- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 30, 2004

CBS sings

All it took for CBS to win the ratings war last week was a few choice reruns and some classic movie songs.

“AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs” special led the Tiffany network to a decisive win in total viewers for the week ended Sunday, Reuters News Agency reports.

NBC, meanwhile, claimed victory over the precious 18-to-49-year-old demographic. Overall, NBC ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in 18-49 all seven nights of the week.

CBS boasted the three most-watched programs of the week with reruns of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (15.3 million) and “Without a Trace” (12.6 million) and the three-hour AFI special (12.3 million), and landed five more shows in the top 10.

With the drama of the preliminary rounds over, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” (8.5 million, 3.9/11) took an expected dip but still ranked as NBC’s top show among adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, Fox’s reality sequel “The Simple Life 2: Road Trip” (9.3 million, 4.8/15) continues to sizzle, ranking as the No. 1 program for the week for adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and teens.

Fox’s two new comedy series, “Quintuplets” (5.6 million, 2.9/9) and “Method & Red” (6.3 million, 3.1/9), posted declines in their second airings.

Governator’ biopic

The star of the late sitcom “Son of the Beach” has been tabbed to play the young version of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a new TV film, the Reuters News Agency reports.

Roland Kickinger, the muscle-bound actor who played Chip Rommel in the Howard Stern-produced FX show, will star in the upcoming “See Arnold Run” for A&E.;

The actor shares a similar Austrian heritage to that of the California Republican, as well as a gap between his front teeth.

Still to be cast is the older version of Mr. Schwarzenegger, as well as his wife, TV journalist Maria Shriver.

The two-hour picture will begin shooting next month in San Diego and Los Angeles and is expected to air in the fourth quarter of this year at the earliest. J.B. Rogers (“American Pie 2”) will direct.

TNT’s new ‘West’

TNT is teaming up with DreamWorks to produce a miniseries meant to get New Mexico better known in Hollywood, the Associated Press reports.

“Into the West” will begin production in New Mexico in September, primarily in rural communities such as parts of the Navajo Nation, Gov. Bill Richardson said.

“We’ve been working hard to put New Mexico on the Hollywood radar screen, and this announcement means we’re doing all of the right things,” the governor said.

The miniseries will cover nearly 100 years of history in the West. Four installments of the six-part series will be shot in New Mexico.

Mr. Richardson said the deal resulted from meetings with DreamWorks executives in Los Angeles in May.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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