- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2006

FN seeks its next star

Food Network’s got a sweetheart in Rachael Ray, a legend in Emeril Lagasse and a beauty in Giada De Laurentiis.

So, who will be added to the mix as “The Next Food Network Star”?

Viewers will decide which contender has the best recipe for success on Sunday after a two-hour episode (at 9 p.m.) narrows the competition to two finalists.

Viewers can vote via the Web site, www.foodnetwork.com, or cell-phone text message until Wednesday. A marathon of the show’s previous episodes will air Sunday afternoon from 4 to 8 p.m. — building up to the episode that will lead to the start of the nationwide vote, Scripps Howard News Service reports.

The second season of “The Next Food Network Star” began with a nationwide search for culinary talent and is down to four finalists: Carissa Seward, Nathan Lyon, Guy Fieri and Reggie Southerland, all living in California.

The winner, who will host a six-episode show airing in June, will be revealed during the show’s finale at 9 p.m. April 23.

Windfall for TV One

Silver Spring-based TV One, a cable channel that aims to attract black viewers, says it has acquired rerun rights to a slew of movies and TV series, including such films as “The Color Purple” and “Malcolm X” and the UPN sitcoms “All of Us” and “Eve.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the multiyear deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution marks the biggest programming acquisition for the network in its two-year history.

TV One said the agreement marks the first time it has obtained off-network rights to sitcoms currently airing on a broadcast network. It can begin airing “All of Us” and “Eve” in the fall, which will be their off-network premieres. Both shows are in their third seasons but face uncertain futures. The CW, the new network that will begin this fall with the merger of the WB and UPN, has not yet announced whether either show will be on its schedule for the 2006-07 season.

The TV One deal also includes rights to such series as “Living Single,” “For Your Love,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” “The Parent ‘Hood,” “Wanda at Large,” “All About the Andersons,” “Fastlane” and “A Man Called Hawk” as well as recent episodes of “Showtime at the Apollo.” Through the agreement, TV One also is renewing rights to air the comedies “Roc” and “Martin.”

Other movie titles on the slate include “Lean on Me,” “New Jack City,” “Purple Rain,” “Shaft” “Superfly,” “Round Midnight,” “Rosewood,” “Boiling Point,” “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Strictly Business,” “Cabin in the Sky,” “Krush Groove” and “Sparkle.”

TV One and Warner Bros. declined to comment on the financial terms of the deal. TV One, which signed on in January 2004, serves more than 28.4 million households.

Latin in Manhattan

Latin Grammy fever is spreading to New York City.

For the first time in the awards show’s seven-year history, it won’t take place in Los Angeles or Miami. The Latin Recording Academy has decided to honor Latin music at Madison Square Garden this fall, Associated Press reports.

LRA President Gabriel Abaroa noted at Tuesday’s announcement that many Latin music stars have called New York home, including Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Willie Colon.

“I hope, I truly hope, that around the days of the Latin Grammys, the city and the citizens of New York switch into the Latino mood by telling everyone, ‘Welcome to New York. Mi casa es su casa (My house is your house),’ ” Mr. Abaroa said.

The show, which will air live Nov. 2 on Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, features a variety of categories, including pop, salsa, reggaeton and rock. Last year’s show in Los Angeles was the first changed from an English broadcast to entirely Spanish.

CBS dropped the telecast after 2004 when the English format failed to attract high ratings. Last year’s Univision broadcast drew more than 5 million viewers, compared to 3.2 million on CBS the previous year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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