Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship featuring Tiger Woods's playoff victory scored big ratings for CBS, according to preliminary data. When the final numbers are tallied, it could rank as the highest-rated PGA Championship since 1971.... Former Roseanne star Johnny Galecki has inked a deal with Warner Bros. TV for a fall 2001 series in which he'll produce and star, Variety reports.... The trade paper also reports that Brendan Fraser is in final talks to star in the remake of The Quiet American, based on Graham Greene's 1955 novel set in Vietnam. Michael Caine has been approached to co-star.
Warner Bros. is turning its animated series, Batman Beyond, into a live-action movie. Director Boaz Yakin, who helmed the soon-to-be-released Denzel Washington football flick, Remember the Titans, has been tapped to co-write and direct, Variety reports. The project will not affect the studio's plans to make another sequel to its Batman franchise, which last took the form of 1997's Batman & Robin starring George Clooney as the Caped Crusader. The two films differ in that Batman Beyond is set 40 years in the future and Bruce Wayne's Bat boots have been filled by Gotham schoolteacher Tim McGinnis.
Ricki Lake will appear on six episodes of CBS's The King Of Queens this season playing Kevin James's character's little sis, reports the New York Post. "She's spunky and gets on his nerves," Lake tells the Post. "CBS wanted me to do the whole season, but I have my [talk] show." In fact, Lake recently signed a new contract that will keep her gabbing for another four years. But after that, she's calling it quits. "I won't be doing [it] beyond that, if it lasts that long," she says. "They'll either pick me up or they won't."
Despite the phenomenal success of Survivor, veteran producer Aaron Spelling says he wants no part of the reality-TV game.
"I would never do a reality show," insists Spelling, whose latest prime-time soap, Titans,
airs Wednesdays (8-9 pm/ET) on NBC beginning this fall. "The day will come when I'll probably be asked to do a reality show in a house of prostitution, but I am not going to do it."
Spelling ? the man behind Dynasty, The Love Boat and Beverly Hills, 90210 ? says he fears TV's current fascination with reality shows could land half of Hollywood on the unemployment line. "I just hope we suddenly don't find ourselves dealing with three comedies, four dramas and the rest are reality shows," he sighs. "I think that would be total disaster."
Viewers, Spelling adds, would be the big losers in a TV landscape dominated by the likes of Big Brother and NBC's upcoming Dating Game update, Chains of Love. "I don't
Wesley Snipes warns moviegoers that his new film, The Art of War (opening Friday), is not your typical action flick. For one thing, there is no obligatory sex scene between him and leading lady Marie Matiko.
"The guy I play has no time to get it on with a woman," Snipes tells TV Guide Online of his covert agent character. "It's like, 'Yo, the man is on the run.' He's too busy saving himself to end up in the sack at some hotel."
Snipes more than makes up for War's lack of hanky panky in his upcoming HBO movie, Disappearing Acts. "It's a romance, it's drama, it's interaction, it's black love," he explains. "These are things that we want to see, and I haven't done a project like that in a long time. I felt it was time for me to do a love story."
In fact, if Snipes had his druthers, the star of Blade and U.S. Marshals would take Shakespeare over Star Wars any day. "I didn't get into the business to do action," he insis
Mel Karmazin knows the identity of Survivor's $1 million winner and it's driving him crazy. Karmazin, president and chief operating officer of Viacom (which owns CBS), tells Variety that being in the know "sucks. I'm not enjoying the show as much as I could have. [And] it's difficult when I'm with other people and they try to fish it out of me. I have to have people sample my drinks to make sure there's no truth serum in it." Karmazin is one of approximately 100 people who know whether Rich, Rudy, Sue or Kelly will ultimately claim the loot. Sound engineer Terry Dwyer also is among the unlucky insiders; Dwyer mixed the Survivor finale for the audio company Wildwoods. "I have some neighbors bugging me all the time," he tells the trade paper. In other Survivor news, USA Today reports that despite a $500,000 offer from Hugh Hefner, castaway Jenna Lewis has decided not to pose nude in Playb
Anne Heche reportedly is out of the hospital and in Toronto filming John Q with Denzel Washington. The actress, who was briefly admitted to University Medical Center outside of Fresno, CA, on Saturday after wandering to a stranger's house in a confused state, had just announced her split with partner Ellen DeGeneres after three years. According to The Fresno Bee, hospital sources were quoted as saying Heche's behavior which is said to have included incoherent statements was consistent with an ecstasy overdose.
All aboard, desperate singles! Fox has announced that its newest reality show, Love Cruise, a Dating Game set on the high seas, will debut on Jan. 4, Variety reports. The experiment, produced by the folks behind MTV's Real World, will follow 16 singles eight men and eight women in search of love and lust while cruising through the Caribbean. The catch: One man and one woman are voted off at the end of each episode. Speaking of being voted off, banished Big Brother housemate Karen admitted to the New York Daily News that the show is "a sick concept. It felt so wrong."
Former MTV VJ Kennedy is dissing her old employer well, sort of. The outspoken 28-year-old, who now hosts a talk-radio show, tells the Seattle Times that although she "loved" her time at the music channel, toward the end she grew tired of the format. "On MTV, we didn't get to talk about anything," she says. "We had to introduce the same videos over and over again. You have to say something cute within 45 seconds, and they're always wrapping you, and telling you that your skirt's crooked. I was thinking that if someone called me and told me that I had to go do 10 segments for afternoon videos, it would reduce me to tears. It would be so boring for me."
Question: Was there ever a sitcom called Dave's World? I think it may have starred DeLane Matthews (she was recently on an episode of Lifetime's Strong Medicine) and Harry Anderson (from Night Court). Am I crazy or not? Thank you!!!!! Shelly
Televisionary: Jeez, Shelly... you've got a good enough memory to recall all those details, it's only been three years and already you're doubting your sanity? Give yourself a break, kiddo.
There was indeed a sitcom called Dave's World, based on the witticisms of syndicated columnist Dave Barry. It ran on CBS from September 1993 to July 1997 and starred Night Court's Anderson as the titular Dave. He and wife Beth (Matthews) lived in Miami with their kids, Dave playing work-from-home writer and Beth teaching.
And as I've said to others: That is in no way an opin