updated 07/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Magic Johnson's late-night talk show, The Magic Hour, is a mere three weeks old, but with its poor reviews and so-so ratings, some are already comparing it with Chevy Chase's 1993 talk show, which was canceled after six weeks. According to one source close to the show, Magic needs to rebound—and fast: "If six weeks from now the numbers haven't grown and Magic's performance isn't better, I'd say this isn't going to happen." But a spokeswoman for Twentieth Television, which distributes the syndicated show, insists the company remains committed and has had no trouble booking such top talent as Tom Cruise. Johnson himself has no plans to throw in the towel. "I feel more and more at home with each show," he says, "and I look forward to being around for a long time."

Is it a coincidence that four songs in Armageddon's soundtrack are by Aerosmith, the band fronted by Steven Tyler, father of Liv Tyler, who costars with Bruce Willis in the movie? The answer, according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is yes and no. He and Armageddon director Michael Bay, both Aerosmith fans, had already chosen two of the group's songs for the movie. In hopes of persuading Aerosmith to write some original material, Bruckheimer invited the band members and their wives to view 50 minutes of the film. "When we raised the lights, they all had tears in their eyes," says Bruckheimer. "There was a very emotional scene between Bruce and Liv. Believe me, that's what hooked Steven."

Speculation continues about what led to the tragic murder-suicide of Phil and Brynn Hartman. Ron del Barrio, Phil's golf instructor and pal, says that during a golf outing shortly before he died, Phil got a call from a friend in New York City telling him that Brynn was having an affair. "Aw, shut up," was Phil's annoyed response. But a short time later, a visibly distraught Hartman left the golf outing early.

They've made gazillions and become famous exploring all things strange and spooky, but in real life none of The X-Files gang I spoke to at the film's L.A. premiere had ever had a paranormal experience. Actor William B. Davis, who plays "Cigarette Smoking Man," said he is quite certain that X-Files-type phenomena don't exist. Gillian Anderson said she is open to possibilities but hasn't seen any hard evidence. Despite his fevered imagination, even The X-Files creator Chris Carter, to his disappointment, has found reality as it is popularly perceived to be frustratingly pervasive. "I'm dying to have a paranormal experience," he says. "But so far, it hasn't happened."

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