September 19, 1991 |
Otis Drexell, crotchety fifth-grade teacher and scam artist, has only two classroom rules: "Never shout when the teacher has a hangover," and "All loose change belongs to the teacher." Dabney Coleman, who plays the caustic educator in the new Fox sitcom "Drexell's Class," has just one: no jokes. "The first time I read the (pilot script), I said, 'Too many jokes,' " Coleman said. "I like to say things funny, not say funny things.
January 22, 1988 |
From our "everyone's a critic" file: On Wednesday, ABC's Slap Maxwell took a shot at along-running NBC comedy in a discussion of things that were and weren't funny. Mused the old Slapper (Dabney Coleman): "Laurel and Hardy were funny . . . Abbott and Costello were funny--sometimes . . . the first season of 'Cheers' was funny. . . ."
February 12, 1997 |
TELEVISION Holy Crossover!: Joel Schumacher, who is directing George Clooney in "Batman and Robin," also will work with Clooney on the actor's day job--by directing an episode of NBC's "ER." The show will be shot next month and televised in May. Clooney has been hopping back and forth on the Warner Bros. lot between the "ER" and "Batman" sets, requiring ongoing coordination between the two productions.
November 11, 1987 |
At an otherwise pleasant dinner party he attended the other evening, Dabney Coleman made a nice woman cry. "I was doing my stuff, my sarcastic thing, and she didn't know I was kidding," Coleman confesses. "I thought she would get it, and she didn't."
April 25, 1990
As a marine mammal scientist who has urged modifying tuna fishing methods to avoid killing dolphins, I welcome the announcement by major tuna canners to buy only tuna not "caught on dolphin." Actually, at least seven different species of dolphins have been impacted by our tuna fishery. More than 5 million dolphins were killed up until 1972, after tuna boats began "fishing on dolphin" in the late 1950s. The method of fishing for tuna on dolphins deserves further explanation.
September 21, 1986 |
Media magnate Rupert Murdoch has closed escrow on the Beverly Hills-area home previously owned by the late philanthropist/physician/creator of a billion-dollar entertainment empire, Dr. Jules Stein. And aficionados of the late great architect Wallace Neff will be glad to hear that Murdoch plans to maintain the 1927 house, which sits on about seven acres, with a panoramic view.