- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 17, 2004

‘That’s So Macy’

R&B diva Macy Gray makes an appearance on the Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” tonight.

We remember when the idiosyncratic singer was popping up in larger projects, like 2002’s blockbuster “Spider-Man.”

But hey, any exposure is good exposure, right?

The episode, titled “Taken to the Cleaners,” features the Grammy-winning singer as Rhonda, a dry cleaner employee who meets Raven when the show’s star tries to retrieve what she inadvertently deposited in the store — Tanya’s (T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, formerly of Fox’s “In Living Color”) angrily written letter to her law school professor, one never meant to be seen.

“That’s So Raven,” which counts Miss Gray’s children among its fans, airs tonight at 7:30 on Disney.

Conduct unbecoming

CMT gets into the game tonight with an expose of the sporting world’s less glowing examples of human behavior.

“CMT Most Shocking: College Sports Headlines,” airing at 8 p.m. on the country music channel, digs into sports-related scandals involving gambling, sex, murder, recruiting violations and drugs that occur on college campuses nationwide.

Hosted by country music star Trace Adkins, the show examines a number of incidents, such as point shaving, recruiting violations and even murder. Volatile head coaches such as Woody Hayes and Bobby Knight also come under scrutiny during the program.

‘Legal’ maneuvers

The producers of ABC’s “Boston Legal” obviously liked what they saw from recent guest star Rene Auberjonois.

The show just hired the Tony-winning actor to become a series regular on the freshman drama, Reuters News Agency reports.

Mr. Auberjonois has made several appearances on the David E. Kelley-produced series as one of the partners in the criminal defense firm run by Denny Crane (played by William Shatner). Mr. Auberjonois, who also enjoyed a regular gig in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and a permanent spot on the Trekkie circuit, plays the straight-laced Paul Lewiston, the one member of the firm who can offset Crane’s erratic management style.

Mr. Auberjonois’ many TV credits include the ABC sitcom “Benson.” He recently completed a Broadway run with a starring role in the revival of “Sly Fox.”

“Boston Legal,” spun from Mr. Kelley’s popular “The Practice,” has built on the 10 p.m. Sunday slot once held by its predecessor. Yet it hasn’t regularly bested its NBC competitor, “Crossing Jordan,” despite its massive lead-in after ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

MTV ‘Preps’ feature

MTV Films is setting its sights on the world of rich kids gone bad.

The fledgling film company, responsible for this year’s sleeper hit “Napoleon Dynamite,” will soon produce a movie that will explore party life at a prep school, Reuters reports.

The project, “Prep,” is based on Jake Coburn’s 2003 novel that centers on privileged prep school teens with too much money and too few morals. The protagonist tries to leave that world behind but is thrust back in when he tries to save the brother of the girl he loves.

To date, no writers have been tapped to adapt the project, which MTV Films will develop at its Paramount Pictures sibling in partnership with the Benderspink production company.

MTV Films’ upcoming slate includes “Aeon Flux,” “The Longest Yard” (starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock) and “The Warriors.”

Hunter goes ‘Gilligan’

Sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale … of a new reality show.

Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Rachel Hunter is about to get her Ginger on.

The model turned actress will play the gorgeous Ginger in TBS’ reality show update of “Gilligan’s Island,” Associated Press reports.

She’ll play the pampered movie star who — at least in the 1960s series — could melt any man on the island with her hourglass figure.

The show’s other contestants have also been chosen to reflect the still-familiar sitcom characters, including the Professor (here, a New York University professor) and the Skipper (a Massachusetts small business owner, who is also the captain of his own boat).

“The Real Gilligan’s Island” premieres Nov. 30 on TBS. During the show, the castaways will have to work together to get off an island and in various contests will relive scenarios from the classic series.

The “real” Gilligan is a 20-year-old college guy who works at a marina.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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