUT BOB?

Price Is Right host Bob Barker is back at home in Los Angeles, a week after undergoing prostate surgery in Washington, D.C. He'll return to work on Aug. 19. read more

COPPING A NEW ATTITUDE

David Caruso has had nearly a decade to think about his controversial exit from NYPD Blue, and he now confesses that, well, he did a bad, bad thing. "It's been an interesting nine years... I don't think I could have helped but grow up quite a bit," he told reporters Tuesday at the TCA press tour, where he was out promoting his role in CBS's fall spinoff series CSI: Miami. "While we all understand that I mishandled the NYPD Blue situation quite handily, I've had a number of opportunities... to grow up and realize what has been provided for me, and it's been a very interesting and very powerful ride. It's been great for me." Tell it to Steven Bochco, buddy. For more on CSI: Miami, click here. read more

THE DOCTOR'S OUT

One of America's favorite weekly rituals has come to an end: Dr. Phil will no longer be making Tuesday house calls on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The life strategist — who's launching his own syndicated daily talk show, Dr. Phil, on Sept. 16 — tells TV Guide Online that he will make occasional appearances on Oprah next season, but, "I'm in L.A. and she's in Chicago, so not regularly." Dr. Phil is being produced by Winfrey's Harpo Productions. read more

Sopranos Stars Sound Off


Think Sopranos creator David Chase feels guilty about making America wait more than a year for new episodes of his HBO mob hit? Fuhgetaboutit! At the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., reporters grilled Chase about the long gap between the show's third and fourth seasons — and he was having none of it.

"Your questions are like this all of the time. It surprises me," he said. "It's like we have to sort of apologize because we take the time and spend the money and the effort to do a really good job. I don't get it."

Chase — who earlier admitted to being a "miserable s--thead" — wasn't the only Soprano miffed over the fuss being made about the delayed fourth season, which premieres Sept. 15. Co-star Lorraine Bracco, who plays Ton read more

Jennie Garth: Pregnant and Funny!


Jennie Garth isn't letting a little thing like pregnancy get in the way of her big TV comedy debut. The 30-year-old former Beverly Hills, 90210 babe — who announced over the weekend that she's expecting her second child with actor-hubby Peter Facinelli in December — says her new Friday night WB sitcom What I Like About You will debut this fall right on schedule. "We're going full steam ahead without even stopping," she tells TV Guide Online.

At the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, Garth was asked why she's not requesting time off like expectant mom Sarah Jessica Parker did on read more

END QUOTE

"You know, the chance of some 2002 version of The Clash coming in or Elvis Costello... it's not gonna happen. But it's about [the judges'] conversation afterwards. Simon's great!" — Michael J. Fox telling Access Hollywood why he loves American Idol. read more

RESURRECTED

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Amber Benson — whose alter ego Tara was killed off last season — will return in the fall for several episodes. Benson will most likely be playing a new character. read more

DUDE, YOU'RE IN HOT WATER

Dell computer pitchman Ben Curtis has received an undisclosed punishment from the Screen Actors Guild for shooting Dell commercials during the union's six-month strike against advertisers two years ago. C'mon, dude! read more

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