The 15 hottest topics the week of December 4, 1998

1 Babe: Pig in the City
Ah, were he the only one.

2 Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra
Their marriage lasted only nine days. They may return as a mid-season replacement on the UPN.

3 Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall
They deny rumors they’re breaking up. She denied it in London, he denied it in Paris.

4 Ringmaster
Starring Jerry Springer. Having the theater seats bolted to the floor spoils the whole experience.

5 Furby
This season’s overhyped, must-have, hard-to-find toy. It’ll be easy to find in a few months — at the bottom of the toy box next to Tickle Me Elmo.

6 Cher
She’s written her biography, The First Time. Like the first time she turned 39.

7 Celine Dion
The French-Canadian singer plans to take a few years off after New Year’s 1999. It’s time to stop and smell the money.

8 Leftovers
We don’t need to cook this Thanksgiving. We’re still eating what we made last year.

9 Sylvia Plath
They’re making a TV movie of the tortured soul poet. Maybe it’ll become a series, Unhappy Days.

10 Divorce Court
The old daytime chestnut is returning to television. Movie stars will be limited to one appearance every six months.

11 Star Wars: Episode I
The trailer for the May 1999 film is a huge hit. In the trades it’s called I Know What You’re Watching Next Summer.

12 Dr. Jack Kevorkian
If 60 Minutes really wanted to garner some huge ratings, they should have had him kill Andy Rooney.

13 Beaujolais Nouveau
Restaurants rush to get the year’s first French wine to the table. So they have more time to overcharge you.

14 Buy Nothing Day
A group is urging people not to shop on the Friday after Thanksgiving. They’re called husbands.

15 The Yankees
George Steinbrenner is said to be selling the team he bought for $10 million for $600 million. Normally you’d have to actually play ball to make that kind of money.