December 09, 1996 12:00 PM

Come next July, Beverly Hills, 90210’s Ian Ziering will marry his longtime girlfriend, model Nikki Schieler. Here’s how he proposed: Ziering, 32, and Schieler, 25, were in a pumpkin patch in Los Angeles looking for a Halloween pumpkin. Ziering says he walked her over to a nearby sunflower field where the two “made out,” and he gave her a diamond engagement ring “that was burning a hole in my pocket.” He proposed, she said yes. Afterward the two headed for his car, where Schieler found five-dozen roses and two bottles of champagne waiting for her in the trunk….

The TV movie Dallas: J.R. Returns, may have been a ratings success, winning its time slot when it aired Nov. 15, but CBS won’t be starting up a new Dallas series. With Patrick Duffy still doing Step by Step and Larry Hagman starring in CBS’s new Orleans series, scheduled to start Jan. 15, the network’s entertainment president Leslie Moonves tells me he’s cranking up another one or two Dallas TV movies but nothing more. CBS has abandoned an earlier idea to do a show with a new, younger generation of Ewings. “A Dallas Jr. doesn’t make sense,” says Moonves, explaining that the TV movie did well because the audience specifically wanted to see the series’ original stars—Hagman, Duffy, Linda Gray and Ken Kercheval….

The family of the late Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, producer of nearly all of the James Bond movies, is very upset with Sean Connery, who starred in seven Bond films. An elaborate memorial service for Broccoli, who died in June at 87, was held in London on Nov. 17. Three other Bonds, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and Roger Moore, attended. Connery, whose last outing as 007 was in 1983’s Never Say Never Again (a non-Broccoli film), did not. There had been a falling-out between the two years ago, but it was patched up. Still, when I asked his rep why Connery failed to show, all I got back was a terse “No comment.”…

Just call him Farmer Bruce. Bruce Springsteen has bought a dozen horses and is now shopping for cattle with which to stock two adjacent farms he bought at least a year ago in Colts Neck, N.J. Some of the high-profile humans who have visited the Springsteen spread, which isn’t far from his home in Rumson, N.J., include Sting, Melissa Etheridge and Luciano Pavarotti….

Hugh Grant has been replaced by a frog. Or at least that’s what you’re liable to think when Andie MacDowell shows up on Muppets Tonight, the prime-time series returning to ABC at mid-season. There’s no airdate yet, but in a Muppets scene inspired by the one in Four Weddings and a Funeral in which MacDowell regales Grant with a list of all the other men she has slept with, she tells Kermit the Frog about the 34 other frogs she has kissed. “No. 1, he was just a tadpole,” she says. “No. 2, in high school biology class…No. 6, he was just a horny toad.” A little racy, perhaps, for Kermit’s juvenile fans? A rep at Jim Henson Productions says, “If you’re young, you may not get it. But we program for a family audience and would like our shows to work on many levels.”

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