- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 22, 2004

Rivers’ new ‘Nip’

It’s a match made in plastic-surgery heaven.

Joan Rivers, the fashion critic who for years has openly joked about her own cosmetic surgery, will guest star as herself on the season finale of the FX drama “Nip/Tuck,” Associated Press reports.

In the episode airing Oct. 5, Miss Rivers will meet with the show’s plastic surgeons, played by Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon, for an unusual cosmetic consultation — so unusual, in fact, that in the show, Miss Rivers flies to the surgeons’ Miami practice to avoid the media’s glare.

That doesn’t sound like the comedian we know.

Though FX is tight-lipped about the nature of the discussed procedure, Scott Seomin, a publicist for the cable channel says, “It’s definitely not something she’s had done before.”

In recent years, Miss Rivers has focused on celebrity red-carpet coverage for cable’s E! Entertainment network. In June, she and daughter Melissa joined the TV Guide Channel to cover the entertainment world.

Here!TV in D.C.

There, here, there… well, they’re at least on your or your neighbor’s television dial.

Here!TV, the nation’s first programming service dedicated to homosexual audiences, has teamed with Starpower Washington to begin offering programming on demand in and around the District.

The service includes 30 hours of movies and original programming per month and will be available to more than 180,000 households in the metro area, according to Starpower.

The company’s service lets viewers choose from a variety of movies and cable programs anytime they wish for a price tag of $8.95 a month.

Parolees speak out

Black Entertainment Television tonight begins a weeklong look at prison parolees trying to regain their right to vote on its nightly newscast.

“Locked Up, Locked Out,” part of “BET Nightly News,” will look at five ex-cons who want to vote in the upcoming elections.

The series looks at five successful black people, including actor-director Charles “Roc” Dutton, who 30 years after being paroled for a manslaughter conviction still can’t vote in his home state of Maryland.

“Each featured individual in the series has rebounded from their crime conviction to become success stories as artists, business owners, writers and community activists,” says Heather Vincent Holley, executive producer for the show.

“Yet the very system to which they pay taxes as citizens has either limited or outright denied a basic right of a democracy — voting, ” she adds.

The series is narrated by longtime CBS News journalist Randall Pinkston.

Tonight’s installment profiles Harlem resident Elaine Bartlett, who served 16 years of a 20-year sentence on a first-time drug offense and will be voting for the first time this year. Her life became fodder for a new book, “Life on the Outside,” which looks at how ex-convicts struggle to rebuild their lives once they’re back in society.

“BET Nightly News” airs at 11 p.m. on the cable network.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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