March 11th, 2008 11:22 EST
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Late-Breaking Actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. There were earlier reports late last week that the 55-year-old's chances of recovering were "grim". However, Dr. George Fisher, Swayze's physician, stated on Friday that his patient "has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far."
Swayze began his career as a dancer, and later went into acting. He starred out as a teen idol in 1983's film adaptation of The Outsiders, and broke-out as a leading man in 1987's Dirty Dancing with the famous line "Nobody puts Baby in a corner". Since then, Swayze has starred in Road House (1989), Ghost (1990), Point Break (1991), and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). He and fellow dancer-actress Lisa Niemi have been married for over 30 years.
There'll be more about Patrick Swayze on Entertainment Tonight later this evening, so check your local listings. The will of late actor Heath Ledger was revealed this weekend, as the Australian native left everything to his parents and three sisters. According to the New York Daily News, Ledger's will was filed in 2003; two years before his relationship with Brokeback Mountain co-star Michelle Williams, which led to the birth of their daughter, Mathlida.
Several other documents of Ledger were also filed in the Manhattan Surrogate's Court, which included less than $145,000 in New York assets at the time of his death, a $25,000 Toyota Prius and $20,000 in furniture and fixtures. However, Ledger's father recently made a statement this weekend, stating that granddaughter Mathilda and her mother "will be taken care of" because that is what his son "would want it to be."
Heath Ledger broke his way into Hollywood in the short-lived FOX series, 1997's Roar. A year later, he debuted on the big screen in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, and gone on to impress critics and filmgoers with his Oscar-nominated role as a taciturn gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain. He died in his New York apartment from an accidental drug overdose on January 22. Heath Ledger was only 28 years old.
Renewals Though comedy may be dying, drama is still easy, as the CW Network has renewed three shows for the 2008 season.
Smallville will return for an eighth season, but sources stated that Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk may not return the series as regulars. However, both actors are in talks of continuing Smallville in reoccurring parts right now. Also coming back for next season is the gang of One Tree Hill and the Winchester brothers on Supernatural, which recently had its highest ratings ever this season.
With the writers' strike over several weeks ago, productions for these shows are in development right now, and expect new episodes to air in April.
TV Tonight With Prison Break may have plan its last escape, 24 off the clock this season, and with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles may be off the grid, FOX reboots its Monday night schedule with two new mid-season series: At 8pm, Emmy winner Julianna Margulies returns to television with Canterbury's Law. The creators behind FX's Rescue Me are the people responsible for this series, with Margulies as a rebellious, outspoken attorney who uses maverick tactics to defend her innocent clients.
Right after Canterbury's comes New Amsterdam, now in its regular time at 9pm, following an immortal New York detective that uses his past experiences and lives to solve crimes while searching for the true love that can make him mortal again.
And that is all the time we have here today, so thank you for joining me. But don't forget to check out Del Marbrook's "Hot Copy" segments as well as The American Perspective with the lovely, beautiful, and talented Judyth Piazza, here on the SOP at www.thesop.org. This is Garrett Godwin, and I have to Go Now, so take care and see you later.