NEW CABLE LINE-UP SHAPING UP
MSNBC may get a reputation as the cable news channel that provides a home for cast-offs from other TV outfits.
The network recently hired Phil Donahue to host a daily one-hour show, and now has announced that Bill Press and Pat Buchanan will hold down a two-hour program Monday through Friday.
Press was the liberal on CNN's "Crossfire" until he was replaced with Paul Begala and James Carville earlier this year, as the show went through a re-tooling. Buchanan had several hitches as the conservative on the same show, and has run for president a couple of times -- as a Republican and as the Reform Party candidate.
The cable operation has taken to billing itself as "America's News Channel," even though its latest programming moves seem to indicate it is going away from an emphasis on news to more talk oriented programming.
SLAPPING MTV WITH A SUIT
A couple that stayed at the Hard Rock hotel-casino in Las Vegas recently has smacked Hard Rock and MTV with a $10-million invasion of privacy lawsuit -- accusing the hotel and the music channel of giving them a room rigged up with hidden cameras.
According to the suit, the video gear was there to document their horrified reaction when they came across what appeared to be a badly mutilated corpse in their suite. The footage was allegedly meant to air on an MTV show called "Harassment."
James and Laurie Ryan alleged that when they tried to leave the room, two actors playing security guards forced them back inside -- before another actor revealed himself to tell the Ryans they'd been had.
A NEW GIG FOR SHATNER
William Shatner ("Star Trek," "Priceline.com") has been named host of a new late-night movie series on the Sci-Fi Channel.
"William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night" -- scheduled to begin July 20 -- will show films described as "not quite Oscar caliber."
In a press release, Sci-Fi Channel said Shatner will "personally re-enact" gruesome moments from the films. Shatner will also welcome guests to his segments on the show.
OZZY FOR FATHER OF THE YEAR?
Regardless of what you may have seen on "The Osbournes," a substantial number of women think Ozzy Osbourne does a pretty good job as Jack and Kelly's dad.
He came in third in Parents magazine's reader poll, asking: "Which famous dad would be most likely to change a diaper or handle a night feeding?"