Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Waterston to Be Reunited with `Fly Away' Co-Star

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Waterston to Be Reunited with `Fly Away' Co-Star

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THE transcendent Regina Taylor of "I'll Fly Away" returns to television Wednesday night, joining former co-star Sam Waterston as a guest on his new series, "Law & Order" - and I demand credit for the whole thing.

Last summer in Los Angeles, when Waterston and "L&O" creator Dick Wolf met the press, a lot of people gathered around Wolf afterward, and a few of us gathered around Waterston. I asked about Taylor, and the tightly wound Waterston smiled his first smile of the afternoon.

"Ah, Regina, Regina - she's amazing," he said, adding that she was keeping very busy doing one-woman shows. "Why not have her on `Law & Order'?" I suggested. About that time, Wolf walked over to take Waterston away, and Waterston said, "Hey, tell the producer that." I did.

OK, maybe they'd have thought of it without me. But it will be nifty to see Taylor again in any case. The show's on at 9 p.m. on Channel 5; she's playing a "high-powered city attorney who accuses a high-ranking official" of a sex crime.

David who? Jimmy Smits' debut last week on "NYPD Blue" helped give the post-Caruso show its second-biggest audience ever, about 25.7 million viewers. "Blue," with a 28 percent share of the viewers, beat Part II of CBS' "Scarlett," with a 25 share.

The final, official "Scarlett" numbers for last week aren't in yet, but the ratings seemed to be falling short of the level the network guaranteed sponsors. In that case, the network would have to offer them advertising spots at reduced rates.

That NBC "exclusive" on last week's David Smith interview wasn't really as exclusive as it seemed. On Tuesday's "Nightly News With Tom Brokaw," viewers were told they were watching an excerpt from an exclusive Katie Couric interview with Smith, whose wife, Susan, is accused of killing their sons. At the same time, however, "The CBS Evening News" and "ABC World News" were airing other interviews with Smith. A NBC spokeswoman told Newsday, "We realized it was confusing, and we knew that it was not an evening news exclusive. But our intention was to promote Katie's interview on `Dateline' as a prime-time exclusive."

When Ted Koppel spent a night in jail last week, it was really rough. …

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