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SEINFELD RETURNS TO ROOTS

Jerry Seinfeld — who turned 47 on Sunday — is hitting the road in a six-city stand-up comedy tour. According to USA Today, the funnyman will make stops in Baltimore (May 2), Rochester, N.Y. (May 6), Providence, R.I. (May 20), Boston (May 24), Minneapolis (June 2) and Pittsburgh (June 23). Ticket prices range from $45 to $75 and are on sale through Ticketmaster or www.sfx.com. read more

ALL GONE

It's been a bad year for überproducer Aaron Spelling. First NBC axed his Dynasty update Titans and now UPN has discharged his medical thriller All Souls after two low-rated episodes. Hey, at least he still has that huge mansion to go home to. read more

COLBY TO BARE ALL?

Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman will feature a Top 10 list read by the 16 contestants of Survivor: The Australian Outback. This, of course, begs the question: Should studmuffin Colby prevail as the $1 million winner earlier that night, will he show up in the buff to read the No. 1 entry like Richard Hatch did last summer? read more

HER DAY IN COURT

Charmed star Shannen Doherty pleaded no contest Monday to charges of drunken driving last December. As a first-time offender, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 troublemaker will likely face 48 hours in jail or five days in a work-release program. read more

LET'S MAKE A COMPLEX DEAL

ABC has renewed Dharma &#038 Greg for at least one more season — but there's a hitch. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new deal says that the show's producer, 20th Century Fox Television, can charge the network a higher license fee (reported in the $2.4-$2.6 million range) if the sitcom stays in its current Tuesday 9 pm timeslot opposite NBC's Frasier, or a lower per-episode price ($2 million) if it's moved to a less competitive slot. Should ABC keep the comedy where it is, the network also has agreed to a two-season pickup, whereas if it moves the show, it's only committed for one more season. Got all that? read more

SAD NEWS

Greg Kinnear's wife, Helen Labdon, suffered a miscarriage a month ago, USA Today reports. In a statement, the couple said they are "deeply saddened by the loss and have been greatly comforted by the thoughts and prayers of so many." Labdon was five months pregnant at the time. This would have been their first child. read more

DRUGS, DRUGS AND MORE DRUGS

Talk about a jam-packed carry-on. Emmy-winning West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin — who was arrested at a Los Angeles area airport earlier this month on suspicion of carrying hallucinogenic mushrooms — was charged Monday with possessing not only 'shrooms, but rock cocaine and marijuana as well. The 39-year-old producer-writer is due to be arraigned today. Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr.'s court hearing on drug charges stemming from his November arrest has been postponed until May 24 because the Ally McBeal star is in detox following his latest arrest last week. read more

TODAY'S THE DAY

Progress is reportedly being made in talks between major studios and the Writers Guild of America — whose contract expires tonight at midnight. According to the Los Angeles Times, negotiations are likely to be extended beyond the deadline and a deal is anticipated later this week. read more

Question: What was the name ...

Question: What was the name of the actor that played Dobie Gillis — was it Dwayne something? And can you get videos of that show?

Televisionary: You're thinking of Dwayne Hickman, who portrayed the titular teen hero of CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. But he wouldn't have appreciated your classification back when he was shooting the show.

"I am not an actor," the L.A. native, who started his... whatever career on The Bob Cummings Show by shooting a test film instead of taking the summer meter reader job he'd lined up, told TV Guide in 1961. "Basically, an actor is someone who feels the need to be someone else. I don't want to be anybody else and never have. In fact, I never wanted to be an actor." He may not have wanted it, but Hickman worked the read more

SHORT CUTS

A Cessna plane carrying pop singer Sting skidded off the runway while trying to land in Florence, Italy, on Monday. Sting, a friend and two pilots were on board but unhurt, according to the Italian news agency ANSA... Showtime has renewed The Chris Isaak Show for a second season... Rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have signed on to play car wash employees/mismatched roommates in the film The Wash, according to The Hollywood Reporter. — Michael Ausiello read more

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