- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Clark welcomes ‘04

Dick Clark will be back at his customary perch tonight for the 32nd consecutive year, welcoming in the new year with a squad of younger, hipper pals.

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2004” will air at 10 tonight on ABC. The first part of Mr. Clark’s annual duties has him highlighting the year’s biggest concert tours with clips featuring Bon Jovi, Elton John and Kiss. At 11:35 p.m., Mr. Clark returns for the final countdown along with Jessica Simpson and hubby Nick Lachey, Hall & Oates, Jason Mraz, disco queen Donna Summer and Three Doors Down.

For those who wanna rock, MTV style, the cable network will serve up Hilary Duff, Ludacris, Clay Aiken and Simple Plan starting at 10:30 p.m.

Over at Fox, “The Simple Life’s” Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie co-host “America’s Party” starting at 11 p.m. Telecast from the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the show will feature performances by Hootie and the Blowfish, Ashanti and Metallica.

ALF redux

You can’t keep a good alien down, even if he’s furry and has a predilection for cats.

The hirsute star of the late-1980s sitcom “ALF” is coming back with his own talk show on Nickelodeon, E! Online reports. ALF, given voice by Paul Fusco, will star in “ALF’s Hit Talk Show” for the network, with times and dates to be announced. The Nickelodeon pilot was taped in November.

For five years, the alien also known as Gordon Shumway gave the Tanner clan fits on the NBC show.

The character came back to life, briefly, for the 1996 TV movie “Project: ALF” but thereafter seemed destined for the nostalgia circuit.

Inexplicably, interest in all things ALF never went away.

Hundreds of fan sites on the Web are dedicated to the alien from the planet Melmac.

ALF’s unlikely comeback began earlier this year, when he was hired to hawk long-distance services opposite the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Mike Piazza, Emmitt Smith and Toby Keith.

That didn’t satisfy the faithful, many of whom took to the Net to petition for a more appropriate vehicle for his return to show biz.

“Alf is the coolest, most loveable alien, and for some reason he is off. Networks, get him back,” begged “Tara” on the Planet Melmac Message Board in the dark days before Nickelodeon greenlighted the talk show.

Other fans can commiserate on the Web at members.boardhost. com/planetmelmac.

The rest of us, meanwhile, will continue with our productive lives.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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