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EW covers new TV show ‘Almost Perfect’, the possibility of a ‘Mad Max 4’, and more

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TRAVIS-TY: Not that there’s anything wrong with Roseanne, Cybill, or Ellen, but Nancy Travis wouldn’t dare name her new CBS sitcom after herself. Says Travis: ”I can see it now. ‘It’s Nancy!’ The theme song could be ‘We love Nancy! Who does America need? Why, Nancy!”’ Almost Perfect may not sound any more modest, but the Sunday- night show, debuting Sept. 17, doesn’t have a head-swelling premise. Travis plays a put-upon TV-cop-show producer who falls for a DA (Kevin Kilner). ”It’s about two people who just don’t have time for a relationship,” says Travis, who hopes she’s working in the Tracy/Hepburn tradition rather than that of ”a lot of sitcoms I read. [They] were like ‘Here’s the yuk. Insert joke. Ba-da-dum.”’ Ba-da-smart. — Cindy Pearlman

TO THE MAX: With the lauded fantasy Babe, producer and cowriter George Miller has motored far from his Mad Max trilogy, but he hasn’t forgotten his postapocalyptic stamping ground. ”I’ve always had Mad Max 4 in the back of my mind,” says Miller, who finds the similarities between his Road Warrior and Waterworld ”very interesting.” Miller says the challenge would be to find a fresh gimmick. ”Each Mad Max film is quite different. I always thought one in 3-D would be super.” And would he want Mel Gibson to return? ”It’d be crazy not to,” he says, adding ”If it plays into Mel’s age.” Either way, Miller, who will next direct Carl Sagan’s extraterrestrial-communication story, Contact, says a new Max would need to be fiction of the future in more ways than one: ”There is always so much else to do.” — Stephen Schaefer

ALTER EGOTISM: Here’s a shocker from an upcoming celebrity tell-all: Dick Cavett once considered having Johnny Carson ”bumped off” because the Tonight Show host was too competitive. Or so claims Larry Sanders, star of HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show and alter ego of Garry Shandling. The Cavett tale, and other completely dubious stories, appear in the ”fictional autobiography” that Shandling is writing for Simon & Schuster. ”Larry talks about how he clawed his way to the top and which women he slept with,” says Shandling. ”It’s a satire on all of those books that are out now.” He’s halfway finished (a publication date has not yet been announced), but is still debating what to name it. ”The working title is Confessions of a Late-Night Talk Show Host: The Larry Sanders Story,” says Shandling. ”I want to call it Far From an A– hole. But the book company is hassling me over that.” — Bret Watson