Pithy quotables from celeb notables


Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 10:35 p.m.
HOLLYWOOD - They said it at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour:
  • Nathan Lane ("Encore, Encore;" "Second Chances") and Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") return to series television in the CBS midseason comedy "Charlie Lawrence." The show is a fish-out-of-water tale about a newly elected gay U.S. representative from New Mexico (Lane) and his overly pragmatic chief of staff (Metcalf).
    Has the network given him any idea when the show might premiere?
    "Yes," he said. "Just this morning, Les (Moonves, CBS chief) - well, Les always calls me in the middle of the night and says, 'Your show is so special, it's like a Faberge egg. I can't bear to show it to anyone yet. I just want to look at it over and over and over.' And he told me he's changing the title to 'My Big Fat Greek Gay Congressman.' And we'll be premiering after 'CSI: Athens.' So be sure and look for that."
  • Tangie Ambrose plays Jo, the feisty and flirtatious sister of Abby (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) on the new UPN series "Abby."
    "The (TV) person who had the most impact in my life was Thelma on 'Good Times' because she was a black woman and she was shapely and beautiful. I thought, 'I'm going to be cut like that when I grow up. And I'm going to go out on dates.' But I didn't see myself living in the 'hood. I saw me moving on up, or whatever."
  • Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke star in the play "The Gin Game," which PBS brings to the small screen in May. What TV shows do they watch?
    Van Dyke: "I don't watch any episodic television at all."
    Moore: "You don't watch 'Friends'?" Van Dyke: "No." Moore: "I do. I watch that. I think it's excellent."
    Van Dyke: "Wrong age group." Moore: "I don't think of it that way. I don't identify with them, I just enjoy watching them as youngsters and celebrating the writing. Because they really do character development stuff."
    Van Dyke: "Do they?" Moore: "Yes, they do." Van Dyke: "I can't watch anybody that makes a million dollars a week."
  • Tim Conway returns to series television in "On the Spot," an improvisational comedy set for midseason on the WB. What television show does he watch today?
    "I watch a lot of animal shows," he said. "I love animal shows. And during the mating season, I can't tell you how late I've stayed up to see a couple of zebras go at it."
    Any plans for more specials with Carol Burnett?
    "A lot depends on Carol. Carol has always felt she had done it all. (But) if she could find a reason to do it again, I'm sure she would," he said. "Incidentally, Harvey (Korman) and I are still doing the show. We go to CBS every Friday and do the show. They just don't tape it."
    How will the new show affect his touring stage show with Korman?
    "This is going to take some of that time, no question about it," Conway said. "Harvey doesn't know it. Incidentally, just as a point of interest, Harvey married a lady 25 years younger than him. When he was 50, that was great; it worked out very nice. Now that he's 75, it's a little iffy. He's taking Viagra, but it's just to keep him from rolling out of bed."
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