- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 18, 2003

Extended ‘Time’

The WB is taking its sweet time with its freshman variety show.

The network has finally ordered a full season of “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” which features regular people with unusual or offbeat talents, Reuters News Agency reports. The network’s order of six additional episodes brings the total to 22.

Last month, the WB ordered three extra episodes instead of the standard nine. The network also tweaked the format. It originally filmed the segments showcasing each performer independently, to be mixed and matched with other pieces in the editing room. Last week, the show for the first time taped a continuous episode.

“Everybody felt really good about it,” WB co-CEO Jordan Levin told Reuters. “We all looked at one another after (the taping) and said, ‘This show’s working.’ ” Mr. Harvey currently co-stars in the teen comedy “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” with Nick Cannon.

‘Person’ revealed

CNN’s media synergy with Time magazine will yield the network’s weekend special on the magazine’s famous Person of the Year honor.

The program, airing Sunday morning will delve into the year’s most influential person or persons, as judged by the magazine. The Person of the Year will be announced at 8, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process of the 76th Person of the Year at 8:30. The year’s biggest newsmakers, as deemed by the magazine, also will be highlighted.

The list of potential newsmakers, according to CNN, includes Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean, deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Apple Computer co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, Pope John Paul II, author J.K. Rowling, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and actor and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Aviator Charles Lindbergh became the magazine’s first Man of the Year in 1927. CNN’s Aaron Brown anchors the program, which will be replayed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Conan in Canada

NBC talk show host Conan O’Brien will broadcast his show from Toronto come February, a move local officials hope will boost a tourism industry ravaged earlier this year by the SARS outbreak, according to Reuters News Agency.

The comedian on Monday confirmed that his “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” will shoot from Feb. 10 to Feb. 13 in Toronto.

“I want to announce now that if this week goes well in Toronto, we are moving the show permanently to Winnipeg,” Mr. O’Brien cracked during a recent press conference in Toronto.

The comedian said it would be “premature and foolish” to say who would appear on the show, but he thought “Ben Affleck, J.Lo guaranteed,” along with J.D. Salinger and Saddam Hussein.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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