- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Bo’s ‘Real’ debut

Second place isn’t the worst place to be for “American Idol” contestants.

Famous “AI” runner-up Clay Aiken rode his underdog status to a hit-making career, and now singer Bo Bice is hoping to do the same.

Mr. Bice, he of the long, flowing hair, released his debut disc last week, Associated Press reports.

“I’m obviously very excited about the album, to see what people think of it,” Mr. Bice, 30, told the Birmingham News. “I had quite a bit of creative control, and I was extremely pleased with that. I had a lot of input.”

Two of 11 tracks on the album, called “The Real Thing,” were co-written by Mr. Bice, and one, “Valley of Angels,” is a ballad he wrote several years ago that was given a new instrumental bridge by producer Cliff Magness.

“‘Valley of Angels’ is about the idea that things aren’t perfect,” Mr. Bice said. “Everyone fumbles and falls and makes mistakes. When you’re down, you might not feel there’s any place of serenity you can find. It’s about finding peace.”

Mr. Bice finished second on the TV show’s fourth season.

“American Idol” returns to Fox Jan. 17.

Letterman unrestrained

A state judge has lifted a restraining order granted to a Santa Fe, N.M., woman who claimed talk-show host David Letterman used coded words on his show declaring his love for her and wish to make her his co-host, Associated Press reports.

Judge Daniel Sanchez granted a request by lawyers for Mr. Letterman yesterday to quash the temporary restraining order that he earlier granted to Colleen Nestler.

She alleged in a request filed Dec. 15 that Mr. Letterman has forced her to go bankrupt and caused her “mental cruelty” and “sleep deprivation” since May 1994.

Miss Nestler requested that Mr. Letterman, who tapes his show in New York, stay at least three yards away and not “think of me, and release me from his mental harassment and hammering.”

Lawyers for Mr. Letterman contended the order was without merit.

Miss Nestler appeared in court without a lawyer and represented herself.

Responding to a question from the judge, Miss Nestler said she had no proof of the allegations she had made against Mr. Letterman. She also said that if Mr. Letterman or any of his representatives came near her, “I will break their legs” and establish proof of her allegations.

Miss Nestler said after the court hearing that “I have achieved my purpose. The public knows that this man cannot come near me.”

She also said that her comment about breaking legs “is not a threat.”

Penny’s pitch

Veteran filmmaker Penny Marshall, better known to many as Laverne from “Laverne & Shirley,” is developing a one-hour crime drama for UPN, the Reuters news agency reports.

“On the Edge,” which has received a script commitment from the network, centers on a young female assistant district attorney trying to discover who murdered her parents while struggling with her alter ego bent on returning her to a life of drugs and alcohol.

Miss Marshall, who also helmed “A League of Their Own,” may direct the pilot.

Also onboard as executive producers, along with Miss Marshall, are Michael Gleason, who co-created the 1980s series “Remington Steele,” and Alan Moskowitz, a writer/producer on the early-‘90s TV series “Harry and the Hendersons.”

Miss Marshall’s other directorial credits include “Awakenings” and “Riding in Cars With Boys.” She can next be seen in a small, humorous role playing herself in Albert Brooks’ “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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