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- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2007

'Confidential' return

Culture vultures, take note: "TV Land Confidential" returns to the airwaves with six more episodes starting July 11.

Cable's TV Land network initially aired seven installments of the original series back in 2005, revealing choice bits of trivia, like the ways the producers of "I Dream of Jeannie" hid Barbara Eden's pregnancy in the first season of the show.

The latest "Confidential" installments will focus primarily on television, with occasional forays into movies and music. Each episode will zoom in on a different theme of behind-the-scenes minutiae — from the secrets of television series finales to the stories behind guest-star appearances.

Stars of all stripes — ranging from past series and variety-show stars such as Kirk Cameron (Mike on "Growing Pains") and Donny Osmond to current players Jorge Garcia (Hurley on "Lost") and Josh Duhamel (Danny on "Las Vegas") — provide nifty tidbits and anecdotes about what goes on when the cameras aren't rolling.

The series, which will premiere with a night of back-to-back episodes, will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. through Aug. 8.

'Lost' won't black out

The creators of "Lost" probably won't have to hide out in France when the ABC drama ends in 2010.

Three days after the controversial finale of "The Sopranos," the "Lost" minds promised their series would not conclude so ambiguously, Reuters reports.

"We will not be ending with a blackout," said Carlton Cuse, referring to the black screen that delivered an unresolved ending to HBO's mob drama.

Speaking at the Promax/BDA conference, Mr. Cuse and Damon Lindelof told electronic-media professionals that they planned the last three seasons during a recent writers "minicamp." "Lost" will end after 48 hourlong episodes, with 16 installments per season. Mr. Lindelof said the show has to move from asking questions to answering them.

"Obviously, we can't wait to the 48th hour to say, 'Here are all the mysteries of the show,' " he said.

Mr. Cuse also noted that the sometimes vociferous and heavily engaged viewership of the show uses the Web to advance theories and post explanations and even freeze frames to debate meaning.

"I'm not sure there is any ending that will satisfy everyone," he said. "Our hope is that the ending will be ... the logical conclusion of the story."

Animated Paris?

Marvel comics legend Stan Lee is developing an animated series for MTV starring jailed hotel heiress Paris Hilton, the New York Daily News reports.

A separate source directly involved with the project likened it to the "Stripperella" cartoon developed by Mr. Lee in 2003 for Pamela Anderson, the newspaper said.

'Dance Party' up for Emmy

"Dance Party: The Teenarama Story," a riveting account of the local dance program that showcased scores of area teens as they bopped and shimmied their way through the 1960s and early 1970s on the old Channel 14 (WOOK-TV), will vie for Emmy gold during tomorrow's Capital Emmy Awards ceremony at the Ritz Carlton in Northwest.

The program — produced by WHUT's (Channel 32) Beverly Lindsay-Johnson and Herb Grimes (with narration by Motown legend Martha Reeves) — will face "Through Our Eyes," a documentary about the accomplishments of the District's Latino community since the 1970s, for the top prize in the cultural documentary category.

Weekend highlights

Tonight: "Daytime Emmy Awards" (9 p.m., CBS): Sentimental accolades are likely to come to "The Price Is Right" host Bob Barker as he exits the show after a 35-year run. However, the night's real drama may come when former "The View" co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell meet face to face for the first time since their big on-air blowout last month on the ABC chat fest. The dueling duo — along with "View" co-hosts Joy Behar and Barbara Walters — are nominated for outstanding talk-show host.

Tomorrow: "Confessions of a Matchmaker" (10 p.m., A&E): Patti Novak, a professional matchmaker, has been warming up the lonely hearts of Buffalo, N.Y. — a city with one of the highest populations of singles per capita — with her no-nonsense style of tough love, A&E says. Now she's letting cameras into her sessions and on dates with her clients, sharing the secrets of her success with the world. Maybe it's just what you need — especially if you're at home and dateless again on a Saturday night.

Sunday: "Bridezillas" (10 p.m., WE): Hormones rage and tempers flare as the cameras capture frenzied brides-to-be at their worst while preparing for their big day.

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