Former “Golden Girl” Rue McClanahan has been cast in the CBS pilot “Days Like This,” a comedy set around a women’s magazine and starring Mo Gaffney and Lisa Amsterdam. The project is from Castle Rock Entertainment.
* * *The Film Information Council has awarded TriStar Pictures’ “Philadelphia” and Warner Bros./Morgan Creek’s “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” its excellence in film marketing awards for January and February, respectively. FIC members praised TriStar for the way it marketed a film about AIDS, while “Ace” was cited for an aggressive campaign built around a film with no big-name stars.
* * *Woody Allen, Julie Kavner, Mayim Bialik, Michael J. Fox and Dom DeLuise will star in “Don’t Drink the Water,” Allen’s first made-for-TV movie, to air next fall on ABC. Allen is writing and directing the project, which begins production April 4.
* * *Blockbuster Entertainment chairman H. Wayne Huizenga won permission from the National Football League to buy the Miami Dolphins. Huizenga said he expected to complete the $ 138 million sale in a few weeks. The NFL owners eased a rule that prohibited team owners from owning other professional sports franchises; Huizenga already owns the Florida Marlins baseball team and the Florida Panthers hockey team. He also could be tied to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers if a proposed merger between Viacom and Blockbuster goes through.
* * *NBC will air “The Marcus-Nelson Murders”– the 20-year-old telefilm pilot for “Kojak”– April 3 from 8-11 p.m. as a tribute to the series’ star, the late Telly Savalas. The movie aired originally on Jan. 25, 1974, and is from Universal TV.
* * *Pubcaster KCET has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the CPB/PBS Program Challenge Fund Grant for the production of “The Great War: And the Shaping of Our Century,” an eight-hour series about World War I set for January 1996. The humanities org has provided a $ 900,000 grant plus $ 300,000 in matching funds. Station is finalizing international co-production agreements.
* * *Tom Tomlinson, exec director and chief operating officer of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, has been elected VP of the Assn. of Performing Arts Presenters, national advocates for legislative issues.
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