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PASSAGES: Shannen Doherty Lightens Up

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CAST: Former “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed” bad girl Shannen Doherty, 32, is set to star in her first TV comedy, a show about a young woman who is stuck with a reputation of being headstrong and nasty but is nice and fragile at heart, says the Hollywood Reporter. The project is set up at the NBC-based production company Pariah TV. No shooting date has been announced, but Doherty can currently be seen as the host of the Sci Fi Channel series “Scare Tactics.”

CLEARED: The Federal Communications Commission decided Monday that U2 singer Bono’s utterance of an obscenity during this year’s broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards (“this is really, really f—ing brilliant”) did not constitute a violation of the nation’s broadcast indecency rules, reports Reuters. The Parents Television Council had lodged the complaint against the rocker, 43 (real name: Paul Hewson), but the bureau ruled that Bono’s indiscretion was so “fleeting and isolated” that it did not run afoul of the rules.

QUOTED: “I’d love to be on stage doing anything because I just love performing. I have a real ambition to do a really tacky Vegas show with drag queens. You laugh, but you’ll be at the press conference!” — “Intolerable Cruelty” star Catherine Zeta-Jones, to PEOPLE

SOUGHT: Martha Stewart, 62, facing a January trial on charges surrounding a 2001 stock sale, has asked a judge to throw out two of the five counts against her in a federal indictment, reports the Associated Press. The counts, obstruction of justice and securities fraud, account for half of the potential prison time Stewart could face if convicted. The indictment accuses Stewart of selling shares of ImClone Systems Inc. stock on Dec. 27, 2001, because she had been illegally tipped about the stock, and then lying about it.

UNCHANGED: As of Tuesday morning, Roy Horn, 59, of the “Siegfried and Roy” wild animal act, remained in critical but stable condition in a Las Vegas hospital, according to published reports. Horn was mauled onstage by a 600-lb. white tiger Friday night and has undergone two surgical operations. He is on a respirator, and the “Siegfried and Roy” spectacle at the Mirage Hotel-Casino has been closed.

ADDED: Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Ricky Martin, OutKast, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken have been added to the performance lineup for the 31st annual American Music Awards, set to take place Nov. 16 at Los Angeles’s Shrine Auditorium (and broadcast live on ABC). They will join previously confirmed performers Ashanti, Hilary Duff, Alan Jackson, Metallica and Britney Spears, reports Billboard. Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Ashanti, R. Kelly, Beyonce Knowles, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Shania Twain, 50 Cent and Sean Paul are all multiple nominees.

DIED: Conservative “Hot Seat” talk-show host Wally George, 71, died of pneumonia Sunday at California’s Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. He had been there for three months due to complications from cancer, the L.A. Times reports. His daughter is “Risky Business” actress Rebecca De Mornay.

ANTICIPATED: Former “Hercules” star Kevin Sorbo, 45,and his wife, actress Sam Jenkins, are to become parents again. “My wife is four months pregnant,” he tells TV Guide Online. “We have a 2-year-old boy, and we have another one on the way. We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet. We’ll find out in about a week.” The 2-year-old is named Braedon Cooper.