- The Washington Times - Monday, August 30, 2004

Macho ‘Lady’

The producers of a reality TV show wouldn’t lie to their contestants, would they?

Maybe — but only if it means putting them in potentially humiliating situations.

The latest embarrassment-fest is “He’s a Lady,” TBS’ new reality show in which 11 manly men think they’ll be competing in grueling physical challenges. Instead, they must learn to live and behave as women, Reuters News Agency reports.

The winner gets $250,000 and — we hope — a fabulous new wardrobe.

The program premieres Oct. 12.

Morgan Fairchild, John Salley and former “The View” co-host Debbie Matenopoulos will judge just how feminine the macho men become.

Graham ‘Scrubs’ in

NBC’s perennially underrated sitcom “Scrubs” enters its fourth season tonight with Heather Graham joining the cast for an eight-episode arc.

Zach Braff, fresh off his auteur-making turn in his indie hit “Garden State,” stars in the critical darling, which each year manages to garner enough ratings to extend its life another season. Miss Graham plays a bright but mentally brittle psychiatrist who, according to Newsday, sings to her food.

Season four of “Scrubs” begins at 9:25 tonight.

Raven’s so ABC

Raven Symone, who began her young acting career as part of NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” is returning to her prime-time roots.

The 18-year-old star of the Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven,” has inked a rich development deal with ABC, Reuters reports.

The one-year pact, said to be in the high six-figure range, calls for the network to develop a series project for the actress targeted for next fall.

Miss Symone, known mostly for her comedic talents, is said to be open to both half-hour and hourlong concepts for her ABC show.

One of the ideas being floated for the actress, who was just 3 when she debuted on “The Cosby Show,” centers on developing a show around a grown-up version of her “Raven” character, a teenager who often finds herself in humorous situations because of her ability to receive psychic visions of the near future.

The idea of translating a successful series from the Disney Channel to its ABC sibling isn’t new.

Last year, the network tried to develop a Lizzie-in-high-school sitcom based on the Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire,” but the idea fell apart when star Hilary Duff departed the Walt Disney Co. in May 2003.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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