- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Carey-ing on

For viewers who just can’t wait for Drew Carey to be on television every weekday, CBS will expand his game show, “Power of 10,” to two nights beginning tonight.

According to Broadcasting & Cable magazine, the network ordered four additional episodes of the show, which will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in addition to its current Wednesday 8 p.m. time slot.

The show will air on five straight Tuesdays leading up to its season finale on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. That airing will replace the Sept. 19, show, which will be replaced by the premiere of the suddenly controversial “Kid Nation.”

Mr. Carey also recently signed on to replace Bob Barker on CBS’ long-running game show, “The Price Is Right.”

As we like it

Kenneth Branagh made his name as an unconventional director, receiving a best-director Oscar nomination for his very first film, the 1989 adaptation of “Henry V.”

His most unorthodox take on the Bard was also his least successful. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” his 2000 vision of Shakespeare as a Hollywood musical, was a box-office disaster.

Mr. Branagh hasn’t directed a film shown in North America since then — and his adaptation of “The Magic Flute,” a setting of the Mozart opera made last year, hasn’t found a distributor here yet. (“Sleuth,” a remake, will be in theaters sometime this fall.)

Mr. Branagh has split the difference for his fifth Shakespeare adaptation, “As You Like It,” premiering on HBO tonight at 9. The actor-director has moved the action from the Forest of Arden to 19th-century Japan, but he kept a more traditional “staging” and all the excitement of his best work, like 1996’s “Hamlet” and 1993’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Mr. Branagh, who doesn’t appear in “As You Like It,” also retains his impeccable eye for talent. Bryce Dallas Howard’s (“Lady in the Water”) Rosalind has real chemistry with David Oyelowo’s (“The Last King of Scotland”) Orlando, even when the lady is playing a gentleman.

Frequent Branagh collaborator Brian Blessed plays both the good Duke and the bad; Alfred Molina is the humorous Touchstone; and Kevin Kline is the philosophical Jaques.

British actress Romola Garai, who should be better known to American audiences after this fall’s “Atonement,” plays Celia and expresses more with her face than anyone else in this enjoyable production.

Patrick Doyle, who composed his first film score for Mr. Branagh’s “Henry V,” holds everything together with his typically felicitous score.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Kelly Jane Torrance from staff, wire and Web reports.