WIZARD OF OZZ: MTV president Brian Graden telling TV Guide Online the second season of The Osbournes will start on schedule next month, despite Sharon Osbourne ongoing cancer treatment. MTV has at least four episodes in the can already. Published reports had speculated that MTV might delay the second season until next year.

AN OFFER THEY CAN'T REFUSE? Paramount Pictures, distributor of all three Godfather movies, getting the first shot at screen rights to a new installment of late author Mario Puzo's Mafia series, which is in the planning stages at Random House. The publisher and Puzo's estate are looking to draft a new writer to continue the Corleone saga.

TAKING A BREAK: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence going on hiatus from shooting Michael Bay's Bad Boys 2 for two weeks beginning this weekend, so the director can got to court for a lawsuit he brought against his former stockbroker, reports Entertainment Tonight. Filming resumes November 11.

TOO REAL: Michelle Parma, a cast member on the third season of MTV's Road Rules, killed in a weekend car accident in Texas. Parma also gained notoriety as one of the hoaxsters who was going to lose their virginity in an online stunt four years ago.

THE KING'S COIF: Thousands of strands of Elvis Presley's hair collected by the King's barber set to be auctioned off on October 28 via collectibles auction house MastroNet. Bidding starts at $10,000.

SPEAKING OF WEIRD: The alien fetus in The X-Files that Scully stole in a 1994 episode among the series' props on the block through November 1 at entertainmentrarities.com.

INTO THE FRYER? The Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement staff informing domestic diva Martha Stewart that it plans to recommend filing civil securities fraud charges against her regarding her controversial sale of ImClone stock, according to the Wall Street Journal.

NOT SO ROSIE: Former talk-show queen Rosie O'Donnell filing a $125 million countersuit against Gruner + Jahr, the publishers of her defunct magazine, claiming that they seized control of the magazine, forcing her to quit.

SO MUCH FOR ENRON: CBS shredding plans to premiere its much-hyped TV movie, The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron, during fall sweeps. Instead, the network will put the James Bond blockbuster The World Is Not Enough it the November 3 slot.

MEGA-MERGER? Disney chief Michael Eisner telling Lou Dobbs Moneyline on Monday he favors merging the news operations of Disney-owned broadcaster ABC and cable TV network CNN, which is owned by AOL Time Warner. Such a merger would give ABC access to CNN's global audience, while CNN would gain ABC's presence in over 110 U.S. households.

BLAKE UPDATE: Robert Blake taking his fight for bail to the California Supreme Court on Monday, claiming that a Los Angeles judge had used "bizarre" and improper legal analysis to deny him a fair hearing on the issue and asking the high court to grant the Baretta star bail while he awaits trial for allegedly murdering his wife.

CIRQUE DU CELINE: Celine Dion on Monday unveiling A New Day, her upcoming Las Vegas show, which she is rehearsing in Belgium. The $100 million production will be a fusion of music, dance, acrobatics, special effects and even clowns and will be directed by Franco Dragone, best known for directing Cirque du Soleil's O and Mystere.

CALL HIM CRABBY: Andy Rooney conceding he probably shouldn't have said anything in the first place about women reporting from the sidelines at NFL games, but failed to offer an apology for his remarks on CBS' 60 Minutes. Instead, the commentator said the statement was "a derogatory remark I would have been better off not having made."

ROOKIE HITS: NBC picking up full season orders of the new Sunday night dramas American Dreams and Boomtown.

OUT OF THE LINEUP: HBO canceling Robert Wuhl's Arli$$ after seven seasons, though the comedian is in talks to develop a new series and other projects for the cable network.

GRAND SLAM! Major League Baseball sealing a deal with Imax Corp. and Mandalay Entertainment to create the first ever baseball-themed large-format film. Baseball: The Global Game will be a 45-minute film looking at the game and its cross-cultural significance around the world, trace the evolution of baseball at the professional level and tell the stories of the game's heroes.

PASSINGS: Jay R. Smith, a former bit player in The Little Rascals, has been found dead outside Las Vegas. The 87-year-old former child actor had been stabbed to death.

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