COURTHOUSE: A Los Angeles producer suing Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne claiming the pair stole his idea for their MTV hit The Osbournes, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Gary Binkow says he registered a treatment with the Writers Guild in 2000 about "a real-life docu-sitcom" about the family.
TAKING LEAVE: Osbourne taking a three-week break from headlining the Ozzfest tour to be with wife Sharon as she undergoes her first course of chemotherapy treatments. The Osbourne family matriarch confirmed earlier this month that she's been diagnosed with colon cancer. System of a Down will take over the headline slot from August 3 through August 20.
REALITY CHECK: After weeks of rumors, singer Liza Minnelli and her new husband, producer David Gest, confirming they're jumping into the reality TV fray with Liza and David, a new show which will debut on VH1 in October.
IF HILLARY CAN DO IT: Saturday Night Live booking former presidential candidate and Republican Senator John McCain to host the show's second episode on October 12. Faith Hill will be the musical guest.
EXCLUSIVE: President George W. Bush giving an exclusive broadcast interview to CBS' 60 Minutes II to mark the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Bush will sit down with correspondent Scott Pelley.
WEDDING BELLS: Actor Taye Diggs engaged to marry longtime girlfriend Idina Menzell, his publicist confirms. No word on a wedding date.
STORK REPORT: Tennis star Pete Sampras and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, expecting their first child by the end of the year. The couple was married in the fall of 2000.
SPRINGFIELD CONNECTION: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, two veteran producers from The Simpsons, signing on to join a TV revival of The Monkees being developed by American Idol pop mogul Simon Fuller, Daily Variety reports.
POPULAR AGAIN: Leslie Bibb, formerly of the WB's Popular, signing on to play a med student on NBC's ER next season. She has initially agreed to appear in five episodes, with an option for more, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
PREDATOR: 20th Century Fox paying $5 million for the film rights to Michael Crichton's next novel, Prey. The studio is hoping to begin production on the political thriller soon.
VOICES OF GRIEF: Several relatives of victims from the World Trade Center attack recording backup vocals for a new song and video about September 11. "Wake Up Everybody," performed by the group Angels with Broken Wings, will have proceeds donated to the victims' families.
BACH IN THE SADDLE: A judge dismissing, with conditions, criminal chargers against former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach following a bar fight in New Jersey. The charges, of making terroristic threats and drug possession, will be dropped if the singer stays out of trouble for the next year.
WORLD OF WOMAD: More than 60 artists scheduled to perform across seven stages this weekend for the three-day World of Music Arts and Dance festival (or WOMAD), first inspired by Peter Gabriel in 1982.
FRANKLY, MY DEAR: A wool sweater worn by Olivia de Havilland in Gone With the Wind auctioned off Wednesday for $334,000, three times the expected price.