Could that shiny residue on Weakest Link host's Anne Robinson's forehead be flop sweat? The NBC quizzer took a major tumble in the ratings Monday night a mere three weeks since it debuted to huge numbers. According to Nielsen data, the game show lost more than 20 percent of its audience from the previous week. read more
Negotiations between major studios and the Writers Guild of America were expected to resume later today after a marathon 17-hour bargaining session concluded at 3 am/PT this morning roughly three hours after the WGA's contract expired. Both sides are hoping to avert a crippling strike that would halt TV and movie production. read more
Love Story actor Ryan O'Neal, 60, has chronic leukemia, but his condition is not life-threatening, Reuters reports. "It is treatable and he is doing very well," his spokesperson, Dede Binder, says. O'Neal who split with longtime love Farrah Fawcett in 1997 reportedly was diagnosed "recently." He completed work on the romantic comedy People I Know co-starring Al Pacino and Kim Basinger on March 30. read more
Whoopi Goldberg will receive the Kennedy Center's fourth annual Mark Twain Prize for humor at a Oct. 15 Washington gala. Previous recipients of the prize include Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters and Carl Reiner... Mel Brooks's hit new Broadway musical, The Producers starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick scored 14 Drama Desk nominations, the most for any show. Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more
One telecast prior to the Survivor finale and four days into the all-important May sweeps period, CBS won the week ending April 29 in total viewers (its fourth consecutive win), while NBC took the gold among key adults 18-49. With water-cooler buzz beginning to fade not to mention ratings (see below) NBC's The Weakest Link fell to No. 17 overall while CBS's live Sunday night telecast of On Golden Pond failed to crack the top 30. The top five shows of the week (among total viewers) were: Survivor: The Australian Outback, ER, CSI, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Sunday) and Everybody Loves Raymond. read more
Nicole Kidman is being approached to appear in the hit British drama series Cold Feet, Reuters reports. "We haven't asked her yet, but there is a part for an Australian actress to play a romantic role in the new series, and we're looking for someone high profile," says a rep for Granada, Britain's biggest commercial TV channel/network. read more
Robert Downey Jr.'s legal woes may be the least of Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley's problems: Rumor has it that the Fox dramedy will lose castmembers Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs and Greg Germann next season. A show rep tells TV Guide Online: "Taye Diggs is only contracted for this season. All other series regulars are involved this season as the stories play out. Producers have yet to have definitive discussions about next season." read more
Supermodel Niki Taylor, 26, is in critical condition after suffering severe internal injuries in a Sunday morning car crash in Atlanta. The car's driver, James Renegar who was not seriously injured reportedly was reaching down for his cell phone when the vehicle struck a utility pole. Taylor is a single mother to six-year-old twins, Jake and Hunter. read more
Flamboyant entertainer Mr. T. (read: the hair, the jewels, the résumé) has survived cancer, Rocky Balboa and two guest shots on NBC's Suddenly Susan. Only one question remains: How come no one was ever killed on his '80s action series The A Team?
"I am glad you asked that," the 48-year-old ex-bodyguard tells TV Guide Online. "I am so proud of the fact that The A Team never shot nobody, we never stabbed nobody."
As a result, Mr. "I pity the fool" T believes that the show currently enjoying a second life on cable's TV Land can serve as "an inspiration to the kids today because [it proves that] you can do an episode of good fun without killing people. That's what I'm most proud of. I don't want kids watching my show and saying, 'Hey, I liked that gun Mr. T had' and then take it to school."
Reflecting on The A Team's enduring appeal, Mr. T. (aka Laurence Tureaud) who currently can be seen read more
Did co-stars Nick Nolte and Jeremy Northam have a physical altercation while filming the Merchant Ivory adaptation of Henry James's The Golden Bowl? As director James Ivory tells TV Guide Online: "Somebody came up to me in Cannes or somewhere and said that they had heard that Nick Nolte had beaten up Jeremy, and I said that that was not true. The story was completely twisted around Nick hadn't even come to [the set] yet."
Bowl stars Uma Thurman and Kate Beckinsale as two friends in love with an Italian prince, played by Northam. And to Ivory's surprise, a setside scuffle did occur between Northam and Beckinsale's husband, Michael Sheen. The fight, he recalls, started over "something so silly. Everyone was raving at the end of it. I was trying to calm people down."
According to Ivory, Beckinsale told Northam that he would have to walk faster in one scene to keep him from stepping on her gown's train. "Th read more