News Roundup, Oct. 30: Jerry Seinfeld to Debut New Comedy Routine


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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld plans to unveil an all-new comedy routine Thursday on CBS’ Late Night With David Letterman, Reuters reports. Although Seinfeld recently appeared on the show to promote his latest film Comedian, this would be Seinfeld‘s first TV stand-up performance since he appeared on Letterman in March 2001. Before that, he last performed TV stand-up in his HBO comedy special I’m Telling You for the Last Time, which aired in 1998. His NBC sitcom Seinfeld was recently ranked the greatest television show of all time by the editors of TV Guide magazine.


Jail administrators say accused wife killer Robert Blake cannot take part in a television interview with ABC reporter Diane Sawyer. According to Reuters, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said the interview had never been approved. “These kinds of interviews are not traditionally done,” a spokesman for Baca said. “Unless there’s some reason the public needs to know, there’s really no exception.”

The Association of American Publishers is giving talk show host Oprah Winfrey an honorary award, which will be presented to her in February at the AAP’s annual meeting, The Associated Press reports. “She’s brought unparalleled excitement and attention to books,” Jane Friedman, president and CEO of HarperCollins and vice chair of the publishers association said. “All of America should be grateful to her.”

Bob Newhart was awarded the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Tuesday night in Washington, the AP reports. Newhart is best known for his role as Bob Hartley on the CBS comedy The Bob Newhart Show, which ran from 1972-78. The event will be broadcast on PBS Nov. 13.

A New York publicity company is suing Anna Nicole Smith for millions of dollars in damages for $155,000 in allegedly unpaid bills and legal fees, Reuters reports. The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court Monday, also seeks $25 million in damages from Smith and her lawyer, Howard Stern. David Granoff Public Relations claims to have helped Smith secure her reality show on E! Entertainment as well as photo spreads in several magazines, but Smith‘s lawyer said Granoff had not been her publicist for some time.


Adam Sandler is attached to star in and produce Fifty First Kisses for Columbia Pictures. The film is about a man who falls in love with a woman who suffers from severe short-term memory and doesn’t remember who he is. Sandler‘s The Wedding Singer co-star Drew Barrymore may sign on to the project, according to Variety.

Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife and manager Sharon said they are close to signing a deal with a major studio for a biopic about the rocker’s life life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sharon Osbourne said her husband would not be playing himself, but she would love the part to go to actor Johnny Depp. “He’s a brilliant actor,” she said.


While fans of the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness will have to wait for the Ozzy Osbourne biopic, the second season of reality series The Osbournes is returning to MTV on Nov. 26. The family decided to pick up where they left off last spring with 10 new episodes chronicling their lives in Beverly Hills, Reuters reports. The future of the show was brought into question this summer when Sharon Osbourne announced she had colon cancer. “With the Osbournes, you never know what you’re gonna get,” she said in a statement issued by MTV.

Speaking of reality TV, here’s a new concept. UPN has given an eight-episode midseason order of a reality series that will revolve around a supermodel talent search, Variety reports. Tentatively titled Supermodel, the show, hosted by Tyra Banks, will feature eight model wanna-bes competing for a modeling contract.