- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2005

Knight’s reality

A good reality series — and by good we mean combustible — requires the kind of oversized personality who ruffles feathers without thinking twice.

So why did it take so long before basketball coach Bobby Knight had his own series?

Wait no longer, as ESPN has signed the college coach to star in a new reality show, Reuters news agency reports.

The six-episode “Knight School” will offer Mr. Knight 16 basketball players struggling for one walk-on spot with his Texas Tech Division I squad. The show begins production next month and will air in February.

Mr. Knight is one of two people to play on and coach national championship teams and the third-winningest basketball coach of all time. He’s equally known for his outrageous antics and multiple suspensions.

“Knight School” will follow the coach as he drills players through conditioning exercises, scrimmages and tests. The show, according to ESPN, will showcase his coaching style and priorities. That style may infuriate players and college boosters alike, but it could make for compelling TV.

Bratty behavior

One of the stars of ABC’s “Brat Camp” hasn’t gotten that bratty behavior out of his system yet.

Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Alarcon of Winton, Ore., has been charged with spray-painting racial slurs in front of a home, Associated Press reports.

Isaiah is one of nine teenagers featured on the program, which documents their progress through a 50-day Oregon wilderness school known for its success at teaching children better behavior.

The teen told sheriff’s deputies on July 29 that he used spray paint to scrawl the slurs on the street outside a black preschool teacher’s home, Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin said.

The teen was held in a juvenile facility for two days and charged with interfering with the exercise of civil rights and damaging property, Mr. Pazin told AP.

A hearing is planned today to determine whether he will be tried as an adult.

Mr. Pazin isn’t surprised the “Brat Camp” format hasn’t worked miracles on all its young charges.

“These kids had some real serious issues that needed to be dealt with in a long-term process, not a multiweek TV program for entertainment,” Mr. Pazin said.

The Web site for the TV show describes the teen as an “angry punk rocker who smokes, drinks and has an obsession with fire.” It said his mother sent him to Oregon’s SageWalk camp to “learn how to deal with his anger issues.”

ABC declined to comment, and producers did not return repeated phone messages from AP.

A teenage friend of Isaiah’s also was detained and faces the same charges, plus a charge of conspiracy, Mr. Pazin said.

Mr. Pazin said both told deputies they didn’t mean to cause any harm with the graffiti. If convicted, each could face up to two years in jail and a $15,000 fine.

New medicine

It turns out all Jane Seymour needed to revitalize her career following the cancellation of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” was an image makeover.

The actress, who sheds her maternal image in the new hit “Wedding Crashers,” will star in the WB’s new comedy “Modern Men” as a life coach, AP reports.

Miss Seymour will play Dr. Stangl, a life coach who helps three men in their 20s at different stages in their romantic lives.

“Dr. Stangl is full of beneficial, yet biting, advice the guys try to apply in their everyday situations to varying degrees of success,” the network said in describing her role.

“Modern Men” also stars Josh Braaten, Max Greenfield, Eric Lively, Marla Sokoloff and George Wendt of “Cheers” fame. It’s slated to debut in midseason.

Miss Seymour’s work on the 1990s drama “Dr. Quinn” made her a heroine to those championing family values. Her turn in “Wedding Crashers,” in which she plays a sexually aggressive older woman, may disappoint those fans.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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