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TV STUFF: More Downey on 'Ally'

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Never underestimate the power of the Golden Globe Awards.

Just ask Robert Downey Jr., who walked off with a renewal stint on "Ally McBeal" merely two days after winning the best supporting actor Globe for the Fox series.

The embattled actor has been entangled in criminal charges stemming from his drug arrest late last year, throwing the future of his career in much speculation. But The Hollywood Reporter is saying today that the actor has sealed a deal with the Fox legal-eagle show to reprise his role for as many as 11 additional episodes, beyond the 10 shows he had already completed this season.

According to the report, the actor could head back to the set as early as next week when production of "Ally McBeal" begins.

The actor is currently free on $50,000 bail and will go back to court on Monday for a scheduled hearing.

TAKE A BITE OUTTA THIS! The fate of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" could lie in the hands of series star Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Word has been rampant that the show might defect from its WB home to go to other networks, but series star Gellar is not about to have any of that, E! Online says.

"I will stay on 'Buffy' if, and only if, 'Buffy' stays on the WB," Gellar tells E! Online TV columnist Wanda. "And you know what? Print that. My bosses are going to kill me, but print that. I want them to know."

We'll see.

GOLDEN RATINGS: The Golden Globes telecast generated huge ratings for NBC on Sunday night, easily winning the numbers war for the night for the Peacock Network, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings.

The three-hour broadcast averaged 22.5 million viewers and a 10.0 rating and nabbed a 22 share in the key ages 18 to 49 demographic.

In other words, the NBC broadcast whooped everyone else that night.

TALKING THE 'TALK': After a long and arduous search, E! Entertainment's "Talk Soup" has finally found a new host in actress-comedienne Aisha Tyler, Daily Variety says.

Tyler, who also host the syndicated show "The Fifth Wheel," will assume her anchoring duties beginning Friday. The up-and-comer is the first woman and the first black person to sit in the spot.

Past "Talk Soup" talkers include Greg Kinnear and Hal Sparks.

'FIGHTING' REBEL: See, what did we tell you about the power of the Golden Globes earlier?!

Brian Dennehy -- who took a Globe home on Sunday night for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie -- has already got a new gig lined up at NBC. According to Variety, the network has greenlit a sitcom starring the actor for a March debut.

In "The Fighting Fitzgeralds," Dennehy will play an Irish dad whose three grown sons still live with him. The pilot will bow March 6 after "3rd Rock From the Sun."

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