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  July 15, 2005
STUNT-CASTING ALERT!
Hey, Scrubs: You just landed your first-ever Emmy nomination for best comedy series whaddaya gonna do now? "I think we got Mandy Moore on the show," series creator Bill Lawrence tells me. "Zach [Braff] is friends with her, so he got her to come on the show for fun." (Actually, I think they're more than just friends, but let's not quibble.) To read more about the Moore deal, as well as the latest on when the heck NBC is going to air the new season of Scrubs, read today's Insider.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
Another Buffyverse alum has landed on Veronica Mars. Angel's Charisma Carpenter is joining the Emmy-worthy drama this fall as a sexy trophy wife and stepmother to brothers Dick and Beaver Casablancas a role you first read about in Ask Ausiello. She'll appear in at least six episodes. Meanwhile, Steve Guttenberg has also been added to the Mars cast as a Major League Baseball team owner and leading candidate in the local mayoral race. Speaking of Mars, Amazon.com has started taking pre-orders for Veronica Mars: Complete First Season, which will "street" Oct. 11.
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT BREASTS
Cameron Diaz took the stand Thursday and testified that she is not ashamed of topless pictures taken a decade ago by a photographer who threatened to sell them back to her for millions of dollars. "I wasn't ashamed to be out there like that," she said. Diaz claims the signature on a model release form giving ownership of the photos to shutterbug John Rutter was fake. Said Diaz: "I have never signed my name like that." The actress apparently dots the "i" in Diaz with a big heart.
HIGH CAMP
It looks like ABC has another summer reality smash on its hands. The network saw more than 10 million viewers turn out for the premiere of Brat Camp on Wednesday. It marked the third-highest reality debut this summer, behind ABC's Dancing with the Stars and the NBC dud Hit Me Baby One More Time.
LEGAL BRIEF
Sources tell TVGuide.com that ABC's Boston Legal has retained newcomer Justin Mentell, 22, to join the cast as a new associate at Crane, Poole & Schmidt. He'll debut this fall.
NOT BUTTS ABOUT IT
Christian Slater rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors on Thursday that would have sentenced him to three days of community service for allegedly groping a woman's buttocks on Manhattan's Upper East Side on May 31. The actor's attorney insists the "case warrants dismissal."
BOOK REPORT
NBC's Aidan Quinn drama The Book of Daniel, which was presumed dead when it failed to land a spot on the fall sked, has been given a stay of execution. Per Variety, the Peacock ordered the show for midseason. Daniel centers on an Episcopalian reverend (Quinn) who's hooked on prescription pills and talks to Jesus and that's just before noon. In related news, Joan of Arcadia hoping for her own reprieve is mulling over a heroin habit.
SHORT CUTS
Law & Order: SVU star Diane Neal married model Marcus Fitzgerald on July 9 in the Dominican Republic, per People... Seventeen-year-old Brit Ed Speleers has landed the title role in Eragon, an epic fantasy film based on the best-selling novel... Remember, kids (and Jacko): Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth entry in J.K. Rowling's spell-casting series, officially goes on sale tonight at 12:01 am. Meaning I am so staying up past my bedtime tonight! Additional reporting by Matt Webb Mitovich


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