- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2003

S&G; visit Dave

Simon & Garfunkel are wasting no time drumming up interest in their upcoming tour.

The folk-pop duo will appear on “The Late Show with David Letterman” at 11:35 tonight, just days after announcing their upcoming reunion tour.

The appearance will mark their first visit to Mr. Letterman’s CBS studios and their first joint television appearance since their performance at the 45th annual Grammy Awards telecast on Feb. 23.

The group’s new tour starts Oct. 18 at The Palace at Auburn Hills, Mich. Other dates and cities will be announced.

Columbia Records will release “The Essential Simon & Garfunkel” double CD retrospective Oct. 14.

Promising ‘Carnivale’

Don’t expect the new HBO series “Carnivale” to become the latest water cooler chat.

That doesn’t mean the network’s latest original series isn’t worth your time. Hardly.

Set against the dusty Depression, the 12-episode series, debuting at 9:35, is a sordid tale of good versus evil played out amongst the freaks and geeks of carnival life. Nick Stahl (“In the Bedroom”) is Ben Hawkins, a lost soul with repressed healing powers who hitches his wagon to a traveling carnival. His downtrodden goodness, it appears, will be balanced by Brother Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown), who preaches salvation but may have the devil in him.

Rounding out the cast are Michael J. Anderson (“Twin Peaks”) as Samson, the carnival’s diminutive manager; Adrienne Barbeau, as Ruthie — the mother figure who’s also the carnival’s snake charmer; two-time Oscar-nominee Amy Madigan as Brother Justin’s loyal sister, Iris; and Clea Duvall as Sophie, the tarot card reader.

“Carnivale” is an extremely slow build. Some viewers may leave in frustration as the plot details trickle into view. Those weaned on the strange goings-on in shows like “The X-Files” and “Twin Peaks,” however, will be pleased by the mercurial storytelling and artful presentation.

Speaking of HBO

“Sex and the City” — which precede’s “Carnivale,” with the first half of its series finale Sunday evening at 9 (the final eight episodes are slated to air early next year) — may be bowing out on HBO. But it won’t entirely leave the airwaves.

Home Box Office and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution on Wednesday announced that Tribune Broadcasting has acquired the off-net syndication rights to the award-winning HBO series. It’s expected to premiere on Tribune Broadcasting stations in September 2005 as a six-day-a-week strip.

” ‘Sex and the City’ has been one of the strongest half-hour comedies on television, and it is easily the best new comedy coming into the syndication marketplace,” Pat Mullen, president of Tribune Broadcasting, said in a statement.

“Our strategy is to acquire the best sitcoms for our local stations and we have a long and successful track record including ‘Friends,’ ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’ ‘Sex and the City’ makes the daily access and late fringe programming at our 26 television stations across the country even stronger,” Mr. Mullen added.

“It is also the perfect show for the younger demographic served by our WB affiliates and coveted by advertisers.”

10 years of ‘Conan’

They said it wouldn’t last, but the red-haired giant named Conan has proven them all wrong. “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” marks its 10-year anniversary with a prime time special Sunday evening at 9:30.

The show will enable its audiences to check out the eclectic humor that’s been keeping somnambulant fans up at nights for a decade.

The former “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons” scribe replaced David Letterman 10 years ago, a thankless task made harder by his stiff mannerisms and a volley of critical fire.

Mr. O’Brien, and NBC, persevered, and soon his sharp humor gained him loyal viewers.

Sidekick Andy Richter may no longer be on the show, but Mr. O’Brien’s self-deprecating shtick appears to have a long shelf life.

The special promises plenty of clips as well as appearances by several celebrity guests.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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