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Stars pick spec, pic noms over series kudos

GOOD MORNING: Guess what? Ballots for Emmy nominations again this year include/exclude some interesting names and categories. Once again, Candice Bergen has chosen to omit her name from comedy series lead actress candidates — and again this year she has included her name for a telefilm role, “Mary and Tim.” Roseanne’s name is also omitted from the comedy series lead list. But her name is among those up for variety or music performance program — namely the “Happy Birthday Elizabeth Taylor” show in which Roseanne arrived a la Cleopatra. Bill Cosby is also among the missing in the comedy series lead actor division but is submitted in the series guest actor hopefuls for “Touched by an Angel.” Also noted, Laura Dern’s name is listed in the supporting guest category for her role in the “Ellen” coming out seg, while Oprah Winfrey, who guested as a shrink in the same seg, declined (?) the chance to be nominated. Jerry Stiller (“Seinfeld”) is competing against son Ben Stiller (“Larry Sanders’) in the guest actor in a comedy series category. … Mercedes Ruehl, here from N.Y. to play the mother of model Gia Marie Carangi (played by Angelina Jolie) in HBO’s “Gia,” has taken on the real life role of a mother, having adopted a newborn boy, named Jake Xavier. Ruehl also played a maternal role — Tom Hanks’ mom in “Big,” you recall. Faye Dunaway co-stars in “Gia” as model agency topper Wilhemina. Michael Cristofer directs for exec producer Marvin Worth.

THERE’S SPICE IN HIS LIFE: Roger Moore plays a record mogul in the Spice Girls movie, “Five.” Moore films in London where he’ll also attend the House of Lords’ lavish 55th wedding anni party for the Lew Grades. Moore then hops over the pond to Toronto for a UNICEF speaking engagement. … There were 150 nuns and priests outside Yankee Stadium Monday for the Yankees-Mets game — but they were actors for “Scalpers” — and one of those dressed in a nun’s habit was — Andy Garcia — scalping tickets for his role. … It’s no act when Jeff Bridges and brother Beau appear together Monday — before key Congressional leaders in D.C. to push for upcoming legislation for “Hunger Has a Cure.” The freres will host a screening of Showtime’s “Hidden in America” for solons on behalf of the End Hunger Network (founded by Jeff), along with the Bread for the World hunger advocacy org. Jeff B. produced “Hidden” which stars Beau, Frances McDormand, Alice Krige, Bruce Davison and Jena Malone. … On behalf of screenwriter James R. Stein, attorney David Berke filed (in Superior Court) a “fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud” lawsuit against Stein’s former writing partner, Robert Illes, Sherman Hemsley, Par TV, etc., adding a final chapter to a 27-year writing partnership. The suit involves the origin of the Hemsley starring series “Goode Behavior.” Stein and Illes had teamed on the “Amen” series and Stein claims he and Illes had then written a “Charlie Barnum” series idea for Hemsley — and the project, he claims, became “Goode Behavior” sans Stein’s credit. Thus the lawsuit. … Producers Ed Pressman and Chris Hanley sneaked their “Two Girls and a Guy,” starring Robert Downey Jr., “Swingers'” Heather Graham and Natasha Wagner in Cambridge, Mass. with raves for the youngsters in the “unromantic” comedy. While distrib offers are in, no deal’s decided. … And producers Craig Glazer and Ron Hanady have wound production on their “Champions Forever: The Latin Legends” for theatrical release, starring Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez, Alexis Arguelo — and Edward James Olmos. The producers plan to bow in the Paramount theater of Madison Square Garden and at the Palace theater in L.A. They will produce one “Champions Forever” pic in a different sport annually.

SIX YEARS AFER HIS DEATH, Redd Foxx is getting a new lease on life. His private collection of unreleased album masters and audio tapes of his complete concert and club performances have been found by producer Paul Brownstein, who will put them out initially on CD’s. Brownstein also made an agreement with Foxx’s daugher Debraca for worldwide TV and home video rights to the Foxx ABC-TV variety series, including some shows which never aired. Brownstein’s banner owns video distrib rights to more than 4000 hours of classic TV comedy and variety shows. … Paramedics rushed Janet Leigh to St. John’s Hospital on Father’s Day when anti-inflammatory medication for her recent shoulder surgery caused her esophagus to swell, preventing her from swallowing. She’s OK now. … “Roseanne’s” youngstar, Johnny Galecki (“David Healy”), will co-star with Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett and Christine Ricci in “The Opposite Sex,” one of four features for him this year. … Frank Bonner directs the initial order for NBC’s “City Guys”. … And thesp Anna Maria Horsford will direct no less than four segs of Ed. Weinberger’s “Good News” and “Sparks” series. Horsford is also a season regular on “The Wayans Bros.” show.

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