Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter


TV Guide has come out with its list of the 50 greatest TV show themes, and a CD compilation containing the actual music, as a way of celebrating the magazine's 50th anniversary.


Beginning with "I Love Lucy" and running all the way through "Six Feet Under," TV Guide's 50 All-Time Favorite TV Themes includes a diverse sampling of musical styles -- from jazz to R&B, from rock 'n' roll to classical, from surf to folk. Several pieces crossed over to hit music charts -- including themes from "The Monkees," "Welcome Back, Kotter" and "Miami Vice."

Highlights of the collection include themes from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (Charles Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette"), "Peter Gunn" (Henry Mancini), "All in the Family," "Cheers" and "The Addams Family." The list also includes "Dragnet," "Leave It to Beaver," "The Flintstones," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Gilligan's Island."

The composer with the most entries on the TV Guide list is Mike Post -- with "The Greatest American Hero," "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law," "NYPD Blue" and "Law & Order."

The collection also includes trivia, reproductions of TV Guide covers and stories from the last 50 years recalling some of the most memorable music from hit shows.



Angelina Jolie -- who until recently carried a vial of Billy Bob Thornton's blood on a chain around her neck -- may soon be playing a bloodthirsty creature in the movies.

Warner Bros. has optioned "Bitten," a novel by Kelley Armstrong about a woman who becomes a werewolf, but tries to overcome that and live a normal life in the big city.


The WB has ordered full seasons for two new comedies, "Greetings from Tucson" and "Do Over," but has turned thumbs down on another new comedy, "Off Centre."

"Greetings from Tucson" is writer-producer Peter Murrieta's semi-autobiographical account of his life as an adolescent in an ethnically mixed family. "Do Over" centers on a 34-year-old man who gets a second chance to get things right when he is sent back to 1981.

"Off Centre" -- about a couple of roommates in New York who are always trying to pick up beautiful women -- will stay on the air through the November sweeps, but the WB has stopped production on the show due to lower-than-expected ratings.


Warner Bros. is moving ahead with plans for two sequels to this summer's comedy hit "Scooby-Doo."


The first sequel was already moving quickly toward production, and now comes word that the studio has hired writers for "Scooby-Doo 3."

The writers -- Dan Forman and Paul Foley -- seem to have a nice touch for adapting Hanna-Barbera TV properties for the big screen. They got the "Scooby-Doo" gig based on the strength of the screenplay they turned in for a movie version of "The Jetsons."


The Producers Guild of America has lined up Cedric the Entertainer to emcee its first-ever Celebration of Diversity on Oct. 28 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The PGA established the event as a way of promoting diversity and pluralism in the entertainment industry.

"Unfortunately, our industry has often lagged in recognizing and promoting the strength inherent in our diversity," said the PGA in a message on its Web site.

The guild will honor filmmakers Moctesuma Esparza, Danny Glover, Ang Lee and Marian Rees and the producing team behind the HBO drama "Six Feet Under."

Esparza's producing credits include "Gods and Generals" (2002), "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" (1999), "Selena" (1997) and "Gettysburg" (1993). Glover is best known as the star of the "Lethal Weapon" movie series.


Ang Lee was nominated for the directing Oscar for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Rees' producing credits include "The Song of the Lark" (2000), "Miss Rose White" (1992) and "The Marva Collins" (1981).

Part of the proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships at the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.

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