Tom Cunneff
May 28, 2001 12:00 PM

We hear singer Melissa Etheridge, who split with filmmaker Julie Cypher last September, is dating again. For nearly two months the raspy-voiced rocker has been seeing Tammy Lynn Michaels, a costar of The WB’s Popular. The pair, who have been spotted dining around Los Angeles and dancing at L.A.’s GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards in April, haven’t gone public with their budding romance. Reps for both had no comment. Etheridge and Cypher, who were together for 10 years, share custody of their two children, Bailey Jean, 4, and Beckett, 2, fathered by musician David Crosby.

In the live-action version of Scooby-Doo, currently shooting in Australia, Freddie Prinze Jr. asks, “Scooby-Doo, where are you?” People in Hollywood are wondering the same thing about the actor’s two English bulldogs, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. Well, through his rep, Prinze says he returned the pups to the breeder, who told him the dogs had a fatal disease. But the seller, Bob Newcomb of Oklahoma, a top breeder of bulldogs, denies ever getting the dogs back or that they were sick. So where are the animals now? Sounds like a mystery for Scooby-Doo.

When Kelly Ripa found out that her pals planned to throw her a baby shower earlier this month, the busy pregnant star of Live with Regis and Kelly and All My Children put the kibosh on the bootie bash. She had one when her first baby, Michael, 3, was born, so Ripa has everything she needs. Plus, fans of both shows have sent her hundreds of gifts, including handmade blankets, clothes and toys. She has given most of the goodies to New York City shelters.

Kim Delaney’s last episode of NYPD Blue aired on May 8, but the cast and crew won’t forget her. Delaney hired a professional photographer and posed with each member of the entire staff—more than 150 people. A few weeks later the photos arrived in silver frames with NYPD Blue engraved on them, along with the inscription, “We made magic together. With memories and love, Kim.” “I’ve never worked anywhere where a cast member did something like that,” says one production executive.

Meanwhile, I hear Scott Wolf dug deep into his own pockets to throw a party for the cast and crew on the Philadelphia set of the low-budget ($2.5 million) feature Emmett’s Mark. The producers said to him, “Let’s have a party—and you should pay for it!” And he did. The bash, which cost almost $5,000, was held at the restaurant Cuba Libre. Wolf has a lot to celebrate these days: In addition to his recent three-episode arc on Spin City, he has just completed shooting a role in Woody Allen’s next movie.

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