Brady's Bunch

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What's going on at Glamour? New Conde Nast Publications CEO Chuck Townsend, himself a former publisher of the company's crown jewel, dumped Glamour's Suzanne Grimes and replaced her with comer Bill Wackerman from Fairchild. What is Editor Cindi Leive saying about all this? Over lunch at Lever House she said the appropriate things about missing Suzanne while enthusiastically welcoming Bill, but more significant are the things she's doing. Newsstand is booming, up an estimated 10% over the first four months (their total circ is 2.3 million). For the first time in 12 years Glamour is running fiction in its June issue. And it's soliciting new fiction from readers and talking with Random House about a possible Glamour book imprint. As of May 1, top photographer Patrick Demarchelier will be shooting "celebrity covers" for Glamour instead of Hearst. As for Cindi, who once spent three weeks trekking in Nepal, she's coping these days with an active baby, and nicely, too.

Over at Conde Nast Traveler, Lisa Hughes reports this may be the magazine's best first half in its 17-year history. The May ("Hot List") issue is 22.7% ahead, Y-T-D, up 15% in ads. They partied late last month at the Hotel Gansevoort to celebrate.

That More mag lunch at The Four Seasons hailing Hillary was a turn-away sellout. The coat-check line snaked back up the staircase. I know, I was in it.

Tomorrow night Smithsonian takes over Manhattan's B.B. King Blues Club to celebrate 50 years of rock `n' roll and salute Isaac Hayes as "the most interesting person we know."

Peter King Hunsinger says GQ ad pages for May (its "beach issue" with a nifty Czech on cover almost wearing a bikini) are up 13%. Under Editor Jim Nelson, news- stand sales Y-T-D are up 39%.

Shape (one of David Pecker's Weider books) has its biggest issue ever with 162 ad pages.

What congenital idiot at either Viacom's MTV or Madison Square Garden would call me at home with a recorded promo at 4:20 in the morning?

Dreamworks says "Shrek 2" comes out May 21. Another biggie?

House Beautiful and Chrysler host a blacktie gala at Cipriani in Manhattan May 13 to hail "giants of design."

Those Barilla pasta commercials make me want to move to Italy.

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