- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 5, 2004

‘Nanny’s‘ ‘Nosh’

It seems like only yesterday when Fran Drescher’s nasally nanny character was an anchor for CBS’ sitcom lineup.

OK, it was only five years ago. But apparently, enough time has gone by to convince Lifetime TV that a reunion special is in order.

“The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember” airs at 8 tonight on Lifetime.

The special reunites the entire cast as they hang out in Miss Drescher’s actual home to watch “Nanny” bloopers, relive their favorite show moments and screen home movies shot on the set .

“The Nanny,” which followed a Queens woman who took care of a wealthy widower and his children, ran from 1993-99.

Rogers’ new role

Mimi Rogers, most recently seen in “The Door in the Floor,” is coming to Fox to co-star in a new comedy pilot, Reuters News Agency reports.

The as-yet untitled show will follow a recent graduate who becomes the first among his college friends to land a real job. Miss Rogers will play a vice president at the company where the protagonist (Bret Harrison) works.

The actress recently signed on to co-star opposite Tom Selleck in the CBS made-for-TV movie “Stone Cold.” Her role in the critically acclaimed “Floor” had her working opposite Jeff Bridges as one of his character’s muses.

Cup’runneth over

PAX TV has picked up an additional 13 episodes of its improv comedy show “World Cup Comedy.”

Executive produced by former “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer, the show (which airs Monday evenings at 9) lets two comedy teams try to out-funny the other based on unscripted real-life scenarios. The show’s audience casts the deciding vote. The winning team then goes on to face a new comic challenger in the next episode.

“Comedy” co-stars Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”), Melissa Peterman (“Reba”), Phil Lamarr (“Mad TV”) and Fred Willard (“Best In Show”).

McEnroe: game over

Game, set match Nielsen. John McEnroe’s poorly rated CNBC talker is getting the ax.

Somewhere, Jimmy Connors is stifling a huge grin.

The talk show, which airs weeknights at 10, has appeared doomed for a while, beleaguered by a combination of minuscule ratings and its awkward host. The show’s audience has been so small at times that it sometimes failed to qualify for the weekly Nielsen ratings .

Jessica, sis back on MTV

Merely fudging the words while lip-syncing a song before a live audience isn’t grounds for dismissal from MTV.

The network — once famous for videos where some bands mouthed along to pre-recorded tracks of their hits — is picking up “The Ashlee Simpson Show” for a second season.

Miss Simpson made headlines just a few weeks back by darting off the “Saturday Night Live” stage when her backing track malfunctioned, exposing her as a partial lip-syncer.

That likely won’t deter viewers from her MTV show, which helped start her singing career. Her debut album “Autobiography” has sold more than 3 million copies to date — thanks, in part, to the MTV exposure.

Meanwhile, Miss Simpson’s blond sibling, Jessica, will also return for a third season of “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica,” her MTV reality show with real-life hubby Nick Lachey.

The second season of the “Newlyweds” was seen by more than 40 million viewers last year and proved one of the network’s top-rated series.

In other MTV news, the network also announced the addition of two new reality shows to its lineup. “Meet the Barkers” follows Travis Barker of Blink 182 fame and his wife, Shanna Moakler, and the “Nick Lachey Project” — starring the aforementioned Mr. Lachey — will chronicle his attempts at jump-starting his solo career since leaving the mildly successful boy band 98 Degrees.

Rock icons roll on cable

The Biography Channel will rock you this week.

The cable channel cranks up four nights of rock star legends starting tonight with guitar god Eric Clapton.

The new documentaries, all airing at 9 p.m., explore the musical and cultural impact made by Mr. Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Pete Townshend.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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