- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2008

Marathon lauds Getty

Lifetime will play tribute to Estelle Getty with a “Golden Girls” marathon Friday from noon to 5 p.m., TVWeek.com reports.

Miss Getty, who played Sophia Petrillo on the comedy series, died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 84.

The 10 episodes airing on Lifetime will be Sophia-centric and will start with the pilot episode of the long-running series.

The final episode in the marathon (at 4:30 p.m.) will be the No. 1 “Sophia episode” as voted by fans at myLifetime.com.

“The Golden Girls” — which also starred Beatrice Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan — ran on NBC from 1985-1992.

An Emmy for Russert

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will give Lifetime Achievement Awards to CBS correspondent and “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, PBS documentarian Ken Burns and the late Tim Russert, the acclaimed “Meet the Press” host and resident NBC political wizard who died in June, Broadcastingcable.com reports.

The awards will be part of the ceremonies at the NATAS News and Documentary Emmy Awards presentation Sept. 22 in New York.

Stars get ‘Demoted’

“Alias’” Michael Vartan and Emmy winner David Cross will play bitter tire-store rivals in the comedy “Demoted” for Parallel Media’s new genre arm, Parallel Zide, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

Mr. Vartan will play Rodney McAdams, a hot-shot Treadline Tires salesman who delights in tormenting his less-than-cool colleague, Ken (Mr. Cross). But when their boss suddenly dies, Ken is promoted and assigns Rodney to a secretarial job as payback, giving the male chauvinist a taste of his own medicine.

J.B. Rogers (“American Pie 2”) will direct from a screenplay by Dan Callahan. Production begins Sept. 2 in Michigan.

In style

Some of the biggest names in music have signed on for the fifth “Fashion Rocks” concert, set for Sept. 5 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and to be broadcast four days later by CBS.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the lineup so far includes Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, Fergie, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Kid Rock and Duffy.

Proceeds from “Fashion Rocks,” which is sponsored by Chevrolet, Citi, CoverGirl, Kohl’s, Nivea and Verizon Wireless, will benefit Stand Up to Cancer. A related Fashion Rocks magazine will be included in 16 Conde Nast titles in September.

Weekend highlights

Friday

Monk (9 p.m., USA). In an episode titled “Mr. Monk and the Genius,” the OCD-afflicted gumshoe (Tony Shalhoub) goes up against a Bobby Fisher-type chess genius who always appears to be two steps ahead of Monk. Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night and Good Luck,” “L.A. Confidential”) guest stars.

Saturday

License to Wed ( 8 p.m., HBO). Oscar winner Robin Williams attaches his usual manic spin to the part of Rev. Frank, a Catholic priest who puts an engaged couple (Mandy Moore and John Krasinski) through a grueling marriage preparation course to see if they can marry in his church. The critically panned 2007 rom-com was directed by Ken Kwapis.

Sunday

Design Star (9 p.m., HGTV). Ten contestants came, but only two remain. Jennifer Bertrand, 33, from Olathe, Kan., and Matt Locke, 38, of Los Angeles, will square off in the final challenge that will determine this year’s “Design Star” winner. Their task? Heading to New Orleans, where each will design a home for a family impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Then it’s time for America to vote.

Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC) — The Emmy-nominated series begins its second season by picking up where it left off in the season one cliffhanger: What’s become of secretary-turned-junior copywriter Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) and the son she bore with the pretentious — and very married — account executive, Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser)?

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

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