- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 20, 2005

‘All That’ reunion

Television specials occasionally look at the stars who started out on soap operas, but Nickelodeon recalls a few stars who tasted their first fame on one of its flagship shows.

“All That,” the sketch comedy show starring an all-kid cast, kicks off its 10th season at 8 p.m. tomorrow with a one-hour reunion show. Returning for the occasion are former regulars like Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”), Nick Cannon (“Drumline”) and Jamie Lynn Spears (“Zoey 101”).

Hosted by “Malcolm in the Middle’s” Frankie Moniz, the season premiere will feature singers Ashanti and Bow Wow.

Ritter’s ‘True Story’

Comic actor John Ritter still had plenty more pratfalls left in him when he died at age 54 in September 2003. E! recalls the actor’s life and times in its latest “True Hollywood Story” this weekend.

“John Ritter: The E! True Hollywood Story,” airing at 8 p.m. Sunday, features interviews with, among other peers and pals, Mr. Ritter’s widow, Amy Yasbeck, his brother Tom Ritter, “Three’s Company” co-stars Suzanne Somers, Joyce DeWitt and Richard Kline.

The show tracks Mr. Ritter’s life as the son of a cowboy legend to his star-making work on “Three’s Company” and other projects.

Miss Yasbeck recalls for E!’s cameras how Mr. Ritter proposed to her: “I was in this swimming pool with him. And he says, ‘Oh!’ And I said, ‘What is it?’ Swearing, swearing, swearing, ‘I cut my foot, something bad. Look at it, look at it.’ And he was the most limber person, and he held up his foot like so. And it was my engagement ring stuck on his toe.”

‘Trek’s‘ new frontier

The powers behind the “Star Trek” franchise say “Enterprise’s” demise won’t spell the end of Gene Roddenberry’s vision.

Mr. Roddenberry, who died in 1991, created the original “Star Trek” series and many of its subsequent projects. His brainchild underwent myriad permutations after his death.

But fans fear that the May 13 season finale for UPN’s “Enterprise” could signal the end of his vision’s impressive TV run, which began with the original “Star Trek” in 1966.

Manny Como, “Enterprise’s” executive producer — who received praise this season from fans previously disappointed with the show — told Scripps Howard News Service that he has a proposal for another “Star Trek” series.

He plans to wait awhile, he says, before pitching his idea to Paramount Pictures. For now, though, he’s preparing to join the Fox real-time drama “24” as a producer. “Enterprise’s” end will mark the first time since 1987 that no new “Star Trek” episodes are scheduled to air. The sets at Paramount’s Stages 8 and 9, which have housed the starship all these years, have been taken down and folded up.

Executive producer Rick Berman — who co-created “Enterprise” with Brannon Braga and is a key player in the current “Trek” universe — said work is beginning on a story for the next “Trek” movie, though he wouldn’t divulge any details. The last “Trek” films featured the “Next Generation” cast, but future movies could tap actors from “Voyager,” “Deep Space Nine” or “Enterprise.”

And the glut of several “Trek” series currently available in reruns also suggests that now might be a good time to stop and reflect, he said.

“We’ve reached the point with 624 hours of ‘Star Trek,’ 700 if you count the original series, that perhaps it’s time to take a rest,” Mr. Berman said.

Mellencamp’s ‘Case’

CBS’ unsung “Cold Case” sets its musical sights on the early songs of singer John Mellencamp’s career.

Sunday’s episode, featuring a dormant case about a murdered mill worker, showcases a number of Mr. Mellencamp’s songs to set the right period mood.

The show, which airs at 8 Sunday nights, will do the “Time Warp” next weekend. That episode will include music from the camp classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“Cold Case” follows the sole female detective (Kathryn Morris) in a Philadelphia homicide unit.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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