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TELEVISION How are the women of Sex and the City doing postshow? No, not those women -- the women of the writing team, man. Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, 2003 EW It Listers who wrote that great episode where Miranda's mom dies, have a deal for a new HBO comedy that'll hit on some of Sex's themes, like love, friendship, and NYC. Says Elisa: ''We try to write what we know.'' Adds Julie: ''It's safe to say we'd never write a show like Deadwood.'' Meanwhile, downtown, their old writing buddy Amy B. Harris is scripting a teen-girl movie for Universal called Switched (''sort of a modern-day retelling of Prince and the Pauper''), and she just sold a pilot for a ''capery adventure show,'' tentatively titled The Honorable and Mrs., that she'll produce with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Live Planet.... Tony Danza's daytime talker premieres Sept. 13. What's it called? ''The Tony Danza Show,'' Tony Danza says. ''I wanted to do some other name, but Buena Vista is determined to use that name. I wanted to do something With Tony Danza.'' And we wanted the Who's the Boss? star to call it Well, I Guess This Finally Answers That Question.

MUSIC Shyne, the Brooklyn rapper incarcerated for various misdeeds after the '99 Puffy -- J.Lo nightclub incident, has a multimillion dollar album and label deal with Def Jam. His first CD's due at the end of the year. Nyce!

Originally posted Apr 30, 2004 Published in issue #762-763 Apr 30, 2004 Order article reprints