By EW Staff
Updated January 26, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Snow White

Miranda, Miranda on the wall: It’s Richardson’s turn to rumble with the fairest of them all

What do you get when you combine dwarfs, attempted murder, and a green-eyed stepmom? Either a Jerry Springer episode or a darker take on a classic fairy tale. ABC’s decidedly non-Disney approach features Miranda Richardson as the queen and newcomer Kristen Kreuk (see story, p. 34) as her maligned stepdaughter. ”These stories have lasted for so long because they have something really primal and deep in them,” says writer-director Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands). ”Sometimes that’s not a pretty place.” In Thompson’s script Snow White’s mother dies tragically during childbirth, and an evil genie tries to wheel and deal with Miss White’s dying father. And no, Doc the Dwarf isn’t on hand for the rescue.

The Tick

Seinfeld’s Puddy suits up for more laughs as the muscle-headed crime-fighting insect

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Puddy! The hyperbolic, metaphor-spouting comic-book hero-turned-animated star goes live-action on Fox, with Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld (above, right) exec-producing and Seinfeld‘s Patrick Warburton (left) donning the big blue suit. ”Whereas underneath the cape of Batman was Bruce Wayne,” says Warburton, ”inside the Tick is only the Tick.” Although the Tick has a cadre of semi-competent superfriends — like the suave Latino Batmanuel — don’t expect any Lois Lane types trying to get a rise out of the Tick’s antennae. ”There’s something very innocent about him,” says Warburton. ”He just has no clue what sex is. Maybe he’s got no parts, who knows?” (Spring)

Me and My Shadows

Judy Davis as Judy Garland — need we say more?

For Judy Davis, the idea of playing Judy Garland in the ABC biopic didn’t exactly send her over the rainbow. ”I was frightened,” admits Davis (right). ”She was an amazingly beautiful woman and enormously talented. I didn’t want to shortchange her.” The telefilm from exec producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (1999’s Annie) is based on a book by Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft that recounts how MGM inadvertently turned her mom into a drug addict by asking her to drop a few pubescent pounds. ”I hope viewers realize that a talent like [hers] is fraught with danger,” says Davis, who ultimately cherished the role. ”It was a fantastic ride playing her.” (Feb. 25 & 26)

New Faces Kristen Kreuk

AGE 18 COMING SOON The Canadian TV star makes her debut Stateside as the titular star of ABC’s upcoming made-for-TV movie Snow White. Kreuk is also set to costar in the WB pilot Smalltown this spring. NO DIVA HERE Despite her leading-gal status, Kreuk isn’t comfortable being the center of attention. ”I don’t think [the movie] is about Snow White completely,” she says with a nervous laugh. ”It’s also a story about the evil stepmother.” True. But we know who gets smooched by the prince! FUN FACT Unlike most 18-year-olds, Kreuk doesn’t have a driver’s license. ”I’ve got to get one because it’s really annoying when you do a show and you can’t drive yourself anywhere,” she says. FAVORITE FAIRY TALE ”Oh, mine is The Little Mermaid, definitely,” she says. Was she a fan of Snow White growing up? ”Totally not.”

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