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Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet

The 15 hottest topics the week of April 10, 1998

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1 Lost in Space
The Robinson family becomes stranded on a strange planet devoid of intelligent life. But try as they might, they can’t get out of L.A.

2 Macaulay Culkin
The 17-year-old former child star announced he’s getting married. Then he hid under a table.

3 Michael Ovitz
The ex-Hollywood bigwig is planning to build malls. Will dinners at the Olive Garden become trendy?

4 Male-impotence pill
Why does this medical breakthrough cost up to $9 a pop? Because the main ingredient is ground-up little red sports cars.

5 The X-Files
It will be filmed in L.A. next season. The truth is out there, but you keep missing the exit, Mulder!

6 Ted Koppel
The Nightline anchor spent one night in a prison cell for an in-depth report. He practiced by staying at a Motel 6.

7 Push
ABC’s jiggle-fest takes place on a college campus. The Baywatch Institute of Technology, no doubt.

8 Danielle Steel
The prolific author wed for the fifth time. Her vows ran 600 pages long.

9 From the Earth to the Moon
The Tom Hanks-produced miniseries on the space program. Not a show about Alice and Ralph Kramden.

10 Reader’s Digest
It’s overhauling its cover for the first time in 75 years. It’s now okay to show stars from the talkies.

11 A Price Above Rubies
The wife of a Hasidic intellectual is unhappy. What did she expect — club hopping?

12 Howard Stern
He may do a TV show to compete with Saturday Night Live. It’s called Lowest Common Denominator Theater.

13 Drew Carey
He took the first step toward a life of crime by smoking a cigarette in an L.A. restaurant. Next he’ll be tearing tags off mattresses.

14 Mercury Rising
A kid breaks the secret code of a shadowy government agency. He figures out what ”W-2” means.

15 Barney’s Great Adventure
No one over 5 years old wants to see the purple one in a movie — unless the words Chain Saw Massacre are in the title.

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