- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Clint’s ‘Blood’ baby

We’ve grown used to Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning ways, courtesy of “Unforgiven,” “Mystic River” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

But not every Eastwood film is received so warmly.

Take “Blood Work,” the actor-director’s 2002 crime thriller. The movie withered at the box office and didn’t make many critics’ “year’s best” lists, to say the least.

Viewers can judge for themselves at 8 tonight on TNT. “Blood Work” stars Mr. Eastwood as an FBI investigator recovering from heart surgery and dealing with a murder with ties to his medical condition. The film co-stars Anjelica Huston, Jeff Daniels and Dylan Walsh.

Pilot proceedings

Christopher Lloyd has rediscovered his funny bone.

The “Taxi” star is returning to sitcom life as part of a new comedy co-starring “Baywatch’s” Pamela Anderson, Reuters News Agency reports.

Fox’s “Stacked,” the show’s working title, stars Miss Anderson as a bookstore employee trying to change her life and her taste in men. Bad boys are out and regular Joes are in, or so she thinks. Mr. Lloyd will play an eccentric customer.

Mr. Lloyd most recently co-starred on CBS’ critically praised drama “Clubhouse.”

The announcement reflects just one in a flurry of moves by Fox meant to shore up its fall TV slate.

Fox also tabbed Tom Berenger (“Platoon”) for its one-hour pilot “Amy Coyne,” which stars Ashley Williams as a young woman who inherits her father’s sports agency. Mr. Berenger plays an associate at the agency who was the No. 2 under the woman’s father and now becomes a mentor to her.

Mr. Berenger most recently starred in USA Network’s series “Peacemakers” and will be seen next in the TNT miniseries “Into the West.”

Luke Perry of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame will team with Jason Gedric for “Ticket to Ride,” about a group of people from all walks of life who share a major lottery prize.

‘Mork’ redux

NBC has greenlighted “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Mork & Mindy,’ ” which will examine the rise of the quirky ‘70s-‘80s comedy that made Robin Williams a star — and introduced terms such as “shazbot” and “nanoo-nanoo” into our culture.

Relative unknown Chris Diamantopoulos (NBC’s “American Dreams”) will portray the young Mr. Williams in the telepicture, which will present a no-holds-barred look at the series’s four-year run. NBC promises network infighting, as well as Mr. Williams’ struggle with overnight fame.

Erinn Hayes (“Significant Others”) will stand in for “Mork” co-star Pam Dawber, and Daniel Roebuck of the TV film “The Late Shift” will play sitcom producer Garry Marshall.

A “Happy Days” spinoff, “Mork & Mindy” followed a loveable space alien (Mr. Williams) via his friendship with a pretty Earth girl (Miss Dawber). The show let a young Mr. Williams uncork his madcap impersonations and dizzying free associations, with occasionally inspired results.

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