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CBS apparently is not content beating NBC's Friends and Will &#038 Grace on Thursday nights, it's now setting its sights on the network's powerhouse drama ER. Beginning next month, CBS will replace 48 Hours at 10 pm/ET with Big Apple, a new cop drama from NYPD Blue writer/producer David Milch. Currently, 48 Hours is CBS's only weak link on its new and improved Thursday night lineup that includes Survivor and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. read more


The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has been named host of the 43rd annual Grammy Awards, airing Feb. 21 live on CBS... Walt Disney Pictures will re-release Beauty and the Beast on IMAX screens in March 2002... Sopranos creator David Chase says he will leave the hit HBO series after its 2002 season... The WB is developing a remake of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, and NBC has ordered a comedy pilot from former NBC exec Jamie Tarses and Dharma &#038 Greg co-creator Dottie Zicklin. According to Variety, Tikiville centers on a 30-year-old single mom whose life is turned upside down when the father of her child reappears after a 14-year absence. — Michael Ausiello and Daniel R. Coleridge with Charlie Mason read more


The Cindy Margolis Show, a weekly party hosted by the popular Internet pin-up, has been cancelled after only 15 episodes. Filmed in Miami's South Beach, Margolis's show boasted a hodgepodge of musical guests, bikini contests and her fashion-frenzied sidekick, Lance Krall. read more


Newly single Tom Cruise may want to avoid Friday's episode of the WB's Grosse Pointe featuring guest star Sarah Michelle Gellar. In the installment — shot prior to the actor's high-profile split with wife Nicole Kidman — Marcy, Hunter and Courtney are sitting around gossiping about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer star's sexual orientation. When Courtney says she thought the actress was in a relationship with Freddie Prinze Jr., Hunter sarcastically replies, "Yeah, and Tom Cruise is married to Nicole Kidman." Ouch. "We just watched a tape of the episode for the first time last night," Lindsay Sloane, who plays Marcy, tells TV Guide Online, "And I was like, 'Eww, are we going to have to change that? Are we going to have to loop that line?'" Apparently not. A Grosse Pointe spokesperson says that in spite of recent events, the episode — written and directed by series cr read more


Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers III) pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. He was originally charged last June after striking a man for allegedly smooching with his wife, Kim Mathers. For that transgression, the rapper could get up to five years in the big house at his April 10 sentencing. But his publicist, Dennis Dennehey, tells The Associated Press that Eminem will seek probation and "is looking forward to putting this matter behind him." read more


Robert Downey Jr., who heads back to court next week in his latest drug possession case, has agreed to return to Fox's Ally McBeal for eight more episodes. "Working on Ally McBeal has been such a satisfying process that I'm grateful to have been asked to continue on for the remainder of the season," said the actor, who resurfaces in the Feb. 26 episode. So far this season, Downey has appeared in 10 episodes of the dramedy playing Calista Flockhart's love interest. In the Feb. 5 show, his character, Larry Paul, moved back to Detroit to be near his son. read more


Viewers turned out in droves to catch Kelly Ripa's first day as Regis Philbin's new sidekick. According to overnight ratings, the debut of Live with Regis &#038 Kelly on Monday earned the show its best overnight numbers since its first day without Kathie Lee Gifford last summer. read more


A guest on the The Jerry Springer Show has been arrested after authorities watched him appear on the program with his pregnant 15-year-old girlfriend. According to The Associated Press, Brandon R. Parks, 19, was taken into custody last week at his trailer park home (insert joke) and charged with criminal sexual abuse of a minor. During the episode, Parks admitted having sex with the girl. read more

Oscar Nominees Flying High

Ed Harris — a surprise lead actor Oscar finalist for his portrayal of artist Jackson Pollock in Pollock — was fast asleep at home in Malibu when Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning. "I woke him up," his publicist, Catherine Olim, tells TV Guide Online. "He got in very, very late last night from New York City. He was there on business."

Harris, who also directed and co-financed the modestly budgeted pic, recently told TV Guide Online that although making Pollock was a labor of love, he probably won't be pouring his own money into another film anytime soon. "It's just not smart," he said. "Hopefully I'll be able to make that money back within a few years."

Geoffrey Rush, a 1996 Oscar winner for Shine, spent his entire Tuesday on a plane travelling between Berlin and Melbourne and didn't get confirmation of his lead actor nod for Quills until the aircraft stopped to refuel in Singapore. "I read more


Well, probably not... But according to gossip guru Liz Smith, Moonstruck — the 1987 film that earned Cher an Oscar — is headed to Broadway as a musical. Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls, Side Show) will be in charge of the music and Susan Birkenhead (Triumph of Love, Jelly's Last Jam) will write the lyrics. The show reportedly is slated to debut during the 2001-02 season. So, who will assume Cher's role? "I promised not to reveal [her identity]," Smith teased. read more

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