Mr. Sulu in Riverdale? Oh my! Actor and equal rights advocate George Takei, whose portrayal of the “Star Trek” character on television and in films has made him a science fiction legend, is crossing a new frontier this week by appearing as himself in issue No. 6 of Archie Comics’ ‘‘Kevin Keller,’’ a series about Riverdale’s only gay teenager. Takei, who is also gay, said his appearance in the issue that is released Wednesday dovetails nicely with his real-life advocacy for equal rights because it helps bring home his message that anyone can aspire to be what they want to be no matter who they are.
A scare for Cooper
Anderson Cooper says a reporting assignment turned into a temporary blindness scare. On his talk show Tuesday, Cooper said he was in Portugal last week working on a story for ‘‘60 Minutes’’ and spent two hours on the water. The newsman says that later, he developed a burning sensation in his eyes and lost sight for 36 hours. Showing a photo he took of himself with an eye patch, Cooper joked it would be his new online dating picture.
TV Land says it has cast ‘‘Seinfeld’’ star Michael Richards in a pilot for a prospective new sitcom. The series, ‘‘Giant Baby,’’ also would feature ‘‘Cheers’’ alums Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman. TV Land said Tuesday the pilot will be taped next week. ‘‘Giant Baby’’ focuses on Broadway star Maddie Banks, played by Alley. Richards plays her limo driver while Perlman plays her assistant.
“Everybody has got a chance to experience it in their own way, right down to the fact of betting on the names — is it going to be Frances or James or Baby Gaga?” — Robert Lacey, a royals historian on the London bettor shops taking odds on the royal pregnancy outcome.