- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Bruckheimer’s week

In the battle of the big-name TV producers, Jerry Bruckheimer took out Dick Wolf by TKO last week.

The three most-watched programs were all Bruckheimer productions: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Without a Trace” and “CSI: Miami,” while his “Cold Case” came in ninth, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Wolf’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order” were ranked sixth and 10th respectively, according to Associated Press, citing data released yesterday from Nielsen Media Research.

CBS handily won the week, averaging 7.3 million viewers. NBC had 5.9 million viewers, ABC 5.6 million, Fox 5.2 million, UPN 2.7 million, the WB 1.8 million and Pax TV 670,000.

For the week of Aug. 1 through Aug. 7, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 13.9 million; “Without a Trace,” CBS, 11.8 million; “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 10.2 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 9.4 million; and “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.4 million.

Pam’s meatless roast

The voluptuous Pamela Anderson doesn’t mind a little roasting, so long as her feathered and furry friends benefit from the heat.

The former star of “Baywatch” and of the current Fox sitcom “Stacked” arrived at her Comedy Central roast Sunday escorted by a person in a carrot suit who was wearing a button inscribed with https://www.GoVeg.com, AP reports.

The roast will be broadcast Sunday at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

“I’m a vegetarian,” Miss Anderson explained to AP Television News. “I can’t do a roast. No, that’s why I brought my vegetable, so I could eat something tonight.”

Miss Anderson said she agreed to the event “because Dan Matthews came up to me from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and Comedy Central wanted to do this, and they were going to donate $200,000 to PETA for me to do it,” she said.

Among those in attendance were two of Miss Anderson’s romantic partners: model Marcus Schenkenberg and musician and ex-husband Tommy Lee, who performed during the show.

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was one of the comics on hand to playfully skewer the woman of the hour: “I do think that it’s an interesting phenomenon that somebody really can be famous for being super-good-looking. And that’s what she and I both have done,” Mr. Kimmel said.

Time’ comes to ‘Toon

The best-selling “Land Before Time” series is coming home, courtesy of cable’s Cartoon Network.

The saga, which originated as a 1988 feature film that spawned 10 direct-to-video sequels, will debut in the first half of 2007, Reuters news agency reports. The network has ordered 26 episodes of the new series, to be created using a combination of 2-D and 3-D backgrounds and featuring familiar faces such as Littlefoot, Cera and Petrie.

The dinosaur series has sold more than 60 million units on DVD and VHS.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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