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'SNL' Tidbits for March 9, 2000

By Sean Bradley

AC/DC On 'SNL'

AC/DC and "SNL" both started 25-years ago, but the hard rockers make their debut on the show March 18, with host Dwayne Johnson (WWF superstar "The Rock").

The quintet's latest album, "Stiff Upper Lip," was released last week and is their first album of new material since "Ballbreaker" in 1995. The album features songs such as "All Screwed Up," "Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll," and "Safe In New York City."


Kattan Down Pie, 'SNL' Ups Ratings

Chris Kattan has no one but himself to blame for that huge wad of pie "SNL" host Julianna Margulies spit into his mouth during a February 12 sketch about two brothers whose parents pre-chew their food.

During rehearsals, Kattan, who played the younger brother, jokingly snapped at Margulies when she didn't spit enough food into his mouth. "You better do better next time," Kattan warned her, a backstage source tells the "New York Daily News." She did do better during the live broadcast, depositing an extra large chomped chunk of a McDonald's apple pie in his mouth.

The grossout humor didn't seem to make too many people turn their televisions off. The episode was watched by an average of 8.3 million viewers overall. Compared to the same February sweep night last season, with host Brendan Fraser, "SNL" was up five percent in the adults 18-49 demographic (4.4/18) and six percent in total viewers.


And the Winner is ....

The unnecessary awards show: "The TV Guide Awards." The category: Best Late Night Show.

The award was presented Sunday night during the live telecast of "The 2nd Annual TV Guide Awards" on FOX. The nominees were "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," "Late Show with David Letterman," and "Saturday Night Live."

The smart people must have split their votes between "Politically Incorrect," "Late Show," and "SNL," because the least deserving candidate, Leno's "Tonight Show," managed to win the award for the second year in a row.


Sandler Sets Carvey for Comeback

After coproducing his pal Rob Schneider's surprise hit "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," which grossed $64 million at the box office, Adam Sandler is ready to help produce fellow "SNL" alum Dana Carvey's next project.

Thanks to Sandler and his producing partner Jack Giarraputo, Carvey will star in and cowrite a comedy feature for Disney.

The film could end up being a comeback of sorts for Carvey, who has seemingly dropped off the planet in recent years, not even showing up for "SNL's" 25th Anniversary special in September. Carvey's last trip to the big-screen occurred in 1994, when two movies starring the comic bombed at the box office -- "Clean Slate" and "Trapped in Paradise" grossed a combined total of only $13 million. In 1996, he returned to TV with "The Dana Carvey Show," which ABC canceled after only seven episodes. Carvey's return to stardom could begin as early as tonight, when he guest-hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS.


Buh-bye 'Norm'

ABC will roll out four new shows in less than three weeks as part of a spring schedule shuffle set to start later this month, "Variety" reports.

Which will be the first ABC program to take a vacation? "Norm," the sitcom starring former "SNL" cast member Norm Macdonald, which will find itself on a six-week hiatus beginning March 22. In its place -- Wednesdays at 8:30 pm -- will be "Then Came You," a romantic comedy about a older woman-younger man relationship originaly scheduled to premiere last fall.

"Norm," which has built upon its "Two Guys and a Girl" lead-in among adults 18-49 as of late, will return in time for the May sweeps.


Murphy, Myers Working on Website

"SNL" alums Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers are among the latest stars in talks to create content for Pop.com, the comedy Web site being developed by DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment.

The stars would likely develop five-minute programs and be rewarded with cash and stock options in the site. The site is due to premiere by June with one- to six-minute animated and live-action short films, games, and pay-per-view Webcasts, "Variety" reports.

Other participating celebrities include Will Smith and Julia Roberts.


Sandler Makes 'Forbes' List

"Forbes" magazine has released their annual list of Hollywood's Top 100 celebrities. The 100 are chosen and ranked according to what they earned last year and their media buzz factor -- a blend of their status on the web, on magazine covers, on radio and television, and in newspapers.

Former "SNL" star Adam Sandler settled into No. 32 on the list, with one magazine cover, a $28 million salary, and 18,982 Web hits.


Crystal Picks Up Pudding Award

Billy Crystal was honored February 17 with Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award, the "Associated Press" reports.

In a nod to his starring role in the comedy "City Slickers," Crystal was asked to lasso a student dressed as a cow. After hog-tying the "cow," Crystal was presented with a live baby pig and was asked to address it as one of his most recognizable "SNL" characters, talk-show personality Fernando. "Dahhhling, you look mahhhvelous!" Crystal said.

The Hasty Pudding Award goes to performers who have made "lasting and impressive" contributions to entertainment. Previous recipients include Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg,, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Harrison Ford.


Murphy to Talk with Animals Again

Former "SNL" star Eddie Murphy is in negotiations to star in a follow-up to 1998's "Doctor Dolittle," reports "Variety."

Murphy is expected to nab $20 million to reprise his role as Dr. John Dolittle, plus a fat back-end percentage. A script for the "Dolittle" sequel has already been penned by Larry Levin, who co-wrote the first film.

The original "Doctor Dolitle" -- which featured the voices of "SNL" alums Norm Macdonald, Chris Rock, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Gilbert Gottfried -- earned Murphy the biggest opening weekend numbers ($29 million) of his career. "Dolittle 2" could begin production as soon as this fall.


WB Eyes Murphy's 'PJs'

Eddie Murphy's critically acclaimed but low-rated cartoon comedy "The PJs" may move from Fox to the WB.

The claymation show's Disney-based producer, Imagine Television, is in serious negotiations to sell it to the WB for next season. Fox has let its option for "The PJs" expire, and will hold its decision about committing to another season after the ratings from a planned summer run are in.

While no final decisions are expected until May at the earliest, industry insiders tell "Vairety" that WB execs are seriously interested in buying 13 original episodes of the cartoon to air as part of the WB's Friday night comedy block.


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