- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Post-‘Friends’ gig

Actor David Schwimmer of “Friends” fame couldn’t resist having a hand in the indie comedy “Run, Fat Boy, Run” after reading the script.

Now that he’s finished with the long-running sitcom, the actor has plenty of time to kill. So he’s gearing up to direct the comedy about a hefty guy who tries to win back his girlfriend by running the New York City Marathon, Associated Press reports.

“I’ve been waiting for the right feature comedy to direct and am so happy to have found ‘Run, Fat Boy, Run,’” Mr. Schwimmer told the Hollywood Reporter.

It won’t be his first time in the director’s chair. Mr. Schwimmer helmed 10 “Friends” episodes and is in line to direct several segments of its spinoff, “Joey,” starring fellow “Friends” alum Matt LeBlanc.

NBC’s lei-up

Even the most pedestrian crime drama perks up when placed in the lush tropical setting of our 50th state.

NBC must have known that at some point in the production of “Hawaii,” its new cop drama, debuting tonight at 8.

The show, which stars “ER” alum Sharif Atkins and “Terminator” veteran Michael Biehn, revisits the same old car chases, setups and bland cop banter from a half-dozen other shows.

But it sure looks pretty.

The well-scrubbed cast — which includes “10.5” co-star Ivan Sergei and Aya Sumika as the object of Mr. Atkins’ affections — doesn’t hurt, either.

Set on the island of Oahu, tonight’s series opener finds the cops in question trying to solve a case involving four severed heads and a murder weapon that leaves marks suspiciously like a shark’s ravenous maw.

Mr. Biehn has never been a dynamic performer, but his laid-back cool is a fitting counterbalance to Mr. Atkins’ “playah” posturing. The “ER” vet seems better suited to less ostentatious roles.

The hourlong debut passes without too much discomfort — minus a preposterous wrap-up to the show’s opening car chase.

McRaney show on hold

Gerald McRaney, star of the WB’s new “Commando Nanny,” underwent surgery Monday to remove a small cancerous growth from his lung, Reuters News Agency reports.

The show is based on the true-life experience of its producer, “Survivor” Svengali Mark Burnett, a former military man who found himself tending to Beverly Hills youngsters.

“Commando’s” expected Sept. 17 start date will be pushed back several weeks, but the show remains on the WB’s fall schedule.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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