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TV STUFF: To Russia for Teletubbies

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

The Teletubbies have packed their bags and are heading for Russia.

The children's TV show featuring four brightly colored creatures who speak like babies will soon debut in Russia much to the anticipation of hundreds of thousands of children there, Reuters reports.

Word is that the state broadcaster RTR has purchased all 365 episodes of the Teletubbies from BBC Worldwide. The Teletubbies debuted in England three years ago and to date have grossed more than $143 million, mostly in merchandising.

The show has been a hit in every country it's been aired.

AN ANGELIC PRICE: ABC is moving into the business of angels, "Charlie's Angels" that is. The network has coughed up more than $35 million to land the TV rights to the blockbuster film starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bidding for the film was fierce, according to reports, between cable companies and other networks vying for the rights.

SHEEN DISSES BUSH: TV president Martin Sheen pulled out all the stops before a group at a California treatment center where he said that he thinks Texas Gov. George W. Bush is a "white-knuckle drunk," The Associated Press reports. Bush was arrested in 1976 for driving under the influence but never received counseling for his infraction -- something which Sheen, an admitted substance abuser, says is essential.

Bush, however, says he quit alcohol at age 40.

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