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February 2001


by Mary Xmas

Too Dumb To Be A Crook: "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh was changing planes in Dallas when he learned that four of the seven Texas prison escapees had been captured in Colorado and another had killed himself. "That's five down, two to go," he said in typical Walsh fashion. (Two days later, the other two men were indeed aprehended.) Authorities are crediting the Fox show with the captures, which had featured the convicts four times since the Dec. 13 escape. Show executives and authorities say a viewer from Woodland Park, CO, watched the show and called the local sheriff's department the next day to tell authorities he believed he had seen some of the escaped criminals around town. The sheriff's office passed the tip along to U.S. marshals, who put the area under surveillance, which lead to the captures. "Had we not had information from the community that said we think at least three, if not five, of these suspects from Texas are here in Teller County, we never would have been here," said John Anderson, sheriff of neighboring El Paso County, CO. Now, if you were an escaped convict wanted along with six other escapees, would you continue to travel together or part ways once you reached freedom? View other wanted criminals on their website at:

What'chu Talkin' about Willis? February is Black History Month and many cable channels are making a valiant effort to explore black life, issues and history. Nick at Night is getting into the act each Friday with classic sitcom episodes focusing on racial attitudes. On Feb. 2 at 11:30 p.m. they will air the classic "All in the Family" episode in which Sammy Davis Jr. and Archie Bunker collide. Another worthy rerun is Odyssey Network's showing of the 1970s miniseries "Roots", airing at 9 p.m. Sunday Feb 4 through Friday Feb 9. Interviews with cast members including Levar Burton and John Amos are included. Court TV is also recognizing black contributions to the legal profession with individual tributes sandwiched between its programming throughout the month. I hope they do a tribute to Divorce Court's Judge Mablean Ephriam, she could kick some Judge Judy booty! For more African-American tv programming visit the Black Entertainment Television Network's website

Beauty And The Beast: Cross-dressing shock rocker Marilyn Manson and actress Rose McGowan have broken off their two-year engagement. "There is great love, but our lifestyle difference is, unfortunately, even greater," McGowan said in a statement. What exactly did she expect? This is NOT a man you bring home for dinner -- "Uh, mom and dad, this is my husband Marilyn. He worships Satan for a living.". Well isn't that special. Visit if you dare.

I'll Be There For You: Well, at least for 10 more minutes anyway. With CBS's eagerly anticipated Survivor: The Australian Outback preparing to do battle with Friends beginning Feb. 1, NBC has decided to expand its No. 1 comedy to 40 minutes for four weeks and fill the remaining hour with live Saturday Night Live skits. This is the first major programming move made by NBC's new entertainment president, former Today executive producer Jeff Zucker. According to USA Today, Zucker met with the cast of Friends and suggested expanding future episodes. The six stars reportedly will be paid extra for the additional scenes. As if $750,000 an episode wasn't enough compensation. Go to
and have a cup of coffee at Central Perk.

And The Winner Is: Making a rare appearance as a presenter at the Golden Globes, Dame Elizabeth Taylor nearly spoiled the surprise by revealing the winner for best dramatic motion picture before announcing the nominees. Greeted by a standing ovation, 68-year-old Taylor began reading her lines from the TelePrompTer. But before mentioning the nominees, she began opening the envelope. Realizing her error, the audience laughed. Taylor responded in a confused voice "Whaaaaat? I don't open this?" The show's executive producer, Dick Clark, emerged from backstage and tapped a surprised Taylor on the shoulder. "You don't want to lose the suspense," he said. "You read the nominees first." Taylor responded of her role as an award presenter, "I'm new at this, I usually like to get them." Seriously now, anyone who's won 2 Golden Globes herself, plus 2 British Academy Awards and 2 Oscars should know the darn drill. I think it's time to put National Velvet out to pasture. Visit

The Tribe Has Spoken: Kelly Wiglesworth, runner-up on CBS' hit summer show "Survivor," recently agreed to a plea bargain that removed a 1995 credit card fraud charge. Her lawyer told a judge that the then-18-year-old Wiglesworth didn't know the credit card was stolen when it was used at a restaurant by her then-boyfriend. But prosecutors argued that the couple went on a two-day spending spree. Each was charged with felonious financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud. A now-23-year-old Wiglesworth pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of conspiring to commit credit card fraud. She will pay $455 in restitution and perform 75 hours of community service. Before appearing on "Survivor", Wiglesworth was a professional whitewater rafting guide making only $62 a day. But then on "Survivor", she earned $100,000 for surviving 39 days on a remote Pacific island. The charge can be expunged from her record if she stays out of trouble for a year. Wiglesworth said she will perform her community service by volunteering for a recreation program in Las Vegas for people with physical and mental disabilities. Maybe they should just stick her on another island with Sue Hawk insted. Visit for the Celebrity Deathmatch schedule.