- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 5, 2003

Kilborn got game?

Late-night smirk-master Craig Kilborn, a native Minnesotan, will suit up with the Minnesota Timberwolves this week when the team meets for training camp, the Associated Press reports.

The rangy host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn,” who played basketball for Hastings High School and Montana State, is an unabashed Wolves’ fan.

Wolves’ coach Flip Saunders last week officially invited Mr. Kilborn to join the squad for a few workouts, although the visit had been in the works for weeks.

“I hope he is in shape and prepared for this. He better not expect any preferential treatment either,” Mr. Saunders told the AP.

Mr. Kilborn, 41, will practice with the Wolves today and tomorrow at the team’s training camp in St. Cloud.

“Two words for you: bounce pass,” Mr. Kilborn said of the upcoming camp. “I have two more words for you: groin pull.”

We have two words for Mr. Kilborn — publicity stunt.

ABC taps Sweeney

“Saturday Night Live” alumna Julia Sweeney will write a comedy-drama for ABC about a terminally ill mother who has to deal with her imminent death, her parents and her children, Reuters News Agency reports.

Subject matter aside, the producers promise plenty of laughs.

“Tonally, it would be similar to ‘Terms of Endearment,’” Vivian Cannon, who is overseeing the project for Pariah Prods, told Reuters. “It is going to be a warm, funny family drama.”

Pariah’s executives approached Miss Sweeney because of her real-life experience of beating cancer and losing her brother to the disease, as reflected in her acclaimed one-woman show “God Said, Ha!”

ABC has ordered a script for the project, as well as another one at Pariah: a drama set at a Los Angeles talent agency, from writer Peter Lefcourt, the creator of Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers.”

Miss Sweeney is best known for her sexually ambiguous “Saturday Night Live” character Pat, which she parlayed into a disastrous 1994 feature film, “It’s Pat.”

Reality culture swap

The Russells of Birmingham, Ala., traded in their modern luxuries to explore life in Ghana for a new National Geographic Channel reality show.

“Worlds Apart,” a 13-episode series debuting at 8 tonight, tracks transplanted American families living across the globe for a 10-day span.

The Russells stay with the Bawa family, a typical Ghana clan, and both learn from the others’ very different cultures. The members of the Bawa’s Frafra tribe follow traditional gender roles and live chiefly on the millet surrounding their village.

Frafra tribe members often live in huts made of mud and cow dung, according to National Geographic., and their religious faith combines both Christian and animist beliefs.

HBO2’s ‘War’ face

HBO’s sister station, HBO2, is featuring a trio of war documentaries designed to shed light on conflicts old and new.

“Faces of War: Past, Present and Future” begins at 6:15 tonight with “War Photographer,” an Oscar-nominated documentary focusing on Pulitzer Prize-winning war photographer James Nachtwey.

“The Struma,” airing at 6:30 tomorrow evening, recounts the struggles of 779 Jewish refugees who fled Romania in 1941 on a doomed ship named The Struma which subsequently sank en route to Palestine.

“Child Soldiers,” airing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, examines how more than 40 countries today force children into combat roles. Among the countries defying the United Nations’ stance against child soldiers are Uganda, Sudan, Burma and Sierra Leone.

FBI profiler profiled

Candice DeLong’s life as an FBI profiler is getting the television treatment, courtesy of Lifetime.

“Killer Instinct: From the Files of Agent Candice DeLong” airs at 9 tonight on the women-centric network. Miss DeLong, played here by Jean Smart (“Designing Women”), served as one of the FBI’s first female profilers.

The telepic features Miss DeLong pulling back on potential retirement plans when a serial rapist attacks a close friend.

Howling over ‘Wolf’

A barely remembered blip on Michael J. Fox’s resume has lit a creative spark over at UPN.

Reuters reports the network is developing a drama series loosely based on Mr. Fox’s 1985 film feature, “Teen Wolf.”

Warner Bros. acquired the rights to use the “Teen Wolf” title from MGM, which owns the original feature.

UPN has given a script commitment to the project.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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