SEEING RED: NYPD Blue producer Steven Bochco ticked at the possibility of ABC's new hit drama, Once and Again, taking over his cop show's Tuesday time slot.

OH, POOP! Chicago Hope's Mark Harmon to make TV swear-word history when he says "shit happens" on tonight's episode.

STAT! M*A*S*H veteran Alan Alda making his ER debut tonight on NBC.

STAR WARS SPOILER: A major character gets killed off in the new Star Wars book, Vector Prime.

ROAD TO RECOVERY: Price Is Right host Bob Barker returning to work October 25, following last month's health scare.

STILL SPACEY: Farrah Fawcett still ditzy, but not quite as incoherent, during her Wednesday-night appearance on David Letterman's late-night CBS show--the scene of her infamous 1997 TV meltdown.

OOPS: The two Miami cops who responded to O.J. Simpson's recent 911 call banished to desk duty for posing for photos with the ex-football star.

JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH: MTV to syndicate its long-running reality series The Real World. Round-the-clock trauma to hit U.S. TV stations in Fall 2000, Daily Variety says.

MICKEY'S MTV? The Disney Channel planning a reality music-documentary series that follows teen pop stars, like Christina Aguilera, as they audition local bands to open on their tours.

SING IT ONE MORE TIME! Britney Spears singing dolls will hit stores at the end of the month. Elton John and TLC dolls to come.

UP THE CREEK: 600 lucky Dawson's Creek fans will win a trip to a concert featuring songs from the show by the likes of Paula Cole and Shawn Mullins. Cast members will be present, of course.

MOLDING MUSIC: Creed's surprise-hit Human Clay holds off Santana to remain No. 1 on the pop album charts for the second straight week.

BOY CRAZY: Rap gurus Beastie Boys to release a two-disc, 42-track anthology, The Sounds of Science, November 23.

KA-CHING! Online digital-music-distribution sales expected to surpass $300 million by 2004, a report issued Wednesday says.

ANOTHER PERIOD PIC: Titanic's Kate Winslet to play the tragic heroine in a big-screen adaptation of Emile Zola's 19th-century novel, Therese Raquin, says Variety. See Dotted Line for more casting news.

THEY COULDN'T REFUSE: Miramax has bought screen rights to Omerta, the final book by late Godfather author Mario Puzo.

NO DEAL: New York's mayor pulling the plug on the planned Robert De Niro and Miramax Films $150 million studio complex in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

HELLO, AGAIN: Deborah Norville returning to The Today Show to promote her new children's book. The Inside Edition host hasn't been back since she was canned in 1991.

RED HOT: Actress Nicole Kidman to carry the Olympic torch through the streets of Sydney to the opening ceremony of next September's Summer Games.

THANKS, TEACH! Dustin Hoffman to chair a campaign to raise $24.8 million for his alma mater, Santa Monica College.

WHY? Skater Nancy Kerrigan recording a single called "Shining Through," to be part of a compilation CD featuring music of past Olympic skating performances.

THE REUNION CONTINUES: British rockers The Who to perform an Internet-broadcast concert, iBash '99, October 29 in Las Vegas.

BIG BUCKS: London's Daily Sun says Elton John will get $6 million for his millennium concert at Caesars Palace. A pay-TV deal may be in talks.

TICKED-OFF TEXANS: Residents of Happy, Texas, angered by the new comedy Happy, Texas. They claim the film's portrayal of the town is false, USA Today says.

FREE AS A BIRD: Country singer Johnny Rodriguez acquitted Wednesday of the murder of a man he shot for breaking into his Texas home last year.

TRIBUTE: The family of late INXS singer Michael Hutchence launching a Website ( in his memory.

OUI, OUI: Rocker David Bowie scoring France's Commander of Arts and Letters award in Paris, where he's currently touring to promote his new album.

HONORED: Guard-slapping star Diana Ross to receive this year's BET Walk of Fame award, October 23 in Washington, D.C.

ROSS ADD: The diva is also considering a Supremes reunion, People magazine says.

CROWNED: The star-studded tribute to singer-songwriter Carole King rocks Madison Square Garden tonight in New York.

START SPREADIN' THE NEWS: A Frank Sinatra fan planning to open an Ol' Blue Eyes museum next door to the singer's Hoboken, New Jersey, birthplace.

OBITUARY: The high-school basketball coach who inspired the movie Hoosiers died Wednesday of bone cancer. Marvin Wood was 71.

CODA: Musician Frank Frost, the keyboard and harmonica player with the Jelly Roll Kings blues group, died Tuesday in Arkansas. He was 63.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today marks the 20th anniversary of video-game hero Pac-Man. To celebrate, Sony's bringing him back as a new, 3-D version for PlayStation.

LARGER THAN LIFE: Late-show legend Johnny Carson honored by his hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska, with a huge billboard reading "Heeere's Norfolk...Proud Hometown of...Johnny Carson."

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