- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2004

What Super Bowl?

Not everyone is holding their breath until kickoff time Sunday night. Most television sets will be tuned in to Super Bowl XXXVIII on CBS, but some Americans, hard as it is to fathom, don’t live and die by pigskin alone.

The other networks are hoping to lure audiences away from what could be another super blowout with counterprogramming.

TNT offers up a 10-episode stretch of “Charmed” episodes, featuring the beguiling Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs, starting at 6 p.m.

Trio will air back-to-back episodes of “Parking Lot” from 8 a.m. Sunday through 2:30 a.m. Monday. The original show is inspired by the 1986 cult film “Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” which is about fan-watching at a Judas Priest concert. The film’s directors, D.C. natives Jeff Krulik and John Heyn, captured the intensity of your average metalhead before a major concert for their quirky short film.

The new, documentary-style series not only peeks behind the scenes of your average headbanger ball but also includes concerts featuring Justin Timberlake and Stevie Nicks.

HBO subscribers can check out “The 5 Wood,”, this week’s installment of crank-master Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

This episode, airing at 9:30 p.m., finds Larry squabbling with “Friends” star David Schwimmer over a bag of raisins and cashews. The show also features guest spots by Bob Einstein, better known to some as pseudo-stuntman Super Dave Osborne, and character actor Saul Rubinek (Daphne’s ex-fiance from “Frasier”).

The kiddies might prefer Toon Disney’s “Pumbaa Bowl 2004” marathon, starting at 10 a.m. and running through 11 p.m. The marathon features the misadventures of Timon and Pumbaa of “The Lion King” fame.

Perhaps the shrewdest counterprogramming move of the night finds NBC broadcasting three episodes of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” starting at 8 p.m. It’s one thing for a fellow to embrace his inner metrosexual, but it’s something else to watch grooming tips while the manliest sporting event of the year is unfolding elsewhere on the dial.

Super commercials

America Online and CBS understand that many of us click on each winter’s Super Bowl telecast to check out the commercials, not the game.

Viewer voting on the best Super Bowl TV ad has become a pastime for millions of American Web users.

Now, America Online and CBS have united to take that concept a bit further. The two let Internet users determine the best Super Bowl ad in history and will soon count down those choices during a prime-time TV show, Reuters News Agency reports.

The contest, though, is a bit skewed, as Internet users were offered only 10 super commercials (out of 2,200 that have aired since 1967). The 10 commercials were selected by CBS executives with help from USA Today.

CBS will air its “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” tomorrow evening at 9.

From AOL’s perspective, the initiative is designed to highlight its TopSpeed technology, which enables dial-up users five-times-faster Internet surfing. Just think of all those pop-up ads exploding on your computer screen five times faster than before.

Some of the ads chosen include the 1984 Apple Computer spot and a 1973 Noxzema shaving-cream ad starring Joe Namath and Farrah Fawcett.

Would anybody trust either one of ‘em with a razor these days?

Everybody loves Doris?

Doris Roberts is already mulling life after “Raymond.”

Miss Roberts, one of “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” key cast members, would be thrilled if the show morphs into a sitcom about Brad Garrett’s character, Robert Barone, and his new in-laws.

She told the Associated Press she’s “sure this is in the minds of CBS people.”

Miss Roberts says Fred Willard, Georgia Engel and Chris Elliott, the actors playing the new in-law characters, are worthy of a spinoff.

“They are totally different in their way but certainly just as dysfunctional” as Frank and Marie Barone, Miss Roberts says. Frank (Peter Boyle) and her character, Marie, would fit into a sitcom like that perfectly, she adds.

Meantime, Miss Roberts says she’s hoping that Ray Romano will keep “Everybody Loves Raymond” going for at least another season. She says she’s let Mr. Romano and others connected with the show know she would like the sitcom to stick around.

“Now you just have to leave it alone. You can push just so far, and then you get to be annoying. I can’t imagine how CBS would let it go. I understand from the writers’ point of view. If they can’t come up with good ideas and new ideas that are not repetitive, they don’t want to go on with that. But they’re far from that this year, so I keep my fingers crossed. I’m sure CBS will find a way to make it work,” Miss Roberts told AP Radio.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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