Fox’s ‘Cops’ leaving network after 25 years
NEW YORK — The “bad boys” are on the move. The Saturday night television fixture “Cops” is leaving Fox after 25 years and will be shown on the Spike network.
The cable network aimed at young male viewers said it will begin airing the action documentary series with the indelible theme song (“bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”) in September.
Fox had cut down on the number of episodes ordered this season and frequently pre-empted the show.
“Cops” cameras follow officers on night patrol with all the offenders they meet up with. It was a novelty for television when it began airing in March 1989, during Fox’s third year of operation, back when “reality TV” wasn’t even a genre. For many years, it was paired on Fox’s Saturday night lineup with “America’s Most Wanted.”
Spike said it will air “Cops” in its customary 8 p.m. time slot, with two half-hour programs running back to back.
Crudup and Hensley join McKellen, Stewart
NEW YORK — Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will get high-caliber help onstage this fall — Tony winners Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley.
Producers of the upcoming Broadway revivals of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land” and Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” said Crudup and Hensley will join their illustrious colleagues at the Cort Theatre.
Crudup won a Tony for “The Coast of Utopia.” Hensley won a Tony for “Oklahoma!”
Both works by Pinter and Beckett will play in repertoire. Previews begin Oct. 26.
Broadway’s ‘Nice Work’ to close this summer
NEW YORK — The work is indeed nice, but it won’t last forever. Broadway’s musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” will play its final performance June 15 after 27 previews and 478 regular performances at the Imperial Theatre.
“Nice Work” is a screwball romantic comedy that takes place in the 1920s and tells the story of a female bootlegger who meets a wealthy, often-drunken playboy, played by Matthew Broderick.
Twain announces fall show dates in Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Shania Twain has announced 22 new show dates this fall to round out the first year of her two-year Las Vegas Strip residency.
Twain said the show at Caesars Palace is “a dream performance scenario” that allows her to balance her roles as a mother and as a country superstar.
The Canadian singer, 47, known for “Any Man of Mine” and “That Don’t Impress Me,” sold out her first 24 performances of “Shania: Still the One” at the casino’s Colosseum. Twain begins another set of 12 shows May 14.
Oklahoma honors actress Mary Kay Place
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Legislature has recognized award-winning actress and Tulsa native Mary Kay Place for her donation to a planned popular culture museum in Tulsa.
The star of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and “The Big Chill” was honored with special receptions in the House and Senate lounges. She donated costumes and other items from her career.
Oklahoma Historical Society officials are lobbying the Legislature to pay for the proposed Tulsa museum. The planned 75,000-square-foot, four-story building would be dedicated to the influence of Oklahoma artists on popular culture. Supporters are also raising private donations.
‘Mockingbird’ author Lee sues over copyright
NEW YORK — The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” has filed a New York lawsuit to resecure the copyright to it.
Monroeville, Ala., resident Harper Lee filed the lawsuit recently in federal court in Manhattan. She seeks unspecified damages from a son-in-law of her former literary agent and related entities.
Lee says the relative failed to properly protect the copyright after the agent who had represented her since the book was published in 1960 became ill a decade ago. The 87-year-old author says he took advantage of her declining hearing and eyesight seven years ago to get her to assign the book’s copyright to him.
The former agent’s son-in-law didn’t return a call.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” won the Pulitzer for fiction. The film version won three Academy Awards.
Musical of ‘Rocky’ heading to Broadway
NEW YORK — Sylvester Stallone hopes a musical based on his beloved boxing film “Rocky” will be a hit on Broadway.
Producers said they plan to get “Rocky” up and punching at the Winter Garden by February following a successful debut in Germany last fall.
Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film, the musical features a score by “Ragtime” veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The musical stays close to the film, which tells of the rise and romance of amateur boxer Rocky Balboa.
Church, Lambert, Bryan lead for CMTs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert are the lead nominees for this year’s CMT Music Awards.
The trio of country music’s newest stars are nominated for the top honor, video of the year, along with nine others.
The show airs live June 5 on CMT from Nashville, Tenn. Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell host. Other nominees include Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
A news release says fan voting is open at the network’s website until June 2. Six finalists for video of the year will be announced at the top of the show, and fans will choose a winner during the broadcast.
Bacharach, Costello aiming for Broadway
NEW YORK — One of television’s most successful sitcom writers is joining with Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello to create a musical based on the artists’ 1998 album “Painted From Memory.”
Bacharach said that Chuck Lorre, creator of “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory,” wants to write a story to go with the music.
The dark and lush album was an unusual collaboration between a pop classicist and an Englishman who usually traffics in rock ’n’ roll. They earned a Grammy for one of its songs, “I Still Have That Other Girl.” Given the songs’ subject matter, Bacharach said the show “won’t be a comedy.” He declined to give details of the story Lorre was writing for the musical. They’re hoping the show makes it to Broadway.
Costello said he and Bacharach are writing additional music for the show.
Jessie Mueller (left) and Matthew Broderick during a performance of “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” in New York. Producers announced that the production will play its final performance on Broadway on June 15. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)×
Pulitzer Prize-winning Alabama author, Harper Lee. (AP Photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)×
Sylvester Stallone hopes a musical based on his beloved boxing film “Rocky” will be a hit on Broadway. Producers say they hope to get “Rocky” up and punching at the Winter Garden by February. AP Photo/United Artists×
Country singer Eric Church performs in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Church, (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP, file)×
Eight-time Grammy Award winning American composer Burt Bacharach. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP, File)×
Musician Elvis Costello performs at Carnegie Hall, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)×