Arnolds undaunted by skedding

GOOD MORNING: Roseanne and Tom Arnold’s reaction to ABC’s omission of the Arnolds’ “Jackie Thomas Show” from the sked per Tom Arnold: “Of course we had wanted to be on the regular fall lineup. But they told us, with the Olympics and the World Series–Maybe we’ll start Oct. l or Nov. l. But we got what we wanted, the 9:30 slot. We’ll start work in two weeks on 13 shows. We’ll trust they (ABC) know what they’re doing. Maybe they do–and maybe they don’t!” When we spoke to her, she was resting at home following recent surgery to untie her fallopian tubes. And although admittedly tired, she was full of vocal energy about the Arnolds’ multi-plans and Tom’s show in which he plays a broken down comic who becomes a TV star. She said, “He’s kind of like me–he tries to fire everyone. It’s the kind of stuff you used to read about me in the Enquirer.” Roseanne planned to guest as Tom’s old girlfriend on his show. “But he doesn’t need me, ” she insisted, “it’s a great show” The Arnolds are also high on their animated half-hour pilot, “The Rosey and Buddy Show,” which airs Friday (15). They happily blast the existing cartoon shows and their marketing. Said she, “We want to liberate those (cartoon) shows to be like they used to be when we were kids–to make them about relationships–to make them fun. Now–it’s sad!” Tom also has his upcoming “Naked Truth II” (about the media) and “Naked III” spex upcoming on HBO. Plus “The Roseanne Arnold Comedy Show” airing on HBO next month.

WHILE THE TONYS ARE SKEDDED for May 31 in N.Y., great shades of Tonys past played on Stage 3 at MTM/CBS Studio last Saturday night in the SHARE “Show Stoppers” Boomtown show. This 39th effort by the charitable ladies has to rank among their best. The studio stage was converted into a giant showroom with elevated stage, complete with giant turntable, bandstand, screen, curtains and decorated wings. The entire studio stage was draped in glistening black with enormous prints of New York on the three enclosed walls. The SHARE ladies performed intricate routines in gorgeous costumes, worked with feathers, batons, drumstix, you name it. They were introduced by B’way alumni including Bea Arthur , Tom Bosley, Sandy Duncan, Michele Lee, Pierre Cossette and Ann Miller. And “Show Stoppers” were performed by Tyne Daly (“Gypsy”), George Hearn (“Cage Aux Folles”) and Anne Jeffreys (“The King & I”). The SHARE ladies’ choruses performed numbers from “A Chorus Line,””Bye Bye Birdie,””Guys and Dolls,” and the “Patty Cake” number from “Will Rogers Follies” after which choreographer Jeff Calhoun got an auction bid of $ 5000 for the ladies to encore the terrif number. … SHARE President Pam Korman announced they had received a special commendation from the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, and that $1.5 million had been raised that night for groups benefiting from SHARE. … Corinna Fields is board chairman; Rosemarie Stack, Boomtown show chairman; Marilyn Katleman, Boomtown party chair. … Ian Fraser conducted the exacting show exec produced by Gary Smith, choreo’d by Scott Salmon, costumed by Robert Turturice. … In the ($50 ticket) raffle, an American Airlines-Conrad Hilton hotel trip to London was won by–Marvin Davis (who has his own plane, of course). … Attending the SHARE show, Constance Towers was readying to leave for Croatia and Michael Viner’s mini of Sidney Sheldon’s “Sands Of Time” with Deborah Raffin, Michael Nouri, Amanda Plummer, Nina Foch, Elizabeth Gracen, Ramy Zada, Kim Weeks, and Rene Auberjonois.

ADD TONY AND B’WAY NEWS: Kirk Douglas will be a Tony presenter. … At Elaine’s, Leslie Bricusse was talking his two B’way projects, “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Victor Victoria”–for which Jack Lemmon is being paged to costar with Julie Andrews. Lemmon will give his answer when he returns from a trek to Galapagos Islands, then down the Amazon. … Alan Thicke is back from an unskedded adventure in the rain forest of Costa Rica–when a nightlong torrential rain wiped out their camp, made it impossible to get back by boat through the rapids. They hiked five hours up a mountain to be rescued. He was down there for a A&E “Travel Quest” show. “Had we tried to have gotten out by boat, we might have been killed,” Thicke told me. … Anthony Hopkins in Berlin on the “Innocents” location, said the charter plane that was to have taken him to Cannes for the “Howards End” press confab landed at the wrong Berlin airport, thus KO’ing his fest p.a. because of the limited time. He told us he’s looking forward to working again with Merchant-Ivory in England in “Remains of the Day.””It’s a fabulous piece,” says the Oscar winner. He detours here to loop “Dracula” with Francis Coppola. “He’s one of the greatest,” says Hopkins. … Cesar Romero sounded OK after a stand at St. John’s Hospital for tests. Romero had to miss receiving his Will Rogers Award from the BevHills Chamber of Commerce, at the BevWilshire, Saturday p.m. “I have to take it easy for a while,” Romero told me yesterday. … Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev, guests of honor at Monday’s Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards, were gifted with “Wyatt Earp” tapes from Hugh O’Brian–who was given ’em (in the PAL system) by Kate Edelman, daughter of Lou Edelman who created/produced the series.

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