- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 21, 2007

New on Fox

The morning competition gets a little more exciting today with the start of (the uncreatively named) “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” beginning at 9 and airing locally on Fox5-WTTG.

Hosted by Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy — who’ve worked together for nearly five years on two Fox News Channel programs, including the morning show “Fox & Friends” and the noon-time audience participation show “DaySide” — the hourlong effort marks the network’s first foray into weekday morning show programming. Today’s show also gets a boost from Daughtry, the platinum-selling rock band fronted by former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry, who will perform during the inaugural episode.

“The Morning Show’s” producer is Tom Mazzarelli, a former senior broadcast producer on NBC’s “Today.”

” ‘Fox & Friends’ was 80-90 percent news,” Mr. Jerrick tells the Detroit News. “That’s not what we’re about on our new show,” Miss Huddy adds. “It’s a little oasis before you get the day going. You can sit down and watch this fun show filled with entertainment and personality.”

Says Mr. Jerrick: “It’s our friendship that will keep viewers coming back. They’ll have a good time because we’re having a good time.”

Super Bowl synergy

Last week, we reported that Grammy Award nominees would guest star on a pair of CBS dramas in the week leading up to the ceremony. Now, the network is extending its cross-promotional activities: Two football stars will be featured on CBS and CW sitcoms the night after the Super Bowl.

Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, will guest star on “How I Met Your Mother” on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Mr. Smith, a former Dallas Cowboy and the third-season winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” will play himself. Barney (played by former “Doogie Howser, M.D.” star Neil Patrick Harris) recognizes his gridiron idol when he runs into him in New York.

Next, viewers can see Jerry Rice — one of football’s greatest wide receivers — on CBS’ new sitcom, “The Class” (8:30 p.m.). Like Mr. Smith, Mr. Rice (also a participant on “Dancing with the Stars,” during its second season) plays himself. In the episode, the former San Francisco 49er surprises Duncan (played Jon Bernthal) when he discovers Mr. Rice working on a speech for a charity event at the home of Nicole (Andrea Anders).

If you liked Mr. Rice on “The Class,” then switch over to the CW at 9:30 where he’ll again play himself on “The Game,” a comedy about the lives and loves of professional football players. Here, he encourages up-and-coming San Diego Sabers receiver Derwin Davis (played by Pooch Hall). The CW is a joint venture between CBS and Warner Bros.

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

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