- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hannity, Colmes split

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity is losing his liberal half.

Alan Colmes of the network’s “Hannity & Colmes” said on his Web site Monday that he’ll be leaving the prime-time show after 12 years. He said he approached a network executive earlier this year about doing something else.

Mr. Colmes will continue as a liberal commentator on Fox programs and keep doing his own radio show. He also is developing a weekend show at Fox News, Associated Press reports.

There was no immediate word about whether he will be replaced on the popular prime-time program.

Showtime for Rogen

Seth Rogen, star of the hit films “Knocked Up” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” is teaming with production partner Evan Goldberg to develop a new comedy for Showtime about three twentysomethings who learn life’s lessons while running a pornography shop, says TVGuide.com, citing a story from Daily Variety.

Mr. Rogen and Mr. Goldberg will executive produce the untitled project, and Matthew Bass, an assistant to the duo on the films “Pineapple Express” and “Superbad,” will write the script.

The new series is expected to air in 2009.

Mr. Rogen and Mr. Goldberg also are collaborating on the big-screen comedy “Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse.”

Glass, AU student win

For the second straight year, Ira Glass’ Showtime series “This American Life” has won the International Documentary Association prize for best continuing series, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Stephen Walker’s “Young@Heart,” which looks at a senior citizen choral group, earned the IDA/Alan Ett Music Documentary Award.

The IDA/ABCNews VideoSource Award for best use of archival news footage goes to “War Child,” C. Karim Chrobog’s film about a Sudanese child solider who emerges as an international rap star.

“As We Forgive,” directed by American University student Laura Waters Hinson, earned the David L. Wolper Student Filmmaker Award, recognizing the next generation of documentary filmmakers.

The awards will be announced Dec. 5 at the 2008 IDA Documentary Awards at the DGA Theatre in Los Angeles, THR says.

B-52s ‘Chime In’

The B-52s are lending their sound to NBC’s ongoing “Chime In” campaign.

The group has recorded its own version of NBC’s famous chimes, which will air in promo form during the network’s prime-time lineup. The promo also will feature the band shaking and shimmying to the reworked tune in its own distinctive style.

The B-52s are in good company. Other superstars involved in the campaign include B.B. King, Clint Black, Richie Sambora, the Airborne Toxic Event, the Flaming Lips and T.I.

All the musicians will autograph the chimes with their own personal style, from Mr. King playing guitar to T.I. rapping to the B-52s grooving to a dance beat.

The distinctive chime notes have been an audio icon for NBC for the past 75 years, since the days when it was only a radio signal. … In January, the chimes were added to all promos, and the overall effort took on the name “Chime In,” gaining worldwide exposure throughout NBC’s Olympic coverage.

Revisiting ‘Camelot’

Showtime and BBC are developing a contemporary series retelling “Camelot,” with “The Tudors” masterminds Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan serving as creative kings, Variety reports.

Mr. Hirst (“Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”) will pen the scripts and serve as executive producer along with Mr. O’Sullivan (“P.S. I Love You”) and Douglas Rae.

The premium cable network and BBC are co-financing development of scripts for the hourlong programs. Showtime has wrapped the third season of “The Tudors,” set to premiere in April.

According to Variety, season two averaged 1.7 million viewers, up 6 percent from season one.

Showtime also has several original projects geared up for 2008-09, including “United States of Tara,” a half-hour comedy series written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (“Juno”), and the half-hour sitcom “Nurse Jackie,” starring Emmy winner Edie Falco of “The Sopranos” fame.

On tap tonight

Dancing With the Stars ( 9 p.m., ABC) — The winner will be crowned.

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

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