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14 | LOVES’ LABORS Raymond costar Brad Garrett tells all about his salary negotiations…That VMA kiss… What we learned at the movies and on TV this summer…Remembering action star Charles Bronson…First Look: Novelist Michael Chabon’s Escapist comic book…Hot Sheet…Monitor.
28 | FALL TV PREVIEW Time to find that TiVo remote (is it buried under the couch?) and log off the Big Brother live feed; we’ve got the scoop on this year’s 37 new shows and 65 returning faves. Among the highlights:
MONDAY What do you get when you marry porn with Romeo and Juliet? Fox’s cleaner-than-you-think family drama Skin.
TUESDAY Mark Harmon explains why his JAG spin-off, Navy NCIS, is nothing like that other CBS drama with the letters C, I, and S in the title.
WEDNESDAY We flirt shamelessly with ABC’s Oprah-approved, antihunk Bachelor, Bob Guiney.
THURSDAY Eliza Dushku relives lots of really, really bad days with the fast-paced Fox drama Tru Calling.
FRIDAY Alicia Silverstone clues us in on why we should fall in love with her romantic dramedy, Miss Match.
SATURDAY Joe Friday switches nights and gains a rainbow coalition of underlings on the revamped L.A. Dragnet.
SUNDAY Underwear model-turned-Tarzan Travis Fimmel gets into the swing of life as a WB stud. Plus: Ellen DeGeneres’ new gabfest and a What to Watch calendar.
120 | HANGIN’ 10 On his 10th anniversary, Conan O’Brien recounts how he went from laughingstock to late-night star. by Dan Snierson
127 | MUST LIST Ten great things to see/hear/read.
128 | MOVIES Once Upon a Time in Mexico; also Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator, Dickie Roberts, Party Monster, Taking Sides, and Jeepers Creepers 2. Plus: Ask the Critic; What’s the Story With…A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
135 | DVD & VIDEO The Meaning of Life: 20th Anniversary Special Edition; also Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
139 | TELEVISION HBO’s Carnivale. Plus: Stand-up comedian Greg Giraldo; Temptation Island 3’s most obnoxious participant; What to Watch.
148 | MUSIC John Mayer’s Heavier Things; also Andrew W.K.’s latest. Plus: Martin Scorsese’s Blues project; the latest DVDs; Chris Carrabba versus Judy Blume.
155 | BOOKS John Grisham’s Bleachers. Plus: Designer Chip Kidd’s favorite book covers.
10 | MAIL Our Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cover story.
160 | STUPID QUESTIONS This week with…Michael J. Fox.
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