- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Stars align for Steve

Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Lorne Michaels and Lily Tomlin are among the stars slated to fete Steve Martin this fall when the comic picks up the Kennedy Center’s 2005 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for his work in film, print and theater.

The program, scheduled for Oct. 23 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, will be taped for a Nov. 9 broadcast on WETA-TV. Others scheduled to appear include Dave Barry, Larry David, Martin Short and Paul Simon. More entertainers will be added in the coming weeks, the Kennedy Center says.

Previous award recipients include Miss Tomlin, Mr. Michaels and Richard Pryor.

Roberts on Roberts

CBS News White House correspondent John Roberts is having a little fun with President Bush’s nomination of federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court.

The newsman e-mailed a tongue-in-cheek missive to colleagues yesterday suggesting that they should start referring to him as “your honor,” Associated Press reports. And on Wednesday night, CBS viewers had the disorienting experience of seeing a special report — anchored by John Roberts — of Mr. Bush nominating Judge Roberts to the Supreme Court.

“It’s interesting to have toiled in relative obscurity for 13 years at CBS News and the next day wake up and suddenly have the most famous name in America,” Mr. Roberts told AP.

Still, Mr. Roberts the correspondent is no stranger to the confusion of having the same name as the president’s pick. In the past few years, whenever he called a friend in the White House counsel’s office, the assistant would ask, “Is that Judge John Roberts?” — and be disappointed by the response.

There’s no family tie between the two men. CBS didn’t mention that in its Wednesday report, though Mr. Roberts said he enjoyed listening to Mr. Bush talk about the judge.

“I was thinking, ‘He really must be engaging in a process of disassociation to be saying all these wonderful things about John Roberts,’” the CBS correspondent said, “when he usually just gives me a steely-eyed glance and a wave-off.”

Judd’s faith explored

Country singer Naomi Judd doesn’t hide her spiritual side. Now she’s turning to her faith to inspire a new talk show to air on the Hallmark Channel, Scripps Howard News Service reports.

“Naomi’s New Morning” will air Sunday mornings starting Nov. 27.

“It’s kind of a spiritual one hour, with three rotating guests each week of different faiths,” said Mariah O’Hara, a spokeswoman for the cable channel. Guests will discuss “coming to grips with God in their own spirituality.”

Yet the show won’t cater to any specific denomination, Miss O’Hara says.

“Naomi’s New Morning” is a partnership between the cable channel and the Faith and Values Media Group, which already provides some programming for Hallmark. Acts of God also will shape other parts of the Hallmark Channel’s schedule in the fall.

“Supernova,” a made-for-Hallmark movie airing in September, will focus on a star speeding toward Earth, setting off a chain of natural disasters. Luke Perry and Peter Fonda star. “Landslide,” another original drama, will deal with an environmental crisis that threatens a condominium complex.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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