- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

New sitcoms secure

UPN has ordered a full season’s worth of two new shows, “Eve” and “All of Us,” the latter executive-produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The self-titled “Eve,” starring the hip-hop singer and co-star of the movie “Barbershop,” airs Monday evenings at 8:30 on the network.

“All of Us,” which airs Tuesday nights at 8:30, stars Duane Martin, Elise Neal and LisaRaye. The show quickly has become the network’s highest-rated series.

Martha, Clink

Embattled domestic diva Martha Stewart will open up to Barbara Walters next month in an exclusive “20/20” interview.

Miss Stewart, the focus of an insider-trading scandal, promises the interview will be the only one she will give before her trial, slated to begin in January.

Interview snippets released by ABC reveal Miss Stewart is plenty worried at the possibility of living behind bars.

“Who wouldn’t be scared? Of course I’m scared. The last place I would ever want to go is to prison,” she says. “And I don’t think I will be going to prison, though.”

Shannen plays nice

We always knew that deep inside, Shannen Doherty was a good girl. Now she gets the chance to prove it — with her own TV show.

Looking to shed the “bad girl” persona that has dogged her since her “Beverly Hills 90210” days, Miss Doherty has signed a contract to produce and star in a sitcom, according to E! Online’s Josh Grossberg.

She’ll play a young woman with a reputation for being stubborn and wicked but who is really just a softie at heart, if a little misunderstood.

Now that’s acting.

Miss Doherty’s publicist, Leslie Sloan, says the untitled project is being developed by NBC-based production company Pariah TV, which is mining material from the actress’s real-life exploits.

“The idea has some reference to her own life and her own reputation about a girl who’s known for being tough and bad but actually is a lot softer and maybe smarter and nicer than people realize,” Pariah co-head of production Jessika Borsickzky told the Hollywood Reporter.

Miss Doherty’s bad rap dates back to some divalike behavior during her stint on “90210.” Stories of her wild off-screen behavior played out in the tabloids, and feuds with cast mates and producer Aaron Spelling led to her parting ways with Fox’s hit prime-time soap after four seasons.

Miss Doherty eventually smoothed things over with Mr. Spelling, and he offered her a starring role as one of three witchy women on the WB’s “Charmed.” However, tensions with co-star Alyssa Milano resulted in Miss Doherty’s exiting that series after three years.

Miss Borsickzky, though, says she saw a different side of the actress when Miss Doherty guest-starred on “The Ortegas,” which Pariah is producing for Fox.

“We think that her charisma comes across a lot more with comedy than anything else,” Miss Borsickzky told the Reporter.

Since leaving “Charmed,” Miss Doherty has passed the time hosting the Sci Fi Channel’s candid-camera-style reality series “Scare Tactics” and getting her personal life in order.

Miss Doherty pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a December 2000 drunken-driving arrest and was sentenced to three years’ probation, fined $1,500 and ordered to complete a work-release program.

A favorite of the tabloids for her tumultuous love life — including a quickie marriage to Ashley Hamilton, son of preternaturally tanned actor George Hamilton — Miss Doherty tied the knot last year with movie producer Rick Solomon after another whirlwind romance. The couple split soon after, when Miss Doherty discovered Mr. Solomon had taken up with party girl Paris Hilton. Neither Miss Doherty nor Mr. Solomon filed for divorce, however, and according to one tabloid, have tried to patch things up.

High stakes for ‘Jake’

Tonight’s new episode of “Jake 2.0” finds the regular-Joe-turned-secret-agent attempting to live a normal life again.

Big mistake.

The new UPN drama, airing at 9 tonight, finds Jake (Christopher Gorham) attending his best pal’s wedding only to discover an assassin may have infiltrated the party.

The science-fiction-based “Jake 2.0” follows a man who is injected with nanites, microscopic computers that give him superhero-style powers.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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