- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2008

New ‘Chicken Wars’ a go

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” is a go.

Days after the Adult Swim show landed a best-animated-series Emmy nomination for its “Star Wars” episode, the cable network is moving ahead with a sequel to premiere Nov. 16 on the Cartoon Network.

“It doesn’t even seem real — getting to make Star Wars twice,” said “Robot Chicken” co-creator Seth Green, who is set to direct the second “Star Wars”-themed episode after winning an Annie Award for helming the first one.

Many members of the voice cast from the first special, including original “Star Wars” actors Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams — reprising their roles as Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian — are back. Also returning are Seth MacFarlane as Emperor Palpatine, Conan O’Brien as Zuckuss, Breckin Meyer as Adm. Ackbar and Boba Fett, and Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks. Mr. Green will voice several characters, including Ponda Baba. Joining the voice cast this time around is Andy Richter.

The first “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” special was released July 22 on DVD.

Fox has a ‘Secret’

Fox will give the reality series “Secret Millionaire” a brief holiday-season run, Variety reports.

The new show will bow Dec. 3 with a two-hour episode, followed by four additional airings: Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18, all at 9 p.m. That means the network’s Wednesday comedies “‘Til Death” and “Do Not Disturb” will be pre-empted for three weeks in December (and “Bones” is off that first week). As for those two Thursdays, “Kitchen Nightmares” will move down to 8 p.m., pre-empting “The Moment of Truth.”

“Secret Millionaire” revolves around wealthy people who go undercover to experience what it’s like to live poor in America. At the end, the millionaires reveal who they really are and award $100,000 of their own money to the people they have met and feel are most deserving.

‘Office’ jitters

Cable’s TruTv (formerly known as Court TV) will introduce a new series this fall with a three-word title that strikes fear in the minds of students worldwide: “The Principal’s Office.”

Premiering with back-to-back episodes beginning Aug. 21 at 9 p.m., the reality show will offer a no-holds-barred look at the day-to-day dealings of school administrators. Each half-hour episode will follow the principals including Assistant Principal Jessie Ballengercq these names and schools cq webs rs of Danbury (Conn.) High School, Principal Steve Halter of Booneville (Ark.) High School and Principal Eric Sheninger of New Milford (N.J.) High School and chronicle their governing styles as several disciplinary issues unfold. Among the dilemmas: a tardy student who is given two choices (corporal punishment or Saturday detention) when his excuse doesn’t pass muster, and a star athlete who moons passing motorists from the team bus while traveling to a game.

Bustin’ ‘Loose’

As one series about a blond actress with an unconventional lifestyle ends (“Denise Richards: It’s Complicated”) another is just beginning on E! Entertainment Television.

The cable network apparently thinks what the world needs now is more Pamela Anderson, and it unfurls “Pam: Girl On the Loose” Sunday at 10 p.m.

In online promos for the new show, E! beckons viewers to “take a peek inside her life like you’ve never seen before.”

Gee, given the explicit and infamous honeymoon videotape featuring the former “Baywatch” babe and ex-husband Tommy Lee, we wonder what that could be.

Also on tap this weekend:

Friday

I Want to Work for Diddy (9 p.m., VH1). It’s the ultimate ego trip for the one-name entrepreneur — whose empire includes music, acting, fashion, sports, fragrance and television — as hopefuls try out for what they consider to be their dream job.

Dateline (NBC, 10 p.m.). Chris Hansen, whose “Dateline” investigations have helped put child predators in jail and given some children a new chance at life, follows up on girls saved from the child sex trade in 2003.

Saturday

Long Way Down (9 p.m., Fox Reality Channel). Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are actors, best friends and motorbike fanatics. They’re co-starring in a Fox Reality Channel series that takes them on a 15,000-mile road trip from Scotland to South Africa. A follow-up to “Long Way Round,” stops on the series’ 10-episode travel itinerary include Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia and more.

Sunday

Design Star (9 p.m., HGTV). America voted, now it’s decision time. Either Jennifer Bertrand or Matt Locke will be chosen as the winner of the third annual contest, with the victor receiving his or her own design show on HGTV.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse fom staff, Web and wire reports

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