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SEPARATED... WITH CHILDREN

Former Married... With Children star Katey Sagal and her husband, Jack White, have filed for divorce after six years of marriage. The couple, who have two children, cite irreconcilable differences as the reason. Sagal is returning to series television this fall on the NBC comedy Tucker. read more

ABC ROCKS ON

There's good news for fans of ABC's reality show Making the Band — and we know you're out there. Variety reports that ABC is thisclose to ordering more episodes of the summer series, which tracks the rise (and inevitable fall?) of boy band O-Town. Despite lackluster ratings on Friday nights, Band has developed a cult following. In related news, the O-Town crew will make an appearance on All My Children Sept. 18. read more

The Truth Behind Willis's Emmy No-Show


Bruce Willis was not on hand Saturday evening to pick up his Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his three-episode stint on Friends. But The Sixth Sense star, who nabbed his first golden girl in 1987 for playing David Addison on Moonlighting, wasn't thumbing his nose at the TV industry ? he was just busy working.

"Bruce is in Europe performing with his group and that's why he couldn't be there," the actor's spokesperson tells TV Guide Online, adding that his client was ecstatic upon learning of his win. "He was surprised and flattered and very appreciative." On Friends, Willis played the hostile father of a young college student dating Ross.

Trophies were handed out in 53 categories at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, held Saturday in Pasadena, CA. The major Emmys take place on Sept. 10 in a ceremony broadcast live on ABC (8 pm/ET).

Willis's no-show didn't dampen NBC's mood, however; the Peacock Network picked up 14 a read more

Question: Help me, please. ...

Question: Help me, please. There was a television show that starred Michael O'Keefe as a Boston lawyer who, in defending his clients, didn't always follow the rules. Could you please tell me the name of the show?

Televisionary: The series you seek is Against the Law, which ran on Fox from the fall of 1990 to the following April.

						 						As you say, O'Keefe (Roseanne) portrayed rebel lawyer Simon MacHeath, who practiced in Boston and had no problem throwing the rulebook out the window as long as it did some good. Sort of like rebel lawyer Bobby Donnell on The Practice or those wacky rebel lawyers on Ally McBeal or... say, do you think a lot of TV is derivative?

Who cares? It gets ratings!

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JOAN JETT ON BROADWAY

Rock star Joan Jett will make her Broadway debut this fall in the stage adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, USA Today reports. Ex-talk show host Dick Cavett has signed on as narrator. The musical opens Nov. 13. read more

SUPER LOVE

Love poems written from actor Jack Larson to late writer-director James Bridges (The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome) have been set to music by composer Ned Rorem on a new CD called More Than a Day. "We never made a fuss about being gay," Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on TV's Superman (1951-57), says of his 30-year romance with Bridges in September's Advocate. — Michael Ausiello read more

ALEXIS CARRINGTON RETURNS?

Aaron Spelling is considering adding Joan Collins to the cast of his upcoming NBC soap, Titans, possibly as her former Dynasty alter ego, Alexis Carrington. "There is no confirmation of Joan Collins being on Titans either as her old character or at all," an NBC rep tells TV Guide Online. "Her name has been tossed around, but no offer has gone out and nothing can be confirmed." As Dynasty's creator, Spelling likely owns the rights to the Alexis character. Collins is slated to reprise her role as interior designer Helena Barnes on NBC's Will & Grace this season. read more

RUDY HOLLYWOOD BOUND

Former Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch, Survivor's grumpy old man, may be sporting fatigues again. The 72-year-old's hometown paper, The Virginian-Pilot, reports that he's been approached by CBS to appear in an episode of its Navy-themed series, JAG. A CBS rep tells the New York Post that a final deal has not been cut, adding that Boesch — who will get a heroes welcome today in Virginia Beach — would not be playing himself. Meanwhile, the network has reportedly tapped Survivor's first victim, 63-year-old musician Sonja Christopher, to guest-star on Diagnosis Murder this fall. read more

PLEDGE DRIVE FOR SURVIVOR'S LOSER

Survivor's lame duck Kelly Wiglesworth may get her $1 million grand prize yet! Her co-workers at Whitewater Voyages — where she's employed as a professional river guide — have set up a special "Wigles" fund in hopes of seeing the castaway get her due. "Many Survivor fans have expressed their shock and disappointment at the lashing Kelly took from fellow Survivor Sue," a message on the site reads. "If 900,000 people express their feelings by sending $1, and Kelly gets the million anyway, Sue should get the message." For more information, click here. read more

SURVIVOR RICH WINS AGAIN

Survivor millionaire Rich Hatch has racked up another big win. Rhode Island prosecutors have dropped a second-degree child abuse charge against the keen strategist, who had been accused of wrapping his hands around his 9-year-old son's neck during an early morning jog in April. Hatch, who has denied the charges all along, is suing the state's child welfare agency and his hometown of Middletown. He likely will be discussing this turn of events during his weeklong stint as guest host of news-talk radio 630 WPRO in East Providence, RI, which kicked off on Monday. For those out of range (and let's face it, that's almost everyone) BroadcastAmerica.com is streaming the show live from 9-10 am/ET via RealPlayer. Meanwhile, check out today's Insider for news on Hatch's latest battle — this time over his name. read more

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