- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2007

Dr. Ruth joins ‘Cafe’

Dr. Ruth is coming to a rest home near you.

Venerable sex-advice guru Ruth Westheimer is hosting a segment on the two-hour Monday-through-Friday “Daily Cafe” show on Retirement Living TV. She will dispense senior-centric advice and sex tips.

Elliot Jacobson, Retirement TV’s vice president of programming, said he hoped Dr. Ruth would bring “a large and diverse base of loyal fans and viewers” to the network. For her part, Dr. Ruth said she was interested in helping the Retirement Living TV viewers “become more informed about having better and safer sex.”

The elderly sexpert will weigh in on topics including sexually transmitted disease and the best times of day to have sex as well as taking calls and e-mails from curious viewers, Daily Variety reports.

“Daily Cafe,” which has just acquired a new co-host in former CNN newscaster Bobbie Battista, airs at noon.

Fox’s Nash project

A pair of 20th Century Fox comedies, including one starring “Reno 911” veteran and “Clean House” host Niecy Nash, have landed at Fox and CBS, Zap2it.com reports.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has given a put pilot commitment to the untitled Nash project, written by Abraham Higginbotham (“Arrested Development”).

The Higginbotham script focuses on lives of the staff at a ritzy New York hotel and will be a multicamera comedy, Zap2it.com says.

Other credits for Miss Nash include “Guess Who,” “Code Name: The Cleaner” and “Reno 911!: Miami.”

Meanwhile, CBS has snagged “Private Lives of Public People” from Jonathan Groff (“Andy Barker, P.I.”), winning a bidding war with ABC.

“Private Lives” will examine three adult siblings whose public lives are very different from their private lives.

Mr. Groff also has written for Will & Grace” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Weather for kids

The Weather Channel has started theweatherchannelkids.com, a new education-and-entertainment-themed weather Web site geared toward school-age children, MediaWeek.com reports.

The new site is aimed primarily at educating youngsters on various aspects of meteorology while mixing in some fun activities. For example, it features both a weather encyclopedia and a glossary, plus weather-related games and videos. In addition, theweatherchannelkids.com is set up specifically to support science teachers and students, as it includes both a Homework Helper channel and downloadable curriculum plans.

Prime-time return

Annie Potts has signed on to co-star opposite “Hairspray” starlet Nikki Blonsky in the Lifetime original movie “Queen Sized,” Hollywood Reporter says.

“Queen Sized,” premiering Jan. 5, is the true story of an overweight teen (Miss Blonsky) who takes a stand against bullying, becomes her school’s homecoming queen and ends up with more than just a crown. Miss Potts — known best for her role on the long-running “Designing Women” — will play her mother.

The film marks Miss Potts’ first project for the women’s cable network since her drama series “Any Day Now” wrapped its four-season run in 2002. She is shooting a guest role on ABC’s “Ugly Betty.”

On tap tonight

To Die in Jerusalem (9 p.m. HBO) — Two mothers seek closure in the deaths of their daughters — an 18-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber named Ayat al-Akhras, and her victim, Rachel Levy, a 17-year-old Israeli student. The two died together in a Jerusalem market in 2002. The horrific bombing ignited international outrage because of the age and similarities of the two girls and set in motion a quest by Rachel’s mother, Avigail Levy, to arrange a one-on-one meeting with her counterpart, Um Samir.

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

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