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WEDDING BELLS

Guitar legend Eric Clapton, 56, married Melia McEnery, his 25-year-old girlfriend, in London on New Year's Day. The private ceremony also featured the christening of the couple's six-month-old daughter, Julie Rose, and Clapton's 16-year-old daughter, Ruth Patricia. read more

ANCHOR'S AWAY

CNN anchor Greta Van Susteren (The Point, Burden of Proof) is defecting to rival outlet Fox News Channel to host its 10 pm talk show. The onetime legal analyst will replace Paula Zahn, who left Fox News for CNN last September. Insiders say Fox offered her a salary in the $1 million range. Says Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes: "Greta has distinguished herself in both the legal and journalism fields and has also demonstrated an ability to attract a loyal viewership." Translation: Take that, CNN. read more

Three Cheers for a Sitcom Reunion?


Cheers and Monsters, Inc.: One's a comedy about a ragtag group of odd-yet-amusing beings, and the other is the new box-office hit from the makers of A Bug's Life and Toy Story. Yet, what do the two successful ventures have in common? John Ratzenberger, portrayer of trivia-spouting postman Cliff Clavin on the former Must-See mainstay, and voice of the lonely Yeti in Pixar's latest computer-animated film.

While Monsters, Inc. — with a take thus far of $225 million — falls shy of the pace being set by bewitching cineplex rivals Harry and Frodo, it is netting sequel-worthy numbers. But as Raztenberger tells TV Guide Online, "I don't think read more

Ally Jerk's Big Stretch


Don't tell Greg Germann that the corporate weasel he portrays in the current Tim Allen comedy Joe Somebody is basically a clone of Richard Fish, the, um, corporate weasel he portrays every week on Fox's Ally McBeal. "Oh no he's not," the actor mock-protests to TV Guide Online. "That's not true!"

Alright, we'll bite: How are the two characters different? "Jeremy in [Joe Somebody] is a slimeball with no ethics at all. Richard Fish — for all of his opportunism — is a pretty straight-up guy," Germann argues. "He's not going to screw you over for the sake of screwing you over. Jeremy is a little bit more pathetic. He's much more of a loser than Richard Fish." Pausing, he adds with a wink: "And they walk differently."

All joking a read more

Paige O'Hara: Still a Beauty


Not to sound cocky, but Broadway vet Paige O'Hara — who voiced the role of Belle in Disney's beloved Beauty and the Beast — had a strong suspicion that the animated film was classic material. "We always knew it was really special from the beginning," she tells TV Guide Online. "I knew just being a Disney animation freak that this was going to be one of the best."

Still, even she was floored when the pic — which has undergone a revamp for its current IMAX re-release — became the first animated movie ever to receive a best picture Oscar nod. Marvels O'Hara: "That was sort of a really wonderful surprise."

Beauty's enduring popularity has allowed O'Hara to vocalize Belle in two direct-to-video sequels, Belle's Magical World and Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas. But read more

"J. Peterman" Returns!


With two shows already on the air and more on the way, John O'Hurley would be the last person to acknowledge a curse on the alumni of Seinfeld. However, the actor — who forever will be remembered for his sitcom parody of kooky real-life catalog mogul J. Peterman — does believe that, where his former cohorts are concerned, some funny business is going on.

"Studios tend to grab players that have a lot of visibility and write a series about them," the host of To Tell the Truth and Get Golf with the PGA Tour! tells TV Guide Online. "That's never been a formula for success, yet [execs] consider themselves experts and continue to do this. I find it absolutely mind-numbing."

Nonetheless, O'Hurley holds out hope that ex-Peterman prot&#233g&#233 read more

Steven Weber: Still Cursed?


Steven Weber doesn't blame NBC's seemingly hexed post-Friends timeslot on Thursday nights for the demise of The Weber Show — formerly titled Cursed. He blames the sorry show itself.

"I think the show failed for reasons other than that it was in some timeslot with a bad mojo on it — I think that's crap," Weber tells TV Guide Online. "If the network finally has some balls and puts a show there that is good, appeals to an adult audience, takes a chance and [they stop] bemoaning why audiences are fleeing the network and going to cable, then that mysterious Bermuda triangle of an 8:30 timeslot suddenly won't be so bad."

The 40-year-old actor and recent first-time father says his series's problems began early on, thanks to network tinkering. "From the beginning, the original idea was kind of misunderstood or [the network execs] were afraid of it," the former Wings star says. "[It] was read more

Jeremy Northam's Bachelor Woes


By all outward appearances, Jeremy Northam — the dashing Brit who's had reel-life romances with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma), Cate Blanchett (An Ideal Husband) and Uma Thurman (The Golden Bowl) — should have no trouble finding a real-life leading lady. Not so, he says, launching into the kind of singleton's lament you'd expect from a Sex and the City gabfest. Eligible ladies, listen up!

"Every now and again, I think, 'Well, I'll just be happy being the slap-happy bachelor,'" he shares. "But ultimately, I k read more

Jeremy Northam's Bachelor Woes


By all outward appearances, Jeremy Northam — the dashing Brit who's had reel-life romances with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma), Cate Blanchett (An Ideal Husband) and Uma Thurman (The Golden Bowl) — should have no trouble finding a real-life leading lady. Not so, he says, launching into the kind of singleton's lament you'd expect from a Sex and the City gabfest. Eligible ladies, listen up!

"Every now and again, I think, 'Well, I'll just be happy being the slap-happy bachelor,'" he shares. "But ultimately, I k read more

Steven Weber: Still Cursed?


Steven Weber doesn't blame NBC's seemingly hexed post-Friends timeslot on Thursday nights for the demise of The Weber Show — formerly titled Cursed. He blames the sorry show itself.

"I think the show failed for reasons other than that it was in some timeslot with a bad mojo on it — I think that's crap," Weber tells TV Guide Online. "If the network finally has some balls and puts a show there that is good, appeals to an adult audience, takes a chance and [they stop] bemoaning why audiences are fleeing the network and going to cable, then that mysterious Bermuda triangle of an 8:30 timeslot suddenly won't be so bad."

The 40-year-old actor and recent first-time father says his series's problems began early on, thanks to network tinkering. "From the beginning, the original idea was kind of misunderstood or [the network execs] were afraid of it," the former Wings star says. "[It] was read more

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