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TV STUFF: Priestley Sentenced

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

"Beverly Hills, 90210" alumnus Jason Priestley will spend five days in a private L.A. work-release program after pleading no contest last year to a felony drunken-driving charge.

An L.A. judge sentenced the former teen heartthrob in March to five days in the correctional facility and three year's summary probation. Priestley's driver's license was also suspended for one year, and he was ordered to enroll in a three-month drug- and alcohol-treatment program in exchange for dropping a second felony DUI charge.

The actor will serve his time this month, and the five-day stay must be completed by Jan. 30.

Priestley, 31, was arrested in December 1999 after he crashed his Porsche into a power pole, trash cans and a parked car in the Hollywood Hills.

HOW WILL NILES REACT? "Frasier" costar Jane Leeves gave birth to a baby girl in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Isabella Kathryn Coben weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces.

This is the first child for Leeves and TV executive Marshall Coben, her husband of four years.

BIGGER IS BETTER: Mr. Big is going to be around for a little longer.

According to TV Guide Online, "Sex and the City" creator Darren Starr has assured the HBO series' fans that Chris Noth’s character will be returning to the show next season.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he was back," Starr said.

Noth, who plays Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) on-again, off-again dream guy, is a fan favorite.

Star continued, "There are a lot of surprises coming up this season, but I don't think Mr. Big is ever going to go away for good."

The fourth season of "Sex and the City" premieres in June.

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