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TV STUFF: Return of the Flying Nun

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Sally Field is feeling just fine, but that isn’t stopping her from checking into the "ER." The two-time Oscar-winning actress ("Norma Rae," "Places in the Heart") will appear in six episodes of the NBC drama, in which she’ll play the estranged mother to series regular Maura Tierney.

Field will first appear in two episodes during the November sweeps, then three more at the end of the season. Yes Sally, we like you. We really like you. At least the "ER" producers do, anyway.

Princess Diana LADY DI LIVES: Three years after her death, Princess Diana still speaks, on audio tape, of course. The late princess’s voice might be heard on a British TV movie about journalist Andrew Morton, who wrote the tell-all biography "Diana: Her True Story." Turns out the princess secretly gave Morton 23 audio tapes in which she spills the beans on her broken marriage to Prince Charles. But producers of the film, fearing a public backlash, are considering using an actress’s voice instead.

GRAMMER GRIPES: "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer has sued his former agency in an attempt to recover $1.8 million in commissions he was ordered to pay earlier this month in a separate lawsuit. Artist Agency says the actor owes nearly $2 million in commissions. Grammer says no way, but a judge disagreed.

HEEEEEEEERE’S JERRY! That’s right, trash TV yakker Jerry Springer might be on course to host a late-night talk show a la Jay Leno and David Letterman in London. The show is to be unveiled Friday during a fall programming press conference.

FARRAH FUMES: Actress and erstwhile pin-up doll Farrah Fawcett is steaming mad over the way she’s been portrayed in the media. The former "Charlie’s Angel" tells Movieline magazine that she’s definitely not a drug and alcohol abuser. In fact, in her free time, she says you can find her at the gym, playing paddle tennis or in the ocean. Thanks for clearing that up for us, Farrah.

RESUSCITATE ME, SCOTTY: William Shatner was the master of ceremonies for the grand opening of a 9,500-square-foot emergency room in Charleston, W. Va. But the actor almost didn’t make it when he nearly missed his flight . "About 200 yards into my dash through the airport, I was thinking to myself that I was going to have a heart attack," he told Reuters. "Then I thought, I should at least wait until I get to Charleston to have it, so I could come to this wonderful facility."

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