- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 20, 2006

CW plans star search

As if there weren’t enough music contest shows already.

Now the CW is entering the fray to find the next all-girl rock group, reports MediaWeek.com.

Enlisting the help of former members of ‘80s bands the Go-Go’s and the Bangles, the newly formed network, which signs on this fall, is hoping to premiere the series next season.

Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg will serve as executive producers, along with Anthony Dominici, executive producer of the UPN hit “America’s Next Top Model.” The Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine and Charlotte Coffey and the Bangles’ Susannah Hoffs and Vicki Peterson will be credited as co-executive producers. The four musicians also will have an on-camera presence, most likely serving as advisers to the contestants.

The show’s producers reportedly are hoping what distinguishes this nonscripted contest show from the others is its focus on contestants who not only sing, but who play their own instruments as well, MediaWeek notes.

Body talk

Continuing in its quest to leave no medical oddity unturned, TLC will air “101 More Things Removed From the Human Body” Sunday evening at 9.

What more is there to surgically extract, you ask? Everything, it seems, except the kitchen sink.

The documentary includes on-scene video and re-creations, as well as graphics, X-rays and other medical imagery to illustrate medical dilemmas confronting the doctors who treated these patients, Associated Press reports. Cases include two motorcycle riders who were impaled by the same metal rod, a woman who was speared by a live marlin, and a police officer who was impaled through the chest by a 2x6 board — plus such sights as a living fly larva growing inside a woman’s scalp and a patient stung by more than 500 bees.

Remarkably, everyone survived and is doing well.

Also Sunday: Cable’s TV One network explores the growing field of plastic surgery for blacks in “Black Don’t Crack: The Cosmetic Surgery Debate,” a documentary airing at 10 p.m.

The film points out that, until recently, relatively few blacks have undergone cosmetic surgery procedures, partly for fear of being accused of trying to conform to the European ideal of beauty. It also explores how an increasing number of black plastic surgeons and heightening interest in health and beauty have helped overcome the long-standing reluctance.

Among the experts featured: Dr. Rose Lewis, the first female black plastic surgeon; Essence magazine Beauty Director Mikki Taylor; and Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Griffin, who has been part of the surgery team on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover.”

Going to the chapel?

Warning to fans of HBO’s “The Sopranos”: Skip to the next item if you don’t want to know a big plot twist ahead of time.

According to the Detroit Free Press, several New York newspapers are reporting that Michael Imperioli’s character, Christopher Moltisanti — whose fiancee, Adriana (Drea de Matteo), was whacked in the 2004 season — will find love again … and get married.

Cara Buono will portray the bride, the Free Press reports. Miss Buono played paramedic Grace Foster on NBC’s “Third Watch” and also plays the love interest of Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange in the upcoming movie “Beer League.”

Meanwhile, the hit HBO mob drama has something to celebrate. The show, now in its sixth and (supposedly) final season, topped the list of cable’s most popular shows for the week of April 10 through April 16, Nielsen Media Research reports. Back-to-back episodes of USA Network’s “WWE Raw” on April 10 came in second and third place. Two installments of Nickelodeon’s “Fairly Odd Parents” rounded out the week’s top five most-watched shows on cable.

“Big Love,” HBO’s new critically praised hit about a maverick sect of polygamists in present-day Utah, also landed a spot in the top 10, placing ninth with 3.9 million viewers.

Monday evening blues

The new NBC reality series “Celebrity Cooking Showdown” failed to whip up an audience, attracting a mere 8.7 million viewers for its Monday debut, reports Reuters news agency.

It was also a bad night for ABC’s “What About Brian,” which crashed and burned in its regular time slot (Mondays at 10 p.m.) after so-so numbers for its Sunday sneak-peek on the network. According to preliminary ratings estimates from Nielsen Media Research, “Brian” averaged 7.1 million viewers and placed third in a three-way race at 10 p.m.

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

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