- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Stern forecast

The self-proclaimed “king of all media” is sounding the trumpet over his impending move to satellite radio.

Raunch radio personality Howard Stern will drop by CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” tonight to promote his January switch to Sirius radio. Mr. Stern’s final terrestrial radio broadcast will be Dec. 16. His visit to Mr. Letterman’s program, seen weeknights at 11:35, will mark his 14th time on the “Late Show.”

Meanwhile, the TV version of Mr. Stern’s no-holds-barred radio show returns to cable tomorrow, courtesy of In Demand, a service that enables cable subscribers to view selected programs and movies whenever they wish. The service will offer unedited versions of Mr. Stern’s shows for the E! channel (a series of broadcasts from the past 11 years) for $9.99 a month. The shows will be available in 20 million homes in about 300 markets, according to Billboardradiomonitor.com.

In Demand will begin airing episodes culled from Mr. Stern’s Sirius broadcasts beginning April 1.

Reege’s ‘Seinfeld’ fix

The show about nothing will take over “Live With Regis and Kelly” next week.

The morning chatfest, seen weekdays at 9 on WJLA-ABC TV 7, will feature the four stars of “Seinfeld” for a full hour on Wednesday, Associated Press reports. The appearance will mark the first time “Live” has devoted a full program to the cast of another show, Buena Vista Television announced Monday.

All four stars — Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards — will chew the fat with show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and also will discuss the DVD release of “Seinfeld Season 5” and “Seinfeld Season 6,” due in stores on Tuesday.

“Seinfeld” ran on NBC from 1990 through 1998.

‘Desperate’ denial

Former “Desperate Housewives” actor Page Kennedy says his removal from the hit TV show had nothing to do with improper behavior.

The Detroit native and former Western Michigan University student said officials merely wanted to recast his role, according to AP.

“There are a lot of stories that have been told, but the truth of the matter is that Touchstone decided to go in a new direction, and they bought out my contract,” Mr. Kennedy told the Detroit Free Press for a story published yesterday. Touchstone is the show’s producer.

Publicists for the series have said Mr. Kennedy, who joined “Desperate Housewives” this season, was let go earlier this month following a “thorough investigation by the studio” when reports of “improper conduct” were made against him.

The actor, 28, says he’s concerned about the damage the statements could do to his image.

“I feel that my life will be looked at under a microscope now,” he told the Free Press. “Anything that I do or am perceived to do will make news.”

Mr. Kennedy played Caleb, a character shrouded in mystery and seen only briefly as he was held captive in the basement of Wisteria Lane newcomer Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard). In the Oct. 23 episode, viewers learned that Caleb may have murdered a teenager in Chicago.

The role of Caleb has been recast, and Mr. Kennedy’s final appearance on the ABC series aired Sunday.

J. Lo’s dancing bug

Jennifer Lopez is trying to find the next… J. Lo.

The singer-actress is in discussions with MTV to produce an untitled music reality series chronicling the lives of dancers in Los Angeles hoping to follow in her footsteps, Reuters news agency reports.

Miss Lopez, a Fly Girl dancer on Fox’s “In Living Color” comedy series in the early 1990s, reportedly is serving as co-executive producer for the new show along with Simon Fields, a partner in her production company.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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