Jim, I'm a doctor, not a humanitarian: The television
show "Dr. Laura," which debuted in September,
taped its final episode the week of March 26th (but could
continue to air through the fall). Laura Schlessinger's
TV talk show, criticized by homosexual rights groups and
snubbed by advertisers and viewers, was canceled after
just one season. Poor ratings had prompted stations in
major television markets including New York, Los Angeles
and Chicago to move the syndicated "Dr. Laura"
from daytime to the middle of the night. "I believe
it could have earned a substantial audience in time, but
the television advertiser boycott precluded that,"
Schlessinger said in a statement. Paramount advertisement
had defended the show as part of a free exchange of ideas
in which "hurt, hate and intolerance" had no
place. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,
a vocal Schlessinger critic since she labeled
homosexuality "deviant" and "a biological
error" several years ago, lauded the show's demise.
"Paramount from the beginning said 'Let the people
decide.' Viewers and advertisers alike have decided, and
they decided to reject 'Dr. Laura's' message of
intolerance," said GLAAD executive director Joan M.
Garry. "We hope that as a function of this media
outlets will think twice before giving a platform to
somebody who is provocative at our expense," Garry
said from New York. I say, good riddence. I can't believe
a woman like this councils people. If she has a web site,
I am not directing you to it!
dong, the witch is dead! If you missed
"Survivor: The Australian Outback" on Thursday,
March 28th, you missed the best episode (#9 of the
series). Voted off: Jerri Manthey, the Los Angeles-based
actress, and the scheming looker everyone loves to hate.
Thank you for being a HOT little liar Colby! Visit http://survivor.cbs.com/primetime/survivor2/
because the tribe has spoken!
at the birdie and say cheese! Russell Crowe has
Princeton University students
up in arms after making an obscene gesture with just one
finger. Crowe stuck out his middle finger at a
21-year-old Princeton student who snapped his picture on
campus as he prepared to shoot a movie scene. Crowe
wouldn't confirm to a television news crew that he made
the gesture to student Meredith Moroney, who took the
shot from her friend's dorm room. "Well, you know
whatever is printed in the newspaper is absolutely
true," the actor said sarcastically. Well isn't
Brother is still watching: CBS is looking for
contestants to take part this summer in the second season
of its reality television show, in which a group of
strangers are confined to a house, surrounded by cameras
and microphones. But this season of "Big
Brother" will be different for a couple of reasons
-- instead of viewers deciding who leaves each week, the
housemates will vote each other out, similar to the
elimination process on CBS' reality TV juggernaut,
"Survivor." When three players are left, the
audience will choose which one walks out with the grand
prize. To apply through the Internet, visit http://www.cbs.com/primetime/bigbrother/ Applications are
due April 20, and must include a two-minute videotape and
two color photographs.