• The latest incarnation of "The Addams Family" -- which has already gone from 1940s cartoon to 1960s TV series to 1990s movie franchise -- is soon to bow on Broadway. The tuner stars Tony champs Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as lovebirds Gomez and Morticia, and they both dispute rumors that they are less than happy with their stage marriage. As Neuwirth puts it, "I think we both have a nice, healthy dose of diva. But we also do really go together. You’ve got the little clown running around, and you have a very still, dry person. That’s a fun pairing." And Lane defends his leading lady's concerns about the dour demeanor of her role. "That’s not a fun thing to play, and it kind of undermined the character. They had to find a wittier way of dealing with it and not make it her main story line." NEW YORK
• NBC has renewed its last remaining soap -- "Days of Our Lives" -- till 2011. While the sudser has contended for best drama series at the daytime Emmys 15 times -- beginning with the first kudos in 1974 -- it has won only once, in 1978. The most recent of its nominations came last year. "Days," which began as a half-hour in 1965 before expanding to an hour a decade later, is one of the only soaps to show year-to-year increases in key demographics.
• Mary Kaye Schilling sat down with Joseph Mazello and James Badge Dale -- two stars of "The Pacific" -- for a freewheeling conversation. "Dale plays PFC Robert Leckie and Mazzello is PFC Eugene Sledge, two men whose subsequent books about the war were used as source material for 'The Pacific' (which airs Sunday nights at 9). Though they filmed virtually no scenes together (the series follows three separate platoons within the First Division Marines in three historic Pacific theater battles), the actors became comrades in adversity." NEW YORK
• "Breaking Bad' begins its third season Sunday on AMC. Bryan Cranston has won the Emmy for best actor in a drama series for each of the first two seasons. Steve Kandell has compiled a super slideshow of the highlights of the series. As he writes in his intro, "if you haven’t already, give in because centering a drama around a nebbishy, cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who squanders his family’s (and the audience’s) sympathy by turning into a cold-blooded meth kingpin is no small feat, and it deserves your attention. You may not feel good, but you’ll feel something." NEW YORK
• While picking up the female star of the year award from ShoWest on Thursday, Katherine Heigl almost dropped her dignity after a shoulder strap snapped. "Heigl desperately tried to maintain her composure as she attempted to stop the dress falling away and exposing her left breast -- until host Billy Bush gallantly stepped in and spared her blushes by holding the outfit in place. After finishing her speech, Heigl headed backstage and repaired the broken strap with a safety pin. WENN
• "9 to 5" failed to make much of an impression on Tony Awards voters last year, landing just a couple of acting nominations (Allison Janney, Marc Kudisch) as well as bids for Dolly Parton who penned the music and lyrics and for choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler who had won a Tony the year before for his work on "In the Heights." However, the national tour is dropping his dance moves as well as the direction of Joe Mantello in favor of Jeff Calhoun, who will handle both tasks. Calhoun said, "I met Dolly Parton as a chorus kid dancing in the film 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' only a few years after '9 to 5' was already a hit movie. It was a thrill to work with her then and an honor and privilege to be entrusted to direct and choreograph this exciting new tour." PLAYBILL
• Brad Brevet has been one busy boy since the Oscars aired just a couple of weeks ago. He has compiled a list of 73 films in contention for the next Academy Awards. They range from "127 Hours" from Oscar-winning helmer Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") to "Your Highness" from David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express"). Oddly enough, both of these movies -- separated by 71 other entries in alphabetical order -- star James Franco. ROPE OF SILICON
• First "Glee" was a Golden-Globe winning TV show, soon it will be a live concert with the cast, and now comes word that it also will be turned into a tuner. Gordon Cox reports that licensing giant Music Theater Intl. -- the same company behind the legit edition of "High School Muscial" -- is in talks with the folks at Fox. As Gordon notes, "a stage adaptation of 'Glee' seems a no-brainer, especially one that could be performed by the real-life counterparts of the singing and dancing teens in the TV show." VARIETY
• The remake of 1970s Friday night TV staple "The Rockford Files" has cast three-time Emmy champ Beau Bridges to play pops to Dermot Mulroney. Mulroney is stepping into the shoes of James Garner, who earned five consecutive Emmy nominations for his work as Jim Rockford, winning in 1977. The TV icon's on-screen dad, Noah Berry Jr., went winless despite three nominations over the six years of the series. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERRELATED POSTS
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Top photo: "The Addams Family" poster. Credit: Lunt-Fontanne Theater
Middle photo: "Breaking Bad" poster. Credit: AMC
Bottom photo: Academy Awards statues. Credit: AMPAS
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