Billy Crystal has signed a three-year deal with HBO to create, produce and direct series, movies and miniseries... R&B crooner

Macy Gray has inked a deal with Warner Bros. to develop an animated series based on her own childhood... For those who have inquired about the fate of UPN's hip-hop soap Platinum, I'm afraid the news isn't good: The network has axed the low-rated drama...Broadway's Hairspray netted a field-best 10 trophies at Sunday's Drama Desk Awards, including best musical. Take Me Out was named best play... A line of video games based on NBC's Fear Factor will arrive in stores in 2004... SoapNet has acquired rights to rebroadcast all 9,000 episodes of the late NBC sudser Another World, beginning July 1. That's great, but what about Santa Barbara?!