TV tidbits: `Homicide' to Mary Tyler Moore


June 26, 1999

There are still rumblings about a "Homicide: Life on the Street" TV movie, but nothing's definite yet. NBC and Tom Fontana, executive producer of the canceled, Baltimore-based show, are chatting about the idea. Fontana tells Daily Variety: "I wouldn't want it to be like `The Brady Bunch' reunion or anything like that. But we're talking."

It looks like a "Mary Tyler Moore Show" update project is going make it after all. Moore has committed to star in and executive-produce a two-hour ABC TV movie based on characters from the original sitcom.

Fox News anchor Paula Zahn will be the host of a new show, format undecided, in the time slot left open by Catherine Crier's departure. Zahn, 42, left CBS earlier this year to anchor Fox's evening newscast, "The Fox Report." Crier said Wednesday she that she was leaving Fox to anchor a midday legal news show for Court TV beginning in October.

Rock can't pick city's lock

Chris Rock has been locked out of his hometown -- figuratively, if not literally. Georgetown, S.C., Mayor Lynn Wood Wilson says the comedian, who is coming home next week to do a show, is just too vulgar to be honored with one of the oversized gold-colored keys to the city. "I am not attacking Mr. Rock," Wilson said in a statement, "but simply believe a key to the city should be given to someone whose work and notoriety stems from activities all Georgetonians can be proud of." Holders of the gold key include basketball's Charlotte Hornets, South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges and rap star LL Cool J.

Jackson still a thriller

An estimated 54,000 fans from South Korea, Japan and neighboring Asian countries flocked to Olympic Stadium in Seoul yesterday for a four-hour concert starring Michael Jackson. The extravaganza was a benefit show for needy children. Despite the cause, there was griping about ticket prices ($250 for the best seats amid South Korean's economic woes) and the timing (the anniversary of the start of the Korean War). Other guest entertainers included Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, violinist Vanessa Mae and actor Steven Seagal.

Out with No. 2, in with No. 3

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch and television executive Wendy Deng were getting married yesterday at a private ceremony in New York City, the entertainment trade paper Daily Variety reported. The marriage, the News Corp. chairman's third, follows the completion of his divorce from his wife of 32 years, Anna Murdoch, earlier this month.

Today's birthdays

Actress Eleanor Parker is 77.

Jazz musician-film composer Dave Grusin is 65.

Singer Billy Davis Jr. (The Fifth Dimension) is 59.

Actor Clive Francis is 53.

Actor Robert Davi is 45.

Singer-musician Mick Jones (The Clash; Big Audio Dynamite) is 44.

Rock singer Chris Isaak is 43.

Rock singer Patty Smyth is 42.

Actor Mark McKinney is 37.

Rock singer Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) is 36.

Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 30.

Actor Chris O'Donnell is 29.

Actress Kaitlin Cullum is 13.

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Pub Date: 6/26/99

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