- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 5, 2005

‘Late Night’ with U2

“Late Night With Conan O’Brien” musical booker Jim Pitt always listed U2 and Johnny Cash as the dream artists he tried getting, but never succeeded, during his 12 years on the show. He lost his chance with the late Mr. Cash, but his U2 dream becomes a reality tonight.

Associated Press reports that Mr. O’Brien will turn his entire show over to the Irish band, currently in New York for seven sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.

“We were able to offer them something to feel enough like an event for them to do the show,” Mr. Pitt told AP. “It’s basically ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien,’ the U2 edition.”

The NBC show has never devoted itself entirely to a musical guest, although it gave major time a few years back to a holiday appearance by bandleader Max Weinberg’s other boss, Bruce Springsteen.

Mr. O’Brien is a big U2 fan. He made a personal connection by talking at length with lead singer Bono during breaks in rehearsals for the band’s “Saturday Night Live” appearance last season, Mr. Pitt said.

Still, it may be a nervous night for Bono, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his work in trying to ease Third World poverty. Those following the Nobel selection process — and some oddsmakers — have pegged the charismatic rocker as the obvious choice. The winner will be named tomorrow. U2 is expected to perform three songs for Mr. O’Brien’s audience and then join the host for a chat.

“Late Night With Conan O’Brien” airs at 12:35 a.m.

Tales of triumph

The sports world reveres cyclist Lance Armstrong for winning the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times. Yet Mr. Armstrong remains a symbol of hope and glory beyond the sports world for the 10 million Americans living with cancer.

His tale unfolds in “Lance Armstrong: Stories of Survival,” the first installment of “Survivors Week,” a series of five special programs beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. on the Discovery Health Channel. Each program will feature similar stories intended to provide both information and inspiration.

Mr. Armstrong will discuss his cancer diagnosis, treatment and success over seemingly insurmountable odds with Dr. Drew Pinsky, a physician and host of the weekly talk show “Strictly Sex With Dr. Drew” on the Discovery Channel.

Kimmel’ stays put

Healthy ratings and a new deal will keep comedian-turned-talk-show-host Jimmy Kimmel on the air through 2007, Reuters news agency reports.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” seen weeknights at 12:05 a.m. on ABC, draws an average of 1.5 million viewers each night and is especially strong in the 18-to-49 demographic that advertisers crave, the network says. “Live” premiered in January 2003.

“The show continues to grow creatively, and Jimmy is at the top of his game right now, delivering a hilarious show night after night,” ABC Entertainment’s Andrea Wong told Reuters. She is executive vice president of alternative programming, specials and late-night.

Love to ‘Hate’

Thanks to critical raves and high ratings, UPN has given a full-season pickup of 22 episodes to “Everybody Hates Chris,” the Thursday night sitcom created by funnyman Chris Rock.

The show, inspired by Mr. Rock’s Brooklyn childhood in the 1980s, has been a ratings winner since its Sept. 22 debut and has become the highest-rated sitcom in the network’s history.

“Chris,” seen Thursday evenings at 8, stars Tichina Arnold, Terry Crews and, in the title role, Tyler James Williams. Mr. Rock provides the narration for each episode.

Compiled by Thomas Walter and Christian Toto from Web and wire reports.

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