PASSAGES: Vandross Remains Critical
UNCHANGED: Grammy winner Luther Vandross, 52, remains in critical condition in a New York hospital, has not regained consciousness and still needs assistance to breathe after suffering a stroke on Easter, his publicist said Thursday. “There’s been no radical change is his condition,” Lois Najarian told the Associated Press. Earlier Thursday, Najarian said Vandross’s mother told her that Vandross was now breathing on his own. However, Najarian later said that information was incorrect.
DIAGNOSED: “The Wild Wild West” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep” TV actor Robert Conrad, 68, was left partially paralyzed by a March 31 car accident in which he is accused of drunken driving, officials said Wednesday, as they agreed to delay a court hearing in his case. Reuters reports that a spokesman for the actor’s agent said Conrad’s paralysis was not permanent and he was expected to leave a physical rehabilitation facility soon.
TRIMMED: “Dateline NBC” will lose an hour of airtime on NBC’s schedule this fall, reports the Los Angeles Times, which blames pressure on networks to appeal to younger viewers. Lineups reviewed by the newspaper indicate that “Dateline” will be pared back from three to two weekly editions, with a drama likely to replace the show on Friday nights.
BARED: A Florida nudist colony is planning what is likely the first-ever pay-per-view webcast of a nude tennis tournament. This Sunday, 20 naked tennis players will be competing for a $2,000 prize in front of 100 naked spectators, says the Hollywood Reporter. Those wishing to observe may .go to the Tennis in the Buff Web site. According to the trade paper, organizers of the event are already planning subsequent tournaments, including naked volleyball and naked karaoke. Sounds like a ball.