Monday Night Football suddenly got a lot more decipherable: ABC has dumped wiseacre pundit Dennis Miller. Fellow announcer Dan Fouts also has been let go, although ABC may keep him on to host college football. Taking their place in the booth alongside Al Michaels is John Madden, who asked Fox to release him from his $8 million contract one year early. "I've always had it in the back of my mind that someday I would like to do MNF," said Madden. "If you are a broadcaster, it's something that you would always think of doing."
A consortium of investors have announced plans to build a 700,000-square-foot, 15-story Hollywood-esque studio complex in the heart of Manhattan. The $375 million structure dubbed Studio City New York could open for business by 2004.
NBC is standing behind Jay Leno, whose Olympic-themed crack about South Korea's disqualified short-track skater Kim Dong-Sung has ruffled some feathers. Leno joked that Kim "was so mad he went home and kicked the dog, and then ate him." (The Korean practice of eating dog meat has long been ridiculed, to the dismay of the country's citizens.) NBC issued a statement Thursday defending Leno's "irreverent comedy" and assuring "the Korean community that it is not the intent of the show, Jay Leno or NBC to offend them."
Russell Crowe caused quite a stir over the weekend at the British Academy Film Awards. As previously reported, he yelled at award show producer Malcolm Gerrie for removing part of his acceptance speech. But while others may have attempted to apologize for the Beautiful Mind star's behavior, he has few regrets for his actions, reports Reuters. "I have very little remorse for what I said," he proclaimed. "Though possibly it was a little more passionate in the cold, hard light of day than I would have liked it to [have] been."
An often grim-faced closet case, Six Feet Under's David Fisher took glumness to an extreme last year even for an undertaker! This Sunday, as the funerary drama's second season kicks off hee hee actor Michael C. Hall promises sunnier days for his mopey mortician.
"The concern for what other people think has always superseded David's ability to listen to his heart," Hall explains to TV Guide Online. "[His ex-boyfriend] Keith (Mathew St. Patrick) ultimately lost patience with David's sort of 'one step forward, two steps back' approach to coming out. So he let him have it and dumped him."
Six Feet fans recall that losing his cuddly copper finally pushed the stiff, stern David out of the closet at church and at home. "It certainly makes a difference in him," the 31-year-old Hall smiles. "He's replaced some of that self-loathing with self-respect. He's still strugg
Since the bill included enough record-biz whippersnappers to fill up a youth choir, there was no way that anybody could have mistaken last night's live broadcast of the Grammy Awards for the Granny Awards. However, a handful of stirring performances by the industry's elder statesmen proved that, while the kids are all right, the old-timers are hardly ready to be put out to pasture. For music lovers who spent the evening perfecting their latest mix CDs, TV Guide Online rewinds the tape and plays back highlights (and the inevitable low points) from the well-balanced but overlong three-and-a-half-hour ceremony.
Near the end of a spirited rendition of "Lady Marmalade" by the "four badass chicks from the Moulin Rouge
" — all of them squeezed into and spilling forth from Frederick's of Hollywood finery — a special guest,
original vocalist Patti LaBelle
, stormed the stage and nearly blew the speakers, outshrieking even petite powerhouse Christina Aguile
Joan Rivers may not know squat when it comes to contemporary music, but that didn't stop the red carpet's worst lady from making some bold predictions during E! Entertainment Television's Live from the Grammy Awards pre-show. Chief among them: The death of that struggling little genre we call yikes! rap.
During an exchange with Nelly, Rivers asked the chart-toppping hip-hopper, "Where will you go when rap is over?" Before you could say "damage control," E!'s resident music expert Dave Adelson quickly brought the "Ride Wit Me" performer back out to help remind viewers that rap is no longer considered an "alternative" genre.
Phew, that was a close call.
Surprisingly, classic Joan blunders weren't as easy to spot as one might expect given, well, her history at these things. Of course, that may have more to do with the fact that her sidekick daughter Melissa was banished to the dreaded "on
"Sarah Jessica, I would like you to meet Mr. James Broderick." Sex and the City siren Sarah Jessica Parker telling Inside the Actor's Studio host James Lipton what she would like to hear God say when she arrives at the Pearly Gates. Parker whose episode of Studio airs Sunday at 8 pm/ET on Bravo is of course referring to hubby Matthew Broderick's late father, who starred on the classic '70s series Family. —Angel Cohn and Michael Ausiello