DIVA SWITCH You’ll still be able to see Mariah Carey sing on Monday morning, but you’ll have to change the channel: CBS had announced that Carey would be singing from Central Park on Bryant Gumbel’s first edition of ”The Early Show,” but after the network had trouble getting the permits to stage this mini-concert, Carey’s publicist called NBC’s ”Today” and booked the singer there instead. ”For two months, we’ve been waiting for the permit,” Carey’s publicist told Variety. ”Without the permit, we couldn’t promote it. We started to get very nervous. I had to go somewhere where I knew it would unequivocally happen.” The senior executive producer of the CBS show exhibited the kind of TV-producer cool shown only to the media: ”This happens all the time,” said Steve Friedman. ”People fall in and out of the schedule We’re not going to air color bars on Monday.” Perhaps five minutes of Gumbel freestyle-rapping a tune called ”Katie Couric kicks puppies”?
REEL DEALS Rock & roll makes strange bedfellows: Courtney Love has bought the movie rights to the Bay City Roller biography ”Bye Bye Baby,” and plans to direct the film herself, according to MTV News. Love discovered the book when she reviewed it for the London Observer…. Columbia has signed ”The Sopranos” creator David Chase to write and direct his first movie, ”Female Suspects,” a comedy about a female sociologist who gets sucked into a life of crime when she makes a study of New Jersey petty thieves…. The creators of ”Once and Again” and ”thirtysomething” — Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz — have signed to develop another series for Fox, this time about young siblings in Manhattan who undoubtedly will find time to fit in some angst…. Peter Hyams (who directed Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming ”End of Days”) will take over Paramount’s ”The Core,” an action tale about a group of adventurers deployed to the center of the earth to stop a chemical accident that could destroy the planet. The difference between a ragtag group that goes INTO the earth rather than AWAY from it will no doubt make this an entirely different movie from ”Armageddon.” Yeah, entirely.
ROCK COMMUNISM There’s nothing sweeter than rockers helping rockers: Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst has directed the video for Korn‘s ”Falling Away From Me,” the first single from the band’s new album ”Issues.” The video should premiere in November.
TV WINNER ”Popular” won the contest with WB, and the network has extended it to a full-season order. The high-school drama is the fourth-highest-rated series among female teens, thereby virtually assuring an ‘N Sync cameo sometime in the next year.
SHORN Sammy Hagar is losing his hair, and no, it’s not from post-Van Halen stress. Hagar is shearing his blond locks to donate them to Locks of Love, a charity organization that turns real hair into hairpieces for underprivileged children who are bald because of medical reasons. Hagar will publicly face the scissors on ”The Tonight Show” on Nov. 12, and if you care enough about what kind of trim the Red Rocker should receive, you can vote on his future hairstyle on his official website.
AXED He shoots, he… misses. Master P (a.k.a. Percy Miller) has been cut by the Toronto Raptors after training camp. (Last year he was cut by the Charlotte Hornets after its camp.) He wasn’t the only one nixed from the team: He departs with former Duke forward Antonio Lang, who unfortunately doesn’t have a multimillion-dollar record label day job to return to.
MUSCLE ROCK Fans of Henry Rollins will get something old and something new (and if they go to a mosh pit at one of his concerts, perhaps something black and something blue). On Nov. 23, Rollins will release remastered versions of his first four post-Black Flag albums (one credited to him, three to the Henry Rollins Band), including the never-released ”Live in Australia 1990,” according to MTV News. And in January, the burly singer will put out a brand new album, ”Get Some Go Again,” backed by new members of the Rollins Band.
OFFSTAGE Due to swollen vocal chords brought on by a case of laryngitis, Andy Williams has had to cancel nearly a month of shows in Branson, Mo., over the Christmas season. ”This is just unheard of,” his spokesperson told the Associated Press. ”He has literally had to cancel maybe a dozen shows, maybe one day here or there, since he started performing as a child.” Pat and Debby Boone have been approached to sub for him, so prepare for an edgier show.
OBITUARY Film composer Frank De Vol died of a heart attack Wednesday at the age of 88. His credits include the scores for over 50 films, including ”Pillow Talk” and ”Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” as well as the TV themes for ”My Three Sons” and ”The Brady Bunch.”