- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Jacko is back

Step No. 15 in the Michael Jackson career resuscitation plan goes into effect next week.

“Michael Jackson Number Ones,” a new special examining the entertainer’s career through old and new footage, airs Nov. 26 on CBS.

The event was timed to coincide with the release of Mr. Jackson’s new greatest-hits album called “Number Ones,” but yesterday’s news that his Neverland ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif. was being searched by local police as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation” of a new claim of sexual abuse surely will cast a pall over the celebration.

On the CBS special, Mr. Jackson is scheduled to sing his new single, “One More Chance,” and will be feted by a galaxy of very forgiving people, including Beyonce Knowles, Missy Elliott, Dick Clark, Shaggy, Quincy Jones and Jennifer Lopez.

Has an entertainer ever asked to be honored with such regularity?

Few would argue that Mr. Jackson’s musical legacy makes him one of pop music’s legitimate icons, but his increasingly freaky behavior and the progressive morphing of his face into a fright mask have reduced his songbook to almost a footnote in the eyes of many.

The special will air at 10 p.m.

ABC’s ‘Sisco’ shelved

Score one for the dumbing down of television.

ABC’s literate “Karen Sisco” is being pulled from its Wednesday time slot and will resurface next spring.

The series, spun off from the 1998 film “Out of Sight” with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, stars Carla Cugino as a tough but tender private eye.

The show’s competition, NBC’s ageless “Law & Order,” apparently proved too much for the neophyte drama.

“We love this show, but it has become increasingly obvious that it’s not working on Wednesday nights,” ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne said in a statement.

At least viewers will have a second, and likely final, chance next year to support one of the better new dramas to come out this season.

‘Survivor’ supreme

Ever wonder how Richard would match up against Jerry or if Rudy would out-hustle Ethan?

The eighth installment of CBS’ reality-show stalwart “Survivor” will gather its most memorable players for an all-star edition to debut Feb. 1 after Super Bowl XXXVIII.

“Survivor: All-Stars” will feature 18 veteran castaways, from past editions, all gunning for the $1 million bounty.

The full cast will be announced at a later date.

It won’t be the first time “Survivor” has piggybacked on the Super Bowl. “Survivor: The Australian Outback” debuted following Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.

The show’s current edition, “Survivor: Pearl Islands,” continues to draw strong ratings for the network in its Thursday night slot.

“Survivor” debuted in the summer of 2000, with Richard Hatch as its’ first winner.

‘Bachelor’s‘ last kiss

It’s been fun while it’s lasted, but buss-happy Bob Guiney of “The Bachelor” fame will settle down tonight.

ABC will air the final episode of “The Bachelor” at 9.

Will Bob pick Estella or Kelly Jo?

Will their romance last through sweeps?

Mr. Guiney certainly hasn’t squandered his 15 minutes.

He just released a new book, “What a Difference a Year Makes,” and the part-time musician will drop a new album shortly.

The likable bachelor originally participated in “The Bachelorette” but wasn’t chosen by its pretty star, Trista Rehn. ABC executives clearly saw some appeal in the then-husky Mr. Guiney and cast him as the star of the show’s latest episode.

Maxim’s rules

Maxim magazine publisher Felix Dennis shoots from the airbrushed hip on tonight’s “60 Minutes II” on CBS.

The publisher, whose magazine caters to hormonally addled young men, discusses his stamp on the industry and plans for the future with reporter Bob Simon.

Here’s a taste of what viewers can expect:

Mr. Simon: “The former and late editor of GQ said, ‘Maxim readers are men who not only move their lips but drool when they read.’”

Mr. Dennis: “The facts of the matter are that we had absolutely trashed his circulation. He just couldn’t stand it.”

Mr. Simon: “So it was periodical envy?”

Mr. Dennis: “It was called sour grapes, and I — I did actually come back with quite a zinger for him, you know, after he’d said that, and I said, ‘Yeah, GQ readers are for men who like socks more than sex.’”

The hourlong show also will include an interview with presidential candidate Wesley Clark by CBS anchor Dan Rather.

“60 Minutes II” airs at 8 Wednesday nights.

Daly’s DJ days

MTV personality Carson Daly is looking back to his days as an FM radio disc jockey as the inspiration for a new sitcom.

Mr. Daly has teamed with writer-producer Tom Brady (“The Hot Chick”) to develop a workplace comedy set at an urban radio station, according to Reuters News Agency. Mr. Daly is onboard to executive produce but will not star in the project.

The as-yet-untitled project, developed under Mr. Daly’s production deal at NBC Studios, will be based loosely on his experience working at several radio stations, including modern rock outlet KROQ-FM in Los Angeles.

Mr. Daly’s “Last Call” is in its third season. In addition to the deal at NBC Studios, Carson Daly Prods. also has a development pact with MTV stemming from Mr. Daly’s long-standing relationship with the cable network as host and executive producer of its staple series “TRL.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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