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Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet

The 15 hottest topics the week of May 15, 1998

1 A CURE FOR CANCER
The good news is they’ve got a medicine that’s shown positive results in mice. The bad news? Nice tail, buddy.

2 DEEP IMPACT
A giant comet is headed toward Earth. Scientists’ advice: Wear clean underwear.

3 BILL GATES
He reportedly paid more than $30 million for a Winslow Homer painting. A magnet holds it to his refrigerator door.

4 WITNESS TO THE MOB
The true story of a mass murderer and his shady friends. The twist? They weren’t pro athletes.

5 DON JOHNSON
He’ll be getting married for the fourth time, but this time for all the right reasons. They’re both deeply in love with him.

6 SEINFELD
There are many goodbye parties planned for the final episode. The biggest ones will be at ABC and CBS.

7 CHOCOLATE
Experts say a severe shortage may be coming. If there’s one thing you don’t want to hear about a snack food, it’s that it’s spinach covered.

8 CANNES
For two weeks the French resort becomes the capital of greed, insincerity, and excess. Then it’s back to L.A.

9 MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT
They have strict rules. Your collagen and saline together must be less than 20 percent of your body weight.

10 DAYTIME EMMYS
One of the few awards you can get for locking your enemy in a room and marrying her husband.

11 ELLEN
Some say the show became too preoccupied with sex. Unlike, say, Ally McBeal and Just Shoot Me.

12 INDIGO GIRLS
A South Carolina high school wouldn’t let them perform because they’re gay. Of course, usually they just sing during concerts.

13 CHARLTON HESTON
He’s challenging Barbra Streisand on the gun-control message in her TV movie. How can you argue when Moses commands, ”Thou Shalt Lock ‘n’ Load”?

14 THE NANNY
The season ends with a wedding. Next year we may hear a baby crying – or is that Fran laughing?

15 WORLD’S WORST DRIVERS CAUGHT ON TAPE
Fox’s latest reality show. It’ll be filmed on location in New Jersey.