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Producer’s Feud With Fox: “Married . . . With Children” producer Michael Moye is at odds with Fox over Al Bundy’s favorite TV show, “Psychodad.” Earlier this week, the irate producer refused to write two installments of the show to protest the network’s refusal to air episodes in which Bundy lobbies Congress after “Psychodad” gets canceled for being too violent. Moye claims Fox dumped those episodes because it was afraid that the real Congress would retaliate against the network. Moye says that to get revenge for Fox’s boycott, he will now “renew” “Psychodad” on “Married” later this season. And for the first time, viewers may even be able to see the show--about a very violent cowboy who shoots everyone and everything in his path. Moye said Fox has a reputation for being bold, but that it’s not enough to use scatological language more than other networks. “It is bold to stand up against . . . (Congress) and Terry Rakolta (who once organized an ad boycott against “Married.”) Those are the things that test you, and both times we were totally sold out by them.” Fox had no comment.
Wynette Hospitalized in Nashville: Country music star Tammy Wynette was in critical condition in a Nashville Hospital Thursday. “A sudden major infection has invaded her body,” a hospital statement said, noting that Wynette was admitted Tuesday. “This current illness overcame Ms. Wynette very quickly, as just the night before (Monday) she recorded a duet with Aaron Neville for her upcoming duet project.” A hospital spokeswoman said no additional information would be released. Wynette, 51, has a history of intestinal problems. She had bile duct surgery in May, 1992.
* Danza Update: Turns out actor Tony Danza’s skiing accident Tuesday was a lot more serious than just broken ribs. After spending a couple of days in intensive care, Danza underwent back surgery at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center Thursday and was expected to remain in the hospital for at least several days. Danza, 42, had five broken ribs, internal bleeding and bruises, said publicist Frank Lieberman. “There is no paralysis or unconsciousness or anything like that,” said Lieberman, who gave no details about the operation. Danza was skiing in Deer Valley when he hit a rock and careened into a tree.
* Giving to Future Generations: Harrison Ford is handing over nearly 400 acres along Wyoming’s Snake River to the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Although Ford and his wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, will still own the land and pay taxes on it, the trust can prohibit any development on the property. Trust President Tom Rossetter said the donation brings to 768 acres the total amount of land covered by easements donated by the couple. “We feel this is one of the most significant private parcels in Jackson Hole to be kept intact,” he said. "(Ford and Mathison) have made this gift not only to the Land Trust, but to future generations.”
Coming Changes on the Airwaves: Capital Cities Communications, which owns the ABC television and radio networks, entered into an agreement Thursday with Golden West Broadcasting Corp. to buy all-sports radio station KMPC-AM (710). The veteran station has been struggling in the ratings since it switched from a musical standards format to all-sports last year. If the sale goes through, Capital Cities would own three radio stations in Los Angeles: KABC-AM, KLOS-FM and KMPC. . . . And changes are afoot at KABC-AM (790) during afternoon drive-time. Diane Dixon, Peter Tilden’s partner from 3-7 p.m., will leave the show to pursue her writing career. She will be replaced Monday by Tracey Miller, formerly of rival KFI-AM’s “T and T” morning show.
Aerosmith ‘Army’ Hits Boston: A group of fans calling themselves the Aerosmith Liberation Army are urging Boston Mayor Tom Mennino to proclaim New Year’s Eve “Aerosmith Eve” in honor of the group’s appearance at the Boston Garden tonight. The unsanctioned group has bemused civic leaders in several U.S. cities recently by posting hand-painted banners on bridges, atop official buildings and on interstate overpasses. The group first surfaced earlier this year when tapes of Aerosmith’s “Get a Grip” album were sent to radio stations across the nation before its authorized release date. But an internal investigation by Aerosmith’s label, Geffen Records, could not ascertain the group’s identity or how it secured the tapes.
“I don’t recall any day except the day Elvis died when so many people called to cry."--J.B. Miller of WTCR-FM radio in Catlettsburg, Ky., about reaction to Wednesday’s news of the marriage of country heartthrob Billy Ray Cyrus.