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COURIC ADVISES VENTURA TO SPEND LESS TIME ON TV

Katie Couric has this unlikely message for Minnesota's governor: stay off TV.The NBC "Today" co-host said Sunday she's worried that Gov. Jesse Ventura may be setting a bad example with his continued talk show appearances.

"I think it's a case of serious overexposure," Couric said. "It has the potential to deliver the wrong message to people about politics, that you have to be outrageous and be so out there to really get people's attention."

Despite Couric's reservations, "Today" gave a generous eight minutes of its Wednesday morning show to Ventura, a former professional wrestler who won Minnesota's top office in November.

Ventura spent much of last week on the talk-show circuit, with appearances in Washington, New York and Chicago. He was promoting his autobiography, "I Ain't Got Time to Bleed."

"I don't think he's that fascinating," Couric said.

LOLLOBRIGIDA GETS OVATION AT STAGING OF 'HUNCHBACK'

An older Esmerelda has welcomed the new.

Gina Lollobrigida, who played the gypsy Esmerelda in a 1956 film version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," got a standing ovation in Berlin at the world premiere of a new version -- a stage musical by Disney.

The Italian actress was guest of honor at the brand-new, sold-out theater Saturday night for the unveiling of the adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic French novel.

The Broadway-style show, produced at a cost of more than $25 million, marks the first time Disney has put on a new show outside the United States.

Although the creative team is American, the show was translated during rehearsals into German.

The opening night audience, full of local celebrities, gave it wild cheers and a standing ovation.

HOST OF 'LATE, LATE SHOW' LANDS SMALL PART ON SOAP

Late night's smuggest talk show host has broken into daytime soaps.

After begging for a spot on "The Bold and the Beautiful," Craig Kilborn has earned a small part as a nurse in the June 18 episode, TV Guide reported.

Kilborn, host of "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn," will play Nurse Peabody, a male nurse attending to pregnant heroine Taylor Hayes, played by Hunter Tylo.

"It's not a big part," Kilborn said. "I wheel in an ultrasound machine and say to Taylor's gynecologist, 'If you have a problem with it, just give it a light tap on the side.' Then they hand me a urine sample, and I put it up to the light and say 'Hmm, looks pretty healthy, but I'll check."