Roseanne's talk show is renewed
Plus, 'Buffy' may pull a high school gunman episode, Tyra Banks plays a living doll, and Andy Dick is exposed
STILL TALKING Her ratings are neither rosy nor like Rosie’s, but Roseanne will see another season behind the mike. King World has renewed her syndicated talk show, ”The Roseanne Show” for a second season. The decision is a controversial one with some station affiliates; they’re upset that King World already has turned a profit on the show while they’re losing money (low ratings have led to low advertising rates)…. Roseanne’s fellow comedian Howie Mandel wasn’t as fortunate: His talk show, ”The Howie Mandel Show,” was canceled by Paramount after a weak inaugural season.
LITTLETON UPDATE In the wake of the Littleton, Colo., shootings, the WB is considering pulling next week’s episode of ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” because it deals with a high school gunman. CBS has already yanked tonight’s originally scheduled episode of ”Promised Land” for the same reason.
VIDEO SALUTE Warner Bros., in conjunction with New Line and MGM, will be packaging seven movies from the late Stanley Kubrick in a boxed set. The seven movies are: ”Dr. Strangelove,” ”2001: A Space Odyssey,” ”Barry Lyndon,” ”A Clockwork Orange,” ”Full Metal Jacket,” ”The Shining,” and ”Lolita.” The movie collection, which was planned before Kubrick’s death last month, will be released on June 29 — just in time for the theatrical release of the famed director’s last work, ”Eyes Wide Shut,” in July.
EXPOSED ”News Radio”’s Andy Dick kept the CBS censors on their toes during his Wednesday night appearance on Craig Kilborn’s ”Late Late Show.” Dick sang ”Love Ninja” from his one-man show, including such verses as “I wined and dined you at the Ritz, how ’bout that? I drank so much, I got the sh–s, remember that?” At one point during his segment, Dick walked offstage toward the audience, stripped off his pants (and underwear), and sat on the lap of an audience member. CBS went to a “Please Stand By” for the visual but kept the audio feed going.
CASTING Supermodel Tyra Banks will play a doll that springs to life in ”Life Size,” a ”Wonderful World of Disney” TV movie set to air next season…. Anna Paquin will star in ”Tart,” a coming-of-age independent film produced by Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith’s Green Moon Productions. Paquin, who won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Oscars for her role in ”The Piano,” will be joined on the screen by Griffith and directed by scriptwriter Christina Wayne.
DEALS The Sci-Fi Channel has brought in Steven Spielberg to be executive producer of a 20-hour miniseries titled ”Taken” about alien abductions…. MTV Films has bought the rights to remake the ’70s TV show ”Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.” The Saturday-morning series featured a group of primates who played secret agents. It’s unknown whether Clint Eastwood, Tony Danza, Matt LeBlanc or any other actor with previous primate experience has been contacted about the project…. Novelist Dean Koontz is planning to bring his works to television. Koontz’ first project will be a series of two-hour movies based on his novella ”Black River” for the Fox Network. Plans to produce his ”Winter Moon” and ”Dark Rivers of the Heart” books are also in the works…. HBO is close to acquiring the rights to ”Scenes from a (Group) Marriage,” an article published in this month’s Esquire dealing with multiple sex partner relationships in New Jersey. The cable network has already seen success with its current racy series ”Sex in the City.” (additional reporting by Joe Flint)