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The Hollywood Minute

December 22, 1995

From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael

Mercedes Ruehl isn't going to be on "Frasier" for long. The Los Angeles Times reports the actress will only do six episodes of the situation comedy, playing Frasier's boss. The actress is leaving to star in her own sitcom for NBC.

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Speaking of "Frasier," there's some good news for that show, and bad news for "Home Improvement." NBC's situation comedy beat "Home Improvement" in the ratings for the first time this week. However, Daily Variety notes the "Home Improvement" episode was a rerun, while "Frasier" offered a new episode.

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Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is once again the queen of the album charts. Soundscan reports Carey's new album "Daydream" is number one again. For the past three weeks, the stats had been dominated by "The Beatles Anthology, Part One."

Lenny Kravitz is going to be busy in 1996. The singer has announced plans to do a tour of North American theaters, his first in three years. Kravitz will kick off his tour in San Francisco in late January. The singer is touring in support of his new album "Circus."

The Beatles

The Beatles are back on the singles chart. The newly released single version of "Free as a Bird" made its debut at number five this week on the Billboard hot 100 singles charts.

Actor Jon Voight's schedule remains busy. The actor is in final negotiations to star in "Anaconda." The thriller will also star Jennifer Lopez of "Money Train." Voight is in "Heat" and will also be seen in the upcoming "Mission Impossible."

Reba McEntire is popular with the online crowd. The country singer's concerts were voted the most popular country event in an on-line poll taken by the Ticketmaster service. Garth Brooks came in second, and Tim McGraw third.

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Jim Carey

"Ace Ventura, When Nature Calls" was no big hit with People magazine. The sequel made the magazine's list of the worst movies of the year. Other bottom-dwellers on the list included "Showgirls,"Jade," "Judge Dredd," and "The Scarlet Letter."


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