TOP OF THE CHART: George Strait's Carrying Your Love With Me was the best-selling album of last week--at 179,000 copies--as Mary J. Blige's Share My World slipped to second.
SPINNING: The hit-starved Spin Doctors are in federal court in Los Angeles suing Miller Beer for allegedly stealing the music for "Two Princes" for a beer commercial. The Doctors are seeking up to $25 million.
TOO REAL: The Los Angeles City Council voted to halt shooting of a TV movie in South Central LA to prevent the sound of fake gunfire frightening residents in a crime-ridden neighborhood.
ROCK OF AGED: The Bee Gees, Jackson 5, George Clinton, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell and the Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night. Michael Jackson joined his brothers on stage for a tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy--but didn't perform.
REPRIEVE: The Cannes Film Festival kicks off today. At the last minute, the Iranian government reversed a ban and permitted The Taste of Cherry to screen at the fest.
GROSS: Box office has hit $2 billion for the year, a record growth rate, says Daily Variety.
TUNING UP: Madonna is in talks to play a violinteacher in Fiddlefest, a drama being developed by horrordirector Wes Craven (Scream), says Daily Variety. It's based on the true story of a teacher who established a music program for inner-city kids in East Harlem, NY. For all the casting news, see The Dotted Line.
TURF WAR: With so much jostling for weekends to debut summer movies this year, Sony decided to get an early jump on next year and announce that its Godzilla remake would bow on May 20, 1998, just before Memorial Day.
NOT FUNNY: ESPN Sportscenter anchor KeithOlbermann was sent on an unpaid leave after appearing without his employer's blessing on the Comedy Central program, The Daily Show. ESPN was probably not amused when he was asked to name the "most God-forsaken place on the East Coast" and answered "Bristol, Connecticut"--home of ESPN.
BANG-BANG: A study by the Consortium For Local Television Surveys of local TV news in eight cities found that broadcasts emphasized crime over all other types of news by a wide margin.
PCTV: Ziff-Davis Inc., publisher of PC Magazine plans a 24-hour cable network devoted to computers and the Internet for the first quarter of next year...Santa's Home Page, born on AmericaOnline last December, will become a TV special on ABC.
NO ROOM AT INN: The Family Channel will move Pat Robertson's The 700 Club off its primetime lineup for the summer. The religious show has been on the network for more than 25 years but now the Family Channel aims for a broader audience.
CHRISTMAS TREE: Senator Dan Coats, a Republican from Indiana, is pushing for an early vote on TV-content rating by attaching an amendment on the issue to a pending bill to help victims of floods and hurricanes. Some senators want to compel the TV industry to adopt a new rating system by making it a condition of stations receiving digital-television licenses...In other Senate action, a bill was introduced to mandate that stations in larger cities switch to the digital format by the year 2000.
RETREAT: After poor ratings and complaints from its affiliates, NBC stopped screening reruns of Late Night WithConan O'Brien in primetime on CNBC. Station owners thought the CNBC shows--which aired 30 days after their initial broadcast on NBC--weakened the value of reruns on their air.
RITES OF PASSAGE: Indigo Girls will perform a live pay-per-view concert June 6 from Boston, priced at $14.95. It starts at 9 p.m.
RED INK: Entertainment giant Viacom ran up a $19 million loss in the first quarter of the year--only its TV division, which includes MTV, Nickelodeon and Showtime, posted gains in earnings.
DEATH: Alvy Moore, who played county agent Hank Kimball on Green Acres, died at 75 in Palm Desert, California. He appeared in more than 30 other TV series as well as numerous commercials.