- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2008

‘Swingtown’ switch

Apparently flashing is in — and swinging is out — at CBS.

The network has swapped time periods for its racy ‘70s drama “Swingtown” and the more traditional cop drama “Flashpoint,” effective this week, Variety reports.

“Flashpoint,” a Canadian co-production, has been handed the more desirable post-“CSI” slot on Thursday evenings at 10. “Swingtown,” meanwhile, will take over “Flashpoint’s” Friday 10 p.m. slot.

The Toronto-based “Flashpoint” has been a Friday ratings winner for both CBS and Canada’s CTV the past two weeks. Since its July 11 premiere, the show has averaged 7.6 million viewers on CBS.

Perez’s ‘Jungle’ fever

NBC’s sophomore drama, “Lipstick Jungle,” will get a shot of energy this fall in the form of Rosie Perez.

The Oscar-nominated actress will appear in multiple episodes of the series, beginning with its second-season premiere Sept. 24, Zap2it.com reports. It marks her first network appearance since she guest-starred on an episode of “Frasier” in 2004.

Miss Perez will play Dahlia, the new publicist for fashion designer Victory Ford (Lindsay Price). Dahlia makes it her mission to pull Victory out of her funk and bring a “successful attitude” to her life.

Miss Perez earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her work in the 1993 film “Fearless.” Her movie credits also include “Do the Right Thing,” “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Pineapple Express,” which hits theaters next month.

On television, she earned three Emmy nominations for choreography on “In Living Color” and co-starred in the HBO movie “Lackawanna Blues.”

On tap tonight

So You Think You Can Dance (9 p.m. Fox) — The votes you cast will send two of the remaining eight finalists home. Who will it be?

Black in America: The Black Man (9 p.m. CNN) — This corresponding two-hour special to the ongoing CNN series (“The Black Woman & Family” aired Wednesday) asks whether there are two black Americas: one that offers success for some black men but huge challenges for many more. Soledad O’Brien anchors.

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

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