Spelling knows what webs want

GOOD MORNING: Ask Aaron Spelling if you want to know what shows the webs are looking for in the 2000-2001 season. They’ve given him the word: “youth” or “youth-and-older-oriented” shows they tell Aaron — who now has six series going into this Fall’s season. It’s the 10th and probably last for “Beverly Hills, 90210,” by the way. It will wind up with 298 segs at year’s end. And Tori Spelling is already getting offers for comedy series (not from Aaron) to follow. Meanwhile, son Randy Spelling, costarring in “Sunset Beach,” gets a “sexy” seg upcoming. That daytimer on NBC will have completed 750 episodes by the end of this, its third year. Although Spelling’s “Melrose Place” finale’d this year, it is very much alive abroad — in 87 countries! … Victoria Principal, who had chosen not to do any of the “Dallas” reunion shows, will reunion with Patrick Duffy in their “Dallas” character names, “Pam” and “Bobby,” for the first “live” action-animated guesting on “Family Guy” for the Fox Channel. It’s comedy — satire. And that’s what Principal’s been aiming for. And she has plenty of comedy in her recurring role in Randi Singer’s “Jack And Jill” for the Mark Canton TV banner on the WB web, bowing Sept. 26. Principal plays the mother of “Jack,” Amanda Peet. And “Jill” is a guy … Elizabeth Taylor’s guestint as God’s girlfriend, Sarah, (to Jim Garner’s “God”) in Carsey-Werner’s NBC animated series, “God, the Devil and Bob” (Daily Variety, Aug. 6) won her a big thank you from C-W in the form of a hefty contribution to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation … The relationship between Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her father, “Black Jack” Bouvier is the subject of a B’way -bound (hopefully, natch) musical “Oh Jackie,” which would costar Robert Goulet and Angela Watson. The latter costarred for seven seasons with Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy on “Step By Step.” Goulet, who just wound another “Man of La Mancha” legit outing, a feature cameo in Burt Reynolds’ “The Last Producer” and last week sang two tunes as “Wheezy” in Disney’s “Toy Story 2,” told me Watson “Would be perfect for “Jackie” — and she’s stunning.” But, he cautioned, the book — and music — need work and the project’s a year and a half away.

THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST DISGRACE lives on — in a new book, “Hollywood Exile, or How I Learned to Love the Blacklist,” by Bernard Gordon (Texas University Press) this fall. Gordon (80) told me “unfortunately” the book deadline prevented inclusion of a final chapter on this past year’s Oscars in which Elia Kazan was awarded a Lifetime Achievement statue. Gordon was a vocal objector. He picketed outside the awards, and was a subject for interviewers from around the world. “I regret that I wasn’t able to have anything in on it,” he said. He also regretted not being able to include a phone call from Warren Beatty in which Warren expressed his appreciation of Gordon’s stand but said he (Beatty) had to favor Kazan for the important role the director played in Beatty’s life — as a director and actor. However, Gordon’s book is not “just a lament,” but a remarkable story of how he not only survived, but lived a high life in Europe as a much-in-demand writer — although denied recognition by his craft — until 50 years later by both guilds and the Academy. He has stories about working on such films as: “Hellcats of the Navy” with Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis (Reagan); “55 Days at Peking” with Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven; “The Thin Red Line” with Keir Dullea and Jack Warden; “Battle of the Bulge,” with Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan and Charles Bronson; and “Pancho Villa” with Telly Savalas and Clint Walker. The Writers Guild recognized Gordon and others whose identities were camouflaged on July 29, 1996. And UCLA granted him and other blacklisted writers Lifetime Achievement Awards on June 9.

ADD LITERARY NOTES: In the Aug. 16 New Yorker, newly elected Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is said, by writer Connie Bruck, to have had “contributions from the big casinos pour in” after Steve Wynn’s endorsement. Goodman, “a former Mafia mouthpiece,” also told Bruck, “All I care about now is being a great mayor — but I am keeping a list of those who were never for me, who spoke against me as though I were the Antichrist” … Ike Turner , in his ‘Takin’ Back My Name”(Virgin Books) responds to ex-wife Tina ( he claims they were never married) with stories like “She don’t care nothing about no money. She bought 125 pairs of shoes in one store.” P.S. Ike does, however, dedicate the book to — Tina … Sen. Orrin Hatch is calling in the troops from Hollywood for this Saturday’s Republican Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa. He’ll have: Roger Williams, Vic Damone, Gladys Knight, and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz appearing at a pre-straw poll rally and barbecue prior to the delegates gathering inside the convention center … Williams, an Iowa favorite son, is from Des Moines. He’s also known as “pianist to the presidents,” having performed for eight chief executives. And, Hatch is a writer of spiritual, patriotic and love songs which may not have made your hit parade.

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