Entertainment Tonight's fifth annual post-Emmy party, held at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, drew its fair share of celebs but few actual
winners. Among the attendees: Frasier's David Hyde Pierce, NYPD Blue's Dennis
Franz, Multimillionaire bride Darva Conger, Survivor castaways Rudy
Boesch and Rich Hatch, Ted McGinley (Married, With Children) and wife Gigi
Rice, Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz, Sharon Lawrence, Kimberly
Williams, former Punky Brewster Soleil Moon Frye (now on Sabrina, the Teenage
Witch), Weird Al Yankovic and Ben Stein.
Muniz arrived with Malcolm sibs Erik Per Sullivan, Justin Berfield and their
TV pop, Bryan Cranston. Although disappointed that their TV mom, Jane
Kaczmarek, didn't take home the Emmy, they were ecstatic about their show's
writing and directing w
No doubt attempting to make up for coming late to the reality game, NBC has
the rights to Survivor creator Mark Burnett's latest project: Destination
Mir. According to
Variety, the Peacock network will fork over nearly $40 million for the show,
follows a group of wannabe astronauts through from training program to launch
big winner will be launched into space to meet up with the Russian space
NBC is hoping to debut the series in Fall 2001.
Supermodel-turned-actress Tyra Banks (Coyote Ugly) is joining the cast
of the WB's Felicity this season as a "serious" college student and
interest for Noel (Scott Foley). "She's someone who doesn't have to work very
hard to do well in school," executive producer J.J. Abrams tells TV Guide
Online. "Noel ends up meeting her through his new job." Abrams, who says
that Banks is
a fan of the show, adds that the story is "really going to be funny and
there's a great twist
at the end." And for those skeptics who will view the casting coup as nothing
more than a
chance to pump up the drama's anemic ratings, Abrams admits that there's
some truth to
that. "It definitely crossed our minds that it would be nice to get someone
who is famous
to be in the show," he concedes. "Her notoriety is certainly not a negative
as far as I'm
concerned. But it's one of those things where this [story] idea happened
first and then her
name came up and it w
Question: After canceling the show La Femme Nikita earlier this year and now changing their minds and bringing it back, what makes USA choose to only do eight shows and not a full 22?
Televisionary: Simply put? Because they can.
The TV biz is a very complicated world and shows are ordered, scheduled and canceled for all sorts of reasons, nearly all of which come down to you guessed it money. USA (and every other network in the business) looks at how much it's spending for a show and how much it's making back by selling commercial time during that slot.
That's the first consideration and it's why so many shows are canceled despite a fairly loyal following among audience members and the press. It doesn't matter to CBS, for example, that the critics and an enthusiastic fan base liked Now and Again. On a per-episode basis, the show cost too much to p
The executive producers behind NBC's new Steven Weber sitcom, Cursed, have
quit the series, The Hollywood Reporter says. Mitchel Katlin and Nat
resigned reportedly due to creative differences with the network. Cursed,
Weber as a single ad exec, snagged the plum post-Friends timeselot on
There's no word on who will replace the duo.
Halle Berry, who picked up an Emmy Award Sunday night for her star turn in
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, is in talks to appear opposite John Travolta
in the Warner
Bros. thriller, Swordfish. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Berry would
$2.5 million for her work her biggest paycheck to date. Swordfish
the actress with her X-Men co-star Hugh Jackman, who also stars in the film. Michael Ausiello
Don Hewitt, executive producer of CBS's stalwart 60 Minutes, is writing his
autobiography which will include details of the infamous tobacco scandal that
led to the
film The Insider. The tome titled Tell Me a Story is due next
wanted to write a book that would be totally honest," Hewitt told the New
News, "a book with no bull."
Garry Shandling can breathe a sigh of relief. Sunday night's Emmy telecast, in
comic served as host, attracted 21.6 million viewers making it the most
watched Emmys in
14 years. Shandling received enthusiastic reviews for his performance during
hour broadcast, which saw NBC's The West Wing and Will & Grace win big. ABC
estimates that 46 million people watched at least some portion of the show.
Question: I heard a rumor. Is CBS planning to rebroadcast the first Survivor series starting in September? I was told that they were. Others tell me that the first series will be televised on another channel starting this fall. Which can I believe? I have become a fan even though I only saw the last few episodes and would like to see it aired in its entirety. Thanks. Shawn
Televisionary: Believe the former and ignore the latter. The network does indeed plan to rebroadcast the entire Survivor run from September 15 through the 29th (with no episode on Sundays).
The plan is to try to steal some of NBC's Olympics thunder and it will serve as an interesting test case for the blockbuster reality show. Yes, it generated incredible ratings, but how strong will it play a second time?
I see it going either way, frankly. Maybe knowing that Richard won will take the fun out of it for many people. But perhaps those who missed the show the first time aro
Question: We're having a very heated argument. In The Highwayman did the cab of the truck turn into a helicopter, or did he carry the helicopter in the back of the truck? Alex Bertran
Televisionary: Now, now I can understand the heat, Alex, but let's not let it come to fisticuffs, OK?
In the short-lived series, which ran on NBC from March to May of 1988, the Highwayman's high-tech rig boasted a cab that could change into a helicopter in times of need. (Nifty, huh?) Any slob could simply strap a chopper to a truck and declare himself cool, no?
Produced by Knight Rider man Glen A. Larson, the show also featured Aussie Energizer pitchman Jacko ("Oy!") as the take-no-prisoners, scrappy sidekick to the tough-and-buff Highwayman (Sam Jones).