Stephen M. Silverman
June 14, 2002 12:01 PM

ANNOUNCED: Emmy-winning Eric McCormack, 39, of “Will & Grace” and Allison Janney, 41, of “The West Wing,” will announce the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations on July 18 at 5:38 a.m. PT at the TV academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood, Variety reports. The awards show will air on NBC on Sept. 22 . . . AXED: Columbia TriStar Domestic Television said on Thursday it is pulling the plug on its 4-year-old, syndicated action-adventure series “V.I.P.” starring Pamela Anderson, citing the financial woes of its production partner on the show, the German media giant Kirch, reports the Associated Press. In a statement, Anderson, 34, said, “Due to a multitude of issues — some personal — we have decided to all move on from ‘V.I.P.’ It has been an incredibly fun four seasons and we kicked butt!” . . . REMEMBERED: A wake for “Dapper Don” John Gotti, 61, who died of cancer Monday in a prison hospital, was held in a Queens, N.Y., funeral home Thursday after the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn decided there would be no funeral mass for the late Mob boss. A wake is set for Friday and a funeral for Saturday. Thursday’s array of floral arrangements around Gotti’s closed casket looked like something out of the Pasadena Rose Parade, including a large display made to look like a winning poker hand of cards, prompting the New York Post to comment, “Tasteful to the end.”

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