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Fox has picked up "Brothers," a comedy featuring former NFLer and current Fox NFL analyst MICHAEL STRAHAN, as part of its fall primetime lineup, according to Gary Levin of USA TODAY. The show features Strahan playing an "ex-football star who spars with his wheelchair-bound brother." DARYL "CHILL" MITCHELL, CARL WEATHERS and CCH POUNDER also star in the show (USA TODAY, 5/18). The show is "rumored for the less desirable 7:30 pm Sunday berth, often pre-empted by NFL games" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 5/18). The show had been rumored as a midseason replacement, but it "may make sense on Sundays during football season" with Strahan's involvement (DAILY VARIETY, 5/18).
Bradford Has Been Invited To Play
Himself In New Film "Moneyball"
NOTES: A documentary focusing on former NBAer WAYMAN TISDALE's battle with cancer "is scheduled for a November release." BILL KURTIS and SHALEELA HASSAN are co-producing "SOUNDS OF FAITH: THE WAYMAN TISDALE STORY," proceeds of which will benefit the Wayman Tisdale Foundation. Tisdale died Friday at the age of 44 from the disease (TULSA WORLD, 5/16)....Detroit Free Press columnist MITCH ALBOM and director KEVIN SMITH "will be teaming up for a movie adaptation" of the late WARREN ZEVON song "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)." Smith is hoping to begin the project in either '10 or '11 (MTV.com, 5/14).
At Age Of 82
FOUNDING FATHER: FRANK MUNDY, who was "part of a group of drivers, owners and mechanics who met in Daytona Beach to form" NASCAR in '47, passed away Thursday at the age of 90 from complications from a fall and related health issues (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/18).
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) CEO TOM REDDIN Friday confirmed that he has "resigned for personal reasons from the organization." Reddin: "When I made the decision to do this I thought it could be done with me at the race track about 12 weekends a year. As I've gotten to learn, it takes a lot more. That's just the reality of what it takes in this business." Reddin said that he "will remain as a consultant." Reddin: "I think we'll have a strong transition period. I feel confident that we are on the right track here and I think you'll see us win some races this year." RPM Principal FOSTER GILLETT said that it is "too early to determine whether someone will be named CEO or if Reddin's responsibilities would be assigned to other members of RPM's management team" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/16)....Lightning Exec VP/Corporate Sales & Marketing HARRY HUTT Tuesday was let go by the team after four and a half years (THE DAILY)....The Astros named MLB.com Astros beat reporter ALYSON FOOTER Senior Dir of Digital Media, effective June 1. Footer previously worked for the Astros from '97-'00 (Astros).
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President Obama Friday Hosted Phillies At
White House To Honor '08 World Series Title
WORDS OF WISDOM: MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG yesterday, delivering the commencement address at the Univ. of Wisconsin, talked about "how he dreamed of living a 'baseball life' while a college student." Selig used his story "as an example for graduates, whom he encouraged to dream big and not be afraid of failure." Selig: "In baseball, as in life ... hope and faith are critical to success. Take advantage of these difficult times because if you have hope and faith, if you are smart and tenacious and dedicated and willing to sacrifice, you can make a difference and make this a better world. And don't be afraid of failure" (AP, 5/17).
BACK ON THE ROAD: In N.Y., Charles McGrath wrote late author JACK KEROUAC "obsessively played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention," a hobby that "even close friends ... never knew about." Kerouac collected stats and notes, which are now part of the Jack Kerouac Archive at the Berg Collection of the N.Y. Public Library, and the library this week will publish "KEROUAC AT BAT: FANTASY SPORTS & THE KING OF THE BEATS." The 75-page collection, written by curator ISAAC GEWIRTZ, will be on sale exclusively at the library's gift shop, "at least for now" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/16).
SITTING DUCK: Ducks GM BOB MURRAY Thursday night after Red Wings-Ducks Game Seven at Joe Louis Arena was interviewed by Detroit police, "but was not charged" after TV stage manager RACHEL PARIS claimed that Murray "hit her in the left chest, arm and shoulder with a chair" following the Ducks' loss. Murray denied throwing a chair at Paris, and said, "It was a complete accident. I've spoken with her and cleared it all up" (L.A. TIMES, 5/16).
Actors Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Attend
Sunday's Celtics-Magic Game Seven In Boston