April 19, 2002 12:00 PM

‘ALLY’ DONE: After five seasons on Fox, David E. Kelley’s Emmy-winning dramedy “Ally McBeal” is closing its casebook for good, Kelley and Fox executives said Wednesday. According to The New York Times, Kelley delivered the news to the cast, including lead Calista Flockhart, Wednesday on the set. The Hollywood Reporter said the announcement came as a shock to the cast and crew, with some bursting into tears. Kelley, 45, now has to write the May 20 series finale. He decided to end “Ally,” said The Times, after a recent, special two-hour episode failed to bring in better ratings.

SPACE CRUISE: It was Mission: Possible Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., reported PEOPLE, with the premiere of the new IMAX production, “Space Station 3-D.” On the red carpet outside the National Air and Space Museum, where the screening was held, was the movie’s narrator, Tom Cruise, with girlfriend Penelope Cruz. The star, 39, told PEOPLE that he first fell in love with outer space when he was 7. “As I kid,” he said, flashing his famous smile through newly acquired dental braces, “I just remember watching the Apollo mission, you know, the landings.” Furthermore, he said, “I’d like to go to the space station. I admire what they do as astronauts, the commitment they have. They risk their lives. Wouldn’t you go? I’d definitely go.”

TIGER SWINGS: Tiger Woods, 26, added another green jacket to his collection. On Sunday at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club, the golfing great captured his third Masters crown — joining Jack Nicklaus (who won in 1965 and ’66) and Nick Faldo (’89 and ’90) as the only men to win back-to-back Masters. With a final round 71, Woods shot 12-under-par 276 for the tournament and collected $1,008,000.”I always felt I had the game that was good enough to win here,” Woods said, as quoted by The Washington Post. And, with that, the new Master of Augusta waved at the crowd, and hugged his parents and his girlfriend, Swedish model Elin Nordegren, 22.

OZZY’S OFFER: Variety reported that America’s favorite TV family, the Osbournes of MTV’s hit by the same name, has signed with the Endeavor talent agency to help them look into the possibility of a second season of the show. Originally the Osbournes — heavy metal vet Ozzy, his manager-wife, Sharon, and two of their children, Kelly, 17, and Jack, 16 (their eldest daughter, Aimee, 18, declined to be part of the show) — said they would only do one season. But success has given way to some rethinking. According to Variety, the family was paid in the low seven figures for the first season, in a deal put together by Ozzy’s CAA agent. But now that the Nielsen ratings have come in, everyone is starting to see green.

SIMPSONS SETTLE: Homer and his family are making nice with the city of Rio de Janeiro after a recent episode of “The Simpsons” showed the Brazilian beach city as a rat- and monkey-infested hell, reports Reuters. “We apologize to the lovely city and people of Rio de Janeiro,” the show’s producer, James Brooks, 61, said in a statement Friday. “If that doesn’t settle the issue, Homer Simpson offers to take on the President of Brazil on Fox ‘Celebrity Boxing.'” The problem between Rio and the Fox show stemmed from a “Simpsons” episode titled “Blame It on Lisa,” in which Homer is robbed by street kids and then taken for a ride by an unlicensed cabbie. Rio tourism board president Jose Eduardo Guinle had said he was considering legal action against the program’s producers for undermining his city’s $18 million tourism campaign.

You May Like

EDIT POST