- The Washington Times - Friday, July 10, 2009

‘Roc’ co-star busy

In a rare case of prime-time double duty, actor Rocky Carroll will appear simultaneously next season on “NCIS” and its upcoming spinoff, “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

According to Variety, Mr. Carroll, a former co-star on Fox’s “Roc” and CBS’ “Chicago Hope,” has signed on to star full time in the original “NCIS.” He’s also onboard as a recurring cast member on “NCIS: Los Angeles” as the same character.

Mr. Carroll plays Naval Criminal Investigative Service Director Leon Vance, whose oversight — just like that of the real-life NCIS director — includes multiple jurisdictions.

As a result, the Mark Harmon-led team on “NCIS” will be seen reporting to Mr. Carroll, as will the team of LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell on “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Mr. Carroll joined “NCIS” full time last year after his character, who had been assistant director of the NCIS, was promoted in the wake of the death of his predecessor (Lauren Holly).

“NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” will air back to back this fall on Tuesday nights.

HGTV picks green site

HGTV will build its third annual “green” home in the Pinehills, a master-planned community in Plymouth, Mass., Multichannel.com reports.

The 2010 HGTV Green Home, eight miles north of Cape Cod, will be a custom-built, shingle-style cottage of about 2,100 square feet of living space featuring construction and design elements that will contribute to an energy-efficient, cleaner and healthier-living environment.

Starting in April, fans can visit HGTV.com for a virtual tour of the home or they can see a televised tour during the “HGTV Green Home 2010” special airing April 18, 2010, at 8 p.m.

Viewers also can enter a contest, the HGTV Green Home Giveaway grand-prize package, during the entry period, April 16 through June 4.

Slater ‘Forgotten’?

ABC’s new drama “The Forgotten” may have found its new leading man.

Christian Slater is in talks with the network about starring in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series, Zap2it.com says, citing a story from the Hollywood Reporter. Mr. Slater would replace Rupert Penry-Jones, who left the show not long after ABC picked it up in May.

“Forgotten” also is looking to replace former “24” star Reiko Aylesworth, who also departed following the pilot.

“The Forgotten” centers on an ex-policeman who works with a group of amateur detectives on cases involving anonymous victims.

Mr. Slater starred in NBC’s “My Own Worst Enemy” last season. He also has made guest appearances on “Alias,” “My Name Is Earl” and “The West Wing.”

“The Forgotten” is scheduled to premiere Sept. 22.

Weekend watch

Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design (noon Saturday, A&E) — Series premiere. The former NFL wide-receiver-turned-ESPN-football-analyst indulges his latest passion — interior decorating — by dispensing advice and tips for successful room makeovers.

Amusement Park Eats (8 p.m. Saturday, Food Network) — Table the diet for just one night as show host George Duran travels from coast to coast, including a stop at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, to savor some of the country’s tastiest park treats. On the menu: familiar fare like cotton candy and corn dogs along with more unusual and exotic cuisine.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough: Michael Jackson Video (noon Sunday, BET) — The network pays tribute to the late, great entertainer by showcasing his groundbreaking videos.

Drop Dead Diva (9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime) — Series premiere. It’s brains versus beauty when a deceased superficial model returns to life in the curvier body of smart attorney Jane Bingum (Broadway veteran Brooke Elliott of “Taboo” and “The Pirate Queen”). Margaret Cho, Jackson Hurst co-star.

Why Planes Crash: Brace for Impact (10 p.m. Sunday, MSNBC) — “Today” weekend co-anchor Lester Holt hosts this documentary about the worst air disasters in recent memory and the causes behind them — including bird strikes, hijackings, running out of fuel, mechanical problems, engine failure and a myriad other reasons. Viewers also will see Mr. Holt attempt to crash-land a plane in a flight simulator.

Entourage (10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO) — Season 6 premiere. When Season 5 ended last year, Vince (Adrian Grenier) was on the verge of ending a prolonged career slump, thanks to an offer to star in Martin Scorsese’s next film. Now, with “Gatsby” about to open, Vince is a hot property again — but is it time for the rest of the crew finally to step out of his shadow? With Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Rex Lee, Jerry Ferrara and Debi Mazar.

Shifts at Fox5

Looking ahead, daytime viewers can expect a few adjustments in their favorite programs with Monday’s premiere of the new talk show hosted by flamboyant New York radio personality Wendy Williams (airing at noon).

The schedule: Reruns of the now canceled “Morning Show With Mike and Juliet” air at 9 a.m., followed by “The Rachael Ray Show” at 10 a.m. and “Fox5 News Midday” at 11 a.m. “The Tyra Banks Show” will air after Miss Williams’ gabfest at 1 p.m., and “Judge David Young” moves to 2 p.m.

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

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