More fallout over the David Letterman-Ted Koppel fracas: ABC Newswoman Diane Sawyer who has made no public statement about her network's attempt to land Dave has pulled out of a planned appearance on Tuesday's Late Show, the New York Daily News reports. Sawyer was going to promote her upcoming interview with Rosie O'Donnell.
At the eighth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET on TNT TV staple Ed Asner receives the lifetime achievement trophy. An alumnus of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant, Asner made his mark on sitcom history as "Mr. Grant," Mary's curmudgeonly newsroom editor with a heart o' gold.
Unlike some actors who've become forever linked with one unforgettable role, Asner's not resentful. "I had a life in the business and my good luck gave me the opportunity to work on that guy for 12 years," he tells TV Guide Online. "Lou was built up from a porky blowhard drunk into a man of substance and consideration. I never got tired because you always had the laughs to sustain you.
"The SAG honor means a very great deal to me," the 72-year-old adds. "I'd like to think that, at this stage o
ABC has axed its low-rated John McEnroe quizzer The Chair... Paramount Pictures is developing an update of the 1962 Frank Sinatra classic The Manchurian Candidate. Sinatra's daughter, Tina, is producing... Fox is planning a new Muppet series featuring mainstays Kermit and Miss Piggy as well some fresh faces. Michael Ausiello with Janet Weeks
Aussie actor Guy Pearce is a career chameleon. Over the years, he's gone from a dragalicious female impersonator in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to a tattooed, platinum-blond badass in Memento. Sadly, work doesn't permit him to keep his faboo 'do from the latter movie.
"I must admit, I always prefer to have long hair," Pearce grins. "But it always gets cut off for a job. In The Count of Monte Cristo, I wore a wig. And after The Time Machine, I did an Australian film called The Hard Word with Rachel Griffiths. My hair is slightly longer in that one as well. If I had my way, my hair would be quite long!"
Hmm, that would be our preference, too... A thespian's
A federal judge has awarded ex-Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith $88 million dollars in her legal battle against the family of her late, 90-year-old hubby, J. Howard Marshall, over his estate. "This is a complete victory for my client," Smith's attorney Philip Boesch said. "This shows me that even if you have an army of lawyers and unlimited funds you don't always win."
Malcolm in the Middle mom Jane Kaczmarek, who has been a no-show around the Fox comedy's L.A. set since early February, returned to work Thursday. The 46-year-old actress, who plays manic Lois, had been suffering from intense migraine headaches. Sources, however, tell TV Guide Online that her reps had been negotiating with the show's producers for a big pay raise. Her publicist denies any connection between her health and salary talks, but similar rumors about a "sick out" circulated in September during another of Kaczmarek's absences. (Her husband, actor Bradley Whitford, was among four members of The West Wing cast that threatened to walk out last summer over a pay dispute.) Kaczmarek's MIA status forced producers to eliminate two episodes
Once upon a time, rising starlet Azura Skye received a phone call from her agent that she easily could have mistaken for a chat with her fairy godmother. "She said I'd been offered the lead in the Cinderella story no audition or anything!" the 19-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "It was a huge deal... very flattering."
Then, the enchanting actress was informed that ABC's Wonderful World of Disney retelling (premiering Sunday night at 7 pm/ET) would be based on the Gregory Maguire novel Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. "At that point, it dawned on me that they didn't want me to play Cinderella, they wanted me for the ugly stepsister," she recalls, aghast. "They didn't even need to see me, they just knew I was her.
"I was like, 'Oh my God!'" she continues. "But I read the script, and it wasn't nearly as insulting as it sounds."
On the contrary, the girl-p