POP/ROCKAnd Then There Was One: Bethel ’94,...
And Then There Was One: Bethel ’94, the smaller of two competing Aug. 13-14 concerts celebrating Woodstock’s 25th anniversary, was effectively canceled Monday after the event’s financial backer pulled out of the concert that was to have been held at the original Woodstock site in Bethel, N.Y. Shea Entertainment said that despite pumping $2 million into the concert, only 1,650 of the 50,000 available tickets had sold, prompting the company to cut its losses and pull out of the event, which was to have featured 26 acts. However, promoter Sid Bernstein, who had pulled out of Bethel ’94 earlier Monday, changed his mind after hearing his partners had also dropped out. He said he would try to find the $3 million to $4 million to restart the concert. “I’ve been calling the town fathers, I’m asking for 48 hours. We already have the possibility of another backer,” Bernstein said. “I believe in miracles.” . . . Meanwhile, the larger concert, Woodstock ’94, has its own ticket sale woes. With nearly 100,000 tickets still available, organizers on Monday extended the purchase period to Aug. 11 and relaxed some of the Saugerties, N.Y., event’s stringent parking rules.
Stairway to Reunion: A televised reunion of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page--members of the influential rock group Led Zeppelin--will air on cable’s MTV in October. Tentatively titled “Unledded,” the special will feature Plant and Page performing new arrangements of classic Zeppelin songs, as well as new material, taped in studios in London, Morocco and Wales. Both acoustic and electric performances will be featured.
Quality Awards: ABC’s record-setting Emmy nominee “NYPD Blue” picked up another accolade Monday when it was named best quality drama of the 10th annual Quality Awards held by the Virginia-based advocacy group Viewers for Quality Television. The show’s star, Dennis Franz, also was cited for best actor in a drama. In the comedy categories, NBC’s “Mad About You” won the top three awards: for best comedy, and for best actress and actor (Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser). Also taking triple honors was CBS’ drama “Picket Fences,” which won for best actress (Kathy Baker), and best supporting actress and actor (Lauren Holly and Fyvush Finkel). Fox’s canceled program, “South Central,” won the group’s Founders Award, a special honor for an individual or series that the group feels has not received due recognition. The awards will be presented Sept. 24 in Hollywood.
Roseanne as Roseanne: Roseanne was back on the set of her hit ABC show “Roseanne” on Monday following the signing of a three-year agreement between the actress and the show’s producer, the Carsey-Werner Co. The deal calls for Roseanne (who recently dropped the last name of her estranged husband, Tom Arnold) to star in 75 episodes of the series through the 1996-97 season. The deal had been up in the air for more than a year because Roseanne and Arnold, who shared credit as executive producers, had only signed with Carsey-Werner for two more years, while Carsey-Werner had signed a three-year deal with ABC for “Roseanne.”
Comedy Achievements: Sid Caesar, George Carlin, Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Pryor will be honored for their lifetime comedy achievements during “The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame,” a two-hour special to air this fall on NBC. Last year’s inductees included Carol Burnett, George Burns, Walter Matthau, Jonathan Winters, Red Skelton and Milton Berle.
Kato on Film: Legal eagles and cinema buffs curious about the film acting career of O. J. Simpson-case witness Kato Kaelin can weigh the evidence for themselves Aug. 12 when cable’s TBS presents “Beach Fever,” a movie described thusly: “Two guys sell whiz kid’s love potion at beach.” Rodney Ueno (legal experience unknown) co-stars.
“Home Improvement” co-star Patricia Richardson and comedian Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen”) will host the 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Sept. 11 on ABC. . . . Michelle Mercer has been promoted to program director at radio station Power 106 (KPWR-FM 105.9). She has been music director at the station since 1991. . . . Jahja Ling, music director of the Florida Orchestra and resident conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. He replaces the originally scheduled Carlo Rizzi, who has been detained at home in Italy for family reasons.