- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2005

Carey-ing on

Songstress Mariah Carey is joining the list of performers ready to rock the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, airing next month, Reuters News Agency reports.

She’ll join previously announced singers Eminem and Nine Inch Nails on the broadcast, scheduled to air June 9.

The event, to be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will be taped June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Tom Cruise, Samuel L. Jackson and Rob Schneider have been added to the list of presenters, which, according to MTV, also includes Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson and Johnny Knoxville.

“Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “The Incredibles,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Ray” and “Napoleon Dynamite” are the nominees for best movie. Other categories include best male and best female performances, best fight, best kiss and best frightened performance. Nominees were chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers. Winners will be decided by viewer voting by phone or online at MTV.com.

Harvey cuts back

Comic Steve Harvey is signing off his L.A.-based radio program after suffering the cancellation of his WB variety show, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Harvey, who headlined “Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge” for the WB, worked the radio airwaves for five years delivering one-liners, political commentary and hip-hop music.

“As I close the door on this chapter, please know that the people of Los Angeles have made me a better person, and I thank them for that,” Mr. Harvey said.

KKBT General Manager Sue Freund said Mr. Harvey wanted to spend more time with his family and take a break but was discussing possible future projects with the station’s parent company, Lanham-based Radio One Inc.

Mr. Harvey has been pretty busy of late and perhaps could use a breather. He was featured in the 2000 stand-upcomedy film “The Original Kings of Comedy” and appeared last year in both “You Got Served” and “Johnson Family Vacation.”

UPN’s big schemes

The major networks have all announced their fall plans, but the underdog UPN network won’t be sitting on its modest laurels come autumn.

UPN is planning a big shake-up, Reuters reports, shifting its “WWE SmackDown!” wrestling block to Fridays to make room for a comedy block on Thursdays, anchored by “Everybody Loves Chris,” a new coming-of-age series produced by Chris Rock. The newcomer will be followed by returning comedies “Eve” and “Cuts” and capped at 9:30 p.m. by “Love Inc.,” starring Shannon Doherty.

UPN’s Monday lineup remains a comedy stronghold stocked with returning shows: “One on One,” “All of Us” (which relocates from Tuesday), “Girlfriends” and “Half and Half.”

Tuesdays will be anchored by a repeat of “America’s Next Top Model,” leading into the new drama “Sex, Lies and Secrets.” Original installments of “Top Model” return Wednesdays at 8 p.m., paired with the sophomore season of the critically praised drama “Veronica Mars.” The show hasn’t clicked with many viewers yet, but as with Fox’s “Arrested Development,” its quality merited renewal.

The network’s “SmackDown” will find a new home at 8 p.m. Friday.

Cryer’s just Duckie

He’ll forever be the love-struck Duckie to thirtysomethings who grew up with the film “Pretty in Pink,” but these days, Jon Cryer is better known as one of CBS’ comedy stars.

Mr. Cryer, who plays the uptight divorced father, Alan, on “Two and a Half Men,” told Associated Press it isn’t easy adjusting to success after starring in four consecutive failed series.

“I haven’t really bought into the mind-set of being on a hit show,” the actor told TV Guide for its May 23 issue. “Maybe in the ninth season, I’ll finally say, ‘I think this show is a hit.’”

He had better get used to it. Now that “Everybody Loves Raymond” has retired to rerun land, Mr. Cryer’s “Men” stands as the network’s biggest sitcom.

Mr. Cryer says the first season was “brutal” because he separated from his wife a few months into production; they later divorced.

“I was thrilled to have the job, but then I’d go to it and have divorce shoved in my face,” says Mr. Cryer, who has a 4-year-old son, Charlie.

His other, more short-lived TV shows have included “Partners,” “The Famous Teddy Z,” “The Trouble With Normal” and “Getting Personal.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from Web and wire reports.

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