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Jul 28, 2003  •  Post A Comment

NBC would be interested in a fourth “Law & Order,” which executive producer Dick Wolf wants to do, but NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said not to expect movement on that front until Vivendi decides which media company to sell its entertainment assets t. … NBC will air interstitials called “One Minute Movies” or “1MMs” during its prime-time programming. The “1MMs” will be produced by John Wells Productions and director Paris Barclay. Ten “1MMs” have already been produced and are ready to go. … will do a behind-the-scenes movie of the week about the old ABC series “Charlie’s Angels” next season. Tiffani Thiessen will guest star in three episodes of “Good Morning, Miami.” … “American Dreams” has signed a trio of recording artists to guest star next season. Kelly Clarkson will play Brenda Lee, Monica will play Mary Wells and Alicia Keys will play Fontella Bass. Hilary Duff and her sister Haylie Duff will also guest star next season. … Nia Long joins the regular cast of “Third Watch,” reprising the role as a young police officer she first played in April. … John Goodman, Orlando Jones, Carl Reiner and Cheryl Hines will voice characters in NBC’s fall 2004 series “Father of the Pride,” which will be the first computer-generated imaging series in prime time on a broadcast network.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith made an appearance to tout the sitcom “All of Us,” which they created and executive produced. Both of the Smiths will make guest appearances on the show, Mr. Smith said. Ms. Pinkett Smith will play lead actor Duane Martin’s sister, who comes to town to check out his new fiancee, while Mr. Smith said he will do a three-episode arc as the first post-divorce boyfriend of LisaRaye’s character.
From the Too Much Information department: Duane Martin, star of new UPN sitcom “All of Us,” told TV critics that he introduced Will Smith to Jada. When one critic asked Mr. Martin why he thought the two would be a good match, Mr. Smith piped up first: “He knew that we both liked sex.”
CBS will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a live special Sunday, Nov. 2, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The network is also planning an “Andy Griffith Show” reunion special. … James Brolin will play Ronald Reagan and Judy Davis will play Nancy Reagan in the CBS miniseries “The Reagans,” set to air this November. … A reality show based on “The Beverly Hillbillies” is still under consideration at the network, CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves said. … CBS may be adding two more procedural crime dramas to the airwaves this fall with “The Handler” and “Cold Case,” but CBS execs aren’t worried that it could be too much. Mr. Moonves said he was asked that last year and the two top-rated new dramas ended up being “CSI: Miami” and “Without a Trace.” … Mr. Moonves admitted the network’s Wednesday night of “60 Minutes II,” “The King of Queens,” “Becker” and “Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.” has no flow, but said they wanted to anchor the night with an established series such as “King.” “We don’t call it no flow,” he said. “We call it eclectic.”