ROAR: ABC will broadcast The Lion King in November. Disney used to keep its hit animated films off broadcast television--but that was before it bought a TV network. The move should boost ABC's ratings during the key "sweeps" period.
COMING OUT? Producers of the the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom Ellen on ABC are considering having the lead character come out as a lesbian this season, according to both the Hollywood Reporter and TV Guide. A publicist for Disney, the production company, would not comment on "rumors."
ON AND OFF THE ROAD: Oasis canceled all concert dates for the foreseeable future but the band's label in London denied all the talk about the group splitting up...Korean organizations that tried to block Michael Jackson from performing in Seoul next month dropped their campaign, saying they would concentrate on making sure no one under 18 bought a ticket.
POISON FAXES: Entertainment Tonight is turning up the heat on its new rival, Access Hollywood, says Daily Variety, faxing Hollywood publicists ratings showing ET outperforming AH along with subtle hints that stars who appear on the new show may not be welcome on the established leader.
DIVERSIFYING: Eleanor Mondale will be an entertainment-news contributor to This Morning on CBS, in addition to her duties as host of E!'s Uncut...Heavy metalist Ozzy Osbourne has founded Ozz Records, which he promises will be an "artists-oriented" label, not a corporate music machine.
BIG PLANS: Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of Silence of the Lambs, may make a documentary about Robyn Hitchcock, the British rocker with a big underground following in the U.S...Space Cadet, a comedy about a mission to Mars, signed Beau Bridges and Shelley Duvall...Don Was, Grammy-winning record producer for Elton John and others, turns movie director with a remake of The Knockout Artist...Singer Lisa Loeb, who recorded the hit single "Stay," makes her movie debut in a low-budget thriller, Black Circle Boys.
2 ROUGH? Luther Campbell also known as Luke Skyywalker, former front man for 2 Live Crew, is a fugitive after being charged with battery for allegedly throwing a woman off the stage of a night club in Lafayette, Louisiana on July 14.
PARTY POLITICS: The House Telecommunications Subcommittee approved a bill Thursday that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to waive the rule against foreign ownership of TV and radio stations; the same bill would prevent the FCC from regulating the Internet...CBS hosted a screening on Capitol Hill of Touched by an Angel and a new show, Promised Land, to demonstrate its commitment to family values...Seen at last night's fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton, held by the Hollywood Women's Political Committee: Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Robin Williams, JoBeth Williams, Julianna Margulies and Richard Dreyfuss...And Hillary was named as honorary chair of a 30th-anniversary tribute to Star Trek to be broadcast on UPN on October 6.
MULTIMEDIA: Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug joins the Ice Capades for a ten city tour. She'll tumble, not skate.
BIG CHILL: Imax, the big-screen movie company, will make a film about the life and times of the 5,300-year old corpse found frozen in the Swiss Alps in 1991.
GLOSSIED OVER: The Academy Players Directory, the big book for casting directors that lists all working actors in Hollywood and their photos, is out in a CD-ROM edition.
RESTORED: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen a restored version of Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks on September 27 in Los Angeles, with 24 minutes of footage cut from the original release print. Angela Lansbury and Roddy McDowall re-looped parts of the soundtrack that had been lost.
AILING: Actress and dancer Juliet Prowse is gravely ill with pancreatic cancer, her manager said.