- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Toasting Cash

Joaquin Phoenix isn’t a singer by trade, but he re-creates the voice of Johnny Cash for the musical biopic “Walk the Line,” which opens Friday.

Tonight, though, the actor will be joined by an impressive array of bona fide crooners (and co-star Reese Witherspoon) when CBS pays tribute to the Man in Black with “I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash.”

The special, airing at 8 p.m., will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Foo Fighters, Norah Jones, Kid Rock, U2 and Dwight Yoakam. It also will showcase clips of the real Mr. Cash and take a peek at the new film.

CSI’ tops, ABC gains

In what’s becoming an oft-repeated tale, CBS’ “CSI” was TV’s most-watched show for the week of Nov. 7 through Nov. 13, Zap2it.com reports, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

ABC, however, managed to land four shows in Nielsen’s top 10, including an appearance by its freshman medical drama, “Grey’s Anatomy” at No. 6.

For the week, the most-watched shows and their networks were: 1.”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS; 2. “Desperate Housewives,” ABC; 3. “NFL Monday Night Football,” ABC; 4. “Without a Trace,” CBS; and 5. “Lost,” ABC.

‘Ring’ of approval

NBC’s “E-Ring” may, at last, have found a suitable time slot.

The behind-the-scenes ensemble drama set at the Pentagon has been given a full-season order, Reuters news agency reports.

Since shifting from its 9 p.m. slot on Wednesdays (opposite the ABC juggernaut “Lost”) to an earlier start time (8 p.m.) on Oct. 5, the hourlong military drama has attracted more viewers. Last week, “E-Ring” drew 9.9 million viewers, its largest audience to date.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer TV/Warner Bros., “E-Ring” stars Benjamin Bratt and counterculture warrior Dennis Hopper as decorated officers with lifelong commitments to the military.

Doohan’s last trek

Actor James Doohan’s ashes will be shot into space, much like “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry’s were after his death in 1991.

Mr. Doohan, better known to millions as the resourceful space engineer Montgomery Scott, died in July at age 85.

The Vancouver, British Columbia-born actor had told relatives he wanted his ashes blasted into outer space, as was done for Mr. Roddenberry.

Some of Mr. Doohan’s ashes will be launched some time in February or March from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, said Susan Schonfeld, a spokeswoman for Houston-based Space Services Inc., which has been arranging memorial space flights for several years.

Details will be posted online at https://www.spaceservicesinc.com, where “Scotty’s” fans also can post a few words of tribute that will be digitized and sent up as part of the Falcon 1 rocket’s payload.

Mr. Doohan’s widow, Wende, has invited fans to attend the launch and the memorial service that will take place the day before.

“I can’t think of a more fitting send-off than having some of his fans attend this, his final journey,” she wrote.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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