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Former Party of Five hottie Scott Wolf will guest star on three May sweeps episodes of Spin City as a love interest to Heather Locklear, ABC confirms. Wolf will play Tim Connolly, "a rich, young and sexy philanthropist who swoops in and steals Caitlin's heart." Look for Wolf's character to also expose a hidden attraction between Caitlin and Charlie (Charlie Sheen). He'll first air on May 9. read more

OOPS, HE DID IT AGAIN

His name may have changed, but the story is basically the same: Sean "Puffy" Combs (aka P. Diddy), cleared last month in his gun possession and bribery trial, was arrested Saturday night in Miami Beach and charged with driving with a suspended license after police pulled him over for allegedly making an illegal lane change while driving a scooter. Combs — reportedly unaware his license had been suspended — was released after he signed a promise to appear in court. He faces a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time. read more

TANK GIRLS

It's back to the pound for Josie and the Pussycats. Despite mountains of hype, the comic book-inspired teen pic grossed a dismal $5.2 million at the box office over the weekend, bad enough for seventh place. The film's smelly b.o. will no doubt derail plans for a sequel. The news was far better for another big-screen heroine: Bridget Jones's Diary, starring Ren&#233e Zellweger as a neurotic single Brit, opened at No. 3 with a respectable $10.8 million. Two other newcomers — the David Spade white-trash comedy Joe Dirt and the urban family dramedy Kingdom Come — bowed modestly at No. 4 and No. 6, with respective grosses of $8.2 million and $7.5 million. Meanwhile, the kiddie caper Spy Kids spent its third consecutive weekend at No. 1, pulling in another $12.8 million. Along Came a Spider held steady at No. 2 with $11.3 million, and the Johnny Depp drug d read more

SHORT CUTS

X-Men's Famke Janssen is in negotiations to star as the lead villainess in Men in Black 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter... The trade paper also reports that former NewsRadio star Dave Foley will play the title character in the Fox comedy pilot What's Up, Peter Fuddy?, a series described as The Truman Show meets Nightline. — Michael Ausiello read more

JOEY RAMONE DEAD AT 49

Singer Joey Ramone, frontman for the '70s pioneering punk rock band the Ramones, died Sunday of lymphatic cancer. He was 49. "Our beloved Joey Ramone passed away this afternoon at 2:40 pm/ET in a hospital in New York City where he was being treated for cancer," read a message on Ramone's website. "Joey's loving family was at his bedside." read more

SICK LEAVE

Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell — who was expected back at work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show today after taking nearly two weeks off to recover from a staph infection to her injured left hand — is taking another week off. "It's too early," her rep tells TV Guide Online. "She's at home resting and will return next Monday." In the meantime, guest hosts will once again pinch hit for the ailing O'Donnell, beginning with funnylady Caroline Rhea today. read more

GOOD WIFE

ABC's new Damon Wayans sitcom My Wife and Kids is here to stay. Back-to-back episodes of the comedy once again towered over the competition on Wednesday, with 10.3 million viewers tuning into the first episode and 12.7 million for the second. Fox's telecast of the Blockbuster Awards, meanwhile, attracted a not-so-blockbuster 6.5 million viewers. read more

Scott Speeds Out of L.A.


In anticipation of the seemingly inevitable actors strike on July 1, card-carrying members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) are busy searching for an answer to the question: How many films can one thespian make in three months? Well, Felicity heartthrob Scott Speedman is preoccupied with a query of his own: How many road trips can one twentysomething male squeeze into his spring/summer hiatus?

"I need to take a break," Speedman tells TV Guide Online on the Felicity set, where he's taping the show's season finale. "I don't feel like acting right now. I'm going to get out of Los Angeles for a while... and refill and get excited about acting again... I'm not going to work just because of a strike."

As it is, the Duets star believes Hollywood's obsession with quantity over quality will show in the end. "Studios are rushing a bunch of s- read more

Liv Tyler: Daddy's Little Girl No More


Her father may be the legendary lead singer for Aerosmith, but actress Liv Tyler hardly behaves like some ass-kissing rock groupie around pa Steven Tyler. "I love my dad, but I'm definitely critical of him sometimes when his pants are too tight or [when] he says silly things," she tells TV Guide Online. "I try to be supportive, though."

In fact, Liv couldn't help but gush when she first heard her dad's new album, Just Push Play. "I couldn't believe how brilliant [it was]," she marvels, adding that she also complimented her old man on his performance at the American Music Awards earlier this year. "I thought he looked beautiful, and he had a great suit on. I left him a big congratulatory message on his cell phone. He told me that hearing it made him cry."

Liv isn't revealing how her father reacted to her sexy turn in the offbeat black comedy One Night at McCool's, which opens April 27. In one scene, the Armageddon star scrubs read more

AMBER WAVES GOODBYE

Amber Brkich, the 22-year-old recent college grad whose claim to fame is that she befriended bad girl Jerri, was the latest contestant voted out of Survivor: The Australian Outback last night. The frustratingly pleasant Pennsylvania native maintained her delightfulness on CBS's Early Show this morning, insisting that all of her fellow Outbackers were "nice." (The game is over, sweetness!) She did acknowledge, however, that she "needed to be a little more conniving." But when the goody-two-shoes was asked if she'd strip for Playboy, she shocked host Bryant Gumbel with this response: "I'd think about it." Meanwhile, turns out that Brkich and her tribemates don't actually know who won the $1 million grand prize. Unlike the first Survivor, this time around the votes cast during the final Tribal Council were sealed and kept under lock and key. The ballots will be tallied and the win read more

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