THE long-awaited Full Monty episode of The Drew Carey Show screens on
Tuesday (NBN/Nine, 8pm) and I'm delighted to be able to report that it's a
Funnyman Drew Carey loved the hit British film so much he invited four of its
stars, Mark Addy (who played Dave), Steve Huison (Lomper), Paul Barber (Horse)
and Hugo Speer (Guy), to come on his show while they were in the US promoting
They are billed as `guests of honor' because Actors Equity rules apparently
prevented them being paid for cameos.
That also explains Carey's cute scene under the closing credits when he
apologises to the lads as they sit in his studio audience (`Sorry you had to see
my butt') and hands them cash.
Yes, as TV & Leisure reported when The Drew Carey Show returned in February,
Carey and his co-stars actually get their gear off in plucky Full Monty style.
The plot is as contrived as you'd expect in a sitcom: When Drew accidentally
neuters his boss's champion stud dog (a shameless excuse for double entendres
galore) he convinces his pals to help him raise cash to buy a replacement pooch
by staging a strip show like `those guys on The Full Monty'.
The kit-off climax is, dare I say, very cheeky.
Speaking of blokes going starkers for a good cause, there's an Aussie version
of The Full Monty in the revealing documentary Year of the Dogs (ABC, 8.30pm
Sunday) about battling Footscray AFL club.
Michael Cordell's camera records some full frontal hijinks at a $30-a-head
After an `auction' of star players, a chant of `elephant, elephant' goes up
from the mainly female crowd, which heralds the arrival on stage of the players,
bent forward, in the buff and holding hands through their legs to hide their
I reckon Robert Carlyle would like to see that! Mummy's boy CO-CREATOR of
Seinfeld Larry David says even his own mum has been pestering him for inside
info on the final episode.
`She's afraid I'm going to kill the characters,' said David, who returned to
produce and write the much-awaited finale. `Every time I talk to her on the
phone, she says "Don't kill them".'
An estimated 75million Americans are expected to tune in on May 14 to see the
end of the celebrated show about nothing, and what, if anything, happens to
Jerry Seinfeld and his fictional friends.
How US TV's No.1 comedy will finish remains a well-guarded mystery: all
actors and others were asked to sign confidentiality agreements and the final
scene was shot without an audience.
So what does David, the inspiration for Jason Alexander's hen-pecked George,
tell his meddling mum?
`I don't tell her anything,' he said this week. `I say "That's up to me, not
A funny thing happened at the taping of the hour-long Seinfeld finale in LA
After the cast took opening bows and were about to launch into the show, NBC
entertainment president Warren Littlefield piped up plaintively from the studio
audience: `Excuse me, Mr Seinfeld, does this have to be your last show?'
Everybody laughed but Seinfeld has made a very serious pile of dough for NBC.
Republican club AUSTRALIAN Republican Movement chairman Malcolm Turnbull, model
Sarah O'Hare and songbird Kate Ceberano are guests on tomorrow's edition of The
Channel Nine Show with Roy & H.G. (ABC, 9.30pm). Murphy's bawl AFTER ending her
10-season run as hard-boiled journalist Murphy Brown, Candice Bergen did
something unlike her character: she sobbed uncontrollably.
`We were fine up until Friday morning (March 13, the day the last episode was
taped), and then it hit,' she said this week. `I burst into tears in front of
Clooney makes a guest appearance on the finale.
`Afterwards, I went to thank him and he said, "Are you OK?" and . . . I
couldn't stop crying. I just had to walk away. But we're fine now. We had a
great time, a great ride.'
No word when ? or indeed if ? Nine plans to bring back Murphy Brown. Knights
off UNLESS there's a Darren Albert-style last-gasp miracle, NBN is unlikely to
telecast tomorrow night's Newcastle Knights match against North Queensland in
Townsville or next Sunday's clash with Auckland at Ericsson Stadium.
NBN is still waiting for the NRL, Kerry Packer's Nine Network and pay-TV
operators Foxtel and Optus Vision to sort some contractual differences.
But NBN's Mike Rabbitt will head north to lead radio station 2HD's coverage
tomorrow (from 6pm). It's not known yet if Gary Harley will be back for the
Auckland trip. Fuzzy Franz WHEN the producer of the upcoming movie City of
Angels cast about for a warm, fuzzy and compassionate angel, who did he find?
Dennis Franz, of course.
`I had to convince him that I was something other than Sipowicz, and I guess
I pulled it off,' the Emmy Award-winning actor said of his gruff character on
NYPD Blue. `It was either that or the fact that I picked up the dinner cheque.'
The movie, also starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan, opens here in June.
Rolling news FOR the first time since it went to air in August 1994, the ABC's
Parliamentary and News Network (PNN) ? better known as NewsRadio ? has stood up
to be counted in the radio ratings.
In ACNielsen-McNair's first Newcastle listener survey for '98, NewsRadio
debuted with a 1.1% overall audience share, putting it last on the list of
surveyed stations, behind Radio National (with 1.4%).
That share translates into a cumulative daily audience of about 10,000
people, with half of those aged over 55.
Russell Powell's weekday breakfast shift has 1.5% of the wake-up audience,
just behind ABC Classic FM (1.8%).
Not too bad for a network with a small staff and a $1million annual budget
that affords no promotional campaigns.
NewsRadio (on AM-1458 in Newcastle) is heaven for news junkies. Promising
`more news, more often', it has a `rolling news' format of updates every 15
minutes drawing on ABC and overseas bureaus.
Aussie Rules, with such commentators as Lex Marinos, blanket Friday nights
and weekend afternoons. Live Federal Parliament broadcasts fill only about 10%
of airtime. Facing facts FOXY Melrose Place star Heather Locklear, 36, is not
ruling out cosmetic surgery.
`What's difficult in this business is that you have to look in the mirror
every day,' Locklear said this week. `You have to look nice and your hair has to
be a certain style, and that makes you overly aware of how you look.'
She thinks about facelifts whenever she looks in a mirror.
`I'm kind of too scared but I always joke, "Oh, surgery around my eyes,"
because I'm staring right there,' Locklear said. `But it's hard to say, "No, I
would never do anything," because I'm not there yet.' Spaced out CONGRATS to
Lost In Space prize pack winners: A. Condon, Waratah; M. Ryan, Rankin Park; M.
Watts, Soldier's Point; R. Kibble, Boolaroo.