- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2003

MTV’s jailhouse blues

The network that shocked you with “The Osbournes” and rocked you with Metallica wants to take a gritty look at crime and punishment by shooting a documentary inside the Tarrant County Jail.

A film crew could start shooting “Inside” — a six- to seven-week documentary at the Texas prison — for MTV, as soon as Wednesday if an agreement is approved tomorrow by the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court, the Associated Press reports.

The proposed series would follow one or two defendants through the judicial process, from entering a plea to sentencing and completing the jail term.



It would focus on life inside a jail cell.

“It’s a look at the reality of what it is to be thrown in jail for the first time, and how it affects a young person,” Janelle Fiorito, executive producer for Los Angeles-based Endemol Entertainment, told AP.

The production company will film the series for MTV.

“It is meant to be a preventative series for young people who think going to jail is a cool thing,” Miss Fiorito said.

The air date has not yet been scheduled, but it will run before the end of the year.

Sheriff Dee Anderson said there’s some promise behind the series.

“We went into it with a lot of hard questions,” the Tarrant County sheriff said.

“We did research into the company and the producer.

“The concept is something law enforcement should support,” he said.

Sharon’s family affair

Nepotism alert: New talk show star Sharon Osbourne has nabbed son Jack for today’s installment.

The young Osbourne, who grabbed headlines earlier this year when he admitted himself into an addiction clinic, is now shooting “A New York Minute” in Toronto with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. He’ll steal enough time from that shoot to talk to his mother, we imagine, about his progress on the addiction front.

Jack Osbourne told MTV he had been drinking and smoking pot steadily for the past two years before undergoing counseling and that he began using illegal drugs at 13.

Today’s “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” airing at 2 p.m. on the WB, also features Julio Iglesias, Jr., who joins the host for her “Under the Covers” segment to chat up his new CD, “Tercera Dimension.”

Hittin’ the roof

The roof of the historic Ed Sullivan Theater building is the place to be today as the New York Philharmonic turns it into a concert stage on David Letterman’s behalf.

Tonight’s “Late Show with David Letterman” will be taped between 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. this afternoon for the program’s 11:35 broadcast time.

Fifty-three members of the New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, will be performing Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro Overture” under the musical direction of Lorin Maazel.

The performance marks the third time the building’s roof has doubled as a stage. Both Bon Jovi and the Dave Matthews Band played the 13 stories high rooftop for Mr. Letterman in the past.

The next Dan Patrick?

So you think you have what it takes to talk up sports and come up with catch phrases like “boo-yah” and “back-back-back” that are broadcast on ESPN’s “SportsCenter?”

Here’s your chance — ESPN is holding its “Dream Job” auditions at ESPN Zone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The country’s best amateur sports anchor, as decided by the network, won’t just win a nice prize.

He or she will earn a one-year, on-air contract as part of the network’s new primetime reality series.

The network started seeking out amateur broadcasters Sept. 16. ESPN Zone is located at 555 12th Street in Northwest.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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