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Web posted on: Wednesday, October 14, 1998 3:22:57 PM

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Johnny Cash back in hospital

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- Johnny Cash is back in a Nashville hospital for treatment of Shy-Drager syndrome, an illness similar to Parkinson's disease that attacks the nervous system and affects muscle control. Cash, 66, on Monday was admitted to Baptist Hospital, the same facility where he recently spent more than a week recovering from pneumonia.

Diagnosed with Shy-Drager more than a year ago, he is listed in satisfactory condition. Medications often have to be adjusted to counteract the effects of Shy-Drager syndrome, an incurable illness.

Known as country music's "Man in Black," Cash has sold more than 50 million records and has won eight Grammy awards. He is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Calista Flockhart sued

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Calista Flockhart, who plays a quirky lawyer in the Fox series "Ally McBeal," is being sued by a Madison Avenue law firm. Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz filed the suit on Tuesday, alleging Flockhart failed to pay them for arranging her contract for the show.

According to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Flockhart owes the law firm at least $39,000, which represents the amount owed in connection with the pilot and first year of the series. Maura Wogan, a lawyer at the firm, said the $39,000 figure was based on the $780,000 Flockhart earned over that period. "We have asked for the money but she has not paid us anything," she said.

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Arnold-Roseanne reunion off

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- Variety reports that the planned TV reunion between Roseanne and her ex-husband Tom Arnold is off. Arnold had planned to appear on Roseanne's syndicated talk show during November sweeps, but apparently "scheduling conflicts" have gotten in the way. The proposed show was expected to be a ratings hit: the former couple reportedly hasn't spoken to each other since their very public 1994 split. Arnold was to be the highlight of a planned "Roseanne Show" episode on forgiveness.

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Lear says PC culture would cancel 'All in the Family'

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Norman Lear, creator of the 1970s CBS sitcom "All in the Family," says today's political correctness wouldn't allow his groundbreaking show to survive.

"This isn't the best time for America laughing at ourselves. I think political satire thrives much more at a time when we're in a mood to laugh at ourselves," Lear said. "The degree of political correctness has just gotten terrible."

Lear produced three separate pilots for "All in the Family." The first, which was never broadcast, will be shown Saturday on Nickelodeon's TV Land as part of its "Museum of Television & Radio Showcase." "We didn't have the chemistry the first two times out," Lear said. "In the third one, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers happened to me. That chemistry was made in heaven."

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Nothing personal: Fox cancels Jon Cryer comedy

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- As expected, Fox has canceled the sitcom "Getting Personal," starring Jon Cryer. The network is also moving its dark drama "Brimstone" to Friday night. Starring Peter Horton as a slain cop on the trail of escapees from Hades, the hourlong show will debut October 23 in the 8 p.m. time slot that was the home of sitcoms "Living in Captivity" and "Getting Personal." "Living in Captivity" is expected to be back at a new time in December, Daily Variety reported Tuesday. The changes came just days after Fox canceled the sitcom "Costello."

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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