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Breakfast w/Greg: “Southland” lives! Adam Lambert single; Cheyenne’s Broadway triumph; Serena wins!

Good morning!

It’s nice to start the week off with some excellent news: TNT has picked up the cop drama Southland and will air it on Tuesday nights starting in January.

The drama stars Ben McKenzie, Regina King and Tom Everett Scott, among others and, best of all, has the prominent gay character of officer John Cooper played by Michael Cudlitz (pictured, left).

As you recall, NBC produced 13 episodes of the series (seven aired last spring) then in a bizarre move, canceled the series before it even made its scheduled season premiere this fall.

TNT, already home to such terrific dramas as The Closer, Saving Grace and Raising the Bar, will air all of the completed episodes of Southland. If the ratings are strong, the cable channel will produce new ones.

“This is a perfect opportunity for us to introduce the series to new viewers,” Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, said in a statement.

NEW SINGLE: Pop star Adam Lambert is in the headlines again only this time it has nothing to do with his new album.

The American Idol sensation and his boyfriend, interior designer Drake LaBry, have broken up.

The news was broken over the weekend on the blog Just Jared which quotes a source as saying: “The relationship just ran its course. The break-up was mutual and amicable. They remain friends and still care for each other.”

The blog also reported that Adam celebrated Halloween by dressing up as a glammed-out vampire and partying with pal Katy Perry.

Adam’s debut album, For Your Entertainment, will be out Nov. 22 and is expected to be a huge seller.

Since Adam is doing a lot of media right now in advance of the album’s release, no doubt we will get some kind of comment from him on the break-up.

BROADWAY BABY: The oh-so talented (and oh-so hunky!) Cheyenne Jackson officially opened on Broadway last Thursday in Finian’s Rainbow at the St. James Theatre.

The show is set in the mythical southern state of Missitucky and pits a charming Irish dreamer (Jim Norton) and his headstrong daughter (Kate Baldwin) against the host of complications that await them in their newly adopted land: a bigoted southern Senator, a credit crisis, a pesky leprechaun and, of course, a complicated love affair – that’s where Cheyenne comes in!

Finian’s Rainbow is the latest in a string of Broadway roles for Cheyenne who became a star as the leading man in Xanadu. He’s also appeared in Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On the Twentieth Century, and The 24 Hour Plays.

Here are some highlights from the show:

SISTER ACT: I don’t know how they manage to do it but Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams continued one of the most remarkable rivalries in the history of tennis on Sunday when they squared off against each other in the final of the year-end championships in Doha.

Serena beat defending champion Venus and ends the year with the number one ranking as well as the Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns.

The problem is, those are the only three titles Serena won all year and her lack of motivation and preparation for the tour’s smaller events has been detrimental to the game because it has resulted in less accomplished players taking over the top ranking.

So, here’s hoping that both sisters will be able to rest during the too-short two month off-season and come back strong in 2010 when they will have to compete against a revitalized Kim Clisters who won the US Open in September as well as an un-retired Justine Henin who is returning to the tour after a 1.5 year absence.

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