- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2012

The kids from Riverdale are no strangers to high school angst, worries about fitting in or music. Neither are the teens from “Glee.”

Now, Archie, Betty, Veronica and resident boy genius Dilton Doiley will match wits — and maybe a vocal or two — with the likes of Finn Hudson, Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry in the pages of “Archie Comics,” said Jon Goldwater, the co-chief executive officer.

Mr. Goldwater unveiled the planned collaboration — dubbed “Archie Meets Glee” — on Monday, ahead of Wednesday’s start of Comic-Con in San Diego, the Associated Press reports.

He said the crossover between the Fox show and the comic book is set for late this year or in early 2013, and is being written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, one of the television show’s writers. It features multiple characters from the long-running comic book and the Fox show now in its third year. Dan Parent is illustrating the story.

“I’ve become friendly with Roberto — he’s just a genius writer,” said Mr. Goldwater, who met the playwright last year at New York Comic Con when he stopped by Archie Comic Publications Inc.’s booth. “He and I were shooting the breeze.”

That visit sparked a friendship and, ultimately, the idea for the crossover.

“It turns out he’s been a fan of Archie for years. His most recent Halloween costume? He was dressed as Archie!” Mr. Goldwater said.

Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa said the opportunity was something he could not pass up, either.

“I’ve been wanting to write something for Archie Comics forever and my favorite Archie stories have always been those weird crossovers like ‘Archie meets the Punisher’ and ‘Archie meets Kiss,’ ” he said. “I thought, ‘Archie meets Glee’ would be a great crossover since they’re both set in high schools, they’re both optimistic, they both involve singing.”

For now, Mr. Goldwater said, the plot of the four-issue story arc in “Archie Comics” is a closely-held secret, but it does involve parallel dimensions, dancing and some serious singing, too.

It’s also the latest step for the publisher, which has expanded its pop cultural offerings beyond Jughead, Midge and Mr. Weatherbee.

In the past two years, Archie Comics has brought in an openly-gay character, Kevin Keller; been visited by the band Kiss; and seen Archie marry Valerie, the bassist for Josie and the Pussycats, and have a daughter with her.

Guthrie has official debut as co-host of ‘Today’

Savannah Guthrie made her official debut as Matt Lauer’s co-host on NBC’s “Today” show Monday, shaking off nerves and starting the morning show’s effort to move past a rough patch in its history.

According to the Associated Press, the 40-year-old Guthrie, NBC’s chief legal analyst, said she was honored to have one of those rare jobs “you can describe as fun and actually mean it.”

“This was a little unexpected, as we all know, but I just want to say that I’m so proud and honored to be in a place occupied by so many women I admire,” Ms. Guthrie said. She named all her predecessors from Ann Curry to Jane Pauley. After saying she hoped she didn’t miss anyone, Mr. Lauer replied that “you’ll hear if you did.”

Ms. Guthrie has co-hosted the four-hour “Today” show’s 9 a.m. hour for the past year, but the 7 to 9 a.m. stretch with Mr. Lauer is the main event, where it directly competes with morning news shows on ABC and CBS.

She replaces Ms. Curry, who was in the job for a year. This spring, ABC’s newly aggressive “Good Morning America” ended “Today’s” streak of winning ratings that stretched back to 1995, and the programs have traded victories ever since. For the last week of June, the shows finished in a dead heat among viewers in Nielsen’s measurement. Prestige and a lot of advertising revenue flow from being No. 1.

NBC plainly hopes for a better showing on Ms. Guthrie’s “official” debut than her unofficial one. Before a vacation, she co-anchored with Mr. Lauer on June 29, one day after Ms. Curry’s tearful exit, and the Nielsen company said “GMA” crushed “Today” in the ratings that day by 670,000 viewers.

NBC also wants to give viewers and her colleagues a chance to get used to Ms. Guthrie in the new role before “Today” heads to London later this month for special broadcasts during the Olympics.

Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ sees steep drop in viewers

Following the back-to-back premiere outings for Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management” on June 28, the FX comedy settled into its regular time slot of 9:30 p.m. on Thursday — dropping more than 2 million viewers in the process.

Among total viewers, the third episode of “Anger Management” dropped just north of 41 percent from the June 28 episode in the same time period, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It brought in 3.37 million viewers after pulling 5.74 million in the same half-hour on June 28.

The actor’s “Two and Half Men” follow-up had nearly the same dip among adults age 18 to 49. Thursday’s episode earned 1.71 million viewers in the target demographic, down from the premiere week’s hauls of 2.89 million (9:30 p.m.) and 2.65 million (9 p.m.).

Although these numbers are the first indicators as to whether “Anger Management” might secure the 90-episode renewal at stake, per the arrangement with distributor Debmar-Mercury, it won’t be until the end of this 10-episode run that FX can determine if the series meets its undisclosed ratings threshold. (The heavily promoted premiere episodes will not play a role in the math.)

Kardashian sister gives birth to baby girl, Penelope

Kourtney Kardashian has given birth to a girl and she’s naming her Penelope.

According to the Associated Press, the reality TV star told E! News that her second child with boyfriend Scott Disick was born early Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Her full name is Penelope Scotland Disick.

Miss Kardashian said she and the new baby were “resting comfortably.”

She and Mr. Disick have a 2-year-old son named Mason. Both of her pregnancies were highly publicized.

Her sister, Kim, wrote on her website that the family was thrilled to finally meet the newborn. The family appears on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”