November 1, 1995
Web posted at: 11:40 p.m. EST
From Correspondent Dennis Michael
CBS has wielded its ax. The situation comedy "Dweebs" has been canceled due to low ratings. And Daily Variety reports "The Bonnie Hunt Show" has been sidelined until January. But fans take heart, that show is expected to reappear on the eye network's lineup.
George Michael is returning to the record stores, and hopefully the record charts as well. The singer's first single for Dreamworks SKG, called "Like Jesus to a Child," will begin airing on radio this week. It's due in the stores in late November.
Oscar has a new producer. Columnist Army Archerd reports last year's recipient for the Jean Hersholt humanitarian award, Quincy Jones, is now set to take over as producer of the annual Academy Awards. Jones will be succeeding Gil Cates. The Oscars will air on March 25.
Henry Winkler knows a lot more about the 50s now. The actor and director who became best known for his work on the 1950s series "Happy Days" turns 50 this week himself.
More honors for "E.R." The hot medical drama has received four "Monitor" awards from the International Teleproduction Society. The show receive laurels for editing, directing, audio post-production, and best achievement in a film-based television series.
Oprah Winfrey is hanging her producer's hat next to mouse ears. The talk show hostess, who also works as an actress and film producer, has signed a four-year exclusive agreement with Disney Pictures. Winfrey will be producing films, and even starring in some for the studio. The first film on the slate is "Beloved," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison.
On the international box office scene, "Waterworld" is tops in Swedish cinemas, "Assassins" is number one in Australia, and "Mortal Kombat" leads the pack in Brazil. In Italy, they're dieing to see "Die Hard Three," and "Apollo 13" leads the way in Germany.
Brett Butler has accepted a heavy gig. The star of "Grace Under Fire" will be the hostess at "Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre." The special, which will include Jeff Foxworthy, Paula Poundstone, and the Temptations, will be taped in the presence of the first family on November 12. The rest of America will see it November 18 on ABC.
Director Alfonso Arau has a new film assignment. The filmmaker behind "Like Water for Chocolate" has agreed to shoot the romantic comedy "Ginger" for New Line Cinema. The movie is about a doctor who befriends a bear that lives in the Central Park Zoo.
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