- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 17, 2005

Lynn, White ‘Uncut’

CMT viewers get a glimpse of the unusual — and triumphant — pairing of country legend Loretta Lynn and the White Stripes’ Jack White tonight.

The country music channel airs “Loretta Lynn Uncut: A ‘60 Minutes’ Special” at 8 p.m., featuring outtakes from the extensive interviews the CBS news show completed with Miss Lynn and Mr. White.

Miss Lynn earned a Grammy earlier this year for “Van Lear Rose,” which Mr. White produced.

America’s ‘Greatest’

NBC’s “The Today Show” teams with the Discovery Channel this morning to reveal its top-100 list of greatest Americans.

The news comes during today’s 7 a.m. “Today” telecast, with show co-host Matt Lauer announcing the winners from more than 500,000 nominations.

Mr. Lauer also will host the Discovery Channel’s seven-hour “Greatest American” series, premiering June 5. Each week, the list will be narrowed through online voting, toll-free phone lines and text messaging.

The “Greatest American” will be revealed during the live finale June 26.

Those who miss today’s announcement can visit www.aol.com/greatestamerican to find biographical information, video footage and more information about the honorees.

The list includes Americans from the worlds of politics, pop culture, science and sports.

Webster’ warned

What would Ma’am and George think?

Emmanuel Lewis, the star of the ‘80s TV series “Webster,” got off with a warning for speeding after giving his autograph and posing for a photo with police, officials told Associated Press.

Officer Ron Kirk said he stopped a vehicle that had been traveling 70 mph in a 45 mph zone April 12 in Warwick, a town in rural southwestern Georgia. The officer immediately recognized the former child star.

“I grew up watching him, and he was very nice and professional, so I just gave him a courtesy warning,” Officer Kirk explained to Albany, Ga., TV station WALB.

The officer went a bit further, asking for the actor’s autograph. Mr. Lewis, 34, agreed to pose for a picture with Officer Kirk and the town’s police chief, Randy Howard Jr.

AP said Warwick, a tiny lakeside town about 30 miles northeast of Albany, gets most of its police revenues from speeding fines.

Mr. Lewis has kept a low profile since “Webster’s” cancellation in 1987. He did appear in a recent season of VH1’s “Surreal Life,” a show that arranges for C-list stars to live under the same roof.

Far from ‘Simple’

Things aren’t so hot over at Fox’s “The Simple Life.”

The reality show hit has seen its ratings slide in recent weeks, and the well-documented falling out between star socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie has insiders wondering if the pair will return for a new season, Reuters News Agency reports.

The new shows are expected to begin production in late spring or early summer, and Reuters reports that Miss Richie could be replaced when the cameras finally roll.

Sources said that Miss Hilton and Miss Richie are under deals to appear in at least five seasons of the show but that their options for the upcoming installment have yet to be picked up. According to syndicated entertainment newsmagazine “The Insider,” the show’s producers are now considering Kimberly Stewart, daughter of singer Rod Stewart, as a potential replacement for Miss Richie.

“We are huge fans of both Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie and look forward to solidifying our plans for the next installment of this fantastic franchise in the very near future,” show producers 20th Century Fox TV and Bunim-Murray announced in a joint statement late last week.

This is not the first time the series has faced an uncertain future. Before production began on the current season of “Simple Life: Interns” last fall, Miss Hilton told a slew of interviewers that she was too busy to do the show. Nevertheless, the hotel heiress ultimately reported for duty.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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