Courteney Cox (we've missed you, our Friend!) will play a celeb tabloid editor on FX's drama pilot Dirt. ''A lot of it is through...the point of view of her main paparazzo, a barely functional schizophrenic,'' says writer-director Matthew Carnahan (Fastlane). ''He has hallucinations and visions of the apocalypse.''... Having wrapped a spot as a henpecked hubby on The Simpsons (it'll air March 26), Ricky Gervais is eyeing his next entrée into American TV: writing an episode of NBC's The Office. ''The first draft is off to them,'' he says. And what would be in that draft? ''[Michael] tries to show what a great guy he is by accepting people from all walks of life, but finds out that political correctness is sometimes too hard.''
John Travolta will cross-dress to play mama Edna Turnblad in a film take on Broadway's Hairspray, itself a version of the '88 flick.... The sick mastermind behind Hostel, Eli Roth, is attached to direct an adaptation of Stephen King's Cell, about a virus that moves through mobile phones and causes folks to go all feral.