The Insider

updated 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS and David Kelley, executive producer of the Emmy-winning Picket Fences, are each trying to give Chicago Hope, their new hospital drama, a fighting chance. Last week the network decided to move the Thursday night show back an hour, so that it wouldn't have to square off at 10 p.m. with NBC's more popular ER. As for Kelley, he's trying to give Hope costars Mandy Patinkin and Hector Elizondo higher profiles by having them appear in an upcoming episode of Picket Fences. In the show, set to air on Nov. 11 during the network's sweeps period, Fyvush Finkel's character, lawyer Douglas Wambaugh, takes ill and has to be brought to—where else?—Chicago Hope, where he is treated successfully by Patinkin and Elizondo.


During recent interviews to promote his autobiography, The Kid Stays in the Picture, producer Robert Evans magnanimously proclaimed, among other things, that he planned to throw a lavish 25th anniversary party for himself and ex-wife Ali MacGraw. Though the couple, who were married on Oct. 24, 1969, and divorced in 1972, are not romantically involved, they remain close. MacGraw has been living alone in a guest house on Evans' Hollywood Hills property since her own house was destroyed in the 1993 Malibu fires.

Now, though, it seems that Evans' party plans have been scuttled. Why? A source in the catering community tells us that Evans had "no budget to put on such a party." But Evans' rep insists simply that Evans will be out of town on Oct. 24. When we asked MacGraw about it, she said philosophically, "Maybe next year."


The already rotund Marlon Brando seems to be getting bigger. According to a source on the set of Don Juan de Marco and the Centerfold, the legendary actor's upcoming movie with Johnny Depp, Brando "gained an entire suit size" during a production hiatus. "A new suit had to be made for him," says the source.

But that doesn't mean the big guy was unfriendly. The usually reclusive Brando made himself available to virtually everyone on the set. Our source says Brando even hung a sign on his dressing room trailer that read, "Don't knock. Just come on in."

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