- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 14, 2003

‘Lives’ reborn

SOAPnet is bringing “Days of Our Lives” into its stable of melodramatic shows.

The cable channel has acquired the same-day airing rights to the long-running NBC soap opera.

Beginning this March, the show’s fans will be able to catch that afternoon’s episodes at 7 p.m. and again in a Sunday night marathon.

The deal, announced by SOAPnet, also gives the channel access to the show’s archives to be used for forthcoming specials.

The 38-year-old drama, which famously begins each installment with, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives,” is the favorite daytime serial for women ages 18 to 34, according to SOAPnet.

Original cast members Frances Reid and John Clarke — who, respectively, star as Alice Horton and Mickey Horton — remain with the program, set in the fictional Midwestern town of Salem.

And the winner is…

E! takes a break from its “True Hollywood Stories” and “Wild On” thong parades to broadcast its “Entertainer of the Year” special.

The 14th annual award show honoring 2003’s most intriguing celebrity airs at 9 tonight on the cable enterainment channel.

Runners-up this year, but still worthy of recognition, include Justin Timberlake, Orlando Bloom, Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The network is celebrating this year’s winner for “career-enhancing milestones and outstanding critical and commercial successes.”

“Friends’” Jennifer Aniston earned the 2002 Entertainer of the Year honors.

A new ‘Bachelorette’

Warm up your TiVos. We could be in for another reality wedding.

Meredith Phillips, who tried but failed to win “Bachelor” Bob Guiney’s heart in the show’s most recent installment, will do the picking this time on the forthcoming edition of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

The last time ABC used a rejected participant as their “Bachelorette,” wedding bells eventually rang.

The just wrapped miniseries “Trista & Ryan’s Wedding” captured the nuptials of Trista Rehn, who came oh so close but didn’t win during the “The Bachelor’s” first installment.

The 30-year-old Miss Phillips is a makeup artist who currently resides in Los Angeles.

All new episodes of “The Bachelorette” will begin at 9 p.m. Jan. 14 on ABC.

The show follows one lucky lady as she chooses a mate from among 25 single fellas.

Lack of Latinos

The news about media coverage of the Latino population isn’t good.

TV’s evening newscasts offer scant and stereotypical coverage of Latinos, focusing mostly on crime and immigration, according to a study released Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

For the eighth year, the “National Brownout” study by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists found inadequate attention has been paid to America’s largest and fastest-growing minority.

“This year’s report once again highlights the dismal progress the networks have made in their coverage of the nation’s Hispanic community,” association President Juan Gonzalez, a New York Daily News columnist, said in a statement.

But the results were largely troubling, especially given the critical role television news play in shaping American perceptions, the report concluded.

The failure to reflect a broader, more balanced view of Latino life may stem in part from the lack of Latinos in newsrooms and in broadcast management, the journalists’ association told AP.

Networks have consistently rejected a request to report on the racial and ethnic makeup of their newsrooms, although newspapers and local radio and TV broadcasters conduct such studies, the association said.

Data for the NAHJ study came from the Vanderbilt University Television News Archives.

The research and data analyses were conducted by Serafin Mendez and Diane Alverio, who also co-wrote the report with Rod Carveth.

NAHJ, has 2,300 members and is based in the District.

‘Isaak’s‘ final lap

Heartthrob crooner Chris Isaak begins his third, and final, season of his eponymous Showtime series next month.

Mr. Isaak, a throwback performer and occasional actor, has earned solid notices but lukewarm ratings for “The Chris Isaak Show.”

The program melds fact with fiction as the singer and his actual band run through orchestrated plots as themselves.

The first new episode of the 13-show season airs at 10 p.m. Jan. 8.

Reuters News Agency reports the final season includes guest appearances by Gloria Estefan, Poison’s Bret Michaels, Michelle Branch and Oakland A’s ace Barry Zito.

Mr. Isaak makes his directorial debut with the Jan. 29 episode, “Home Improvement.”

His real-life band members Kenny Dale Johnson (drummer), Hershel Yatovitz (guitar) and Rowland Salley (bass) also star.

The artist, who toured this summer with Lisa Marie Presley to promote his latest album, “Always Got Tonight,” is keeping busy by contributing a version of “Besame Mucho” to the upcoming Epic soundtrack for Julia Roberts’ “Mona Lisa Smile,” which opens Friday in movie theaters.

Mr. Isaak enjoyed his biggest hit with the smoldering 1989 single “Wicked Game.”

His music also figured prominently in Stanley Kubrick’s last film, 1999’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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