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AMERICA LOVES CELINE

Celine Dion can officially tell her critics to "hush, now." The Canadian songbird's comeback CD, A New Day Has Come, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart. So far, the chart-topper has sold a whopping 527,000 copies. read more

SAVE THE DATE

It's official: The Grammy Awards are returning to the Big Apple! The 45th annual ceremony — scheduled for Feb. 23, 2003 — will also mark the first time the kudofest will be held on a Sunday. The announcement was made at an early-morning press conference at New York's Madison Square Garden. read more

FAMILY AFFAIR

CBS is developing a TV movie about one of TV's most beloved duos: Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic — titled Ozzie, Harriet and the Nelson Family — begins with the couple's early years in New York during the 1930s. read more

ON THE DOTTED LINE

Bob Costas won't be donning mouse ears after all. The famed broadcaster — who had been in talks with Disney-owned ABC — will instead take on an expanded role at HBO as part of a multi-year contract. According to The Associated Press, Costas's HBO pact covers his talk show On the Record as well as appearances on Inside the NFL. It remains unclear how all of this will affect his deal with NBC, which expires this summer. read more

COMEBACK KID

As expected, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue, 66, has inked a deal with MSNBC to host his own prime-time show. The topical program — which will air weeknights at 8 pm/ET — is expected to launch this summer. read more

END QUOTE

"The more I edited myself, the more the joy of doing the show was taken away from me. By the time I left it was no big deal. I had already left in my heart." — Kathie Lee Gifford, discussing her exit from Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in the May issue of Ladies' Home Journal. read more

WRAPPED UP IN YOU

Country singers Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood are officially dating, reports Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. The crooning twosome — who've recorded several duets together — were seen holding hands at a prominent songwriter's memorial service two weeks ago, and have been publicly canoodling elsewhere, too. read more

Why Sean Young's Restless


No Way Out starlet Sean Young has found the exit door in her marriage to long-time husband Bobby Lujan. The actor — who is also the father of her two sons, Rio, seven, and Quinn, four — initiated divorce proceedings five months ago. "He filed for divorce because he wanted to find himself, and I went, 'Okay,' and then in the process, I found myself," Young confides to TV Guide Online. "Then, he turned around and said, 'Okay, okay, I found myself!' And I went, 'Well, I have too.'"

Given the acrimony that has attended Young's previous breakups, one might worry a bit for Lujan's sake. (When she split with The Boost co-star James Woods in the late '80s, tabloids tattled of her ex-beau finding hate mail and disfigured d read more

Paul Reiser: Mad About a New Series?


It's been three years since Mad About You went off the air, yet Paul Reiser confesses to TV Guide Online that he's not in any hurry to jump back into another weekly TV gig.

"I'm not hungry to do that right now," says the 46-year-old actor, who spent seven years as the producer and star of the NBC sitcom. "I'm having more fun picking and choosing things that don't involve an extended commitment. It's been fun, taking it easy and doing things at a more sane pace."

Reiser's new laid-back career strategy was apparently music to the ears of Showtime execs, who cast him in two different movie projects: The family drama Strange Relations and the romantic comedy Women vs. Men. Relations, which premiered Sunday and is being rebroadcast Thursday at 8 pm/ET, finds the erstwhile Paul Buckman playing a shrink who is diagnosed with cancer. read more

KENNETH LAY — MR. JUNE?

Taking a page from Playboy magazine, Playgirl said on Monday that it is seeking current or former male employees of Enron to pose nude for an in-the-works "Men of Enron" spread. Speaking of Playgirl, Survivor: Marquesas blondie Gabriel Cade won't be cashing in on his good looks anytime soon. "No Playgirl for me," the 23-year-old castoff laughs to TV Guide Online, adding: "I think women apply to Survivor for that kind of fame, while the men are more about playing the game." read more

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