Word is that St. Elsewhere's Dr. Peter White (portrayed by Terence Knox), who is believed to be St. Eligius Hospital's resident rapist, exits abruptly on this week's episode. Nurse Shirley Daniels (Ellen Bry) lures him into a storeroom, pulls a gun from under her skirt and plugs him full of lead. For a while no one at the hospital will know whodunit. But Daniels, distraught by the incident, will make a dramatic confession on the Nov. 21 episode as she's about to jump from the hospital roof. Though she doesn't take the big plunge, the producers may still write her out of the show. But don't be too quick to write off the rapist. Insiders say there's a copycat on the loose in the hospital....
As for other prime-time plot twists, on the Nov. 7 episode of Dynasty, Joan Collins' character, Alexis Carrington, is convicted of murdering tennis pro Mark Jennings. A tough prosecutor, played by Jeff Pomerantz, and a surprise witness will turn the jury against her.
A reactivated Burt Reynolds is back working on his troubled crime flick, Stick, which was due out last August. Reynolds, who directs and stars in the movie, shut down production this summer because of varied illnesses that put him out of action for months. Apparently he now wants to reshoot some scenes and there has been talk of replacing newcomer Shana Rodman, who plays his daughter in the film. Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton was approached about the part but said she wasn't interested.
Dorothy Hamill is negotiating with ABC to play Olympic skater-film star Sonja Henie in an upcoming biopic....
John (Places in the Heart) Malkovich, who has starred with Dustin Hoffman in Death of a Salesman on Broadway, is considering an offer to play the lead role in the as-yet-untitled Sam Shepard play that's heading for off-Broadway early next year. He won an Obie for his work in Shepard's True West last year....
Kirstie Alley will play Gloria Steinem in an ABC-TV movie titled A Bunny's Tale, about Steinem's undercover work as a Playboy bunny for her 1963 Show magazine exposé on Hugh Hefner's hutch.
It's still too soon to tell whether NBC's new series It's Your Move, starring Jason Bateman and David Garrison, will survive its first season. But Garrison is cautiously optimistic. Although the latest Nielsen ratings rank the series a shaky 45th among some 65 prime-time shows, Garrison contends, "Things look good. They recently gave us chairs with our names on them. If they take away the chairs, I'll get worried."
One of the scenes director Brian DePalma cut from his new sex thriller, Body Double, wasn't lewd, raunchy or even violent. It was shot at L.A.'s tony eatery Spago, where the film's Craig Wasson and Melanie Griffith were supposed to mix with beautiful people played by extras. Problem was, the extras weren't beautiful enough for DePalma. "Spago is young and hip," says DePalma. "I wanted glamorous extras. Instead I got extras from the stuffed shirt school. They looked like they were from The Great Gatsby." The cast and crew frantically recruited their friends and spouses (including Melanie's husband, Scarf ace's Steven Bauer) for the scene, but to no avail. Spago, except for a brief glimpse of its bar, fell to the cutting room floor. Explains DePalma: "It slowed down the story line." So much for Hollywood's fast track.
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