February 27, 1996
Web posted at: 7:30 a.m. EST
From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael
HOLLYWOOD, California (CNN) -- Elizabeth Taylor is taking over CBS on Monday night. In one of the ultimate casting coupes of television history, the superstar will appear on four different CBS situation comedies, starting with "Murphy Brown" Monday night. CBS hopes to increase its ratings, and Liz gets a two hour advertisement for her new perfume, "Black Pearls."
The three members of "TLC" are the leaders in the competition for the annual "Soul Train" awards. Nominations were announced earlier this week for the 10th annual Soul Train Award competition. TLC took four nominations, ahead of Michael Jackson who received three. The awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on March 29.
In an inter-stellar diplomatic peace mission, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of Gene Roddenberry, will make an appearance on the Warner Brothers syndicated science fiction series "Babylon Five" next week. The actress offered to play a small part in order to heal a perceived rift between fans of the Warner Brothers show and of the "Star Trek" universe.
Jim Carrey has plans for Oscar night. The box office king has accepted a spot on the Academy Awards presenters list, it'll be his first appearance on the Oscar broadcasting team. The 68th annual Academy Awards will air from Los Angeles to a television audience of a billion on March 25.
Good news for the cast and crew of "Sister Sister." According to the Hollywood Reporter trade paper, Warner Brothers network has picked up the series for two more years. The pickup virtually assures the series of long life in syndication. The show became one of the Warner Brothers network's main tent poles, after ABC canceled the series.
Phil Collins is set to work for Disney. The singer and songwriter has signed up to compose the music for an upcoming animated version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan," which is on the drawing boards at Disney. Look for the finished adventure on the screen in 1998.
Kelly Lynch and Joe Mantegna are headed to the screen together. The actors co-star in "Person's Unknown." The movie is based on a thief's attempt to raid a warehouse full of drug money, and an ex-cop's attempts to foil the theft. Principal photography of the movie has thus far been completed.
Three members of "The Golden Girls" appear on an upcoming episode of the John Larroquette show. Betty White, Rue McLanahan and Estelle Getty will guest star in an episode, set to air in mid-March. The episode is a spoof of "Sunset Boulevard," involving Larroquette's character in a production of "The Golden Girls Musical."
Roseanne's new television variety show is getting a tryout on Fox Broadcasting. The network will air the late night variety show on a Saturday night in mid-April, The slot usually occupied by Fox's "Mad TV."
It's back to work for Harrison Ford. Shooting has begun on the action thriller "Devil's Own," which stars Ford and Brad Pitt. The movie is shooting in New York, and deals with the Irish Republican Army's connections in the United States. Ford plays a New York police officer in the thriller.
John Mahoney, a regular on "Frasier," is moonlighting on "Third Rock from the Sun" next week. Mahoney guest stars on the NBC series, playing a pompous educator -- who dies unexpectedly in the middle of party, given in his honor.
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men are on the threshold of a new record. The joint single "One Sweet Day" has been number one on the Billboard Magazine Singles Chart for the last 14 weeks in a row, that's a tie for the all time record.
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