- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2004

Feminine perspective

Premiere magazine’s annual celebration of women in film will be broadcast for the first time this year on AMC.

“AMC Presents Premiere’s Women in Hollywood,” a one-hour special, airs at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Patricia Clarkson, Anne Hathaway, Olivia de Havilland and film producer Liza Chasin will be spotlighted on the program.

AMC warms audiences up for the special with a series of films featuring women in key roles.

The women’s festival begins at 12:30 p.m. with Sissy Spacek’s “The River,” to be followed by “Urban Cowboy” with Debra Winger, “The Real McCoy” with Kim Basinger, “Mulholland Falls” with Melanie Griffith and “D.O.A.” with Meg Ryan.

Nick goes dark

It isn’t often that a broadcast or cable channel encourages youngsters to run outside and get some fresh air, but Nickelodeon is doing just that tomorrow.

We could write the message off as clever marketing, but to prove its point, Nickelodeon will go dark for three hours tomorrow so as not to entice faithful viewers to ignore their request.

Tomorrow marks the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play, an event bringing together nearly 650 local groups, clubs and schools across the country.

The celebration culminates with a live special at 8 p.m. featuring teen stars Hilary Duff and Lil’ Romeo.

Throughout the live programming hours, Nickelodeon will broadcast play activities shot around the world.

“In this first-ever day of play, we call attention to the right kids have to play every day,” says Marva Smalls, executive vice president of public affairs for Nickelodeon.

The blackout will mark the first time Nickelodeon has gone off the air in its 25-year history.

Chazz TV

Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri is coming to NBC as part of a new, untitled comedy, Reuters News Agency reports.

The project hails from Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman, co-creators and executive producers of NBC’s quirky dramedy “Ed.”

The pilot centers on a low-key guy whose life is shaken up when his father (Mr. Palminteri), who abandoned him as a baby, suddenly re-enters his life, looking to make amends for his absence. The show marks Mr. Palminteri’s first foray into series television.

The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for his turn in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway,” has appeared in such movies as “The Usual Suspects,” “Hurlyburly” and “Poolhall Junkies.” His big-screen directorial debut, “Noel,” recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

He made his writing debut with “A Bronx Tale,” a coming-of-age story co-starring Robert De Niro, who also directed. The film translated his one-man play of the same name to the big screen, giving him his first significant movie role.

Saget’s family affair

Comedian Bob Saget often bemoans the fact that starring in ABC’s “Full House” prevented some from seeing the edgier side to his humor.

But perhaps the comic is warming to the idea of life as a family-sitcom star.

Damon Wayans and Don Reo, the duo behind ABC’s “My Wife & Kids,” have chosen Mr. Saget to star in a new family comedy for the network, Reuters reports.

The project, which has received a script commitment from the network, centers on a divorced dad (Mr. Saget) who takes custody of the children.

Mr. Wayans and Mr. Reo are writing the pilot script and will executive produce.

Mr. Saget starred on “Full House” for the network and also hosted its long-running “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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