- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 25, 2005

New on DVD

“Six Feet Under” fans still mourning their show’s final episode can console themselves with the release of the series’ fourth season this week.

“Six Feet Under: The Complete Fourth Season” focuses on life and death and all the emotional shades in between in the series created by Alan Ball. Specifically, the season follows the death of Nate’s (Peter Krause) first wife Lisa (Lili Taylor) and Ruth’s (Frances Conroy) marriage to George Sibley (James Cromwell) — a man who knows his way around the altar.

One show that didn’t last more than one season, let alone “SFU’s” five, was “Life as We Know It,” co-starring Kelly Osbourne. The show resurfaces this week with “Life as We Know It: The Complete Series” chronicling the short run of the high school drama. The package features 12 episodes broadcast last year, as well as two installments that never made it to the air. Some tagged the show a male version of “My So-Called Life,” another smart teen drama that didn’t last long but launched the career of its star, Claire Danes.

For a completely different genre, DVD owners can consider “Adam-12: The Complete First Season.” The box set from the late 1960s crime drama features two L.A. officers (played by Martin Milner and Kent McCord) who fought crime in a world created by “Dragnet” star Jack Webb. The set includes 26 episodes but no elaborate extras.

It’s a family affair

When Martha Stewart decides who to send packing in her upcoming reality series, “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” she will be consulting with a close business partner — her own daughter.

Alexis Stewart, who serves as a consultant to her mother’s company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, will be one of Martha’s lieutenants in her version of “The Apprentice.” Charles Koppelman, chairman of the board of MSLO, will fill the other seat next to Martha at the conference table.

“No one knows me better than Alexis, and she understands my way of conducting business and dealing with people,” Martha Stewart says. “Charles brings the expertise of a legendary entrepreneur to the conference room each week.”

Mr. Koppelman is a longtime music executive who has run several music publishing companies, and he’s been on the Martha Stewart Living board since July 2004, before becoming its chairman two months ago.

“The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” premieres Sept. 21 on NBC.

Live from Miami

Always a break from the monotony of the typical awards show, the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards air live Sunday from American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Like last year’s awards show, celebrities will arrive in their extravagant yachts and will also pull up in their personally owned tricked-out cars, staging the first-ever car-show extravaganza on the red carpet.

Once the action moves inside, viewers will see an expansive and elaborate staging system that entails five performance stages centered in the arena, along with several other stages situated at remote locations showcasing key locales around Miami.

Hosted by Diddy, formerly known as P. Diddy and Puff Daddy, the awards show features a kaleidoscope of performers including Shakira, 50 Cent, Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West and Green Day.

“Every year we have to outdo ourselves, and this year is no exception — the VMAs will be experienced in more places and on more platforms than ever before in our history,” says Christina Norman, president of MTV. “Between Diddy, who is the ultimate showman and entertainer, and the diverse roster of performers already locked in, this show is already shaping up to be an unforgettable end of summer bash.”

Nominees for this year’s VMAs include Green Day, which tops the list with eight nominations. Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott follow with six nods each, and U2 nabbed five nominations.

Also, for first-time the VMAs will be scored with original music composed by hip-hop superstar producer Lil Jon and producer Mike Shinoda, of Linkin Park, whose side project “Fort Minor” is being released this winter.

The VMAs air Sunday on MTV beginning with the pre-show at 6 p.m. followed by the awards show at 8 p.m.

Compiled by Thomas Walter from staff and wire reports.

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