What's the surest sign that the reality-TV craze is out of control? Not last week's "Survivor" ratings triumph over "Millionaire." How about a delicious voyeur program from PBS? "The 1900 House" is set in an English town house meticulously restored to turn-of-the-20th-century conditions.
Charlie Sheen isn't a drug-addicted, porn-loving loser, but he plays one on TV. You call this acting? Sheen is starring in the May 13 Showtime movie "Rated X," a raunchy, dark film about the Mitchell brothers, the hell-raising creators of the 1972 pornographic classic "Behind the Green Door." The film itself is less interesting than the fact that Sheen made it despite all its eerie echoes of his own tangles with substance abuse and naughty women. "I did it to face my demons, to see if I had the...
A year ago, "Falcone" might have become one of the hottest shows on television. A taut, sharp drama about an FBI agent (Jason Gedrick) who infiltrates the New York mob while struggling to balance the demands of his family, "Falcone" is a compelling look at a good man buffeted by the winds of evil.
Let's get one thing clear right at the top: Jennifer Love Hewitt is no Audrey Hepburn. Don't take our word for it. Listen to Hewitt, the star of this week's ABC biopic, "The Audrey Hepburn Story." "It's the most intimidating thing to go to work every single day and have to be the most beautiful woman in the world," she says. "Especially days that you don't feel good or have PMS or whatever.
It was only first period at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge when 17-year-old Leslie-Claire Spillman sensed that something was wrong. The door to her classroom burst open, a girl jumped in and yelled, "It's time!" Spillman soon heard students murmuring and slamming lockers in the halls.
When Malcolm's mother finds her red dress badly burned and stashed in a toilet, she does what any sitcom parent would do. She punishes her children. Only because the family on Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" is prone to inspired exaggeration, punishment looks a lot like hilarious torture.
Elect one wrestler to public office and they all want to be loved for their minds. Four WCW grapplers--Sting, Bobby (The Brain) Heenan, Madusa and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper--teamed up on ABC's current-affairs show "Politically Incorrect" last week to debate with Bill Maher.
Hockey has the hat trick. Horse racing has the Triple Crown. And the theater has Audra McDonald. McDonald is the only performer in history to win three Tony Awards for her first three shows: "Carousel," "Master Class" and "Ragtime." It's an amazing streak, especially for a woman who's only 29.
Carol Burnett may be Hollywood's nicest superstar, so you can imagine how hard it is to get her to dish a little. Not that it should be a tough job. After all, she's survived a drunken mother, two husbands, a 1981 libel suit against the National Enquirer, a drug-addicted daughter and her share of creative disappointments since the divinely silly "The Carol Burnett Show" ended in 1979.
Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" took 51 years to get its first Broadway revival, and it's almost been worth the wait. Based on both Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" and the real-life bickering of theater legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, "Kate" is the wonderfully wacky tale of a divorced husband-and-wife acting team who despise performing together--until they realize they're in love after all.
Ally McBeal kissed another woman on TV last week, and you know what they call someone like that--a sweeps whore. Every time the networks hit a ratings sweep--November, February and May--TV characters start acting like Hugh Hefner on too much Viagra, running around pawing even more people than usual.
Jenny Craig won't say what the company is paying for the privilege of making Monica Lewinsky skinny, but she sure looks like a million bucks. When Lewinsky arrived at the Hollywood premiere for "Three to Tango," she was almost unrecognizably svelte in a black pantsuit and fuchsia pashmina shawl.
What a lamaze class this could have been. Cindy Crawford, Marie Osmond and Al Gore's daughter Karenna Schiff have all given birth to baby boys. Crawford, who actually attended maternity yoga with Reese Witherspoon, named her son Presley Walker Gerber, though husband Rande Gerber says there's no Elvis worship involved.