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On the TV front, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's love affair with HBO continues. The cable network was once again the big Golden Globe winner, taking home trophies for best comedy (Sex and the City), best drama series (Six Feet Under) and best miniseries (Band of Brothers). HBO performers earning kudos included Sarah Jessica Parker (best comedy actress for Sex and the City), Rachel Griffiths (best supporting actress for Six Feet Under) and Stanley Tucci (best supporting actor for Conspiracy). Other small screen victors: Jennifer Garner (best drama actress for Alias), Kiefer Sutherland (best drama actor for 24), Judy Davis (best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My read more


Uh-oh. Looks like ABC's quizzer Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is cribbing notes from NBC's Weakest Link — by trolling the B-list for publicity-hungry "celebrity" contestants. Three upcoming shows (airing Feb. 11-13 at 10 pm/ET) will find Regis interrogating alums from TV producer Aaron Spelling's stable. These include: Hotel's Shari Belafonte, Melrose Place's Thomas Calabro, Love Boat "Doc" Bernie Kopell, Cheryl Ladd of Charlie's Angels and T.J. Hooker's read more


Shortly before winning the Golden Globe award for best actor in a TV comedy, Spin City's Charlie Sheen hinted during NBC's pre-show that his dad, West Wing's Martin Sheen, may jump networks and make a cameo on his ABC sitcom later this season. read more


Don't write that Felicity obit just yet. Wednesday night's debut of Glory Days, the college drama's winter replacement, was a ratings disappointment. According to Nielsen data, Kevin Williamson's new spookfest was off 17 percent from Felicity's season average among viewers age 18-34. read more


ABC is producing a three-hour telefilm about the 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pa., that killed 2,200 people. Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) will executive produce the pic. read more


Lisa Kudrow remained tight-lipped about the possibility of another season of Friends at the Golden Globes — insisting she has no idea what the future holds for the top-rated NBC comedy. "I can't wait to know," she said during NBC's pre-show. "I want to make plans." In related news, Kudrow's co-star, Matthew Perry, confirmed that fellow Friend Jennifer Aniston will direct an upcoming episode of the sitcom. read more


A Beautiful Mind and Moulin Rouge were the big winners at the 59th annual Golden Globe awards, handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles. Mind won for best dramatic film, best dramatic actor (Russell Crowe) best supporting actress (Jennifer Connelly) and best screenplay (Akiva Goldsman). Moulin won for best comedy or musical film, best actress in a comedy or musical (Nicole Kidman) and best original score (Craig Armstrong). The big shock of the night was veteran filmmaker Robert Altman, 76, picking up the best director prize for his ensemble mystery Gosford Park. Other big screen victors: Sissy Spacek (best dramatic actress for In The Bedroom), Gene Hackman (best actor in a comedy or musical for The Royal Tenenbaums) and Jim Broadbent (best supporting actor for Iris). For a complete list of winners, visit TV Guide Online's Awards Central. read more


A teenager was taken into custody Sunday for hitting Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst in the face with a coconut cream pie. (Yum...) The incident occurred during the Portland, Ore., stop of the band's cross-country tour in search of a new guitarist. The 18-year-old culprit, Richard Petrillo, was charged with disorderly conduct and five counts of harassment. (Yikes...) read more


Former Eight Is Enough actress Lani O'Grady died last fall of a drug overdose, the Los Angeles County coroner's office says. Tests showed high levels of the antidepressant Prozac and the painkiller Vicodin in her system. It remains unclear whether her death was an accident or suicide. She was 46. In related news, director Ted Demme appears to have died of natural causes on Sunday, according to autopsy reports. The 38-year-old filmmaker was rushed to the hospital in full cardiac arrest after collapsing during a celebrity basketball game. read more


Rudolph Giuliani appeared on The Tonight Show Wednesday and received a partial apology from host Jay Leno, who once called the former New York City mayor a fascist. "I used the word 'fascist,'" Leno said, "poor choice of words." Replied Giuliani: "There isn't a person that doesn't disagree with me on something." read more

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