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Highway Patrol wants felony charge for Conrad

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 16, 2003

The California Highway Patrol will recommend a felony charge against Robert Conrad, whose car crashed head-on into another vehicle two weeks ago, seriously injuring the driver, police said.

Conrad, best known for his roles in Baa Baa Black Sheep and The Wild Wild West, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after the March 31 crash on Highway 4 near Arnold.

Police wouldn't release details of Conrad's blood-alcohol test, but said Monday the results will warrant the felony charge of driving under the influence with injury to another person.

Police listed Conrad's age at 74. Television and film reference guides report the actor is 68.

In TV news ...

Friday afternoon, Blair took time out from his schedule to record several lines of dialogue. In the episode, titled "Regina Monologues," Blair will give tourist advice to the visiting Simpsons

TNN CHANGING NAME: TNN is driving a Spike through its countrified image.

The cable network, which is in the process of reshaping its lineup to become a destination for male viewers, is also changing its name. Starting June 16, the channel, which began as The Nashville Network, will leave Music City and become Spike TV.

CBS SHOWS GROW: CBS is taking a page from rival NBC's sweeps playbook and upsizing the season finales of two of the network's most popular shows.

The season-ending episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond and CSI: Miami will each go 15 minutes longer than usual. Both finales are scheduled for May 19.

Still Standing, which normally airs between the two shows, ends its first season May 12.

Madonna to debut video

A newly created performance-only video for Madonna's American Life will see its world premiere tonight at 10:30 on VH1. The clip will air after the cable channel's special Madonna Speaks, in which the artist discusses fame and the state of the world with actor Megan Mullally (NBC's Will & Grace) and, in a separate interview, the decision to pull the original American Life video. The album is due April 22, the same day Madonna will perform live for an MTV special, Madonna On Stage & On the Record.

Naples conductor resigns

Erich Kunzel has resigned from his 10-year post as principal pops conductor of the Naples Philharmonic, the Naples Daily News reports. In a letter to Philharmonic CEO Myra Daniels, Kunzel said he needed to cut back his "overcrowded schedule" and take more time off.

Kunzel, longtime music director of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, is one of the most traveled pops conductors in the United States, appearing frequently with the Boston Pops and the Chicago Symphony and in annual Fourth of July concerts with the National Symphony of Washington. He stepped down as pops music director of the Indianapolis Symphony last year. He has made more than 100 recordings.

Daniels told the newspaper guest conductors will lead Naples pops concerts next season.

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