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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

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

Tara Reid: Suddenly Single?


Tara Reid — the upcoming star of Josie and the Pussycats (opening April 11) — wants to set the record straight about why her summer wedding to MTV hottie Carson Daly has been called off: A scheduling conflict is to blame, not a falling out.

"I'm doing this movie called The Guest," the American Pie actress tells TV Guide Online, referring to the David Zucker-directed comedy. "So the good news is I got another movie. The bad news is that the wedding is not happening."

As Reid explains, she was already knee-deep in preparations for the big day when word came that she was joining That '70s Show's Ashton Kutcher and former Saturday Night Live regular Molly Shannon on The Guest list. "I had picked out the bridesmaids' dresses and the invitations," she groans, "but we just cancelled everything."

No new date has been set for the nuptials, which was to co-star Reid's fellow Pussyca read more

BABS VS. BUSH

Outspoken songstress Barbra Streisand is still fuming about President George W. Bush's victory over Al Gore. The Democratic diva has issued a three-page memo to her party's top politicians, calling for a "strong, strategic, targeted offense against the Republican revolution." Babs goes on to criticize Bush's record on everything from reproductive rights to the environment. Streisand's publicist, Dick Guttman, told Reuters that his client has no ambition to run for office herself. He also points out that "top Democrats... responded very favorably to [the memo], calling it a very important wake-up call." read more

SHORT CUTS

NBC has cancelled its legal drama First Years after three airings, the Los Angeles Times reports... Country singer Naomi Judd broke her ankle Monday after she stepped into a hole on her Franklin, Tenn. farm... Survivor vixen Jerri Manthey will make a return appearance on CBS's The Early Show Thursday to face a grilling from host Bryant Gumbel, who was absent last Friday when the ousted Outbacker was a guest. read more

NYPD Blue Love Triangle?


Charlotte Ross is as anxious as anyone to find out with whom she's going to be paired romantically on NYPD Blue. The two-time Emmy nominee — who joined the force March 6 playing tough gal Det. Connie McDowell — has pretty much narrowed it down to two finalists: Rick Schroder or new lieutenant Esai Morales.

"My guess would be that it's either going to be Rick or Esai," Ross tells TV Guide Online. "But at first, I was wondering if they were going to make me a lesbian."

Such a development would come as a crushing blow to Blue's male recruits, many of whom are single and, as Ross jokingly points out, in hot pursuit. "I don't think they've brought in a new female in a while because [co-star] Henry Simmons said to me, 'Did they bring you in for me?' I'm like, 'I don't know, but I think I'm having an interoffice relationship.' And he goes, 'Did they say interracial?'"

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CORRECTION

Drew Carey will not be hosting Saturday Night Live's season finale on May 19, as previously reported. According to the actor-comic's rep, rumors of Carey's hosting gig were just that. TV Guide Online regrets the error. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

BAD BOY, BAD BOY

A producer from Cops was arrested for drunk driving Monday night in Atlanta while on his way to work on the Fox reality series. Murray Jordan, 64, was en route to meet with police to set up filming for an episode when an officer stopped him for making an illegal left turn. According to The Associated Press, the officer smelled alcohol on Jordan's breath, and his blood-alcohol level was measured at .136 percent; Georgia's legal limit is .08. read more

NEW SURVIVOR SCANDAL

Last week's episode of Survivor featuring studmuffin Colby collecting pieces of Australia's protected Great Barrier Reef to take back to his fellow tribemates has come back to haunt producer Mark Burnett. Turns out, that's a no-no — and punishable with fines up to $55,000. "On behalf of myself, production and the survivors involved, we extend our sincerest apologies for this error," Burnett said in a statement. "Please know that this was an honest mistake which we deeply regret." Meanwhile, the family of the pig murdered by contestant Michael Skupin are still waiting for their formal apology. read more

IT'S A TWISTER!

David Copperfield survived last night's CBS special, in which the magician spent approximately 10 seconds at the center of a man-made 140 mph tornado of fire. "It was exhausting and it was scary," Copperfield later said. "I felt a burning sensation in my throat." read more

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