With Richard Grieco (Booker) going a quick 0-for-2 on his first big- screen tryouts, If Looks Could Kill and Mobsters, the TV hunk is watching his star stock plummet. Before those movies flopped he was going to costar with Tom Berenger in the TriStar drama Sniper. It may be a coincidence, but that movie just started to roll in Australia with Billy Zane (Blood and Concrete) instead.
”I hate when this is called a teenage Fatal Attraction,” laments Sara Gilbert (smart-mouthed Darlene on Roseanne) who makes her screen debut in Ivy, due next March. She plays a shy teen whose father (Tom Skerritt) is seduced by her friend (Drew Barrymore). ”It’s a frightening story of betrayal, real psychological stuff about friendship,” says Gilbert. ”Never underestimate a teenager in love.”
They’re calling it Die Hard at Sea. Steven Seagal’s about to cast off on his next film, Dreadnought, which takes place on a Navy warship and involves a struggle between two Vietnam vets: a CIA covert-operations specialist and Seagal, who plays the ship’s cook.
Along with Blondie, the Ramones, and Talking Heads, the group called Television led the punk parade in the mid-’70s, influencing countless rockers in the process. Now, 13 years after its breakup, the group — guitarists Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine, bassist Fred Smith, and drummer Billy Ficca — has reunited and is about to record a new album (probably for Capitol Records). ”There’s a lot of unfinished stuff for us to do,” says Lloyd. ”Everyone’s surprised at how long it’s taken, but that’s the way it happens in the music business.”
Rescue 911, the CBS drama that re-creates dramatic saves, will be simulcast in the Soviet Union to a potential audience of 200 million on Nov. 19. The episode will feature a young Siberian boy who was badly burned last summer and was flown to Houston for the skin-graft operations that saved his life. Filming in Siberia this summer, Rescue 911 went to places so remote, says executive producer Arnold Shapiro, ”I doubt Western cameras had ever been before.”
Could an all-documentary cable channel be in the works? TV author Les Brown and producer Morton Silverstein have researched the idea, and so far the concept looks feasible. ”It’s a journalistic art form that’s disappearing on American TV,” says Brown, who admits that the idea was prompted ”during a lunch with several good documentary producers who are unemployed.” If all goes well, the channel could be a reality in about two years.
Written by: Kenneth M. Chanko, Cindy Pearlman, Pat H. Broeske, David Browne, Alan Carter, Kate Meyers