- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Regis, Kelly again

Aren’t Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa sick of each other yet?

The pair, who propel the syndicated “Live With Regis & Kelly” chat fest weekday mornings, are teaming up again for Miss Ripa’s “Hope & Faith” sitcom.

The episode, to air during the November sweeps, casts ol’ Reege as a used-car salesman who auditions Miss Ripa’s character for a new commercial.

ABC’s “Hope & Faith,” also starring Faith Ford and Ted McGinley, airs each Friday evening at 9.

‘Whoopi’s‘ ice play

Whoopi Goldberg played a basketball head coach in 1996’s “Eddie,” but it’s clear that she pines for the frozen rinks of the National Hockey League.

Miss Goldberg coaxed five NHL stars into filming spots for an upcoming episode of NBC’s “Whoopi,” the Associated Press reports.

Anson Carter of the New York Rangers and Scott Stevens of the New Jersey Devils are featured in the show, which will be broadcast Tuesday, the day before the NHL season opens.

“We were all thrilled to know she was a big hockey fan,” Mr. Stevens said.

“So when she asked us to join her for an episode of her new show, we thought it was the least we could do for all the support she gave us.”

Darius Kasparaitis of the Rangers and Scott Gomez and Jay Pandolfo, both of the Devils, have cameo roles.

“I’m secretly hoping that they’ll ask me to play with them some time, but so far they haven’t asked,” Miss Goldberg said.

Sounds of silence

The FX network has pulled the plug on “The Orlando Jones Show,” making it a rough week for cable TV talk shows, Associated Press reports.

The series, which debuted June 16, stopped production last Thursday, FX spokesman John Solberg said. Repeats will air until FX decides on a time-slot replacement.

FX was pleased with the show, but its average viewership of 259,000 at last measurement didn’t justify the production costs, Mr. Solberg said.

Mr. Jones wasn’t alone.

Last week, MTV canceled Tom Green’s late-night talk show. With NBC, CBS and ABC all in the late-night talk derby, it’s difficult for cable networks to compete.

Late-night talk shows are getting less and less time to prove themselves.

Where would Conan O’Brien be if NBC had pulled the plug on his show during its infancy? “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” was a shambles right out of the gate, and cutting it down might have seemed like the smart move at the time.

The red-haired comic recently celebrated his 10th year on the air with a prime-time special and today is considered a comic innovator.

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central is the most successful cable late-night talk show; it won its first Emmy last week for best variety show, breaking a five-year winning streak for David Letterman.

Orlando Jones is a 35-year-old actor and comedian who has co-starred in such films as “The Replacements,” “Evolution” and “Biker Boyz.”

Before that, he was best known as the 7UP pitchman.

‘CSI’ arrests rivals

CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” began the new season as it ended the last one — at the top of the ratings heap.

The show drew 26.9 million viewers to lead the pack last week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 22 through 28.

NBC’s aging “must-see” lineup came in second and third, as “Friends” and “ER” showed they can still summon large audiences even after more than a decade on the air.

NBC’s “Law & Order” came in fourth for the week, followed by CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

The late John Ritter’s “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” came in 12th for the week. The program marked the first of three new episodes the actor shot before his death last month.

Several new programs cracked the top 20. CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” with Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, came in eighth, while CBS’ “Cold Case” and NBC’s “Coupling” came in 14th and 17th, respectively.

CNN’s voter forum

CNN and Rock the Vote are teaming up to host a live forum of young voters and the Democratic presidential hopefuls on Nov. 4 at Boston’s Faneuil Hall.

The 90-minute “America Rocks the Vote” will focus exclusively on issues near and dear to young voters’ hearts, with questions coming from those in the hall and other people submitting queries via the Internet.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will serve as the moderator of the event, timed to air one year before the 2004 presidential election.

The forum will air at 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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