- The Washington Times - Monday, August 2, 2004

Knight ‘Rides’ again

David Hasselhoff fans, rejoice.

The much-mocked mastermind behind “Baywatch” rose to fame with a cheesy action series pairing him with a talking car.

Sometimes high-concept vehicles, no matter how silly the setup, just click with audiences.

“Knight Rider” sure did, becoming a hit for the handsome actor.

And the series’ initial episodes are now available on DVD. “Knight Rider: The Complete First Season,” arrives in stores today.

The show, which ran from 1982 through 1986, stars the Baltimore-born Mr. Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a detective who fights crime with the aid of an artificially intelligent supercar named K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand), voiced by William Daniels.

Bonus goodies on the four-disc set, priced at $59.98, include the TV reunion film “Knight Rider 2000” plus interviews and a K.I.T.T. owner’s manual.

Logo outed

Logo, the upcoming homosexual-themed channel, is finally taking shape as a number of celebrities — including the ageless Cher — have agreed to appear on the digital channel.

The flamboyant diva, along with Scottish actor Alan Cumming and comedian Kathy Griffin, is among those signing up to appear, Reuters News Agency reports.

The Viacom-owned Logo is scheduled to debut in as many as 15 million homes in February.

Cher and her daughter, Chastity Bono, will executive produce “Family Outing,” a chronicle of “coming-out” stories based on Miss Bono’s book of the same name.

Among the other projects are “The Alan Cumming Experience,” which features the “X-Men” actor hosting a cabaret-like variety show; “Fantastic Voyage,” a reality series set on an ocean-liner cruise hosted by Miss Griffin (“The D List”); and “My Fabulous Gay Wedding,” which focuses on homosexual “nuptials,” with “Kids in the Hall” actor Scott Thompson hosting.

For starters, the channel’s schedule will primarily consist of more than 150 acquired movies and documentaries with homosexual themes, including “Gods and Monsters” and “An Early Frost.” The original programming will hit the airwaves soon thereafter.

Logo also is in discussions with raunchy comics Margaret Cho and Sandra Bernhard, as well as with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“The Reagans”) for original programing .

FX’s latest drama

FX, the rising cable channel that’s home to such edgy fare as “The Shield,” “Nip/Tuck” and now “Rescue Me,” has found itself embroiled in a wiretapping case with a former employee.

Fired FX publicist Randolph S. Webster, 38, was arrested Friday on charges of eavesdropping on meetings for two and a half years, authorities told Associated Press. He was released on $10,000 bond pending his arraignment later this month on a felony count of wiretapping.

He could face three years in prison if convicted.

Mr. Webster, the brother-in-law of retired tennis great Pete Sampras, was vice president of publicity for the cable channel for two years but was fired in July 2001.

Officials said he used a toll-free telephone number and a password to dial into the conference call during weekly staff meetings.

It was unclear whether Mr. Webster used any of the information he allegedly obtained from the meetings, authorities said.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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