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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

It's not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Fred Rogers, the legendary host and creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, will hang up his last cardigan sweater sometime next year. According to The Associated Press, Rogers, 71, will focus his attention on his Web sites, publications and special museum programs. read more

FELICITY, GILMORE EXTENDED

The WB has ordered at least four additional episodes of Felicity and six more segments of Gilmore Girls, Variety reports. Last week, Felicity garnered its highest ratings among women age 18-34 since its debut two years ago. Gilmore Girls, meanwhile, continues to perform respectably opposite Friends on Thursday nights, and was just named the best new drama of the season by Viewers for Quality Television. — Michael Ausiello read more

ANGELS CLOBBER SATAN

Charlie's Angels fended off a challenge from Satan to retain its perch at the top of the box office for the second consecutive weekend. According to studio estimates, Angels grossed another $25 million, easily beating Adam Sandler's devilish new comedy, Little Nicky, which debuted at No. 2 with a somewhat disappointing $18.1 million. (Sandler's last two movies, 1999's Big Daddy and 1998's The Waterboy, grossed $41.5 million and $39.4 million during their respective opening weekends.) Robert De Niro films held the next two positions, as his military drama, Men of Honor, debuted at No. 3 with $14 million and his blockbuster comedy, Meet the Parents, slipped to No. 4 with $10.6 million. Val Kilmer's sci-fi thriller Red Planet opened at No. 5 with $9 million. British Oscar-hopeful Billy Elliot, meanwhile, went into wider release and climbed to No. 9 with $2.8 million. read more

TOY STORY CLEANS UP

Toy Story 2 won seven awards, including Best Animated Theatrical Feature, at the 28th Annual Annie Awards — presented Saturday by the International Animated Film Society. The Simpsons took home top TV honors. Meanwhile, the Joan Cusack-voiced Toy Story 2 character, Jessie the Cowgirl, received the Patsy Montana Entertainer Award from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame on Friday. Yee-haw! read more

SHAW SIGNS OFF

Longtime CNN anchorman Bernard Shaw will leave the network on Feb. 28 after 20 years to reportedly spend more time with his family and to write books. The 60-year-old Shaw, who became a household name while covering the Gulf War in 1991, had worked at ABC and CBS prior to joining CNN. "I am stepping back from the table to write books, including an autobiography," he said. "Harder than entering this business is leaving it and leaving CNN, especially after 20 years here." A CNN rep tells Reuters that Judy Woodruff, Shaw's co-anchor on Inside Politics and CNN WorldView, will host those programs alone after Shaw leaves. read more

BRITNEY/BUFFY BOUT CANCELLED

Britney Spears has pulled out of a planned guest appearance on Buffy the Vampire Slayer due to scheduling conflicts. "It's not happening," co-executive producer Marti Noxon tells TV Guide Online. "It's off the plate completely." However, the character Spears would have played will live on, Noxon adds. "We're still going to do the episode, we're just going to do it with someone else," she says, declining to reveal the specifics. "The [story] idea is still valid, and we're going to go ahead and run with it. But now that [Britney's] not available, we're going to push that episode to a little bit later." The pop princess — who is friends with Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar — isn't ruling out the possibility of a future appearance. "Britney loves the show and she'll probably do it one day," says her rep, "but right now, they just can't schedule anything." read more

ELFMAN'S NEW MATERIAL POSSESSION

Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) and hubby Bodhi Elfman have purchased Madonna's Hollywood Hills home for $4 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. Madonna put the pad on the market in June when she bought a Beverly Hills mansion for $6.5 million. Last week, Britain's Sun tabloid reported that the pop superstar plunked down a cool $10 mil for a London home. read more

EMINEM REUNITED WITH WIFE?

Grammy-winning homophobe/misogynist/Britney-basher Eminem is once again living with estranged wife Kim Mathers — but, sadly, divorce proceedings continue. "Sometimes by moving out of a home, one spouse or the other can be voluntarily abandoning any interest or legal claim to it," attorney Neil Rockind told the Detroit Free Press. Eminem, who filed for divorce in August, has a four-year-old daughter with Mathers. read more

WHASSUP WITH THAT

Paramount is developing a sitcom for Scott Brooks, Fred Thomas Jr. and Paul Williams, the three guys from Budweiser's "Whassup" commercial. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mad TV writers Devon Shepard and Xavier Cook are creating the comedy, which will center on the friendship among three hip (annoying) guys. read more

Watching Scotty Grow


Former child actor turned porn star Scotty Schwartz says he's ready to hang up his G-string. The 32-year-old, who starred in 1982's The Toy and went on to become an actor/agent in the adult movie biz, tells TV Guide Online that his appearance at the Adult Video News awards show in Las Vegas on Jan. 8 will mark his official farewell from the industry.

"After 14 years of hanging out with the gang, it's time to move on," says Schwartz, who bared all in movies like Scotty's X-Rated Adventure and New Wave Hookers 5. "I just got tired of it. Like anything else, when you hang out with a group of people or have a job for a number of years, it gets tiresome."

Schwartz says he grew especially tired of his gig as an agent to several X-rated stars. "It is the most horrifying job," he says. "There's so much flakiness. They'd be late, or not show up at all. There's a small amount of drug use, and everybody drinks. All of their actions fell back on me, so I wa read more

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