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NBC has ordered comedy pilots starring Saturday Night Live grads Chevy Chase, Norm MacDonald and Jon Lovitz. Chase will play the father of three daughters in an untitled project, and Lovitz and MacDonald will star as disgruntled roommates in the sitcom Leave Me Alone. read more

Grammy Girl India.Arie: Movie Bound?


With seven Grammy nominations, look for soul diva India.Arie to take center stage when the music industry's biggest kudofest airs live Feb. 27 on CBS. Will Arie — whose autobiographical Acoustic Soul album has made her a sensation — break into the movies like other musical darlings before her?

"I don't necessarily have aspirations to that... but I'm open to it," Arie says. Well, any directors interested in hiring the soulful songbird should take note: She doesn't fancy the glamour and glitter that most singer-to-screen sirens demand in their film debuts. "If I did it, it would have to be something similar to my life experience in some sort of way," she muses. "I would never be a model in a movie. I'd be, like, the fastest swimmer in the world."

Actually, Arie is already involved in the movie business, even if we haven't yet seen her on the screen. She's recorded a track that will be featured in read more

Jealous Power Trip on Charmed Set!


After Shannen Doherty packed up her pointy hat and rode her broomstick away from Charmed, the remaining members of the WB series's coven of witches, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs, hoped that the only scary creatures they'd encounter in the makeup trailer would be reporters. Alas, it turns out Doherty's replacement, Scream queen Rose McGowan, is a green-eyed monster.

"I get jealous that Alyssa gets to fly around in the air," admits the freshman sorceress, who took her place around the cauldron this season as Paige Matthews, the Halliwell siblings' newly discovered half sister. "I don't get to read more

BACK TO THE BEACH

CBS has unveiled the identities of the 16 new castaways set to stab each other in the back on Survivor: Marquesas. (Keep your eye on 23-year-old bartender Gabriel Cade.) The fourth chapter of the reality series will debut on Feb. 28. read more

Temptation Joker's Last Laugh?


Oh, that's gotta hurt! The minute that Temptation Island 2 reintroduced blue-eyed babe magnet Brian to Catherine, the bootylicious drama queen not only forgot all about dim-bulb beau Edmundo, she also totally dismissed 24-year-old Rossi Morreale, the daffy sweetheart with whom she'd been bonding. Sure, she later granted the jilted joker a pity date. But afterward, she went right back to canoodling with Brian.

Even more humiliating, it's a safe bet that, in tonight's installment (airing at 9 pm/ET on Fox), the playgirl will send Morreale back to Arkansas and instead invite her boy-toy to join her on the season's final excursion. What's up with that? Is she mental? Masochistic? Blind?! For some insight, TV Guide Online turns to the odd man out.
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WRITER'S GUILD SHOCKERS!

The Writers Guild of America Awards — a good predictor of who'll wind up among Oscar's nominated writers — were announced today. Unfortunately, the WGA has declared that Oscar shoo-ins In the Bedroom (written by Todd Field and Rob Festinger) and Memento (written by Christopher Nolan) are ineligible for the guild's screenplay honors due to a technicality. The screenwriters were apparently not WGA members at the time those movies were made. WGA original screenplay nods did go to Gosford Park, The Man Who Wasn't There, Monster's Ball, Moulin Rouge and read more

IN OTHER SURVIVOR NEWS...

Former Survivor champ Richard Hatch was found innocent Tuesday of assaulting an ex-boyfriend — overturning a prior conviction. In September, Hatch, 40, was found guilty of shoving former beau Glenn Boyanowski down a flight of stairs and was sentenced to a year's probation. read more

WILL ALYSSA BE A BRIDESMAID?

Tabloid magnet Shannen Doherty is at it again: The onetime Charmed actress has been issued a marriage license in Las Vegas. The groom-to-be? Some guy named Richard Salomon. The couple has up to a year in which to use the license. Doherty, 30, was briefly married to Ashley Hamilton (George's son) in 1993. read more

CASTING COUP

Alias badass (and current Rolling Stone cover girl) Jennifer Garner will reprise her role as Noel's ex-girlfriend Hannah during Felicity's two-hour series finale on May 22, TV Guide Online has learned. In real life, Garner is wed to Noel's portrayer, Scott Foley. For more exclusive scoop on Felicity's swan song, click here. read more

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

NBC is thisclose to shelling out roughly $8 million a year to keep Late Night host Conan O'Brien chatting for another four years, Variety reports. That would be double what O'Brien currently rakes in. Fox expressed interest in snatching O'Brien when his Peacock pact expired, but the network apparently never made a serious offer. read more

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