Don’t be surprised if Dr. Lisa Masterson’s compelling “Paper Dollhouse: A Memoir” finds its way to the cameras. According to the beautiful “The Doctors” Ob/Gyn, although “nothing has panned out right yet,” her well-received book of this year is getting Hollywood interest.
Dr. Lisa’s late mother, who pushed and finagled, fudged and faked to get her daughter into the finest schools despite their grinding poverty, would clearly be a plum role. Who would she like to see get it? “I just know that when Angela Bassett read it at one of my fundraisers, she was phenomenal,” says the popular TV doc, whose work to advance pre-natal care in developing countries has led her to speak at the United Nations.
The mother of a college student son herself, Dr. Lisa adds that the memoir “is actually very timely with these public colleges going into tumult about the cost of education now. That’s another question our country has to deal with — education as well as healthcare need to be ramped out and rethought.”
MEANWHILE: Coming up on “The Doctors” are segments following some of her patients — “a ‘Dr. Lisa’s Office’ kind of thing,” as she describes it. She has a busy private practice and an oceanfront spa in Santa Monica, CA. “People ask if ‘The Doctors’ doctors still practice. It’s crucially important that we do,” she says. “Things change with the times — treatments change, and also, what people are doing is different. We have to talk to them on a regular basis,”
One recent “The Doctors” segment touched on the disturbing vodka-soaked tampon fad among teenage girls seeking a buzz — a fad that has real health dangers associated with it, Dr. Lisa warns. She tells us that one of the unfortunate things she’s learned is “that so many parents are just in the dark about what their kids are doing. These young people have more access to the world now and people with new ideas. We talk about how to talk to kids about this, monitor their internet to keep them safe. The drug problem with kids now is really huge. People really underestimate it.”
THE VIDEOLAND VIEW: TNT launches its new Mystery Movie Night tonight (11/29) with Scott Turow’s “Innocent” — the first of the cable network’s weekly adaptations of high-profile novels. The project itself, as well as its TV movie anthology umbrella, have had critics talking about a new age of quality made-for-television films.
“Innocent” is following in some big footsteps, but costar Richard Schiff is quick to stress that it holds its own. “This is the sequel to ‘Presumed Innocent,’ and we have Bill Pullman in the role Harrison Ford played in the first movie, and Alfred Molina in the character Raul Julia played. I got to play with these two guys in addition to the lovely Marcia Gay Harden,” he says.
“It is a TV movie and we worked very fast — we worked at lightning speed — but I love working fast. When it’s on point and on the tracks, there’s no better feeling.”
Schiff points out that “Innocent” was directed by Turow veteran Mike Robe. “I fell for this guy. He’s adapted something like 11 other Scott Turow projects. We have a very solid courtroom kind of thriller that’s really, really well done — with some large talent. Hopefully, people will include me in that description.” Turow evidently did. Says Schiff, “He sent me a very nice, complimentary email that said he was seeing things in my character that he hadn’t thought of.”
THEY’RE GETTING WARMER: ‘Tis the season for stars to find stylish ways to keep warm, like KD’s new twist on the classic leg warmers, and now, arm warmers. NYC sources say Katie Holmes is among the chic set who’ve been finding goodies at KD’s Soho store, along with a very well-known fashion editor who cleared shelves of the warmers there.