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Who's making deals in the week of February 3, 2006 -- The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

TELEVISION It's just like the Monkees...if they were on hiatus...and half of them were MIA! 'N Syncers/On the Line homies Joey Fatone and Lance Bass are developing a pilot for the net formerly known as UPN (see story on page 10). ''We're playing ourselves,'' says Fatone. ''Only, Lance is trying to do real estate, and I'm a fun bum living pretty well.'' As for the likelihood of Justin Timberlake making a cameo: ''It's possible. But [this show is about] us moving on. 'N Sync was like college and now we're trying to find out what to do with our lives.''

Good karma is contagious: NBC's Thursday anchors, My Name Is Earl, starring Jason Lee, and The Office got 22-episode pickups for next season. But could Steve Carell's sudden ginormity be an issue for The Office, which finishes season 2 in March so he can attend to his film career? ''Yes, I am rich,'' he quips. ''The only problem I foresee is the resentful nature of the cast.'' — Jennifer Armstrong

Originally posted Jan 27, 2006 Published in issue #861 Feb 03, 2006 Order article reprints

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