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Lunch: Les Moonves, Barry Diller & Kathleen Turner

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Forget the lazy days of summer. Class is back in session as the cool kids returned to the cafeteria today in force. The scene at Michael’s was a tasty stew of moguls and media mavens with a side order of the random celebrity sighting — Kathleen Turner cooled her heels at the bar with her face buried in a newspaper until her pals arrived. And in true Michael’s media-centric style, a photographer from The New York Times was on hand to capture it all for Frank Bruni‘s review due out soon. We can’t wait, can you?

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Kathleen Turner, Felicia Taylor, Margo McNabb, Sommers Farkas, Terry Allen Kramer and a very late arriving Peggy Siegal who joined the festivities just in time to be included in the pics for the Times. David Patrick Columbia dashed in just before coffee to grab a few quick shots of the gals for New York Social Diary. You’re no one if you’re not getting your picture taken, darling …

2. Showtime’s head honcho Matt Blank with Holly B. Newman. Loved the leopard skirt!

3. Liz Smith with Jonathan Van Meter. The grand dame of gossip, looking sunny in yellow, told me she was being interviewed for New Yorkfor another anniversary issue.

4. Les Moonves sipping chardonnay with Leon Black

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LAT In 90 Seconds

34454670-27152556.jpgLil’ Meat Pie In The Oven: Reporter Mark Salisbury is a lot less grossed-out than we are that Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter conceived their newborn daughter while filming Sweeney Todd, a movie in which she plays a baker who stuffs meat pies with human flesh.

28689949.jpgOprah-In-Chief: Columnist Tina Daunt has been busy this campaign season with her Cause Celebre column, which reports about the intersection between Hollywood and politics. Today’s was particularly fun. In it, we learned that people openly acknowledge Oprah’s “power and influence on the American culture” and feel free to take her to task when she appears to “abuse” it. Daunt ends her column with a suggestion (made by Brad Pitt) that George Clooney should run for president — but apparently Oprah is already a lock.

34453921.jpgPeer Pressure: So which pretty young thing hasn’t been arrested this year on DUI charges? Suri Cruise, we’re waiting.

In The Trades: Dolls, Idols,

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HBO and American Girl have made a deal to develop films, series, specials and documentaries, based on the American Girl dolls. Better idea would be dolls based on HBO products: G-String Divas, The Sopranos or Sex and the City.


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and Ken Warwick, eps of American Idol, will produce the Emmys. Look for a special call-in segment where America choses someone to do something.

Max Mutchnick, creator of Will and Grace, revisits his own life for a CBS pilot about a straight guy and his gay writing partner. Will and Grace was totally different as it was based on his sister’s life. Maybe he’ll try something Animal Planet next.

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Marc Cherry plans to spend his twilight years ABC windfall writing musicals. He signed with the network for 4 more years at a deal rumored to exceed $15 million. No Housewives: The Musical is planned, but wait til the cash runs out.

Brian Lowry exposes the secret behind Oprah’s success–daytime talk is for stupid people–as he analyzes her show featuring psychics.

TV Guide Channel ordered a new reality series from Magical Elves–America’s Next Producer. Prizes include $100k in cash, an office in Hollywood, and a first-look deal with the network–where half the progamming is a crawl. YouTube gets better numbers.