PASSAGES: 'Sex' Promises Lots of Action

06/10/2003 at 03:35 PM EDT

PREVIEWED: With the promise of a wedding or two, "Sex and the City" will kick off its sixth and final season on HBO June 22 and offer the following plotlines, according to Entertainment Weekly: Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) will date Jack the writer. Then, she'll encounter a famous European artist. Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and Aidan (John Corbett) will both return. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) will date Jerry the waiter, who's about half her age. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) will see a guy who's everything Steve isn't. And, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) will consider converting to Judaism so her attorney boyfriend, Harry, will take the next step in their romance.

REJECTED: Rosie O'Donnell purportedly offered a peace offering to Gruner + Jahr, with whom she is locked in multimillion-dollar lawsuits after she walked out on Rosie magazine last year. The New York Post -- publishing a May 28 e-mail that O'Donnell, 41, is said to have sent G+J -- reports that Rosie suggested that the publisher pay her $4 million legal tab and donate $6 million to a charity that both sides would agree upon -- and then call off their lawyers. The paper says that G+J allowed O'Donnell's suggested June 2 response deadline to pass without comment.


QUOTED: "We can't talk about it enough. ... We've always been involved in promoting safe sex" -- Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, 33, to Reuters. She, along with surviving TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, 32, are setting their sights on promoting HIV and AIDS education, after citing sobering Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics that 47 percent of new HIV cases are African-Americans and 30 percent of new cases overall are women.


SET: Madonna, Britney Spears, Jon Stewart and Nelly are among the celebrities who will roast MTV VJ Carson Daly, 29, in the first-ever "MTV Bash," a comedy-concert special set to be taped June 28 for broadcast July 13, the music cable network has announced. In other programming news, MTV has announced a June 23 premiere date for "The New Tom Green Show," which will air weeknights at midnight ET.

NAMED: Lara Spencer, a correspondent for ABC's "Good Morning America," will be the new host of PBS's "Antiques Roadshow" when the new season begins July 12 in Savannah, Ga., reports the Associated Press. She replaces Dan Elias, who quit after three seasons to devote more time to his art gallery in Boston.

DIED: Longtime GQ editor Art Cooper, 65, died from complications of a stroke suffered last Thursday, only four days after retiring from his 20-year post as editor in chief of the men's magazine, The New York Times reports. The June issue of GQ was Cooper's last before he was replaced by Jim Nelson. Cooper had discussed hosting a TV talk show after his retirement, and The Times's warm obit concludes by saying that GQ's owner, Conde Nast, had presented Cooper and his wife, Amy Levin Cooper, with around-the-world airline tickets as his retirement gift. Those tickets were not used.

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