Let's catch up on a bit of television entertainment news with a bit of this, that and the other
. . . DELTA vs. PRODUCERS, CONT'D: Fans of "Designing Women" aren't the only ones who wish Delta Burke would just calm down and shut up. Jeff Sagansky, the president of CBS Entertainment, says that he's told Burke to "cool it" several times - as a matter of fact he says he's told her "over and over and over."Sagansky further reports that, each time, Burke has promised her dispute with producers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason will end. Then she shows up on "The Barbara Walters Special" or "Arsenio Hall" and reignites the controversy.
While Sagansky said he expects Burke to remain with "Designing Women" - one of CBS' biggest hits - he left no doubt whose side he's on in the dispute. He made a point of saying he believed the show could survive Burke's departure, should it come to that.
And he used the example of "Cheers," which was thought to be in desperate trouble when Shelley Long left. All it's done in the succeeding four years is become the most popular show on television.
Rumors are swirling about who would replace Burke if she leaves "Designing Women." The current frontrunner in this game of speculation is Loni Anderson, formerly of "WKRP in Cincinnati." (Any replacement would play a different character, not Burke's Suzanne Sugarbaker.)
Making Anderson seem an extremely likely candidate is the fact that she's married to Burt Reynolds - star and co-executive producer of the Thomasons' other sitcom, "Evening Shade."
Stay tuned for the further adventures of "The Perils of Delta."
"DYNASTY" REDUX? Stephen S. Cramer, co-executive producer of the canceled "Dynasty," says he's still trying to put together a finale to the long-running prime-time soaper.
When "Dynasty" finally bit the dust a couple of seasons ago, there was never any conclusion to any of the storylines - no "final episode" was ever shot.
Cramer says he's trying to sign all the original actors - including John Forsythe, Joan Collins and Linda Evans - for a four-hour movie that will finally bring an end to the travails of all those Carringtons and Colbys.
He's got a few hurdles to clear in order to bring this off, however. He's got to sign those actors, get ABC to agree, deal with the fact that all those elaborate sets were torn down years ago - and hope that there are still some viewers out there who can remember what was going on when the series was canceled.
IS `DALLAS' DONE FOR? Speaking of prime-time soaps, the granddaddy of them all may be about to breathe its last.
"Dallas," which spent several seasons as the most popular show on TV but has plummeted in the ratings, is apparently about to lose its title as the longest-running entertainment show on TV.
"I think `Dallas' is probably in its last year, although we haven't definitely made that decision yet," Sagansky said last week.
I don't think even J.R. can think up any plan devious enough to keep the Ewings from riding into the sunset.
NEW CBS SERIES: Quick. What do Carrie Fisher, Stephen King and Rob Reiner all have in common?
Would you believe that they're all developing series for CBS?
Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" movies, won't be acting in her as-yet untitled series. But her mother, Debbie Reynolds, will.
It'll be an hourlong drama about the relationships among a grandmother, her daughter and granddaughter. "This will be an outrageous show, unlike anything that you see on television next season because of the treatment of the characters," Sagansky promises.
The series is scheduled to debut in the fall.
King and Reiner are both working on summer series. King will bring us "Golden Years," a one-hour serialized drama with a fantasy premise.
"This is really Stephen King at his best," Sagansky said. "It's very surprising and lyrical. And Stephen King is going to be involved with the writing, and will be staying with the series to do a long-term story arc."
Just try to remember "Stand By Me" and forget about "Cujo" and "Pet Sematary."
Reiner, who co-starred as Mike on "All In the Family," also won't be acting in "Partners in Life." Now a successful movie director ("The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally"), Reiner will be behind the camera for this "half-hour physical comedy."
"This is Rob's very ambitious attempt at a television series in the spirit of the old Laurel and Hardy and Mack Sennett two-reelers from silent film days," Sagansky said.
The network has also announced a couple of reality-based summer series we'll see soon. "The Verdict" will report on various sides of a single trial in each 30-minute installment.
And "True Detectives" is a half-hour series about "average people who have solved mysteries in their lives." The network aired an hourlong pilot a few weeks ago, but KSL pre-empted it locally.
BOCHCO STRIKES AGAIN: When producer Steven Bochco (creator of "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law") came up with "Doogie Howser, M.D.," people thought it was . . . well, strange.
A show about a 16-year-old doctor? Get real!
To follow that up, Bochco created "Cop Rock," a singing, dancing, bleeding show about police officers.
Now that was strange.
But the failure of "Cop Rock" has left Bochco undaunted. His next project is "Capital Critters" - a show about a family of mice that lives at the White House.
I'm not even going to guess what might be next.