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Robert David Hall Trades Death for Birth on This Week’s ‘CSI’

Robert David Hall CBS photo by Andrew MacPherson

With its final episode of this season just about to go into production, the original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” is “like a battleship cruising through the ocean.  We still seem to have full steam.”  At least, that is the opinion of the show’s Robert David Hall.  And he’s certainly not alone, as “CSI” continues to be a strong ratings performer in its 11th year, and is listed among the formidable TVByTheNumbers’ Renew/Cancel Index as Certain to Be Renewed for the 2011-2012 season.

“We recently did our 250th episode and had a little party on set.  Billy Peterson came to visit us,” he adds, referring to the former “CSI” star.  “They took pictures, cut a cake.  The executives came out, and the crew…We were all shaking our heads, like, ‘250 episodes?'”

For Hall, this week’s (4/7) episode, penned by show creator Anthony Zuiker, offered a rare chance to get his medical examiner character, Doc Robbins, out of the lab — and then some.  “After all these years of dealing with death, I actually got to deliver a baby,” Hall says.  But, this being “CSI,” you know it’s not going to be a balloons-in-the-maternity ward kind of occasion.  In fact, the young mother has just committed suicide.

“Dr. Robbins acts very quickly, to deliver the baby right there…It’s based on something that really happened with Daniel Holstein, a pathologist who is an advisor and sometimes writer on the show.  There was a situation just like this in Los Angeles,” says Hall, who shares the segment with George Eads.  “At the end of the scene I’m actually holding a live baby.  Acting is one thing, but holding an infant in a scene is a great responsibility,” says Hall, whose own son is grown.

MEANWHILE:  Next up for Hall is a return to focusing on his infectious, Americana-style music.  He has two local gigs this weekend, and musician pals, including his “Things They Don’t Teach You in School” album producer, Chris Wall, in from Austin, Texas.  Hall, who lost his brother Steven to liver cancer just over a week ago, is especially valuing having good work and good friends right now.  The actor told us last year that it was Steven’s encouragement, and his corageous battle against the disease, that motivated him to finally get out and pursue his life-long dreams of music-making.  As he notes, “It’s so important to honor your dreams.”

Talk Show Host Williams Insists Family is Still No. 1

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams tells us she’ll be spending her 45th birthday tomorrow (7/18) “at home, as in, in the house, with my makeup off and my hair in the drawer, with my husband and son, enjoying the life I begged for.”

As Wendy watchers know, the popular and often controversial radio host’s life now includes her new “The Wendy Williams Show” that launched in syndication this week to mixed reviews.

She has a schedule that would frighten many a brave man, as she not only has her daily daytime TV demands, but continues her four-hour radio show in New York each day as well.  And yet, she insists, with her, it’s “Family first, career second.”

Her eight-year-old son Kevin is “my biggest achievement in terms of what I’ve been able to overcome,” adds the candid Williams, who went through “several miscarriages” before being able to deliver her child.

From the time Williams completed her test shows last August until this past week, she says, “I’ve been spending most of my time focusing in on ‘How am I going to keep us a normal, healthy, reasonably happy family?’  The whole third grade, I was taking him back and forth to school, knowing I wouldn’t be able to do it by September, when he starts fourth grade.  We live in Jersey.  It’s not like Malibu, where every other person is famous – where teachers are used to the people like Pamela Anderson and Angela Bassett having professional schedule demands.  Here in Jersey, if you don’t show up at school, you’ll be perceived as crazy, whacked out parents who are not focused on their child’s future.”

Young Kevin is with her at the studio, laughing in the background as we speak.

“I begged for a child,” she says.  “I begged for someone who would accept me as I am, and met my husband.  He just came in and gave me a hug and a kiss a few minutes ago,” she notes of her manager mate, Kevin Hunter, with whom she works out every day at 4:30.  He also co-executive produces her talk show with her.

JUST FOR LAUGHS: George Eads is a crime-fighting machine on “CSI,” but during his off time, he likes a good laugh.  We spotted the hot Texan taking in a show at the World Famous Comedy Store this week where comedians Pauly Shore and Jeffrey Ross stopped in for an impromptu performance.  Better enjoy those shows while he can!  Summer’s almost over and it’s back to work on season 10!

Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks

A HELL OF A JOB: Being the beauty that all the men are trying to rescue in a movie, made in Romania, called “Hellhounds” can certainly be tough on a girl.  Just ask gorgeous British-American actress Amanda Brooks, who stars with Scott Elrod in the movie debuting Sunday (7/19) on the newly-renamed SyFy channel.

For one thing, days on the production went so long, “they sort of melded into one,” recalls Amanda.  “We had no sun, day or night.  We were shooting inside caves as well.  It was pretty intense.  I think every girl has a fear somewhat of bats, and I get claustrophobic at times.  And then, after getting back from a day in those caves, you’d cough or blow your nose and it was just black.  Sorry.  It’s gross.”

Brooks, who took on her part with a mere 48 hours’ notice, plays a woman snatched from her beloved to become the bride of Hades in the period fantasy.  Her love and his compatriots literally head into hell to save her.  She’s the only girl in the flick directed by Ricky Shroeder.  “The boys really took care of me in that there were a lot of stunts, running through flame torches and such.  There certainly was some method actoring in it, because you’re quite terrified, genuinely,” she says with a laugh.

The “Dragon Wars” actress also had to run in costumes “that were very, very elaborate and beautiful – running from these hellhounds with many extra pounds of cloaks, jewelry and wigs over massive rolling hills that were quite muddy and slippery.”

CONGRATULATIONS:  To Robert Redford and his bride, German artist Sibylle Szaggars. Now that the two long-time companions have tied the knot at last, you get the sense that some celebrity watchers are just now realizing she is 20 years his junior, what with snarky remarks out there about “Sundance and the Kid,” etc.  But of course, Redford isn’t your average 71-year-old, what with the esteemed actor-filmmaker’s larger-than-life list of lasting achievements and his zest for living.  This is the man who sneaked off to Utah to ski while making “The Sting” back in the day, despite studio insistence that he refrain from skiing — and despite having sustained a ski injury that required complicated surgery and the insertion of a steel pin in his right hand.  While recovering, he simply skied without poles, which, he told this column, “is kind of a challenge.  Fun!”  A man ahead of his time.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster