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SUMMER JOB

Will & Grace star Eric McCormack will spend his summer hiatus from the sitcom playing the lead in Broadway's The Music Man at the Neil Simon Theater. The actor leaves Los Angeles this week to move to New York and begin rehearsals. He officially assumes the role from actor Craig Bierko on May 8. read more

COLD AS ICE

Magician David Blaine — who spent almost 62 hours inside a six-ton block of ice in the middle of Times Square last November — will relive his frosty ordeal in hopes of conjuring up ratings for ABC. In David Blaine Frozen in Time: Blaine's Cut (airing April 16 at 8 pm/ET), viewers will see previously unaired footage of Blaine's trickery and subsequent suffering with delirium and hypothermia. Brrrr! read more

JOAN'S ARC DE TRIUMPH

The second episode of ABC's new Joan Cusack sitcom, What About Joan, attracted a respectable 12.7 million viewers and again built on its Dharma & Greg lead-in. That same night, NYPD Blue delivered its most-watched episode in more than 10 months as James McDaniel's Lt. Fancy bid a fond farewell. read more

SHORT CUTS

Fox has renewed its Tuesday-night sitcom Titus, starring comic Christopher Titus, for a third season... 3rd Rock from the Sun's one-hour series finale — featuring an appearance by Elvis Costello — will air on May 22 (8 pm/ET)... The Tonight Show with Jay Leno continues poking fun at Survivor tonight with more "Jaywalking" — interviews with contestants waiting in line to audition for Survivor 3 in Los Angeles.... William Baldwin and Chynna Phillips are expecting their second child in October, the New York Daily News reports. — Daniel R. Coleridge read more

I'M SORRY

CBS News anchor Dan Rather has apologized for serving as a guest speaker at a Democratic Party fundraiser co-hosted by his daughter, Robin Rather, in March. "I made an embarrassing and regrettable error in judgement by going to this event," he said. "It was a serious mistake, which I acknowledge." Rather's participation in the gathering — which according to The Washington Post raised $20,000 — was in violation of CBS News's ethical standards. read more

O'DONNELL STILL HOSPITALIZED

Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell remains hospitalized today after being admitted Wednesday morning when the stitches from her recent tendon surgery became infected. "I think we'll find out sometime today when she'll leave," her publicist, Lois Smith, tells TV Guide Online. "I haven't talked to her, but I suspect she's feeling a little better." The View's Joy Behar once again served as substitute host on O'Donnell's program. A repeat will likely air tomorrow and O'Donnell is expected back on Monday. "That's what the plan is at the moment," Smith says. read more

CELEBRITY SIGHTING

Sounds like the sassy boys of 'N Sync are singing about what they know: Their next album, aptly titled Celebrity, is due out on June 26, MTV News reports. Can't wait that long? A rep for the band's label says they hope to have a single out by the end of April. read more

TRAGEDY

Keanu Reeves's ex-girlfriend, actress Jennifer Syme, has died in a car crash in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. According to an investigator at the L.A. County Coroner's Office, Reeves called offering to identify the 28-year-old Syme's body, but was informed she'd already been ID'd using her driver's license. Reeves and Syme — who appeared in David Lynch's 1997 film, Lost Highway — reportedly broke up last year. read more

SPIDER-MAN JINX

A month after a Spider-Man crewmember was killed in the line of duty, another accident has rocked the production. Zack Hudson, stunt double to Tobey Maguire (aka Spider-Man), broke his leg Tuesday while filming a scene in which he reportedly crashes through a brick wall. Meanwhile, four Spider-Man costumes designed for Maguire have disappeared from the film's Los Angeles set, and Columbia Pictures is offering a $25,000 reward for their safe return. read more

IN THE MONEY

Next week, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host Regis Philbin will award one gutsy contestant over $2 million — the biggest individual payoff in quiz-show history. (The show's bonus pool is brimming with cash because nobody's won the top $1 million prize since 24-year-old Maryland native David Goodman's triumph on Jan. 4.) Adding to the week's unprecedented thrills, yet another player will snag a cool million. And in other Millionaire news, beginning Saturday, visitors to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., can sit in "the hot seat" at the theme park's newest attraction — a replica of the quiz-show's set. Unfortunately, they can't play for cash, just parting gifts. read more

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