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Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — On the new WB sitcom "Twins," which premieres Sept. 16, Melanie Griffith makes her TV series debut playing, well, a dumb blonde.

And it seems entirely possible that the star of movies such as "Working Girl," "Crazy in Alabama" and "Pacific Heights" isn't so much acting as she's, well, behaving.

"I mean, hopefully I'll be able to show other sides besides just being blonde and dumb," Griffith said. "There's a lot of blonde people in America."

Why, yes, Melanie, there are.

Griffith would have us believe that "Twins" is the greatest thing that's ever happened to her. Judging by the pilot, it's not. This alleged comedy about very different twin sisters (Sara Gilbert and Molly Stanton) who take over the family lingerie business from their parents (Griffith and Mark Linn-Baker) is, well, lame, dumb and unfunny.

But, after spending the past couple of years unsuccessfully searching for a TV show to star in, Griffith is looking forward to a career as a second banana on a sitcom.

"I tried to find (a show of her own), but I could never come up with one that anybody would buy, I guess, actually, or nothing that was really right," she said. "This feels right. It's fun. I never knew how great television really is. I mean, I haven't done very much of it. And I get to be at home with my kids, and it seems like a pretty cool work schedule. And just the idea of being able to make people laugh every week is the best part.

"I love it. I think it is so cool. I don't know why more people don't do this, because it's a fabulous way to entertain many more millions of people than when you do movies."

Yes, gang, let's all go out and get our own sitcoms!

Does she have any favorite sitcom moms she might have patterned her character on?

" 'I Dream of Jeannie,' " Griffith said.

OK . . .

On another subject, Melanie, after the success you had a couple of years ago in the Broadway production of "Chicago," do you think you might like to do another musical?

"I don't know if I'd do another singing one, but I wouldn't mind dancing some more," she said. "But, yeah, I would love to do Broadway again."

Yes, there are all those opportunities for non-singing Broadway musicals.

Back to the subject of your sitcom, Mrs. Banderas. Is there any possibility that your husband, Antonio, might make a guest appearance on "Twins"?

"What am I supposed to say?" Griffith said, turning to executive producer Max Mutchnick.

"Yes, but it's a secret," Mutchnick whispered to Griffith.

"I'm sorry," she said to critics. "I'm new at this. Yes, but it's a secret.

"Yes, really, honestly, he is. But don't tell anybody."

OK, we won't.

A highly placed source at the WB couldn't help but comment, "The press has only seen the tip of the iceberg" as far as the, um, blonde stuff goes.

COINCIDENTALLY, GRIFFITH appeared before the press just after her ex-husband, Don Johnson, had been on the same stage plugging his new WB series, "Just Legal."

And she's just thrilled that Johnson, to whom she was married twice, is on the same network.

"I'm really happy for him. I think it's great," Griffith said. "I'm even happier for our daughter, because her trust fund is going to really be healthy."

Asked to comment on the coincidence, Johnson's answer was succinct.

"Melanie is working?" he asked.

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