Tom Arnold is out of FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period. Well,
almost out, anyway. When the series returns on March 21, Roseanne's ex
will appear only on the road and during special events. (Isn't that how Rosie
handled him, too?) Replacing him are former host Chris Rose and John
Salley (who was so obnoxious on He's a Lady).
Apparently, Joaquin Phoenix wasn't the only one out to get Russell
Crowe. Crowe tells GQ that while making A Beautiful Mind
in 2001, he received FBI protection because he was rumored to be the target
of a kidnapping plot by al Qaeda. The militant network's goal? "Cultural
destabilization," he says. Well, gee, if that's what they wanted, they
should have gone after an Olsen twin.
After 24 years behind the desk, CBS Evening News' Dan Rather
anchors his last telecast tonight. Once he's packed up his pencil cup, he will
report to work full-time for 60 Minutes. As a fact-checker.
Elisabeth Rohm has gotten work again. As an actress. The wooden Law
& Order alum has been cast in the Fox pilot Briar & Graves, about
a priest and a doctor who team up to explain the unexplainable. Like how Rohm
got another acting job.
Dynasty survivors Joan Collins and Linda Evans have
signed on to play feuding former movie stars in a stage revival of Legends!
The play will open in Toronto in September '06, tour for a spell, then
finally arrive in New York around the time its leading ladies turn 100.
... to find out what happens to soap hunk Jason Cook. Days of our
Lives' Shawn was arrested Monday in Des Moines when airport officials found a
pipe with marijuana debris in his luggage. In addition to drug
paraphernalia, the actor was charged with public intoxication and sleeping with that
Next week at the ShoWest theater owners convention in Vegas, Star Wars
creator George Lucas will be presented with a "galactic-achievement
award" for his interstellar flicks. You know, you'd think the wads of cash he's
made would have been enough.
Give it up for NYPD Blue the 12-year-old cop drama went out with
a bang, collaring 16.1 million viewers, its largest audience in eons. Besides
the usual ratings-race winners (American Idol, anything with
Law or Order in its title), America's Next Top Model also scored a
little victory by pulling its best-yet season-opening numbers. Now the bad
news: The Bachelorette finale brought the franchise its lowest
season-ending Nielsens ever, Summerland's comeback drew 13 percent fewer
viewers than the show did last summer, and WB's amusing talent search The
Starlet isn't likely to get a callback. Don't make Faye Dunaway mad,
In other, less-stunning pilot news, Mr. Christina Applegate,
Johnathon Schaech, and Mrs. Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, are
among CBS's Commuters; Ray's Regina King has been added to
the cast of CBS' Special Forces drama, The Unit; and rapper Bow
Wow is toplining a WB half hour called Bow. Wow, that's
weird. But the strangest casting news of the day has got to be this: Loni
Anderson has been tapped to play Tori Spelling's mom in her NBC
Keanu Reeves had better start stocking up on Dramamine he's
begun negotiating to headline the long-in-the-works 8th Voyage of Sinbad.
Can't you just imagine the conference calls? "But, dudes, what about the first