- - Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fresh off re-election, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will appear on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” on Thursday.

The vice president’s office said Mr. Biden taped a cameo appearance in July. He said Thursday on Twitter that “my whole family loves the show, and I had a great time doing it.”

The show’s executive producer told The New York Times that Mr. Biden’s appearance was taped under strict secrecy. The show was warned that provisions might have to be made to give Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan a similar cameo if word of Mr. Biden’s participation leaked out before Tuesday’s election.

Mr. Biden frequently has been mentioned on the show as an object of fascination by lead character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler.

Rihanna holds her own in Victoria’s Secret show

Rihanna rocked in lingerie at Wednesday night’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show in New York, providing the highlight of the live-music soundtrack and holding her own on the catwalk with some of the world’s top models.

Those models even had props, including Adriana Lima’s ringmaster wand, Doutzen Kroes’ body cage and several pairs of the oversized angel wings that the retailer has made its signature.

Still, wearing a sheer pink mini that gave glimpses of her bra, Rihanna sang “Fresh Out the Runway” at the end of the corset-and-garter parade and she was the one to grab the audience’s biggest applause.

The fashion show has become a preholiday-season tradition for the retailer. CBS will turn it into a one-hour special, also featuring performances from Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars, to be shown on Dec. 4.

This year’s event had a slight twist. It started with an announcer noting that Victoria’s Secret and CBS each had made a donation to Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, and a thank you to the National Guard members based out of the Lexington Avenue Armory that has for years been home to the show.

Mostly, though, models are encouraged to smile, ham it up and show off the extra time at the gym that most admit undergoing in the weeks beforehand. “It’s highly televised, and you take that into consideration,” said model Joan Smalls ahead of the show. “This is kind of not the same as other runways. You have to prepare your body: No. 1 is the wings are heavy, and No. 2 is you have to be comfortable with your body because the camera will pick up on it if you’re not comfortable and confident.”

Adam Lambert to host, perform on ‘VH1 Divas’

“VH1 Divas” will be getting some testosterone this year: Adam Lambert is joining in.

Mr. Lambert will host and perform at the Dec. 16 event. Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, Jordin Sparks and Ciara also will hit the stage at the special honoring dance music and its current and classic divas.

Tributes to the late Whitney Houston and Donna Summer also are planned.

Mr. Lambert said in a statement Thursday the show will be “the most fabulous concert of the year.”

“VH1 Divas” will benefit VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. The venue for the event hasn’t been announced. The show will air live at 9 p.m.

Mother accused of abusing ‘Modern Family’ teen

The mother of “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter has temporarily lost custody of the actress amid claims she has been physically and emotionally abusive to the teenager, court records show.

The allegations are contained in a guardianship petition filed last month in Los Angeles by Ariel’s 34-year-old sister, Shanelle. A judge ordered the 14-year-old’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, to stay away and have no contact with her daughter until a Nov. 20 hearing. Ariel’s sister, also a TV actress, was appointed as a temporary guardian, but does not have access to Ariel’s earnings, according to the judge’s order.

Ariel, who started acting in films and TV shows at age 7, currently plays Alex Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy.

Ariel’s mother was accused in the filings of “ongoing physical abuse” described as slapping and hitting, as well as name-calling and personal insults. Reached by phone, Ms. Workman said she was in the process of hiring an attorney.

An independent attorney has been appointed to oversee Ariel’s interests in the case.

Attorneys handling the guardianship had sought to transfer control of the young star’s earnings from an account her mother can access to a blocked account. A judge did not grant that request, but it may be renewed at a later date.

Ariel has appeared in several TV series, including “ER” and “Phineas and Ferb,” and movies such as “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “ParaNorman.”

The filing was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.

Compiled from Web and wire reports