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TV STUFF: 'Malcolm' in the Multiplexes

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

"Malcolm in the Middle" is about to get larger than life -- literally.

Daily Variety reports that the Emmy-winning Fox sitcom about a middle-class family of four brothers and their parents will be retailored for a big screen version for 20th Century Fox.

Series creator Linwood Boomer will produce, along with cowriting the movie with veteran sitcom scribes Jill Condon and Amy Toomin.

The series' cast, which includes Jane Kaczmarek and Frankie Muniz, is expected to reprise its roles for the project.

THE CHASE IS ON: Veteran comedian Chevy Chase has partnered up with "Murphy Brown" producers Bill Diamond and Rob Bragin to develop a primetime comedy series for TV, The Hollywood Reporter says.

Said to be in the vein of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," a script for the untitled project should be complete at the end of the year. The trio then will shop the product to different networks.

'PRACTICE' MAKES PERFECT: 'The Practice' fans can rejoice.

Variety is reporting that ABC and producer 20th Century Fox Television are negotiating to keep the lawyer drama on the air for two more seasons, Reuters says.

The Emmy-winning "Practice" cast includes Dylan McDermott and Camryn Manheim.

IT'S NOT JUST TV: After winning a bunch of Oscars, Emmys and Peabody Awards during its 18-year run, HBO's documentary showcase "America Undercover" will finally become a weekly series, Variety says. The real-life chronicles will start airing every Sunday night at 10 p.m. beginning March 11.

'SURVIVOR 2' DONE? A radio report from Los Angeles tells us that CBS' reality-TV gameshow "Survivor 2" has finished taping, which, in the case of the hush-hush series, means that a million-dollar winner has been chosen and all is ready for primetime.

But when we called to verify the information with CBS, the Eye gave us the requisite "no comments."

Stay tuned for more info. Perhaps the "winner" will be posted online soon.

ROSIE DOES LAW SCHOOL? Watch out, Hillary. US Weekly is saying that talk show hostess Rosie O'Donnell is planning to go to law school and could be taking classes as early as 2002 when her talk-show contract expires.

"I'm going to work really seriously to try to change foster care legislation in America. It's sort of in a shambles," O'Donnell told US Weekly in its Dec. 18 issue.

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