- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2008

‘Adams,’ ‘Wire’ score

The final season of the “The Wire” and the original miniseries “John Adams” helped Home Box Office notch a television-network-high of 10 TCA Awards nominations, the Television Critics Association announced Tuesday.

Cable network AMC garnered five nominations for TCA Awards honoring the best television shows that aired during the 2007-08 season as selected by the association’s 200-plus member critics and journalists, Multichannel.com reports.

AMC’s original drama series “Mad Men” also garnered four nods, including nominations for new program of the year, best program, individual achievement in drama and best drama. In the final category, it will compete against the likes of HBO’s “The Wire” and ABC’s “Lost.”

HBO’s 10 nominations include four for the gritty drama series “The Wire” in the categories of best drama, program of the year, Heritage Award and individual achievement in drama for show producer David Simon.

PBS drew nine nominations for the TCA Awards, which will be presented July 19 at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Brides in vogue at WE

Those nasty brides are back with a vengeance.

The return of WE TV’s signature series, “Bridezillas,” broke the show’s season-premiere record, drawing an estimated 1 million viewers, Multichannel.com reports.

Sunday’s premiere of the fifth season of “Bridezillas” also drew the network’s highest delivery for a premiere among women 18 to 34 (234,000), women 18 to 49 (408,000) and women 25 to 54 (316,000).

The household rating reflected a 21 percent increase compared to the network’s previous “Bridezillas”season premiere.

Braugher’s back

Emmy winner Andre Braugher (“Homicide: Life on the Streets”) has been tapped to star opposite Ray Romano in TNT’s drama pilot “Men of a Certain Age,” the Hollywood Reporter says.

The show, created by Mr. Romano and Mike Royce, explores the bonds of male friendship through the eyes of three college buddies who are now in their 40s. Mr. Braugher plays Owen, an overstressed husband and father who works as a car salesman at his dad’s dealership, and is one of Joe’s (Mr. Romano) two best friends.

In other casting news, Jimmi Simpson has joined Fox’s two-hour backdoor pilot “Virtuality,” and Yara Martinez has come aboard NBC’s upcoming drama series “My Own Worst Enemy.”

“Virtuality” is set aboard Earth’s first starship, which is equipped with advanced virtual-reality modules. Mr. Simpson will play a mysterious man who enters the virtual-reality world with a hostile agenda.

“Enemy,” meanwhile, centers on Henry (Christian Slater), a suburban dad whose alter ego, Edward, is a spy. Miss Martinez will play Henry’s loving wife, who has no idea about his double life.

Short takes

*Cress Williams, who plays the estranged husband of Dr. Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy,” will be moving to “Prison Break” in the fall, TVGuide.com reports. Mr. Williams will play an assassin hired by the Company to kill the show’s main characters, Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield, the magazine says.

*Sprague Grayden, most recently seen on CBS’ “Jericho,” has landed a recurring role on Fox’s “24,” Zap2it.com reports. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Miss Grayden will play Olivia Taylor, daughter of President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) and the nation’s first husband (Colm Feore).

*One of “Saturday Night Live’s” most famousalums is returning to the show for a “best of” special. Mike Myers will host an evening of his best work in a prime-time special, TVSquad.com reports. The comedian will introduce his most memorable sketches in front of a live studio audience, and some current “SNL” cast members - Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig - will join him. Mr. Myers also can be seen in the new feature film “The Love Guru,” which opens June 20.

On tap tonight …

“Swingtown” (10 p.m., CBS) - The network premiere of the much-hyped drama about free love, wife swapping and adultery in an upscale Chicago suburb in the 1970s. Lisa Tamashiro, Jack Daven Port, Molly Parker and Grant Show star.

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

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