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TV briefs: Rivers duo may leave E! for TV Guide Channel

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E! Entertainment TV may be losing two of its most recognizable faces. According to media reports, Joan Rivers may be on the verge of ditching E! in favor of a vastly more lucrative deal with the TV Guide Channel, with doting daughter Melissa tagging along.

Rivers has reportedly been offered between $6 million and $8 million in a three-year deal that would easily exceed the value of her current E! pact.

Rivers' departure would forever alter E!'s handling of awards-show coverage. This year, more than 3.54 million viewers watched E!'s pre-show coverage of the Oscars, in large part to see Rivers' reactions to the celebrity attire.

The Rivers duo would instantly become the highest-profile on-air talent for the TV Guide Channel, which has a circulation of 75 million homes, short of the 84 million cable and satellite homes that receive E!

Kerwin, Lahti to star in CBS Movie "Revenge"

Brian Kerwin ("Beggars and Choosers") has signed on to star opposite Christine Lahti in "Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman," scheduled for next season on CBS. Bryan Brown ("Along Came Polly") also is in the cast.

Lahti ("Chicago Hope") stars as a newspaper editor whose husband (Kerwin) informs her that he's leaving her after 25 years together.

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