ABC is developing an hour-long drama series about the Kennedy dynasty. According to Variety, the show's first season would be set in 1959 and follow John F. Kennedy's controversial campaign for the presidency.
Barbara Walters can add another big notch to her belt. The ABC News vet has landed an exclusive interview with embattled domestic guru Martha Stewart. The chat Stewart's first since being indicted for insider trading took place over the weekend. However, ratings-hungry ABC is holding the piece until November sweeps. During the sit-down, Stewart admitted the prospect of doing jail time frightened her. "Who wouldn't be scared? Of course I'm scared," she said. "The last place I would ever want to go is to prison. And I don't think I will be going to prison, though." In the meantime, can't we all just focus on her freakin' salad???
Question: I recently saw Jane Seymour on an episode of Oprah discussing East of Eden. Apparently Miss Seymour played the part of Cathy/Cate in a TV mini-series based on John Steinbeck's novel. Can you tell me more about the mini-series? Who were the other actors, when was it shown and is it available to rent on video? Karen V., Lowman, N.Y.
Televisionary: That was an ABC mini-series that aired over three nights in February, 1981, and starred Warren Oates as papa Adam Trask, Timothy Bottoms as son Adam and Bruce Boxleitner as Adam's wayward brother Charles. Seymour played manipulative hellion Cathy Ames, who married Adam and bore him twin sons, Cal (Sam Bottoms) and Aron (Hart Bochner), before heading off to work in a brothel.
Fans of the 1955 Elia Kazan feature will recall that Cal was played by James Dean, but that movie focused only on the last third of the story while this mini-seri
American Idol judge Randy Jackson is following in Simon Cowell's footsteps and penning his first book, titled What's Up Dawg: How to Become a Recording Star. Hyperion plans to release the book in January. Up next, You Were Perfect: The Art of Constructive Criticism by Paula Abdul.
Trista Rehn has settled on a dress for her televised wedding to Ryan Sutter, airing Dec. 10 on ABC. According to Modern Bride, the Bachelorette star will wear a strapless Badgley Mischka gown with a full skirt. And for her impending divorce, she'll sport a navy blue pant suit from Target.
Dinner for Five
It's dinner. Really nice chow. Yet the guests (tonight's A-list diners
include Katie Holmes and Sean Hayes) never talk about the food.
That worries me.
Greg and Jimmy turn Speed Dating sessions into a competition to
see who could, possibly, maybe, if they weren't both very married, get the
most "yes" votes from single women. Married men using singles functions for
ego-boosting sport. Riiiight. Now even lame CBS shows are making fun of the
reality that is my life. Thanks.
Now we know what J. Lo's ex Cris Judd is doing moonlighting as a salsa
teacher on Eve.
Brock offered to drop his highest profile client for Joan. (Oh... That's so sweet.) Ellis took only one
night to get over Joan. Damn. That's ridiculously unbelievable. And terribly
convenient. I mean, the woman just told him she's
Question: For the past three Sundays I have been searching the USA Network for the show Dead Zone. Has it been cancelled? Jeanne D., Bothell, Wash.
Televisionary: Not at all, but it is in reruns right now after ending its second season in January. The show's already been renewed for a third, which should start sometime in June. If you need a fix of repeats before then, however, check our lovable listings for late-night times during the week.
Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman won a five-figure sum and an apology from Britain's Sun tabloid, which said she had an affair with actor Jude Law and was to blame for the demise of his marriage to Sadie Frost. The paper now admits the story was untrue. The ruling came down today in London's High Court. Two months ago Kidman won damages against another U.K. tabloid that made the same claims.
Paul Reiser is headed back to NBC. The former Mad About You star has signed a two-year deal with the network to create, write and exec produce projects, Variety reports.