SECOND THOUGHTS: The latest O.J. book, American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense by Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth, says that Simpson's close friend and attorney Robert Kardashian doubted his innocence, according to news reports. Kardashian reportedly was troubled that Simpson could not give a consistent explanation of the cuts found on his hands after the murders.
X-PHILES: Friday night's season debut of the X-Files scored an impressive 14.9 rating and 25 share, easily beating the big three networks. It was the highest rating ever for the series and Fox's best-ever Friday night numbers.
FRIENDS AGAIN: The cast of the hit NBC sitcom Friends is reportedly close to signing new contracts. Each of the six actors will receive a salary of $75,000 per episode this season, $100,000 in two years and $120,000 if they stick around for a sixth season.
COURT TV: Congress violated the First Amendment by ordering cable systems to carry local broadcast stations, an attorney for the cable industry argued to the Supreme Court today. A Justice Department attorney countered that the "must carry" law was necessary to preserve a "healthy multipicity of broadcast sources."
FATAL ATTRACTION: Jury selection began today in Pontiac, Michigan in the trial of Jonathan Schmitz, accused of murdering Scott Amedure after Amedure said he had a homosexual crush on Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones talk show. Schmitz's father Allyn said today that the show is "responsible for everything that happened here."
HEIDI CHRONICLES: "Hollywood madam" Heidi Fleiss goes on trial again October 16 for pandering, a judge ruled today. Her first convictions were thrown out for jury misconduct.
UP IN THE AIR: The Fox News Channel went on air today on cable systems reaching 17 million homes. The 24-hour service plans to challenge CNN and the other newbie newsies, MSNBC.
IT'S A SMALL WORLD: Disneyland shut its gates for only the second time in its history Saturday, as the park reached capacity. Large crowds have been turning out to see the last days of the Main Street Electrical Parade. Disney execs have pushed back the "lights out" date to November to accommodate more visitors. Meanwhile, Anaheim City Council votes on a $1.4-billion expansion of the park tonight. Finally, Disney will install minicams in the costumes of characters to prevent unruly guests from abusing the toons.
HOT PLATE: German technology Galaxis Holding will announce a new satellite TV dish tomorrow that is 15 by eight inches and can receive more than 100 channels.
UNDER WRAPS: Christo, who wraps large objects in the name of art, said today that he will cover the Arkansas River in Colorado with fabric and also erect large steel gates along footpaths in New York's Central Park.
BAD PRESS: A New York Times article today on superagent-turned-Walt-Disney-President Michael Ovitz says that "in his short time at Disney, Mr. Ovitz's aggressive style and hubris have alienated both ABC and Disney studio executives and have produced a torrent of private and public badmouthing."
TUPAC UPDATE: Newsweek magazine is quoting unnamed police as saying the killer or killers of the rap star may already be dead. The cops say that last week's gang raids were carried out in Los Angeles to prevent a full-scale retaliatory war between the Bloods and the Crips.
SETTLED: To the surprise of few, Jodie Foster and Polygram settled her $14.5 million lawsuit, alleging the studio reneged on their offer for her to star in The Game and then libeled her in Daily Variety. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
UNSETTLED: FCC head Reed Hundt will bring up the subject of hard alcohol advertisements on television with his fellow commissioners. Seagram broadcast Crown Royal and Chivas Regal ads in Texas earlier this year.
OASIS UNPLUGGED: MTV announced today that it would air an Oasis Unplugged special taped earlier this summer. There was speculation that the video net might nix the concert because Liam Gallagher skipped the show, leaving brother Noel to sing.
BOLDLY GOING STRONG: The U.S.S. Enterprise's five-year mission has lasted a little bit longer than expected, as Star Trek celebrated its 30th birthday yesterday in Los Angeles. Original cast members William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig partied with real astronauts at the UPN charity gala.
I DO: Country music cuties Faith Hill and Tim McGraw married near McGraw's hometown in Rayville, Louisiana. The nuptials took place shortly before Swampfest--a charity softball tourney hosted by the groom. No time for a honeymoon, though; the newlyweds are playing a concert on October 10 in Evansville, Indiana.
I DO, TAKE TWO: The Brookses--Garth and Sandy--will renew their vows on October 25, even though their 10th anniversary was last May. The couple postponed the ceremony because Sandy was pregnant.
CATTLE CALLS: About a thousand tykes tried out for the top spot in Home Alone III at an open casting call in New York Saturday--the first of four. The kids are vying for the Macaulay Culkin role. There will also be calls in Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago...Producers of a film about slainsinger Selena were expecting thousands of amateur thespians to show at an open casting call for extras in Texas--barely 700 came.
THE DOTTED LINE: Daniel Day-Lewis is set to reteam with director Jim Sheridan for a fictional story of an Irish pugilist tentatively titled The Boxer. The two scored big with My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father...Oprah Winfrey will star in and produce Toni Morrison's Beloved--Oprah's first movie role in a decade.
BOX OFFICE: First Wives Club continues to lead the box office race with $11.1 million this weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations, followed by Steven Seagal's The Glimmer Man ($7.6 million) and Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! ($6.6 million).
NAME CHANGED: Quick! Take back your monogrammed baby gift for Madonna! People says she's not going to name the kid Lola after all.