TELEVISIONIn Roseanne Role: Actress Denny Dillon, known...
In Roseanne Role: Actress Denny Dillon, known for playing the abrasive secretary Toby Pedalbee on HBO’s “Dream On,” has been cast as Roseanne in Fox’s unauthorized biographical TV movie about the often controversial entertainer. The original telefilm, which will focus on Roseanne’s turbulent youth, her professional career and the stormy relationships with the men in her life, will premiere on “Fox’s Tuesday Night Movie” early this fall. Production is set to begin Aug. 31.
Heidiless: Court TV addicts won’t see the Heidi Fleiss trial on the cable network. Court TV has announced it will not present live or taped coverage of the pandering and drug possession trial, scheduled to begin in Los Angeles next month. Court TV CEO Steven Brill said the Fleiss trial “lacks any important legal issues.” He also said he is wary of giving live coverage to the potential reading of a list of clients that Fleiss has hinted at revealing.
On Tap for KCAL: KCAL Channel 9 is dropping its 7-8 p.m. newscast next month and will air the syndicated “Top Cops,” a reality-based police show, and “Rush Limbaugh” in its place. The show featuring Limbaugh moves to KCAL from KCOP Channel 13. In other changes, all beginning the week of Sept. 12, KCAL has renewed “The Marilyn Kagan Show,” airing the program with psychotherapist Kagan at 9 a.m. weekdays, and will also add “The Susan Powter Show,” featuring the energetic diet guru, to its lineup at 5 p.m. “Jones & Jury,” a syndicated courtroom show with former NBC legal correspondent Star Jones, will follow at 5:30 p.m. A newly formatted “Rolonda,” featuring Rolonda Watts, moves to 10 a.m. The show promises to be geared more toward news stories than to traditional talk-show fare.
Anti-Violence Campaign: Three Turner networks--TNT, the Cartoon Network and the TBS Superstation--are teaming up to fight violence. The networks will produce a series of anti-violence specials and public service announcements scheduled to begin in late August and early September. TNT will kick-off the campaign Friday during the scheduled NFL game with the first of its ads featuring stories of real people who are taking a stand against violence. Poet Maya Angelou narrates one such ad. The Cartoon Network will air its “Take a Beat” spots, which remind young people to stop and think to diffuse a potentially violent situation. And TBS will air “TV Violence: Parents Under the Gun,” a special addressing violence on TV, on Sept. 30 at 7:35 p.m.
Suited Up: Peter Falk, Joe Mantegna and Dan Lauria will perform in a free public reading of Jason Milligan’s play “Men in Suits,” at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The comedy is about two Mafia hit men who have to confront the “Boss” after bungling a job. The reading is an encore presentation--the play was originally read as part of Patchett Kaufman Entertainment Theatre’s Monday night reading series at the Westwood Playhouse. The audience will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Campbell Arrested: Police arrested rapper Luther Campbell and eight dancers as they ran from a Birmingham, Ala., nightclub after a performance that included simulated sex acts and ended when audience members pelted police with bottles. Campbell was charged with inciting to riot Saturday at Club XS. The dancers, four women and four men, were charged with obscene, lewd and indecent conduct. All nine were released after posting bail on the misdemeanor charges.
The Blue Danube Rockfest: A Woodstock reunion festival on an island in the Danube in Budapest that is rocking to Jethro Tull and the Grandmothers of Invention is turning out to be a pretty popular, if not financial, success. By Sunday night, 64,000 tickets had been sold to Eurowoodstock, making it almost certain that attendance will fall below the expected 150,000, organizer Arpad Stoll said. As a result, the event, which is scheduled to cost $750,000, is likely to lose money. Eurowoodstock opened following Woodstock ’94 in New York earlier this month.
Singer John Denver was under investigation for drunken driving after an accident in Aspen, Colo., that left him with head and facial cuts. The Colorado state patrol is investigating. Last September, Denver paid a $50 fine and sang at a benefit after he was convicted of driving while impaired. . . . Capitol Records will release “Nat King Cole: The Greatest Hits,” featuring 22 Cole favorites, on Oct. 18. The collection includes the original 1951 version of “Unforgettable” as well as the 1993 digitally mixed duet between the late Cole and his daughter Natalie. . . . The ComedySportz National Tournament, America’s largest improv competition with teams from 22 cities including Los Angeles, opened Monday in Milwaukee. The festival, which ends with a championship match on Saturday, is geared toward families. . . . Marlon Brando says he has written his memoirs so his children can separate the truth from the myths about him. “Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me,” written in collaboration with former New York Times correspondent Robert Lindsey, will be in stores on Sept. 7. . . .