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December 11, 2000
Did you catch Martina Navratilova's surprise cameo last month on NBC's Will and Grace? She played herself during a flashback sequence in which she's dumped by the hard-partying Karen in a 1980s disco. Co-executive producer David Kohan says he plans to work other sports figures into the show, which won't be a stretch because Will will soon start dating a male sportswriter. Kohan is already planning a scene in the Knicks locker room and would love to have such players as Marcus Camby and Larry Johnson involved. Says Kohan, "Come on, a guy named Johnson in a men's locker room with two gay leads. Imagine the possibilities."
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December 11, 2000

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Did you catch Martina Navratilova's surprise cameo last month on NBC's Will and Grace? She played herself during a flashback sequence in which she's dumped by the hard-partying Karen in a 1980s disco. Co-executive producer David Kohan says he plans to work other sports figures into the show, which won't be a stretch because Will will soon start dating a male sportswriter. Kohan is already planning a scene in the Knicks locker room and would love to have such players as Marcus Camby and Larry Johnson involved. Says Kohan, "Come on, a guy named Johnson in a men's locker room with two gay leads. Imagine the possibilities."

...Pro volleyball player cover girl Gabrielle Reece is preparing for the next stage of her career: pro golfer. Reece (right), who first hit the links in January, is working with a club pro in L.A. and hopes to qualify for the LPGA's Q school in August 2002. "It's humbling," says Reece, "but I love the grinding. It's an opportunity to continue trying to master myself."

...Geri Halliwell, the artist formerly known as Ginger Spice, is becoming a regular at Mavericks games in Dallas. Halliwell first appeared courtside in early November, wearing point guard Steve Nash's number 13 jersey. She returned for the Nov. 25 game against the Nuggets and was later spotted with Nash in a restaurant. Nash says the two are friends and have plans to see each other again....

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is reportedly close to a deal with ABC to turn the film Remember the Titans into a weekly series. No word on casting....

In addition to producing the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show for CBS, MTV will create much of the pregame programming. Already scheduled: a special edition of TRL, the music channel's most popular show, rechristened for the event with the ungainly title of CBS Sports Presents: MTV's TRL @ The Super Bowl.

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