The Insider

updated 09/06/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT


The bar called Cheers has finally closed its doors, so how are the stars of the show doing?

Troubled Kelsey Grammer has a spin-off series, Frasier, which NBC premieres later this month. Ted Dan-son, shooting the comedy Getting Even with Dad with Macaulay Culkin, may loosen up about his relationship with Whoopi Goldberg when he acts as roast-master at a Friar's Club do honoring her Oct. 8 in New York City. Kirstie Alley has wrapped Look Who's Talking Now, the third installment of her big-screen series with John Travolta. Woody Harrelson has just finished playing a murderer in the Oliver Stone black comedy Natural Born Killers and will soon start The Cowboy Way with Kiefer Sutherland. After appearing in the off-Broadway comedy about male bonding, Wild Men!, George Wendt is vacationing with his family.

Move over, Mr. Washington and Mr. Gate. The hardest-working man in show business now has his own bridge. Located in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the recently named James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge, spanning the Yampa River, got its name as the result of an informal newspaper poll taken among Routt County's 14,500 soulful residents. Brown won by 258 votes over the second-place entry, the New Stockbridge, but both sides claimed ballot-stuffing. Still, with a dedication ceremony envisioned for later this month, Brown feels good, if not truly ecstatic. Brown spokesperson Bonnie Hilton Sweeney says the singer will attend "if his schedule permits."

Okay, okay, so your kids have all the Jurassic Park paraphernalia. Now brace yourself for Beavis and Butt-Head. During the coming year, MTV's top-rated retro-rats are expected to provide a financial bonanza for the network and their creator, Mike Judge. Not only are a Beavis and Butt-Head animated Christmas special and a feature film in the works, but by year's end the discriminating viewer could be the proud possessor of such products as Beavis and ButtHead T-shirts, boxer shorts, figurines, tattoos and greeting cards. Callaway Editions, the company that packaged Madonna's book, Sex, is dangling a book about the boys before publishers.

By day, she's Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210; by night, she's Shannen Doherty, one of the regulars at L.A.'s trendy, pretendy Roxbury Club on Sunset Boulevard, where 90210-ers and wannabes stomp and tromp. But come this Friday (Sept. 3), the Roxbury plays host to subversives: Kerin Morataya, 23, and Darby Romeo, 25, who have parlayed their 1992 I Hate Brenda Newsletter (P, Feb. 22, 1993) into a book (due in October from Pinnacle Books) and a funky, tongue-in-cheek album, Hating Brenda, with musical help from producer Tom Grimley. Some 300 celebs are being invited to the record release party at the club, to hear songs like "Brenda Can't Dance to This" and "Every Day Is Brenda Day." Among the invitees are actor Johnny Depp, grunge rockers Pearl Jam and the whole 90210 cast, even Shannen. "She's more than welcome to come," says Morataya. "Whether she has a good enough sense of humor, we'll just have to see."

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