Plus, a ''Good Will Hunting'' reunion, ABC and the WB release fall schedules, and more

By Gary Susman
Updated May 18, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Brad Pitt: Kevin Winter/Image Direct
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HEMMING AND ‘HA’-ING In ”Fight Club,” Brad Pitt ridiculed and beat up guys who bought fashionable clothes to look more like movie stars. But now he’s starting his own clothing line. His name won’t appear on the label, but he will advise the designers, including Todd Shemarya, a stylist for both Pitt and wife Jennifer Aniston. Shemarya told fashion trade magazine DNR that he and Pitt recently altered a designer suit — tapering and cuffing the legs, taking in the jacket — and after Pitt wore it to a premiere, two other designers copied the suit. ”We laughed like you have no idea,” the stylist said. Guess they were in stitches.

‘JERRY”S KIDS ”Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant is reuniting with Damon and Affleck for a film called ”Jerry.” That’s Casey Affleck (brother of Ben), who played one of Matt Damon’s buddies in ”Good Will.” The movie will recall Van Sant’s early work in its spare style, desert setting, and low budget ($7 million). You can imagine the pitch: ”It’s like ‘My Own Private Idaho,’ but without the narcoleptic, Shakespeare paraphrasing, gay male hustlers.”

TV UPFRONTS It’s typical for a network to cut back on low rated dramas to make room for more news magazines or game shows. It’s unheard of for a network to do the opposite, but that’s what’s happening at ABC this fall, as revealed at yesterday’s upfront presentation for advertisers in New York. Not only is ABC reducing ”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” to twice a week, but it’s also moving ”20/20,” its longest running primetime news show, from its Friday perch to create space for struggling ”Once and Again.” One of the ”Millionaires” will air Monday night, replacing ”20/20 Downtown.”

”20/20” will move from Friday to Wednesday until November, when it will be pushed aside again by new episodes of ”NYPD Blue.” That Steven Bochco series is leaving its longtime Tuesday slot to make room for a new Bochco law drama, ”Philly,” but Bochco doesn’t seem too happy about the move. After yesterday’s presentation, he said, ”I’m not going to talk about it tonight because I’ll say something rude.” Sounds like you just did, Steve-o.

Presenting its fall schedule at the New York Sheraton Hotel and Towers yesterday, the WB announced a post- ”Buffy” lineup with nine new shows, most of them comedies, and most of those family friendly comedies that will follow ”Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” on Fridays, aping ABC’s old ”TGIF” block. Throughout Manhattan, magazine editors could be heard gnashing their teeth over the dearth of new, exploitable starlets.

Cult fanbases weren’t enough to save ”Popular” and ”Roswell,” though ”Roswell”’s producers were still hoping as late as Monday that the show might follow ”Buffy” to UPN. ”Gilmore Girls” will move to ”Buffy”’s Tuesday slot, while ”Angel” moves to Monday, where it will scare the bejesus out of viewers who just watched ”7th Heaven.”

TV RATINGS Even without ”Survivor,” CBS won the week ending May 13 with an average of 12.1 million viewers. NBC came it at No. 2 with 11.4 million, followed by ABC (11.3 million), Fox (8.5 million), the WB (3.9 million) and UPN (3.5 million). NBC stole some of CBS’ ratings thunder, along with its personalities, winning the week among viewers 18 to 49 with the help of the ”Survivor” alumni episode of ”Weakest Link.” NBC also took back Thursday night, with ”ER” the week’s top show at 23.2 million viewers, despite the strong showing of CBS’ ”CSI” twofer. Those who missed Colby‘s cowboy ways apparently tuned in to Wednesday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS’ other ratings highlight of the week.

RIGHT SAID FRED Fred Durst now says ”Life Without Joe” will not be the first film he directs but is only one of many scripts he’s considering. ”I made a band so I could direct videos and then direct a movie,” the Limp Bizkit frontman told Variety. ”’Runt’ needs to be done now.” ”Runt” tells the story of an outcast taking vengeance on the teenage jocks who killed his dog, while ”Life Without Joe” is about outcasts who take vengeance on the teenage jocks who killed their cat. So you can see the urgency.

‘HOT’ AGAIN Tony Curtis is taking ”Some Like It Hot,” the classic 1959 cross dressing comedy he starred in with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon, on the road. He’s been signed to a touring revival of the 1974 stage musical adaptation, then called ”Sugar,” starting next summer in Las Vegas, with hopes of an eventual Broadway engagement. He’ll take the lovestruck millionaire role Joe E. Brown played on film. So at least we won’t have to see the 75 year old Curtis in drag.


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