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03/07/2003 11:52AM

If you can't beat reality TV, then join it. At least that's what "The Practice" creator David E. Kelley appears to be wanting to put into, er, practice by offering roles on his ABC legal drama to real-life network honchos Leslie Moonves (head of CBS) and Sandy Grushow (FOX Television Entertainment Group Chairman), reports The Washington Post.

Furthermore, it looks like the two men have accepted. Watch out, Dylan McDermott.

As deduced by The Post, Kelley is said to be pulling this outrageous maneuver because of "The Practice"'s ratings decline since it was moved from Sundays to Mondays -- where it faced heavy ratings competition from such reality shows as FOX's "Joe Millionaire."

Not that Kelley, 46, isn't on already friendly terms with the TV chiefs. Moonves has picked up Kelley's next series, and Kelley's production company is housed at FOX, which is overseen by Grushow.

Though Grushow is said to be an acting novice, he'll get a cameo on "The Practice," while Moonves, who is a former actor and a member of the Screen Actors Guild, is due for a meatier part, according to Variety.

In fact, the episode is named for him: "Les Is More." In it, a deranged woman takes him hostage, The Post reports.

No airdate has been announced, but there is word that NBC Entertainment chief Jeff Zucker may also be offered a role in the episode.

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