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Drew's crew in kit-off caper

Author: James Joyce
Date: 17/04/1998
Words: 1174
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: Friday Guide
Page: 2
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 crack-up.

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 the movie.

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 club fundraiser.

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 vitals.

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 you".'

A funny thing happened at the taping of the hour-long Seinfeld finale in LA last week.

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 George Clooney.'

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.

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