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PLANNED: The Practice producer (and former attorney) David E. Kelley, 48, an outspoken opponent of "reality" TV, has bowed to the genre's popularity by developing an as-yet untitled NBC drama with real lawyers, reports Variety. Kelley, who will serve as a consulting producer, will create a law firm whose members will try real civil cases through binding arbitration overseen by current or former judges. Lawyers will be fired along the way, leaving an eventual winner. "In success we should be as enlightening as we are entertaining," said Kelley. "In failure, we'll stink."
WON: The Boy From Oz Broadway star Hugh Jackman, 35, and "Wonderful Town" star Donna Murphy, 46, have won the 2004 Theatre Development Fund-Astaire Awards as the best male and female dancers in theater. Kathleen Marshall, who directed and choreographed Wonderful Town, was named best choreographer. TDF and Robyn Smith Astaire, widow of the legendary dancer Fred Astaire, give the prizes each year. The awards will be presented at a ceremony later this month.
DIED: Historian William Manchester, 82, biographer of Winston Churchill, Douglas MacArthur and (most famously) John F. Kennedy, died of cancer at his Connecticut home Tuesday. In all, the Wesleyan College writer in residence wrote 18 books, including two novels. Two strokes prevented Manchester from completing his magisterial, multi-volume biography of Churchill, The Last Lion. Just last month, Paul Reid, a feature writer at The Palm Beach Post, was chosen to help finish the third installment.
BOTCHED: American Idol reject William Hung butchered "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch of Sunday's match-up between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers in front of 22,225 fans at the SkyDome. Hung shrugged off a brief smattering of boos and belted out the baseball classic off-key while fans egged him on, AP reports, adding that some patrons even joined in.