Stephen M. Silverman
August 22, 2003 09:00 AM

CRITICIZIED: Marg Helgenberger and William L. Petersen should take cover. Their No. 1-rated “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” has been named the least family-friendly show by watchdog group the Parents Television Council, reports the Associated Press. At issue: subject matter including cannibalism and sex clubs. Melissa Caldwell, research director for the council, which monitors violence and sex on TV, said: “There are ways you can deal with these issues without having to be as graphic.”

SUED: Jeff Kleeman and Eric Greenfeld, formerly the top officers at Robert Redford’s Catalyst Film Works, have sued the star in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming he failed to finish paying them an agreed-upon $750,000 settlement. Redford, 66, made the first payment 10 months late and missed the second payment’s deadline, according to the suit. A spokesman for Redford said the actor’s lawyers could not comment because they had not seen the complaint.

QUOTED: “It hurt like a mother. If anybody says their face-lift doesn’t hurt they’re lying. It was like I’d spent the night with an ax murderer. They take your ears off and put them back on!” – Sharon Osbourne, 50, describing her plastic surgery to PEOPLE in its latest cover story

DIED: Tony Jackson, 63, bass player for the Searchers, a Liverpool band best known for the 1964 song “Needles and Pins,” died Monday in a hospital in central England, reports AP, citing the Searchers’s Web site. He reportedly had been ill for some time with ailments including arthritis and cirrhosis of the liver. “Needles and Pins” made the top 20 in America after it was released in 1964, when it shared the Billboard sales charts with the Beatles.

OFFERED: Don’t ask what former Golden Girl Beatrice Arthur, 77, has to do with satiric literature, but the Yankee Pot Roast Web site, which bills itself as offering “Literary Malarkey,” is offering a $16.99 “Beatrice Arthur T-Shirt Shaped Garment … inspired by the inexplicably popular Che Guevara T-shirt.” The 100-percent cotton Bea T is available in two colors: Opportunity White and Duality Grey. “Now, you too can proudly wear a portrait of ascerbic (sic) counter-cultural revolutionary icon Bea Arthur on your chest,” reads the site’s sale’s pitch. Be the first on the Bea-ch to have one.

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