- The Washington Times - Monday, December 6, 2004

Law’ nabs mob enforcer

“The Sopranos’” Michael Imperioli is gonna see how it feels to be on the right side of the law for a change.

The Emmy-winning actor will guest-star in the final three or four episodes of the venerable crime drama as a gumshoe who partners with Detective Joe Fontana (Dennis Farina), Reuters News Agency reports.

He’ll fill in for “Law & Order” star Jesse L. Martin, who will take off early to star in Chris Columbus’ big-screen adaptation of “Rent,” reprising his role from the original Broadway production of the hit musical.

Mr. Martin will return to the series in fall 2005 to continue as Detective Ed Green, a role he has played since 1999.

Mr. Imperioli, who also writes some “Sopranos” episodes, won an Emmy this year for his supporting work as the tortured Christopher Moltisanti on the HBO mob drama.

The actor previously made a guest appearance on “Law & Order” in 1996, but his star has risen tremendously since then, thanks to the HBO hit.

Extra TV time

The bits and bytes running your TiVo aren’t happy.

Television networks are adding an extra minute or two to some of their programs to keep viewers from switching channels, the Associated Press reports.

The move is wreaking havoc with TiVo and other digital recording devices that typically are programmed to tape shows in half-hour or hourlong blocks.

As a result of the overruns, the devices end up clipping the beginning or ending of a show. For some, the time conflict also could prevent a later show from being recorded.

Recently padded shows include CBS’ “Without a Trace,” Fox’s “Renovate My Family,” ABC’s “The Bachelor” and NBC’s “ER,” according to Nielsen Media Research.

The tactic has been used on and off for a few years but has grown more popular as competition in network television has stiffened.

TiVo Inc. officials say they have fielded a small number of complaints about the network time-shifting.

This season, the company began advising its 2 million subscribers to watch out for such time conflicts and to adjust their recording settings manually.

Catholic ‘Reunion’

This season’s “High School Reunion” offers a spiritual twist.

The third installment of the WB reality series (premiering at 9 tonight) revisits a group of graduates who we bet will be brimming with the same type of sordid stories — or possibly worse tales of debauchery — as their predecessors.

The 14 twentysomethings, allclassmates from Cardinal Gibbons High, an ultraritzy Catholic school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be reunited on the island of Maui after 10 years, according to the network’s Web site, theWB.com.

Viewers can expect the usual saga of backstabbing and brawls.

Oil and power

The Discovery Times Channel digs into the uneasy relationship between oil companies and environmentalists with a new documentary debuting tonight.

“The Color of Oil: Power, Profits and the Environmental Movement,” airing at 10 p.m., examines BP and its attempts to improve its environmental record.

Lord John Browne, BP’s chief executive, has acknowledged global warming — something the documentary says could affect how other industrial groups operate.

BP’s new carbon emissions caps have saved the company $600 million to date while also pleasing global-warming activists. Others in the industry contend that environmental efforts and cost-effective oil practices are mutually exclusive.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide