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NEW SURVIVOR GIGS

E! Entertainment Television has tapped Survivor runner-up Kelly Wiglesworth to co-host its upcoming series Celebrity Adventures, which will follow stars as they trek around the globe. Meanwhile, Wiglesworth's nemesis, Susan Hawk, has lined up a new gig herself. She's attached to the TNN (The National Network) pilot Pop Across America, a talk show that travels across the country on a flatbed truck. Comic Steve Marmel will host and Hawk, you guessed it, will drive the truck. read more

The Turning Pointe


Aaron Spelling shouldn't break out the champagne just yet. In a bid to boost ratings and avoid cancellation, the WB's soap-within-a-soap satire, Grosse Pointe, during February sweeps will feature a parade of celebrity guest stars, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Priestley and Sex and the City vamp Kristin Davis. But series creator Darren Star is working on what would be the casting coup to end all casting coups.

"Shannen [Doherty] wants to come on the show," Star tells TV Guide Online of the former Beverly Hills, 90210 and current Charmed star, whose bad-girl rep inspired Grosse Pointe's resident diva Hunter (Irene Molloy). "We've spoken, and she'd like to do something and we'd like to find something for her, but she's been pretty booked read more

TRAGEDY RATTLES 2GETHER

The fate of MTV's fictional boy-band series, 2gether, remains up in the air in the wake of Michael Cuccione's death over the weekend. The 16-year-old cancer survivor — who played Jason "QT" McKnight on the series — died following a bout with pneumonia. "We had shot six more [episodes] and... we were going to launch them in February," Brian Graden, MTV's president of programming, told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. "Right now, we're just going to put that on hold and wait and see what the family feels and what the producers feel." Meanwhile, Graden confirmed that the network's low-rated youth drama, Live Through This, is all but cancelled. "We have seven episodes we haven't aired yet," he said. "We'll probably air them at some point, but it's unlikely the show will come back." read more

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe are no longer an item, USA Today columnist Jeannie Williams confirms. The Proof of Life stars reportedly ended their relationship in mid-December, according to sources close to the actress. Rumors of the couple's split started when Crowe and Ryan spent the holidays apart. This news comes just a week after Ryan's estranged husband, Dennis Quaid, was photographed dancing with several women on top of the bar at Manhattan's Hogs and Heifers. read more

MTV'S NEW JACKASS

MTV has ordered six episodes of The Andy Dick Show, a 30-minute variety series that will feature a mix of comedy sketches, short films and music video parodies. Promoting the show to the media at the Television Critics Association press tour, the former Newsradio actor jumped out of a birthday cake the network had wheeled out in honor of its 20th anniversary. Wearing nothing but a thong, he proceeded to prance around the ballroom squirting whip cream on his body and massaging his nipples. Ironically, Dick then took to the stage and told the roomful of journalists: "You guys creep me out." The Andy Dick Show premieres Feb. 27 at 10:30 p.m. read more

Clooney Checks into ER


Last May, ER offered its viewers their last look at Dr. Doug Ross, when fan favorite George Clooney made a top-secret, single-episode return to the program he called home for five years. ("It was good and sneaky!" the actor boasts with a sly smile.) That was not, however, Clooney's last look at the ratings hit that paved his way to film stardom.

"It looks classy," the star of this past summer's The Perfect Storm tells TV Guide Online, referring to ER's shift to a film-like widescreen format and high-definition broadcast signal. Clooney then notes that the CBS TV-movie, Fail Safe, which he produced, also was shown in letterbox.

Discussing his past and present association with NBC's six-year-old hospital drama, Clooney shares this: "I'm sort of sentimental about ER, although this season I have watched a couple of episodes."

Most impressing him about the show's current incarnation is it read more

MULLALLY GOING TO STANFORD

Will & Grace scene-stealer Megan Mullally is a signature away from starring in her first feature film. According to Variety, the Emmy-winner is in talks to join Tom Green and Jason Lee in Stealing Stanford, the story of a middle-class man (Lee) who turns to a life of crime in order to finance his niece's college education. — Michael Ausiello read more

DISTURBING THE PEACE

Cindy Crawford is being sued by her downstairs neighbors for making too much of a racket in her Big Apple apartment. Marina French claims that excessive noise and the "intimate sounds of daily life" — such as toilets flushing, chandeliers shaking and heels pounding — are driving her crazy. Crawford shares the pad with her hubby, Rande Gerber, and their infant son, Presley. Meanwhile, Crawford is coming clean about her Materialphobia — a fear of Madonna. For more, checkout today's Insider. read more

DESTINY CALLS

Beyonce Knowles — the Destiny's Child singer who is up for five Grammy Awards — will make her acting debut in the MTV original film, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, described as an urban retelling of the classic opera. The movie — which will be directed by Robert Townsend — co-stars Mekhi Phifer (Clockers) and will also feature appearances by rappers Lil Bow Wow and Mos Def. Townsend told reporters at the Television Critics Association that he's not ruling out cameos by Knowles's Destiny's Child singing mates. read more

SPEAKING OF BREAK-UPS...

Alec Baldwin's temper led Kim Basinger to file for divorce earlier this month after seven years of marriage. Basinger's dad, Don, tells People magazine that he's "known for a year and a half that she was thinking about this... I love Alec, and he's overcome some very difficult things. All but one: his anger." He goes on to say that Baldwin was verbally abusive to Basinger, but "when it started happening in front of [their five-year-old daughter] Ireland, Kim finally said, 'Well, I'm not going to put up with that.'" read more

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