Plus, Rebecca Romijn Stamos, Sheryl Crow, Julianna Margulies, Deborah Cox, Anjelica Huston, and more
AUCTION ALERT The upright Steinway piano on which John Lennon composed his anthem ”Imagine” in 1971, is being put on the online auction block through eOffer.com. The piano, which cost Lennon 1,000 pounds ($1,600 dollars) in 1970, goes on view today, where it will remain till the auction is held in July. Organizers from eOffer.com, whose founders are auctioneer Ted Owen and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, hope it will go for up to $2 million. The viewing debut is today because it’s Yoko Ono‘s birthday, and the piano will remain on display after it’s sold until Oct. 9, when Lennon would have turned 60…. Speaking of auctions, John Stamos is auctioning off his supermodel wife Rebecca Romijn Stamos‘ underwear on eBay. The former ”Full House” actor, who produced the upcoming miniseries ”The Beach Boys” for ABC, announced today on ”The Rosie O’Donnell Show” that he plans to sell lots of their stuff on the popular auction site. ”I told her I wanted to sell her eggs, but she didn’t like that idea,” Stamos told O’Donnell.
PROFESSOR CROW? Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow was a guest lecturer this week at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. The Ivy League college invited the Grammy-winning Crow to talk about popular culture and lead discussions in several classes. Crow, who also played for the undergraduates, appeared as a Montgomery Fellow — a series that usually invites political or literary giants. Dartmouth’s administration said they wanted to bring in different figures this year.
CASTING Julianna Margulies and Anjelica Huston are in talks to star in TNT’s ”The Mists of Avalon,” a four-hour miniseries based on the beloved Arthurian novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley. ”Avalon” chronicles the story of Camelot through the eyes of its women leaders: Viviane (Huston), the Lady of the Lake, and Morgaine (Margulies), King Arthur’s sister. Let’s just hope Sean Connery isn’t cast as the king, á la ”First Knight.” Shooting is scheduled to start in Prague this April…. Platinum-selling Canadian artist Deborah Cox is set to make her U.S. acting debut on CBS’ ”Nash Bridges” tonight. Cox will play a San Francisco detective named Vanessa Swan. According to MTV News, the police detective will be a recurring character. Cox also just finished shooting her first feature-film role in ”Love Come Down,” a Canadian film costarring Larenz Tate (”Love Jones”).
TUBE WATCH Bad news for fans of ABC’s critical hit Sports Night. The network is planning an early season finale for the sitcom, which will now end Tuesday, April 4. ABC will replace ”Sports Night” with the ensemble comedy ”Talk to Me,” which stars Kyra Sedgwick, Beverly D’Angelo, and ”MAD TV”’s Nicole Sullivan. ABC will also premiere ”Then Came You, a romantic sitcom about an older woman-younger man (and no, it’s not based on Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon), on March 22, replacing ”Norm” in its Wednesday night, 8:30 p.m. slot until May sweeps. Other new mid-season replacements include ”Making the Band,” a reality show about a boy band, which will air Fridays at 8:30 p.m. starting March 31; and ”Wonderland,” a hospital drama that will air directly opposite ”ER” on Thursday nights at 10 p.m.