- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2009

Golf’s reality

The Golf Channel says Ray Romano, star of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” will be the focus of the next season of its reality series, “The Haney Project.”

The series follows Tiger Woods’ swing coach Hank Haney as he tries to improve the game of a celebrity, Associated Press reports.

The first season of “The Haney Project” with former NBA player Charles Barkley was the second-highest rated program in the network’s history. Only “The Big Break,” about competing for a spot on the professional tour, did better. The Golf Channel started in 1995.

Mr. Barkley’s appeal was his hideously bad swing. Funnyman Mr. Romano, who’s “obsessed” with golf and wants to get better, will add entertainment value to the show, said Tom Stathakes, the network’s programming chief.

The Romano project is expected to air in March.

The Golf Channel is trying to become more than just putts and slices. “Law & Order” actor Anthony Anderson is host of a news program called “Golf in America,” and the network is filming a reality series about troubled golfer John Daly.

‘Big Brother’ winner

Jordan Lloyd was served the $500,000 grand prize on “Big Brother 11,” Associated Press reports.

The goofy 22-year-old waitress from Matthews, N.C., bested Natalie Martinez, the scheming 24-year-old recent college graduate from Gilbert, Ariz., on Tuesday’s season finale of the voyeuristic CBS reality show. Miss Lloyd received five votes from the show’s seven-member jury, which included viewer votes as the possibly tie-breaking seventh pick for the first time.

Miss Lloyd, who spent most of the season aligned with and romantically linked to charming 31-year-old advertising salesman Jeff Schroeder, defeated Kevin Campbell, the cunning 29-year-old graphic designer from Chula Vista, Calif., in the last round of a three-part Head of Household competition, which allowed her to choose Miss Martinez to battle against for votes.

Miss Martinez, who earned a $50,000 second-place prize, had been aligned with several jury members, but her lies in the game apparently caught up to her in the jury house and cost her votes.

Howard returns

Ron Howard, whose previous pet TV project, the single-camera comedy “Arrested Development,” was one of the most acclaimed series of the past decade, is back with a new idea for a comedy series, this time in the multicamera genre, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show, a workplace comedy set at an Internal Revenue Service district office, has landed at Fox. It will be written by Brent Forrester, writer-director on another workplace comedy, NBC’s single-camera “The Office.”

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