The Hollywood Minute
March 11, 1996
Web posted at: 8:15 p.m. EST
HOLLYWOOD, California (CNN) -- Michael J. Fox is returning to prime time television with the help of Dreamworks SKG. ABC has ordered 22 episodes of a new situation comedy called "Spin," in which Fox will star as the deputy mayor of New York. Fox recently turned down another situation comedy that would have cast him as an ex-hockey player.
Ted Danson and Mary Steenbergen are going to work together again. The couple is set to begin work on a situation comedy for CBS in which they'll play a divorced couple working at a big city newspaper. The show will be produced by Dreamworks SKG, CBS has ordered significantly more than a year's worth of episodes.
Sandra Bullock has agreed to present an award at the 68th annual Academy Awards. It will be Bullock's first appearance on the show.
Lawrence Fishburne has signed with United Artists to star in "Gangster." The film casts Fishburne as 1930s Harlem Kingpin "Bumpy" Johnson in a power struggle against Dutch Schultz. Shooting is expected to start in June.
Richard Dean Anderson has a new television series in the works. The actor has been cast in "Engine 24/Ladder 3," a pilot for CBS from the producer of "Homicide." Daily Variety describes the project as an ensemble show for CBS.
"The Little Mermaid" is about to make another splash. Disney studios report the 1989 hit will be re-released theatrically over Christmas in 1997. The film made more than $84 million in its original domestic release.
Yasmin Bleeth gets away from the beach next week on NBC. The "Baywatch" actress stars in the TV movie "A Face To Die For," about a young women with a disfiguring facial scar who gets another chance in life, thanks to plastic surgery.
Tony Curtis' new film has shed its old title of "The Continued Adventures of Reptile Man" for "Brittle Glory." The film features Curtis as a washed-up actor who begins to believe he's a superhero he once played.
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men are on top of the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 Chart. "One Sweet Day" is enjoying its sweet 16th birthday after setting the all-time record last week.
The soundtrack for "Dangerous Minds" was a big winner at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. The album scored as favorite soundtrack, and "Gangster's Paradise" was favorite song from a movie, according to a poll taken of Blockbuster Music and Video customers.
Don Henley is planning to appear at the VH1 Honors Awards in Los Angeles next month. The Hollywood Reporter trade paper notes Henley, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart and Michael Stipe have all signed up to appear.
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