PASSAGES: Roseanne Back in the Fold
REVIVED: Five years after her landmark ABC comedy left the air, Roseanne, 48, is returning to the network in an unscripted reality workplace comedy, to be co-executive produced with documentary veteran R.J. Cutler (“American High”), Variety reports. There is no title yet, but the airdate is penciled in for summer 2003. “I’m really, really excited to be back home at ABC,” Roseanne said through a spokesman, making no mention of the very loud squabbles she and the network had when her sitcom was on the air.
SOUGHT: Stars of “The Sopranos” Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico and Drea de Matteo have banded together to demand pay raises from $20,000-$30,000 per episode to $100,000 per episode from producers of the HBO hit series, says the Hollywood Reporter. With 13 episodes per season, that would mean paydays of $1.3 million. (By comparison, the cast of “Friends” is earning $22 million each this season.) Officials at HBO (which, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner), had no comment.
WON: The Del McCoury Band nabbed three International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, including best entertainer in bluegrass music and a first-time win for song of the year, the Associated Press reports. It was the sixth entertainer of the year award for McCoury and his band. Country veterans Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless hosted the awards ceremony at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Album of the year went to “Down From the Mountain,” which was recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
SHUNNED: Arnold Schwarzenegger avoided the question of whether or not he plans to run for California governor at a Thursday Town Hall meeting in Beverly Hills, AP reports. “I don’t want to run for governor because it’s very complicated just filling out the forms,” said the aging action star, 55. “Let’s say I put down ‘actor’ as my profession, I may get sued for perjury.”