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Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

By United Press International   |   March 7, 2002 at 5:11 AM   |   Comments

DREW CAREY

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Drew Carey had to stand up to what he called a threat by ABC censors to stop production on "The Drew Carey Show" because of an episode in which two dim-bulb characters are hired as airport security guards.

Carey told the NEWSpaper that the network expressed concern about showing series regulars Lewis (Ryan Stiles) and Oswald (Diedrich Bader) as airport guards without having at least one security worker be seen as competent. He said network brass hinted on Monday that if producers didn't make a change, the entire script would be thrown out.

"I've never had a threat like that from the network," said Carey. "Everybody was kind of in shock. If you can't satirize authority institutions, what's the point?"

The paper said producers agreed to some changes and will film the episode Thursday, for broadcast in April.

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


MIKE MYERS

Mike Myers will star in the title role of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat," the film adaptation of the literary classic. Shooting is slated to begin in the fall at Universal Studios, with Bo Welch directing.

"The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss was first published in 1957 and remains one of the top-10 best-selling hardcover children's books of all time.

The movie represents a renewed relationship between Universal and Myers since the studio's production of "Dieter" in 2000 was shelved. In a mutual statement, Myers and producer Brian Grazer said: "The conflicts over 'Dieter' are long behind us and only served to strengthen the relationship we've enjoyed for more than 10 years. We are all so enthusiastic about this project and thrilled to have this opportunity to work together."

Myers appears next onscreen in the next installment of "Austin Powers," which follows "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."


JERRY SEINFELD

It's hard enough to find a parking space in New York City for one vehicle. But what if you're a multiple-car owner? Well, The New York Observer says comedian Jerry Seinfeld has found a way to safely park his collection of vintage Porsche automobiles -- he's building his own parking garage.

Seinfeld says he's decided that what he and his neighbors on West 83rd St. in Manhattan need is a high-rise parking structure. And he is the man to build it. The garage could cost nearly $1.4 million. When it's done, Seinfeld will have 20 spaces earmarked for his fleet of cars.

The building is only a few blocks from the comedian's digs, a $4.35 million duplex. Meanwhile, the paper says the ongoing construction of the parking structure is causing major disruptions on the already crowded street.

(Thanks to UPI's Dennis Daily)

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