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ISSUE 115 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/19/2002

Entertainment: News in Brief

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer

Friday, April 19, 2002

Robert Urich, the Emmy-winning actor who made a name for himself on dozens of TV series from the '70s through the '90s, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 55. Urich is probably best remembered for his stints on "Vegas," "Soap" and "Spenser: For Hire." More recently, he appeared in "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" and NBC’s "Emeril." Steven Spielberg’s "E.T.," out in theaters for a special 20-year anniversary re-release, just squeaked past "The Phantom Menace" on the charts to become the third-highest-grossing movie of all time. "E.T." remains bested only by "Titanic and the original "Star Wars." Fans of ABC’s cult "Once and Again" are mourning after the show’s bad farewell in a series finale Monday night. The ratings have gone downhill all season, as ABC continually changed the show’s time slot and cut back its season order from 22 to 17. The finale earned a 5.6 rating/11 share, probably not enough to warrant a reprieve from the network. "General Hospital" will celebrate its 10,000th episode on April 17, 39 years after it premiered. Any fans who have seen them all will be asked to check into a hospital of their own. UPN has tapped Actor-Director Forest Whitaker to host the network’s new version of Rod Serling’s classic TV series "The Twilight Zone." The new show will avoid remaking the original’s classic episodes and instead create all new installments. Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg announced on Monday that she will be leaving the hit game show "Hollywood Squares" after four years as the center square and executive producer. Goldberg makes a reported $10 million for the show and apparently balked when asked to take a pay cut. No word yet on who will take her place. After just 30 performances, British stage actor Henry Goodman has been fired from Broadway’s biggest hit, "The Producers." Goodman replaced Nathan Lane in the role of Max Bialystock after Lane left last month. Steven Weber, of TV’s "Wings," will stay on in Matthew Broderick’s role. Actress Christine Taylor and her husband, Ben Stiller, welcomed their first child last week, a baby girl. No word on any other details. Ozzy Osbourne and his family of MTV’s most recent hit "The Osbournes" are surprising no one by seeking a big pay hike should they return for a sequel season. MTV has been mum on the details, but sources indicate the family is asking for a salary in the seven-figure range.

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