News for 4/6/2004

Eartha Kitt happy to see Gloria Reuben taking on her life story

The inimitable Eartha Kitt is quite happy that Gloria Reuben of "ER" - who recently departed Lifetime's "1-800-MISSING" series - is getting ready to portray her in a big-screen telling of her life story. Eartha lets us know that Reuben is her choice.

She also says, "The script has already been written, and I think it is being re-written again and again." She doesn't know when the movie will go into production.

"My life has been simple, it hasn't been complicated at all because I don't think in terms of life being complicated," she adds. "Life is very simple, all you have to do is live it and use your common sense while you're living it."

Simple and Eartha Kitt? Those aren't words that would normally go together in a sentence for many fans of the preternaturally sexy and provocative songstress who in the 1950s was banned in Boston (really!) from singing her hit "I Want to Be Evil."

She still has a hot bod at 76 and says, "I eat common sense food and am not fanatical about anything." Her advice: "Stay away from negative people. Don't pay attention to everything you read about diets and exercise machines. The body will take care of itself if you take care of it." She writes about all of this in her book, "Rejuvenate! It's Never Too Late."

Kitt is among the stars attached to New Line's planned "Instant Karma" live action/digital animation comedy to star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - along with a wealth of names including Pierce Brosnan, Mira Sorvino, David Alan Grier and voice work by Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise and Gene Wilder.

Meanwhile, the onetime Catwoman of TV's "Batman" series is one of the many names on the March 17 "TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV," hosted by "Everybody Loves Raymond's" Brad Garrett. Also on hand for the recently taped event were luminaries including Andy Griffith, Sharon Stone, Ben Stiller, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton, George Lopez, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Cybill Shepherd, Lisa Whelchel and Freddie Prinze Jr., accepting an award on behalf of his father for "Chico and the Man."

News for 7/29/2003

The following interview appears in the August 2, 2003 issue of TV Guide.

News for 7/12/2003

Lakers' Rick Fox Gets 'Lifetime' Role

By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Lakers forward Rick Fox is playing a new role this summer as the romantic interest of Gloria Reuben on the new Lifetime series "1-800-Missing."

He'll appear in five episodes of the series, starring Reuben as an FBI agent, which debuts Aug. 2.

Fox had a recurring role in the HBO prison drama "Oz," and appeared in the films "Holes," "He Got Game," "Eddie" and "Blue Chips."

"I saw him on `Oz' and said, `Can we get him, please?'" said William Laurin, executive producer and writer of the Lifetime series. "He's a very intelligent guy and takes his craft very seriously."

It's possible Fox could appear on additional episodes, Laurin said Thursday.

Fox, 33, has said he'd like to pursue an acting career when his pro basketball days are over. He's married to actress-singer Vanessa L. Williams.

Fox tore a tendon in his left foot in the first round of the NBA playoffs, had surgery in May and is rehabilitating. He is off crutches and able to tape the series, Laurin said.

News for 5/5/2003

Lifetime Solves Schedule Mystery with 2 Dramas

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lifetime Television has picked the two mystery-themed shows that will anchor its bid to launch a new night of original series programming later this year: "1-800-Missing," starring Gloria Reuben, and "Wild Card," starring Joely Fisher.

After producing four drama pilots this year, Lifetime has given 13-episode pickups each to "Missing" and "Wild Card."

"Missing" features former "ER" star Reuben as an FBI detective who teams with a psychic to solve missing-persons cases. "Wild Card" stars Fisher as a blackjack dealer who becomes an insurance-fraud investigator.

At Lifetime's upfront presentation to advertisers this month, executive vp entertainment Barbara Fisher said the network intended to launch in August a second night of series programming, possibly on Saturdays.

Lifetime has long sought to open another front for original series to build off the success the network has had Sundays with original dramas "Strong Medicine" and "The Division."