Friday, April 11, 2003

Opera house site of 'Odd' reunion

Newberry, S.C. -- The two halves of "The Odd Couple" had an emotional reunion at the Newberry Opera House.

Tony Randall surprised his '70s sitcom co-star, Jack Klugman, after the second curtain call of "On Golden Pond," in which Klugman stars.

The opera house's director, Deborah Smith, said Randall walked on stage Tuesday just as Klugman glanced to see whether he was getting flowers.

"The expression on his face was absolutely incredible," Smith said. "I don't think there was a dry eye either on stage or in the audience."

She said the two hugged and laughed, getting a standing ovation from the moved audience. "It was one of the most emotional moments I've ever seen in theater," Smith said.

Klugman, 80, played unkempt sportswriter Oscar Madison, while Randall, 83, played fastidious Felix Unger in the series. "The Odd Couple" drew its comedy from the two disparate men who try to share an apartment after their divorces.

Diggs snags 'West Wing' stint

Los Angeles -- Hard-working leading man Taye Diggs will do a guest spot on "The West Wing" in two episodes that will air during May sweeps.

Diggs will first appear in the episode "Commencement" and will play a secret service agent assigned to watch over first daughter Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) at her college graduation and subsequent trip to Europe.

The last high-profile actor to play a "West Wing" body guard was Mark Harmon, whose character briefly flirted with press secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) before getting killed in a convenience store robbery last season.

This spring, Diggs will appear on the big screen in "Basic" and "Malibu's Most Wanted." Last year, his seeming movie-a-week pace included "Brown Sugar," "Equilibrium" and a co-starring role in "Chicago."

'Pacey' gives rehab a shot

Raleigh, N.C. -- "Dawson's Creek" co-star Joshua Jackson was accepted into an alcohol education program after his arrest at a hockey game.

Jackson was placed in the program Wednesday after admitting he was drunk and disruptive at a Nov. 9 Carolina Hurricanes game. The 24-year-old plays Pacey on the WB television drama, which has been filmed mostly in Wilmington during its six-year run.

The series' two-hour finale airs Monday.

Jackson originally was charged with being drunk and disruptive by fighting and simple assault for allegedly grabbing a security guard around the neck and striking him. After he was arrested, he was tested at the jail and his blood alcohol content showed 0.14.