- The Washington Times - Monday, November 15, 2004

Omarosa update

Omarosa’s back — we’re just not sure if it’s due to popular demand or her blatant agenda to obtain a 16th minute of fame.

The “Apprentice” cast-off and District resident (full name Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth) appears on the prankster show “Girls Behaving Badly,” airing at 8 tonight on cable’s Oxygen network.

She’ll play a nurse dealing with patients in a dermatology waiting room that’s “infected” with an airborne bacteria.

Terror drama beckons

More than three years after the September 11 attacks, television executives appear ready to investigate that horrific day.

Oscar-winning filmmakers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are in negotiations to sign on as executive producers of NBC’s themed miniseries on the tragedy, Reuters News Agency reports.

If a deal can be worked out, they would work alongside “Speed” scribe Graham Yost, who already was attached to develop and executive produce the still-untitled project.

ABC also is developing a long-form project based on the September 11 attacks.

Mr. Grazer and Mr. Howard won Oscars for their work on 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind” and, more recently, Emmys for the Fox sitcom “Arrested Development.”

Sources said NBC is developing the project as an eight-hour limited-series production.

No premiere date has been set, but when the project was announced last month, Mr. Yost said it would likely take at least a year of research and development before production could begin. The blueprint for the project will be the 567-page “9/11 Commission Report,” which was released in July.

A bipartisan federal panel spent nearly 18 months researching the report’s findings. The attacks claimed nearly 3,000 lives and spurred the United States to mount a global war on terrorism.

Keaton’s busy again

Who says aging actresses can’t find work?

Just ask Diane Keaton.

The Oscar-winning “Annie Hall” beauty, now 58, is developing two comedy series projects for HBO, Reuters reports.

A pilot will be shot for at least one of the projects, both of which will provide Miss Keaton with starring roles. Miss Keaton also will serve as an executive producer.

Credit “Something’s Gotta Give,” the 2003 feature which brought Miss Keaton her latest Oscar nomination and a chance to show that a fiftysomething woman can be desirable on screen.

Miss Keaton, best known for her accomplished movie career, already has behind-the-camera experience with television series. She executive-produced and directed the short-lived Fox drama “Pasadena” and also directed episodes of ABC’s “Twin Peaks” and “China Beach.” She next stars in the CBS TV movie “Surrender, Dorothy.”

Oprah’s Midas touch

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey continues to cast a magical spell over her subjects.

Her show helped anoint Dr. Phil as TV’s reigning pop psychologist, and also encouraged millions of readers to turn the pages with her as part of Oprah’s Book Club.

Now her chat last week with Dr. Nicholas Perricone — the popular anti-aging guru — is sending the physician’s fortunes into the stratosphere, Associated Press reports.

An appearance Wednesday on Miss Winfrey’s show helped the good doctor’s “The Perricone Promise” rise to the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com’s book list, followed by the paperback edition of “The Perricone Prescription” at No. 2. Just a few slots down is the hardcover of “The Perricone Prescription” at No. 6, with “The Wrinkle Cure” right behind at No. 7 and, finally, “The Perricone Prescription Personal Journal,” which checked in at No. 18.

Dr. Perricone, 56, who offers a range of dietary and skincare advice, also had the No. 1 and No. 2 books Thursday on Barnes&Noble.com.;

Publishers moved quickly to cash in. Warner Books announced that an extra 100,000 copies had been ordered for “The Perricone Promise,” his latest work, bringing the total in print to 427,000. Another 50,000 copies have been ordered for “The Wrinkle Cure,” a 2002 publication which now has 912,000 copies in print.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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